Does a non-surgical facelift ever go wrong?
The techniques that are used in a non-surgical facelift are intricate and involve injectables being put into the skin. In the hands of a medical professional, your safety will always be paramount and you can rest assured that your practitioner will be aware of any potential issues and how to manage them.
Dr Camilla Hill is registered with various professional bodies including the British College of Aesthetic Medicine.
What are the potential side effects of a non-surgical facelift?
While minor side effects can be experienced as a result of a treatment using dermal fillers these are usually short-term. They include:
- Slight swelling
Side effects from anti-wrinkle treatments containing a toxin can include:
- An asymmetrical expression
Should a patient experience side effects from the use of dermal fillers or anti-wrinkle injections during a non-surgical facelift these should be minimal and disappear quickly.
Investing in the right standard of care
More of a problem is when these are incorrectly administered, which is why it is always important to choose cosmetic treatment from a medical professional. Reports of ‘botched fillers’ do at times feature in the media, in fact, the rise in the popularity of aesthetic treatments has led to an increase in complaints.
While serious reactions are rare, news outlets reported that industry watchdog Save Face received twice as many complaints about problems with dermal filler treatments in 2019 – up to 1,342 from 672 the previous year.
The Save Face organisation aims to keep patients safe who are seeking cosmetic treatment by highlighting problems with the lack of strong industry regulation and unregulated practitioners.
Serious side effects are incredibly rare when using dermal fillers but include:
- Severe swelling
- Necrosis – where the blood supply is interrupted and the skin dies
- Blood clots
This highlights just how important it is to seek treatment and advice from a medical professional.
Anti-wrinkle treatments using toxins are generally considered to be very safe but in extremely rare situations could possibly cause breathing problems, muscle weakness or vision problems.
It is important to point out that the use of toxins and dermal fillers is, in general, overwhelmingly successful and accounts for 9 out of 10 tweakments in the UK in an industry worth around £3bn.
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Play it safe and choose treatment with a medical professional
Doctors and nurses offering aesthetic treatments will have been trained extensively – and have experience – of giving injections. They will also be adept at spotting the signs of an unexpected reaction and well placed to deal with it.
The regulation of the cosmetic treatment industry in the UK has been described as a ‘Wild West’, so always play it safe and choose a practitioner with a medical background, who is registered with an organisation such as the British College of Aesthetic Medicine.
A non-invasive facelift can make a huge difference to the way that you feel about your appearance and, when carried out by an experienced professional, should be quick, relatively painless and deliver excellent results with minimal downtime.
Dr Camilla Hill is fully trained medical doctor who has practiced as a GP and privately for more than 30 years. If you have any concerns about the safety of treatments, potential side effects, or risks she will be more than happy to discuss these in detail with you during a free consultation.