If you are wishing for plump and youthful skin, you may have stumbled upon dermal fillers - the injectibles that promise to give semi-permanent results instantly.
But what are they and are they worth getting? Also, we explain the potential risks of opting for dermal fillers whilst expecting...
What are dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers are small injections of gel that can be used on different parts of your face, more commonly around the eye, cheeks, and jawline. The gel is often made up of hyaluronic acid and it adds volume in the selected area.
Lip fillers are a time of dermal filler, which is administered into the lip tissue.
The dermal filler can last between six to 18 months, depending on the gel used and how fast your metabolism is.
Are they safe during pregnancy/breastfeeding?
"Clinical trials on the safety of botox or dermal fillers when pregnant or breastfeeding have not been undertaken and therefore neither treatment is safe to have throughout this time." confirms Miss Elizabeth Hawkes, Consultant Oculoplastic Surgeon at the Cadogan Clinic.
So if you're wanting to get dermal fillers it may be worth getting them before you try for a baby. If not, wait till after you've finished breastfeeding.
What's it like getting dermal fillers?
I reviewed dermal fillers at the prestigious Cadogan Clinic in central London with Miss Elizabeth Hawkes. I told her I was looking for general plumpness and to improve the balance of my facial features.
Elizabeth told me that for a natural look, you don't need to use a lot of product - it's more about the placement, which is fundamental for not making it look obvious you've had something done.
I was surprised at how little it hurt. Elizabeth first mapped out my face with marker to show where the filler would be injected (this isn't always necessary) and then began to inject the filler.
After 10 minutes, the treatment was done and I could see the results instantly. I'd definitely recommend to anyone who is already really set on the idea.
Things to look for? Make sure you go to someone is qualified and don't be afraid to ask for proof of training.
Meet the expert: Miss Elizabeth Hawkes, Consultant Oculoplastic Surgeon at the Cadogan Clinic