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Answering Your Important Questions About Fillers

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What are fillers? What are the benefits and are there any side effects? What will the appointment be like?

Here at AF Cosmetic Clinic, we are always asked about our filler (dermal filler) treatment. We thought it would be helpful for our clients to create a short FAQ highlighting everything you need to know about filler treatments.

What are fillers?

Fillers are a natural, gel-like substance which is injected into your face. Common areas include the lips, cheeks and nasolabial folds (“smile/laugh lines”). They fill out wrinkles and lines in the face and can add volume to specific areas too. This is what you commonly see with lip fillers, where lip volume is enhanced. They aim to reduce signs of ageing and add volume, leaving you with a younger and more vibrant look.

Fillers are made of hyaluronic acid, a substance which is found naturally in the skin. Hyaluronic acid is essential for skin moisture and helps the skin to feel and appear plump, hydrated and healthy. Injecting a small amount of hyaluronic acid into the skin will allow your cells to retain more water and stay hydrated. This process will restore plump and healthy appearance and can smooth out wrinkles and lines.

What are the benefits?

As we get older, our bodies produce less collagen and elastin, two substances which create a youthful appearance. Fillers can aid this loss of collagen and elastin by restoring your skin to a plump and youthful state. Fillers can quickly remove the appearance of deep lines and wrinkles, making you feel revitalised and youthful.

It is a straightforward and quick procedure, with no downtime and little risk. It is not a permanent treatment either, usually lasting between 6-18 months. This allows flexibility in the future and can be less daunting.

Are there any side effects?

There are some common side effects which can occur, but usually clear within 7 to 14 days. These include redness, swelling, pain, bruising and itching. There are few serious side effects, which are rare. These include infection, filler moving location, scarring and blocked blood vessels.

If you have any problems, it is important that you get back in touch with your practitioner who treated you. It is vital that before getting fillers, you read up and do your research to ensure you know what treatment you are receiving. It is crucial that you get treatment from certified clinicians too. At our clinic, Dr Fidal has over 19 years of surgical experience, ensuring that you will receive the highest standard of treatment.

What happens on appointment day?

So, what can you expect when you come for your appointment? Firstly, Dr Fidal will have two telephone consultations to find out what you’re aiming for and to address any questions or concerns. You will also discuss your medical history, the protocols and be offered a free face-to-face consultation.

When you arrive for your appointment, Dr Fidal will run through the health and safety checks once again and answer any questions, ensuring you feel comfortable and at ease. Photos will be taken of the treatment area.

Firstly, the treatment area will be cleaned, and a numbing cream will be applied, ensuring the procedure is as pain-free and comfortable as possible. Dr Fidal then injects the fillers with precision and care. Following this, the procedure is complete. Nice and easy, right? Dr Fidal will explain all the post-treatment care that you need to follow to ensure excellent results. You will then need to return 2 weeks later for a follow-up appointment, making sure you are happy with the results and addressing any issues. During this time, we encourage you to get in touch with the clinic if you have any questions or concerns.

We hope this article helped answer some questions about one of our most popular treatments. If you have any questions, comments or would like to book an appointment, please get in touch with us via our contact page.

Stay safe and keep smiling.


As we are fighting a pandemic, there will be some adjustments made to ensure the health and safety of both the clients and staff. You can read more about the changes here.

COVID-19

Adapting to Business Post-COVID 19

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How has COVID-19 changed Cosmetic Clinics? And what are we doing to protect clientele and staff?

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Following the latest guidance from the Prime Minister, we are excited to welcome you back to the Clinic on the 1st of August. During the past months, we have been hard at work helping the NHS and doing our part to combat Coronavirus. It has been a long few months without seeing our amazing clients, and we are excited to welcome you back.

It also seems that many clients are keen to return and get treatment in a safe and trustworthy environment. A survey about the return of cosmetic treatment after the lockdown was conducted, with over 2000 respondents. The results found that a staggering 98% of respondents wanted a non-surgical cosmetic procedure after lockdown. Additionally, 100% of respondents felt it essential for the practitioner to wear PPE, and 95% said it was essential that the practitioner is a trained Health Care Professional with a thorough understanding of infection control.

At AF Cosmetic Clinic, we welcome these results. We have taken the required steps to ensure the health and safety of both the clients and staff, enabling the Clinic to open for appointments.

So how will COVID-19 affect the Clinic?

Following guidance from the Government and Public Health England, we have made several changes in the clinic. These include:

  • Making facemasks a requirement to enter the clinic (which can be provided if forgotten)
  • Providing sanitiser to patients for use on entry and exit of the clinic
  • Increasing the frequency of cleaning to be carried out between each appointment
  • All staff will be fully PPE equipped during treatments
  • Staggered appointments to ensure no crossover and allow time for cleaning
  • All patients are required to arrive alone (special assistance can be organised in advance if required)
  • Closure of waiting rooms and toilets and replacing soft furnishings with easy to clean items
  • Implementing 2-meter social distancing rule between staff and patients, excluding during treatment procedures
  • Conducting virtual consultations before face-to-face appointments

Keeping you safe

By implementing these changes, we are doing our utmost to ensure our clients can safely return to the Clinic and receive treatment. Our head practitioner, Dr Fidal, is overseeing these changes to ensure we fully adhere to the guidelines. With over 34 years of experience, clients can trust that the Clinic is taking their safety very seriously. 

We are excited to welcome you back on the 1st of August. Our full range of treatments are available, so get in touch with us now. Alternatively, you can message us via Facebook, or drop us a text/call on 07391134268.

Stay safe and keep smiling.


Due to COVID-19, we encourage our clients to pay via online bank transfer as an alternative to cash. We also request that you remove any makeup and jewellery before your appointment

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, please notify us to cancel your appointment and follow government guidance.