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Dermal fillers are substances are injected into the skin in order to smooth out the appearance of lines and wrinkles, or fill and plump areas lacking in volume. There are a huge variety of dermal fillers used in the UK from human and animal substances to synthetic materials. Two of the most commonly used fillers are Collagen, made from bovine tissue protein, and Restylane which contains a clear gel developed using hyaluronic acid.

The procedure
A dermal filler treatment should take no longer than one hour. The practitioner will apply an anaesthetic cream before injecting the filler into the site to be treated. She will then massage the injected site to encourage the filler to bind and settle.

Following the treatment, there may be some redness in the treated area, and your face may be a little swollen for a day or two. Patients can return home a few minutes after the procedure, and many return to work the same day. The treatment takes approximately three days to begin working, and the final effect can be seen after two weeks.

Risks and side effects
The most common complication of dermal fillers is the risk of an allergic reaction. However, this is increasingly rare, assuming that you use a reputable practitioner. In some cases, patients have also suffered tissue hardening and lumps around the injection area.

Cost and prices
The price of dermal fillers in a UK private clinic can range from £300 to well over £1500, depending on the level of work required and the materials used. If you choose to have dermal fillers abroad, you can save a considerable amount of money but follow up visits could prove problematic.

NHS, private or abroad
Dermal fillers are not available on the NHS because they are a purely cosmetic procedure. However, dermal fillers are available in most private cosmetic surgeries both in the UK and abroad.

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