Is Filler Safe?

February 01, 2021
Lips Close-up
written by Helen Hunt

The ever-increasing popularity of ‘Instagram aestheticians’ has left many unsatisfied with their cosmetic treatments. Recent figures suggest that in one year, 1300 patients suffered complications from facial filler. Lumpy lips. Scarring. Filler migration. It’s no wonder that many think that facial cosmetic enhancement is inherently dangerous. So, is filler safe?

What are dermal fillers?

Restylane and Teosyal are two of the most common fillers. These gel-like substances are very similar to Hylauronic acid (HA), a naturally occurring compound found in our skin and cartilage – the key to maintaining skin hydration and ‘bounce.’ Dermal fillers use HA to reinvigorate and restore the structure and appearance of aging skin.

Where should you go for safe filler?

Recent figures suggest that 83% of facial aesthetic treatment was administered by those who had no medical qualifications. Swayed by discounted treatment packages, a hefty majority placed their trust in hairdressers and beauticians to inject filler correctly and safely.

Though incredibly risky, this is legal in the UK. Non-surgical procedures are not regulated, and aesthetic skincare clinics operated by registered nurses or doctors are surprisingly a minority.

Finding a trusted medical practitioner:

Save Face is a website that allows you to browse a register of government-approved and trusted medical professionals who are experienced and qualified in cosmetic medicine. The founder of our practice, Helen Hunt, is accredited with Save Face.

Helen is a registered nurse with the Royal College of Nursing providing safe and natural dermal and lip fillers in the Exeter and Honiton areas.

Making a decision:

Opting for cheaper treatment with an unqualified practitioner could not only end up costing you more money for reparations, but it could also seriously endanger your health. You should not feel pressured by an aesthetician to rush into treatment, and they should be transparent about their qualifications.

You can find out more about dermal fillers or other aesthetic treatments here. If you have any questions about how we can help you, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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