Considering a non-surgical cosmetic procedure?



Dr Stefano Santini looks at some of the non-surgical procedures available and why it is important to choose where to have the procedures administered. 

There are many non-surgical cosmetic procedures which can be used to temporarily alter your appearance, however these procedures are not all regulated in the same way as surgical procedures and many practitioners don’t require and don’t have any medical qualifications.

So what do you need to consider if you are contemplating any type of non-surgical procedure?

Here at KIMS we take all cosmetic procedures seriously and you can arrange to have a consultation with a leading consultant prior to deciding whether to go ahead. You can also discuss what you are trying to achieve and whether the procedure is indeed suitable for you. It is also important to take into account any risks and possible side effects before you make a fully informed decision.

Dermal fillers are injections used to help plump out wrinkles and creases in the skin and they are also increasingly popular to increase the size of the lips. Most manufacturers of dermal fillers do recommend that treatment should be carried out by medical professionals although the law doesn’t yet require this.

Common problems experienced when not treated by a medical professional include the filler moving away from the intended area, lumps forming under the skin, blood vessels could be blocked and there is also a risk of an allergic reaction.

Most dermal fillers are made of hyaluronic acid, a substance which is naturally found in the body.  As we age, the amount of hyaluronic acid produced by the body starts to decrease which leaves the skin feeling dry and less hydrated.

Injecting fillers into the skin is therefore the method of restoring volume where it is depleted, or enhancing areas that lack volume such as filling out wrinkles and creases in the skin, or increasing the volume and definition of the lips.

Ahead of the procedure, numbing cream or a local anaesthetic will be applied, which is dependent on the area of the face to be treated.   The filler is then injected into the dermis, which is the middle layer of the skin, in small increments using a very fine needle.  The results are immediately apparent.

The injecting time can vary as it is volume dependent but normally this takes between 10 and 30 minutes per area.  The change in volume is immediately noticeable, however, it is common for the treated area to also be a little swollen, red or slightly bruised for a short time after treatment.

Following treatment there may be some side effects such as redness, bruising, swelling and mild lumpiness.  These usually resolve within a few hours of treatment but bruises may last a few days.  

It is recommended you avoid coffee, alcohol, hot drinks and also exposure to the sun for the first 24 hours or until the swelling and tenderness disappears.

After your treatment you should avoid using make-up over the treated area.  Very gentle massage and an ice pack may help reduce the swelling and bruising.

We all want to look our best so why not make sure you take the best medical advice before embarking on any non surgical cosmetic procedure. For a consultation, call us on 01622 237727 or email