What is Hyaluronic Acid Dermal Filler?
Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is a natural complex sugar that stabilises the skin structure, aids in skin hydration, and contributes to the elastic properties of the skin that allow it to remain tight. HA is constantly being remade and metabolised within the body as part of the natural biological process. HA dermal fillers therefore must contain a small amount of modification to ensure they are not metabolised in the body within 24 hours. Injections of HA dermal filler into the skin can help to replenish its natural support structures damaged by aging. HA injectable gel dermal fillers, are commonly used to assist the appearance of facial wrinkles and hollows and are also used to enhance your natural facial features (For Example, lip augmentation).
The length of time the filler with last is dependent on a number of factors including the type of filler, the area treated and the volume used. A patient’s natural metabolism is also a factor in degradation, and environmental factors such as sun exposure and smoking have also been shown to degrade hyaluronic acid at a faster rate. Results have been shown to last from 6 – 24 months.
Deciding on a practitioner
All aesthetic practitioners need to be a registered Australian health care practitioner to be able to perform cosmetic injectable treatments. It is important before booking your appointment that you visit the AHPRA website. It is a requirement that you are to have a consultation by a Medical or Nurse Practitioner before undergoing treatment. This can be done in person or via video call. Often the aesthetic practitioner may suggest something different to your initial expectation, so it is important to be given time to think this information over before deciding on treatment. You should never feel rushed or pressured in any way. AMET strongly encourages patients to find a practitioner they feel comfortable and most importantly safe with. This will be evident in how your practitioner consults you as well as how they conduct their business. You should feel comfortable to ask any questions throughout the consultation and your practitioner must discuss all the risks and side effects of dermal filler.