This is one of the most common questions I’m asked about dermal filler treatments. It’s usually asked in regards to the injecting of the product. I’d be lying if I said no but it’s more of a discomfort than a pain.
Below is a list of ways that I can make your dermal filler treatment as comfortable as possible:
- In my experience topical anaesthetic (numbing cream) is one of the most effective ways to help the treatment feel more comfortable. It’s applied prior to treatment and generally makes a huge difference to the experience. I even have a few clients that claim they ‘don’t feel a thing’.
- Clinical ice sticks can also help to numb the treatment area. I personally prefer the local anaesthetic cream as the numbing effects last longer.
- The great thing about the dermal filler products I use is that they contain a local anaesthetic (numbing agent). This helps to numb each area injected.
- The area being treated also plays a role in how much discomfort you will feel. The skin above the lips and lips themselves are particularly sensitive areas.
- The injection techniques used can also determine the level of discomfort you will experience. I tend to use cannulas over needles for many dermal filler treatments as explained in my video. They tend to reduce the discomfort experienced, reduce the risk of swelling and bruising, reduce the downtime, and they also reduce the risk of complications.
The results are immediate however it can take up to two weeks for the full effects to be visible.
Results can vary depending on the product used, area treated, the skin quality and age of the patient. The hyaluronic acid fillers used are not permanent and generally last between four to eighteen months.
As with all medication unwanted side effects can occur.
It is expected that a slight discomfort will occur at the time of injection and that there is the possibility of redness, itching, swelling, bruising and/or tenderness after the injection; these should resolve within a couple of hours and up to a few days. Injections to the lip area may take slightly longer to settle.
Other potential side effects include infection, hypersensitive reaction, vessel occlusion, abscess formation and granuloma; however these side effects are not common.