What Dermal Fillers Are Used To Fix
Dermal fillers can be used to fix a variety of concerns related to facial aging, including:
- Adding volume and smoothing out the deep creases that run from the nose to the mouth (called nasolabial folds or laugh lines).
- Plumping thin lips and smoothing out vertical lines around the edges of the lips.
- Augmenting cheeks to enhance their shape, often restoring youthful fullness.
- Filling out depressions (hollows) under the eye area.
- Making indented scars from acne or chicken pox more even with surrounding skin.
Reshaping The Nose
How Dermal Fillers Work (And How They’re Different From Botox)
- Dermal fillers are a naturally-derived or synthetic material that is directly injected into the skin with the purpose of plumping that area to the point where the wrinkle, depression, or fold is gone.
- Depending on the type of filler, the effects can last anywhere from six months to two years; for semi-permanent or permanent fillers, the effects can last up to five years, and there are reports of even longer-lasting results.
- Don’t confuse dermal fillers with Botox. Although both procedures involve injections, Botox is most often injected around the forehead and wrinkles around the eyes (crow’s feet) to stop muscle movement that results in wrinkles.
- It has nothing to do with the plumping smoothing effect dermal fillers have.
- Because they work in different manners, many people elect to get both Botox and dermal fillers — the combination can produce a remarkably younger-looking face.
Synthetic And Natural Dermal Fillers
- There are two primary groups of dermal fillers: synthetic and natural.
- Naturally-derived fillers (the most widely known is hyaluronic acid) have a much smaller risk of causing an allergic reaction but reactions can occur.
- Results are immediate but will only last from just three to 18 months (occasionally up to two years) because the filler eventually breaks down, taking the results, for better or worse, with it.
- Once the filler starts to dissipate you need to go back in and get more filler injected to maintain results. Most people who get fillers will need at least one follow-up injection.
- Synthetic fillers last much longer than naturally-derived ones and are considered semi-permanent though there many who would call them permanent because they really don’t dissipate.
- The wrinkles start to return only because your face continues to age or you continue to get sun damage due to being lax about protecting skin with sunscreen daily.
- As with all fillers, synthetic fillers have risks which are pretty much the same as for naturally-derived fillers except the difference is because synthetic fillers are “permanent” the potential problems can be “permanent” as well and are harder to correct.
Risks From Dermal Fillers
The major issue for fillers is one of longevity, followed by risk of migration and lumping, and ultimately the skill of the doctor in placing the right amount of filler in exactly the right place.
Is There A Best Dermal Filler?
There really isn’t a best dermal filler; all of them have risks, albeit rare ones. Which filler substance is considered “best” or “preferred” depends on the doctor’s technique, skill, experience, training, your facial needs, and risk tolerance. It has nothing to do with headlines in the media or articles in fashion magazines.
When To Get Dermal Fillers
There’s every reason to consider dermal fillers to correct signs of aging that are beyond what skincare products can do.
- Age, muscle movement, fat loss, gravity, and sun damage among other factors will eventually take their toll.
- Without question, fillers can help improve the appearance of deep lines and give skin a more supple, youthful appearance in ways that skincare simply cannot.