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There are lots of great things to celebrate about getting older, but many people don't always find this the case when they realise that their looks no longer match up with the age they feel on the inside. Some of the best ways to encourage an inner and outer glow include healthy lifestyle choices such as not smoking, exercising wisely and enjoying a balanced diet rich in fresh fruit and vegetables. And for some people, facial fillers, (when hyaluronic acid, a naturally-occurring sugar, is injected under the skin to soften lines and replace lost volume) are an attractive option. If you do decide that facial fillers are the right choice for you, it's important to do your research and find a qualified aesthetic practitioner, who will be able to discuss with you what results you can expect from treatment and then treat you in the best way appropriate for you should you decide to go ahead with treatment..
How to find the right clinic for facial fillersMost people who choose to have facial fillers want a subtle, natural-looking boost, and choosing the right practitioner is key to achieving this. Look for someone who is fully qualified – juvederm/locator.co.uk is a good resource for searching through practitioners. You should also ask to see before and after examples of their work when you visit them, and, if you want, they should be able to put you in touch with previous patients so you can find out more about their experiences. Before your treatment, the practitioner will conduct a free consultation with you, lasting about an hour, where you can discuss your concerns, be it frown lines or crow's feet, and find out what level of results you can expect from facial fillers. There will also be opportunity for you to discuss any worries you might have about the treatment – a reputable and fully qualified practitioner will be able to put your mind at ease! Susie Shing, pictured, who had Juvéderm facial fillers, describes her consultation as 'fascinating', saying: 'I sat down with the practitioner who studied my face at length, telling me all about my bone structure. He then asked what areas of my face I was unhappy with. Ironically the treatment plan that we decided on was not what I thought it would be, as he explained to me what would suit the profile of my face the best. I felt I could really trust him..'
What does the actual process of getting facial fillers involve?During the treatment, hyaluronic acid is injected into the face in order to plump and smooth out the skin in certain areas. 'It took about 50 minutes and I felt very comfortable throughout, as the practitioner chatted me through what he was doing at each point' says Susie. But what we all want to know is - does it hurt? 'I was given some numbing anaesthetic in my cheek area, so I didn't feel anything at all there' explains Susie. 'When the practitioner put filler in my lip line, that stung a little bit, but only for about two seconds!' Following treatment it is best to avoid makeup for 12 hours, as well as exposure to the sun, steam rooms, saunas and facials for a further couple of weeks.
What results can you expect from facial fillers?It's normal for the face to be a little swollen for a few days after facial fillers, but nevertheless you are likely to see an immediate difference. 'I looked a lot fresher straight away' reveals Susie. 'The recovery was quick and I returned to work looking radiant. My colleagues kept asking if I'd been away on holiday – they said I looked fantastic but because it was so natural, they couldn't put their fingers on why I looked so good.' While the results of facial fillers are subtle if they're administered professionally, the results – which last approximately up to 18-24 months depending on the products used – are still impressive, with lines smoothed and extra volume added in areas such as the cheeks or lips.'I feel the most confident I've felt in years' says Susie, 'It's boosted my inner confidence, as well as the way I look on the outside.'