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I’m a Skin Expert, and These Are the Tweakments That Are Worth Knowing About

Fillers are probably one of the most well-known cosmetic treatments. They’ve been around for decades but have spiked in popularity in the last few years thanks to celebrities like Kylie Jenner and Chrissy Teigen speaking candidly about their experiences with filler. “Dermal fillers are gel-like substances that are injected into the skin to help plump, smooth lines, enhance facial features, restore lost volume, and rejuvenate” explains cosmetic dentist and advanced facial aesthetician Tara Francis. “They can effectively give a fresher appearance to the face, mask bumps in the nose, define jaw lines, plump lips, or give defined cheekbones, amongst other things.”

As opposed to cosmetic surgery, filler is a more flexible alternative since its results won’t last forever, and it can easily be reversed, should complications arise. “Not everyone wants to go through surgery to achieve certain results for various reasons including cost, downtime, uncertainty of results, and it’s irreversible nature, and so dermal fillers are an alternative option for many people,” says Francis. “Depending on the area, a dermal filler appointment can take no more than 30 to 60 minutes with pretty much no downtime.”

As for the results, dermal filler can be applied in a number of areas, and according to Francis, depending on the area treated, results can vary from fuller lips, less hollow under eyes, rejuvenated mid-face, more refined facial contours, a more balanced profile, and revitalised skin. “You can expect to see results immediately, but full settled results can take up to 2 weeks,” she adds.

As the procedure is not without its risks and so should not be taken lightly, Francis says the most important thing to do is go to someone who holds a medical qualification. “A medical professional should be able to manage any potential emergency complications,” she says. “Plus, they can prescribe any necessary medications, alongside having an ethical responsibility being part of a governing body in their field.”

Where to have it:

– Enhance by Dr Tara, London

Subtil Aesthetics, Merseyside

Illuminate Skin Clinic, London

The Aesthetic Skin Clinic, Belfast