Lots of people are very mindful of what they put into their body primarily in the forms of food and drink, but a lot of patients stretch this concern to which treatments they receive. This is rightly so, because happy patients are informed and comfortable patients. When undergoing treatments that some might find daunting – ranging from restorative dentistry to injectable facial aesthetics – it’s important to know you’re in safe hands and undergoing a safe procedure. At our Derby dental practice, we offer dermal fillers for all patients who receive our consult first. But are dermal fillers safe?


What are dermal fillers made of?

To discern whether dermal fillers are safe, we first need to know what they’re made of. You’d want to know the contents of a drink before you drank it, so it’s only natural to be curious about the components of dermal fillers before undergoing treatment. You’ll be pleased to know, however, that they’re made from a substance that closely resembles a natural bodily sugar called hyaluronic acid.


Hyaluronic acid is essential to healthy, hydrated, and plumped skin for a youthful complexion. It works as a natural magnet for moisture, helping your cells retain as much of it as possible so that your skin feels and appears plumped. It’s suitable for any and all skin types, so it’s perfectly safe for all.



Are dermal fillers permanent?

Another safety concern of many is the permanence of dermal fillers. Some may have heard of permanent dermal fillers, which are no longer widely used for aesthetic treatments. Permanent dermal fillers do exist; however, they are not advisable and aren’t used by our qualified dentist in-practice either. We use biodegradable dermal fillers which are naturally broken down by the body.


In fact, because these temporary dermal fillers consist of a substance that closely mirrors natural hyaluronic acid, they’re completely safe to be broken down by the body. They’re entirely biodegradable and are dissolved over time by bodily processes, their sugars being recycled into your system at no complaint from your skin. You’ll only notice this process is occurring when you start to notice a depletion in volume in the treatment area. This makes them very safe to use for in the skin.



Can anyone perform dermal filler treatment?

While dermal fillers do not require a prescription to receive, they should still only be performed by trained healthcare and dental professionals. It’s important that your injector has the necessary accreditation to perform these treatments to ensure that you remain safe during and after your procedure. Our very own Sonia Tank, who qualified as a dentist in 1997, is trained and accredited to perform facial rejuvenation treatments so you know you are in good hands. You wouldn’t trust any old member of the public with your dental treatments and teeth, so make sure you trust your dermal fillers to a recognised professional too!


Dermal filler side effects

As with any treatment, you might experience some side effects of your dermal filler treatment. This doesn’t mean they’re not safe, however, because side effects are natural and very manageable. You might experience swelling and bruises at the injection sites, though is natural and both should subside with 2-3 days. The area might also feel hot, but again this is natural and should subside within the day.


One of the safest things about dermal fillers is that they’re not permanent, but you don’t just have to wait for them to dissolve and fade away. If you’re not happy with your results, they can be dissolved with another simple injection. Permanent dermal fillers unfortunately don’t offer you this liberty, which is why many professionals such as ourselves prefer biodegradable fillers.


If you’re considering facial rejuvenation for the lips, cheeks, or fine lines on your face then contact Raynesway Dental in Derby. Get in touch by enquiring online or speak to a friendly member of staff on 01332 757755 today!