Dermal fillers are gel-like substances that restore lost volume, fill wrinkles, smooth lines, and enhance facial contours. Fillers are injected at different depths and spaces to restore a smoother appearance and reduce the signs of aging.
Dermal fillers can minimize these signs of aging and restore some of that lost volume.
As we age, our bodies change, wrinkles appear, and the subcutaneous fat that supports our skin is gradually lost. This is completely normal and a part of aging, but that does not mean that we have can’t fight it. Although most fillers are temporary (they eventually get absorbed by the body) they’re also a great solution to increase lost volume.
Each type of dermal filler is different in terms of longevity and texture, hence, each one has its unique recommendation. However, they all serve the same purpose – achieve a naturally younger look.
Although many people tend to use both terms interchangeably, Dermal Fillers are NOT the same as Botox.
There Are Different Types of Dermal Fillers
There are many types of dermal fillers, and each has its own recommendations. However, they all have the same purpose, which is to improve one’s looks and reduce the effects of aging.
According to the FDA there are 4 Categories of fillers depending on the substance they’re made with:
- Hyaluronic acid: A naturally produced substance that is already found in your skin and cartilage. Fillers made with hyaluronic acid generally last between 6-12 months.
- Calcium hydroxylapatite: This is a mineral that is found in our bones. These fillers can last up to 18 months.
- Poly-L-lactic acid: This biodegradable synthetic material is also used to make other medical products like dissolvable stitches. One of the longer-lasting fillers that can last up to 2 years.
- Polymethylmethacrylate beads: This is the only filler that can’t be absorbed by your body. Results are permanent and they’re only used around the mouth.
To choose the right type of filler for your needs and requirements, it is needed to have expert guidance. For your safety and for great results, this is not an option.
A board-certified dermatologist or cosmetic physician will thoroughly evaluate your specific areas of concern, understand your goals, and ensure that the best cosmetic outcome is met.
Delivering amazing results requires an understanding of facial anatomy and familiarity with the fillers and their unique characteristics.
What Dermal Fillers Can Vs What They Can’t Do
Dermal fillers are amazing, but there are some limitations, as with all cosmetic procedures. Even though dermal fillers can provide you with amazing results, there are cases in which surgery might be required – in these cases, fillers can’t replace surgery.
Dermal Fillers Can:
- Plump thin lips and cheeks
- Enhance shallow contours
- Soften facial creases and wrinkles
- Improve the appearance of scars
- Target early signs of aging
Dermal Fillers Can’t:
- Completely remove deeper scars
- Address conditions that need surgery
- Provide permanent results
- They will not meet unrealistic expectations
- They can’t replace volume on all areas of your face
Adding Plumpness, Fuller Lips, And Reversing Signs of Aging
Some dermal fillers such as Restylane® Silk are the perfect solution for tear troughs, while others like Juvederm® Ultra Plus nearly always produce the most desirable results adding fullness to your lips.
The magic of fillers is that you can improve your looks in many ways by targeting specific issues. From lip and cheek fillers to under-eye fillers, different fillers can address different areas of your face.