What Are Dermal Fillers?

Fillers help diminish facial lines and restore volume and fullness in the face. As we age, our faces naturally lose subcutaneous fat, which is the visible fat under the skin. With your facial muscles working closer to the skin surface, crow’s feet and smile lines become more apparent. The facial skin also stretches a bit, adding to this loss of facial volume. Other factors that affect the facial skin include sun exposure, heredity, and lifestyle.

How Dermal Fillers Work?

  • One kind of dermal filler is composed of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance, produced by our bodies, that gives skin its natural plump, fullness, and overall hydration.
  • Hyaluronic acid molecules can treat folds and wrinkles and add volume lost to aging. It can give you slightly plumper lips, fill in lines around your mouth, or define your jawline.
  • Correction is temporary.

Dermal Fillers Can Be Used To:

  • Plump thin lips
  • Enhance shallow contours
  • Soften facial creases and wrinkles
  • Improve the appearance of recessed scars
  • Can be very helpful in those with early signs of aging, or as a value-added part of facial rejuvenation surgery.

What Fillers Will Not Do:

For some patients, surgery such as a facelift, brow lift, or eye lift may be the best approach. Non-surgical rejuvenation treatments, such as soft tissue fillers, cannot achieve the same results but may help delay the time when consideration of a facelift becomes appropriate.

Types of Dermal Fillers: Cosmetic injectables, wrinkle fillers, or dermal fillers are generally classified into two main categories: temporary injectable fillers and semi-permanent or permanent injectable fillers.

Temporary fillers – Hyaluronic acid (HA fillers) and fat transfer:

Juvederm™
Perlane

Revenasse®Versa™

Semi-permanent/permanent fillers:
Radiesse®
Sculptra® Aesthetic