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Dermal Filler Injection Techniques

Women who are considering having dermal filler injections probably want to know about the different injection techniques used by physicians. There are presently five different commonly used dermal filler injection techniques.

The Six Dermal Filler Injection Techniques

  • The first is called the linear retro-tracing technique and it is used for fine lines or superficial wrinkles. It is also called the ante-retrotracing technique.
  • The preferred method for treating facial depressions or folds is the sandwich technique. This technique can also be used for fine wrinkles.
  • Most physicians prefer to use something called the fan technique when dealing with the naso-labial triangle. They will opt for this technique when enhancing volume in this area of the face.
  • One of the most popular dermal filler injection techniques for changing facial contours or adding tissue volume is the cross-hatching technique.
  • Another popular dermal filler technique is the serial puncture technique which uses a series of injections along a line in the same wrinkle. These injections are made very close together so as to avoid any empty spaces or irregularities in spacing.
  • Another technique devised by a specific product is called the blanching technique. This is an adaptation of the serial puncture technique.

Are Dermal Filler Injection Techniques Painful?

All dermal filler injection techniques are carried out under local anaesthetic and are office procedures. They are not painful at all. Many people have their treatments done over their lunch break and return to work immediately afterwards. If you can stomach the idea of a needle being injected into your skin, you will have no trouble having a dermal injectable treatment.

Dermal fillers are classified as being either resorbable (or non-permanent) or non-resorbable (permanent). The first dermal filler approved for use in the United States was collagen. In the United Kingdom most dermal fillers are made up of hyaluronic acid based products. Most people use non-permanent dermal fillers. Studies have shown that people who use permanent dermal fillers are more prone to developing complications, some of which are very severe in nature.

Because the procedures for administering dermal fillers are not covered under the National Health Service, you should expect to cover the costs of the treatment yourself. Costs will vary because this treatment should always be carried out by a board certified physician, preferably a dermatologist or a plastic surgeon. Check with the physician of your choice about the costs associated with the treatment before proceeding. Bear in mind that because these treatments are not permanent, you can expect to have to return every six to twelve months to have the treatment repeated. The length of time the treatment results will remain visible will depend on your skin's condition at the time the treatment is administered.

What Can I Expect To Pay For A Dermal Injection Treatment?

Costs for dermal injection treatments in the United Kingdom typically range from 200 to 1,000 per treatment. The costs can vary depending on many factors, which can only be assessed by the physician who will be performing the treatment.

Be sure to ask your physician which of the dermal filler injection techniques he uses and why he chooses that particular method. This may help you decide if that treatment is best for you.

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Dermal Filler Injection Techniques

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