As we age, our skin thins and loses elasticity as its natural collagen framework deteriorates. Cosmetic filler injections are performed to replenish the skin’s natural consistency. This treatments gives the skin a plumper, smoother and more youthful appearance. Cosmetic Fillers can also be used to add volume to areas which have become deflated with ageing or weight fluctuations or to areas that are deficient naturally in some people.
Cosmetic fillers may contain local anaesthesia and are injected with a tiny needle into the skin or deeper tissues. Several injections may be needed, depending on the length and depth of the wrinkle or the site requiring soft tissue augmentation.
Dr Hanikeri has over ten years experience of injecting soft tissue fillers. The injections are may be performed by Mr Hanikeri himself, though often his nurse will perform the injections under his supervision. In some cases, pre treatment topical anaesthetic creams or nerve blocks can be applied. Steps are taken to minimise the pain from the injections so the procedure is usually well tolerated.
What are the benefits of cosmetic fillers?
These products are safe, time-tested and effective. They provide immediate results in most cases.
There is little or no downtime for injectable soft tissue fillers - patients can resume work and all normal activities.
There is no need to obtain tissue from another part of the body.
What to consider before cosmetic fillers
Soft tissue fillers are only temporarily effective. Repeat treatments are needed every six to nine months to maintain the appearance achieved with the fillers.
There may be some bruising. Allergic reactions can occur and may cause itching, redness, or other symptoms.
On rare occasions, lumps in the skin or tissues may be visible or palpable. These are usually temporary. Some areas are riskier than others to inject and Dr Hanikeri or his nurse will discuss this with patients before treating them.
People having these injections should avoid blood thinning medications such as Aspirin, Warfarin, Plavix, Fish oil, Ginko, Garlic, Glucosamine, Chia seeds and Krill oil for at least a week before the injections are planned. Always check with your doctor before stopping any prescribed medications.
Patients who suffer from auto-immune conditions should discuss this with Dr Hanikeri or his nurse prior to having any soft tissue fillers injected.