Dermal fillers are a well-known way to add volume to the face, but the treatment can also be applied to many other areas of the body. Below we share our advice on the areas of the body that can also be treated with dermal fillers.
Reasons to get treatment: sun damage, ageing
As we age, the skin on our hands becomes thinner, causing veins and tendons to become more prominent. Often, the ageing process means that the appearance of blemishes such as sun spots increases. Crepey skin is a common problem on hands and is often caused by dryness. Treatments such as chemical peels and laser resurfacing can help reduce the visibility of blemishes on the hands. It can also improve texture, but to gain the smooth, firm skin you may want to consider dermal fillers.
Dermal fillers work by restoring the volume of the skin that has been lost with ageing. When used on hands, this can make visible bones, tendons and veins less prominent. At the same time gives the hands an overall more youthful appearance.
Your practitioner will determine how much filler your hands require and where to inject the treatment into your hands. As with any aesthetic treatment, it’s vital that you see an experienced and qualified practitioner with a detailed knowledge of hand anatomy. If the product is not injected deeply enough into the skin, it can be visible. And if it’s injected too deeply, the effects can wear off more quickly.
After the fillers are injected, your practitioner massages the fillers into place. Dermal fillers should contour with the shape of the hands, whilst being able to adapt to the constant movement that hands make.
When injected correctly, results will appear instantly and, depending on the quality of filler used, will last for over a year. At Health & Aesthetics, Dr Rekha only uses premium grade fillers, which means results can last for 12-18 months.
Does getting dermal fillers in the hands hurt?
Most patients experience no pain during the procedure as we use ultrafine needles and apply numbing cream to the hands before the treatment.
Are there any side-effects to having fillers in the hands?
You might experience temporary mild bruising, swelling and redness.
Reasons to get treatment: sun exposure, rapid weight gain and loss, smoking
The décolletage refers to the upper breast, chest, neck and shoulder area. The ageing process causes this area to become crepy, with the skin texture often being affected by age spots. In some cases prominent lines can form between the top of the breasts and the skin can take on a leathery appearance.
This area is particularly prone to ageing due to the thinness of the skin, the weight of the breasts and the constant movement of muscles in the neck and shoulders; it’s also an area that is commonly exposed to UV rays from the sun.
The most common filler injected into this area is hyaluronic acid which replenishes moisture and therefore reduces the effect of crepy skin. A light hyaluronic acid such as Juvederm Volite delivers excellent results.
Your practitioner will advise you of suitable complementary or alternative treatments that can be used to treat wrinkles on the décolletage, including Ultherapy.
Does getting dermal fillers for the décolletage hurt?
Most patients don’t experience any pain during the procedure. Your practitioner will apply a numbing cream prior to the treatment to ease any discomfort.
Are there any side-effects to having dermal fillers for the décolletage?
As with most dermal filler treatments, there is a risk of mild bruising, redness and swelling but these are temporary.
Reasons to get treatment: heavy earrings, sagging skin, sun damage
Earlobes can sag and wrinkle as we age and the hole from piercings can get bigger as a result of wearing heavy earrings. Overextended and wrinkled earlobes can be ‘filled in’ with dermal fillers to smooth out creases and ensure earrings sit correctly in the ear; fillers restore the earlobe to a more youthful looking state.
Unlike areas of the body such as the face and neck, there is very little dynamic movement in the earlobes so dermal fillers injected here can have long lasting effects, often for up to 18 months.
You will be able to wear earrings a week after having treatment.
Does getting dermal fillers for the earlobes hurt?
No, most patients experience no pain when having the procedure done. Your practitioner will apply a topical aesthetic to the earlobe to minimise any potential pain.
Are there any side-effects to having dermal fillers for the earlobes?
Filler injections in the earlobes tend to have minimal side-effects, which include light bleeding, redness and swelling. Some patients may experience small lumps in the earlobe but these will disappear after a few days.
Reasons to get treatment: bony feet, for added cushioning when wearing high heels
Dermal fillers are not just used for aesthetic purposes. They can be injected into the soles of the feet to ease the aches and pains associated with wearing high heels for long periods. Wearing high heels forces the weight of the body to the front of the foot, causing painful throbbing in the balls of the feet. Injecting dermal fillers into this area can increase the cushioning on the balls of the feet. This makes it more comfortable to wear high heels. You can expect results to last for up to a year after having this treatment.
Dermal fillers can also be used for aesthetic purposes in the feet by adding volume to bony feet and disguising prominent tendons, bones and veins. If you’re going on holiday or attending a special event where your feet will be on display, then this treatment can help your feet look their best.
Pain relief from wearing high heels can be experienced as early as 2-3 days after having the treatment.
Does getting dermal fillers for the feet hurt?
Some clients experience mild-discomfort. The area is treated with a topical aesthetic before the procedure to minimise any discomfort.
There is no downtime after having this treatment and you will be able to walk and drive straight after having treatment.
Are there any side-effects to having dermal fillers for the feet?
Side-effects to this procedure are minimal but some clients may experience some discomfort or redness after the procedure.
Are there alternatives to using dermal fillers in these areas?
Profhilo is a new type of injectable hyaluronic acid (HA) which does not add volume to the skin but treats skin laxity, reducing the prominence of sagging skin. The product can be used on the face, neck and décolletage as fillers can, but, unlike fillers, it can also be used on the arms to treat sagging, crepey skin. You can find out more about the unique benefits of the product by reading our Profhilo page.
Skin peels and ZO Cosmeceuticals can be used to rejuvenate the skin and remove blemishes such as sun spots from areas of the body including the décolletage and hands.
You can find out more about having dermal fillers at our clinic in Surrey by calling the team on 01252 933133 or email firstname.lastname@example.org