Since the popularity of injectable dermal fillers continues to grow, an increasing number of women look in the mirror and slump at the sight of the deep lines and wrinkles. Social acceptance and therefore availability of fillers has certainly increased, but should we be worried about the protection of this relatively new cosmetic therapy?
Benefits versus safety
Injectable dermal fillers have gained popularity in recent weeks – almost as much as Botox – and – lip plumping seems to be the rage. When handled correctly, they generally offer you a safe way of winding back the clock and revealing a younger you. By injecting hyaluronic acid (HA) or collagen-based fillers to the skin, deep lines and folds in the skin may also be smoothed and the natural collagen structures in the skin may be protected from deteriorating too fast.
In the beginning, an individual’s organic HA concentration is about three percent, which falls to approximately 0.007 percent when that person turns 45. Therefore whilst dermal fillers won’t quite time, they could recover the harm already done by fostering natural HA levels.
However as with any cosmetic treatment, fillers are not without dangers and on rare events, adverse reactions may develop. They are several key points to note if questioning the safety of this anti-aging therapy. Step one is to understand that there are two types openly available on the UK market: biodegradable dermal fillers (non-permanent) and permanent fillers that both offer effective wrinkle therapy.
Permanent dermal fillers can contain Polyacrylamide and Polyalkylamide and have featured greatly recently in the media as these are where the majority of the problems lie. Permanent and non-permanent fillers are based on the natural substances collagen or hyaluronic acid, and these may be broken down and reabsorbed from the body. However permanent fillers additionally contain synthetic substances which are non-biodegradable and so eventually become a permanent fixture of the human body. This poses post-treatment issues because as the skin begins to sag, the permanent fillers stay intact, creating a somewhat unnatural, distorted look since the face continues to change shape.
At SkinGenesisour patients receive non-permanent biodegradable dermal fillers, which includes the hyaluronic acid-based filler, Restylane, and Radiesse, which contains calcium hydroxyapatite. Of course, due to continuous innovation, SkinGenesis physicians may also use other products that they believe are the best in the marketplace. Clients are required to visit us regularly with non-permanent fillers, however, if unwanted side effects do happen, they’re at least short-lived since the substance is reabsorbed by the body.
Restylane smoothes wrinkles out around the face and hands, lasts around six months and offers a reduced risk of allergic reaction because it is created from non-animal sources. Radiesse has exactly the same effects, which can last for 12 to 18 months.
Human lab rats?
The second consideration is to be aware that UK regulation of this industry is comparatively lax when considered alongside the USA. There are currently 100 kinds of dermal fillers available in the UK, in comparison to six FDA-approved types (US Food and Drug Administration) in the USA. That is because, in the States, new cosmetic treatments are rigorously tested over long intervals and only when a product receives FDA approval is it widely available on the market. Both Restylane and Radiesse are FDA-approved brands.
Which? The magazine has suggested that the UK is even the guinea pig’ for the industry since there is currently no FDA equal from the UK to manage what is and what isn’t available on our market. The Department of Health and the Healthcare Commission looked into tightening the constraints in the united kingdom, but they ultimately announced obligation to the healthcare industry’s body, the Independent Healthcare Advisory Services (IHAS), which subsequently stated that there is little which could be achieved unless a different service, the Medicines, and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), classifies fillers as medicines. This would mean they’d be controlled, like Botox, under the Medicines Act and could just be administered by licensed medical practitioners. With very little regulation, this means that anybody in the beauty sector can reevaluate themselves to administer the treatments to unsuspecting patients.
Caution is Essential to successful therapy
Patients must be extra vigilant when deciding where to have dermal fillers. The reluctance of the Government to tighten regulation of this sector has created a buyer-beware’ culture. SkinGenesis’ dermal fillers are administered by qualified doctors and we are a registered member of the Healthcare Commission.
Over 1,500,000 remedies are conducted across the world, with very few yielding adverse reactions to the components. As a business, we expect around one in every 2000 sufferers to experience adverse reactions, and even then that depends on each individual person’s health.
Other minor side effects may occur, including swelling, redness, discomfort, and itchiness. Immediate reactions, such as transient erythema, edema and ecchymosis should be treated with ice and antihistamines, whilst sub-acute reactions like infections, bluish discoloration and necrosis will call for medical attention.
As a general guide, patients ought to book treatments with a qualified, experienced doctor two to three weeks prior to a social engagement, allowing for the possibility of an adverse reaction. Minor side effects usually clear up within 2 to four days and dermal fillers should likewise be avoided in these conditions.
If you are:
- Are pregnant or breastfeeding
- Are currently taking anticoagulants or aspirin
- Possess a history of anaphylaxis or intolerance to previous dermal fillers
- Have a skin infection or inflammatory disease (acne herpes)
- Have permanent implants
- Have experienced laser skin resurfacing or skin lotions within last 6 months
- Have been using Roaccutane within past 12 weeks