Dermal Filler

What Are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are a popular cosmetic procedure used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and folds on the face. They are used to fill in areas where aging has caused skin to lose volume, such as around the mouth, hands and eyes. Dermal fillers can be used to add natural-looking facial contours, augment lips, and improve the appearance of scars.

How Dermal Fillers Work

Dermal fillers are usually made from a compound called hyaluronic acid, which is naturally present in the body. When injected, this compound binds with water molecules to create a cushion between the muscle and skin, thus helping to fill in and smooth fine lines and wrinkles. Depending on the type of filler and treatment area, dermal fillers can last anywhere from 4 to 18 months.

Types of Dermal Fillers

There are several types of dermal fillers available. Each type has advantages and disadvantages:

  • Collagen-based Dermal Fillers: Collagen is a natural protein that is found in the skin. It helps give structure to the skin and is naturally produced by the body. Collagen-based fillers are made out of a collagen-like material derived from a variety of animal sources.
  • Hyaluronic Acid Dermal Fillers: Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the body that helps retain moisture and creates volume and fullness in the skin. Usings hyaluronic acid as a dermal filler is a popular choice for many people, as it is safe and long-lasting.
  • Poly-L-Lactic Acid Dermal Fillers: This type of filler is made from a synthetic material, which is injected into the skin to help stimulate collagen production. This promotes long-term structural changes in the skin and can provide results that last up to 2 years.

Benefits of Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers provide numerous benefits to people who are looking to reduce the signs of aging. Some of the benefits of using dermal fillers include:

  • Smoothing out wrinkles and fine lines
  • Reducing the appearance of scarring
  • Adding volume and fullness to areas such as lips and cheeks
  • Improving facial symmetry and contours
  • Reducing puffiness under the eyes

Side Effects of Dermal Fillers

It is important to note that while dermal fillers are generally safe and effective, there are some potential side effects. These side effects may include but are not limited to: redness, swelling, bruising, skin discoloration, and itching at the injection site. These side effects should usually subside within a few days of the injection. It is always important to consult with your doctor before receiving any type of cosmetic treatment.