You may be focused on one particular area of your face, or you may just want to know more in general. Either way, your aesthetics practitioner will take the time to evaluate your face to come up with a personalised treatment plan.1 The consultation may start with discussing your specific area of interest.2 Don’t be too surprised if they take a couple of photos to use as tools to point out your unique face structure and how a dermal filler could be used.2 In addition, they may show you pictures of other people (or you can ask to see some!) to get a better idea of real life results. If you decide you want the treatment, your aesthetics practitioner will come up with a tailored treatment plan just for you.1 They will walk you through the treatment,2 and if you are feeling ready book you in for the appropriate appointments.
It’s important that you feel comfortable with your aesthetics practitioner and confident in their ability to help you achieve your treatment goals. Questions about training and seeing the results of patients they have worked with, together with discussing how they can help you achieve your desired look can give you a sense of whether they are the right aesthetics practitioner for you. Click on the Your Consultation tab to see examples of questions to ask at your first consultation.
Your appointment length will depend on your individual treatment plan and aesthetics practitioner, although as a guide they commonly last between 30 minutes and an hour.3 Your aesthetics practitioner will start by reviewing your treatment plan and giving you the ins and outs of what to expect that day.4 They will go over the number of injection points to show how they will treat you.4 When you are ready, they will first sanitise your treatment areas to prepare them for the injections.5,11 JUVÉDERM® dermal fillers include the anaesthetic lidocaine, which can help reduce discomfort you may feel during the treatment.5,11 Each injection is short,3 lasting a few seconds, and the amount of JUVÉDERM® used will be dependent on the main treatment objective.5,11 The treatment technique will also vary depending on what you are looking to achieve.5,11 After each injection, your aesthetics practitioner may massage the area to ensure that the JUVÉDERM® is properly placed.5–11 You will be able to see your results shortly after the treatment.11 There may be some swelling and redness at the injection points,5–11 but most people can return to their normal routine on the same day, depending on the treatment received.12,13 Your aesthetics practitioner may want to schedule a follow-up appointment in a couple of weeks,4 just to check in and make sure you are happy with the results. It’s a great opportunity to make sure you are completely satisfied with your treatment, or if you want a small touch-up treatment to get the results you are after.4
The cost of facial fillers is determined by the specific treatment recommended by an aesthetics practitioner; therefore, the cost can vary depending on the clinic. Be sure to discuss costs when determining a recommended treatment plan with your aesthetics practitioner4 to make sure you will achieve the results you want, within the budget you are looking to spend.
Treatment times are specific to each individual and will vary depending on the number of injections that are required for the results you want. Your aesthetics practitioner will discuss exact treatment times with you when you decide on a plan. However, most treatments take 30 minutes to an hour.3
JUVÉDERM® facial fillers include the anaesthetic lidocaine, which can help reduce any discomfort you may feel during treatment.5,11
Results are visible shortly after treatment.11 Most people return to their normal routine on the day they are treated, depending on treatment received.12,13
Potential side effects associated with JUVÉDERM® products include temporary injection-site reactions such as:5–11
Discuss these important treatment considerations before treatment in order to help avoid unsatisfactory results and complications:5–11
- You are currently taking immunosuppressive therapy or medications which prolong bleeding, such as aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or anti-coagulants. You should inform your doctor about any medications you are currently taking
- You have recently had other skin surface treatments (such as laser treatment, skin peels, or dermabrasion) or have previously used fillers
- You have skin infections or inflammation such as acne or cold sores
- You scar easily
- You have a history of autoimmune disease or deficiency, recurrent sore throats, rheumatic fever or porphyria
- You have untreated epilepsy
- You have allergies to hyaluronic acid, other filler products, gram positive bacterial proteins, lidocaine or other local anaesthetics, severe allergies with a history of anaphylaxis or multiple severe allergies
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding, or you are under the age of 18 years (under the age of 21 years if treating the lips)