Of all the aesthetic treatments that are popular today, dermal fillers are easily one of the most favorite anti-aging and age-defying treatments. Besides the fact that fillers are quick and easy, they are also far less risky than invasive options, which is why patients return over and over again for filler treatments. There are several different fillers on the market, each with a specific benefit and purpose. While the filler world may be tricky and even intimidating, they remain key in achieving a natural, rejuvenated, youthful look to turn back the hands of time.
What are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are FDA-approved injectable products that provide the skin and face a rejuvenating, contouring, and anti-aging effect. The two main types of fillers are:
- Hyaluronic acid, which attracts water and gives an immediate plumping effect
- Biostimulatory collagen stimulators work over time to create volume via new collagen production
The main reason why people look to dermal fillers is to restore volume and fullness to the face. With age, the deep fat layers of the face begin to diminish, which causes the fact to look sunken, hollow, or flat. But fillers restore a natural fullness to the face. Dermal fillers help to redefine lost volume in the face as a quick correction solution.
Hyaluronic acid fillers are the most popular, giving temporary yet noticeable results with minimal side effects. They fill in lines and wrinkles and add volume to areas affected by aging. Hyaluronic acid is naturally found in the body and is the substance that lubricates and provides cushion to the joints, eyes, and skin. In the case of injectable fillers, a synthetic version of hyaluronic acid is used to achieve immediate results.
Dermal fillers can be used for numerous purposes, including:
- Plumping thin lips
- Softening lines and wrinkles
- Adding contours and definition to the face
- Erasing shallow hollows
- Removing darkness under the eyes
- Creating more hydrated-looking skin
Dermal fillers are not a permanent way to restore lost volume, but they are quick, efficient, and accessible. There may be bruising and swelling post-injection, a common side effect. Each injectable lasts for a different length of time, and on average, you can expect the results to last six to 18 months, depending on the area treated and the product used.
How Do Dermal Fillers Work?
Dermal fillers are injected into the skin with either a needle or cannula. Once the filler is deposited under the skin, it plumps it from the inside out for natural fullness and better-defined features.
Not all areas of the face are suitable to treat with filler, although plenty fall victim to aging. Fillers work best for areas with a loss of fat and volume, meaning the feature looks flat or hollow. They also work to plump up static lines and wrinkles that do not result from repeat muscle movement. Lines and wrinkles present when the face is resting respond well to dermal fillers.
When injected into the skin, hyaluronic acid fillers provide a filling, volumizing, and hydrating component. When injected into the skin, it volumizes the area by drawing water for a plumping effect.
What does Dermal Filler Feel Like?
For the most part, dermal filler injections feel like nothing more than a quick pinch. It’s standard to numb the area with topical numbing cream to make the entire process more comfortable. Most dermal fillers are formulated with lidocaine, but an extra layer of protection never hurts. Remember that some areas, like the lips, have more nerves than others, making these areas more sensitive to injections.
What are the Benefits of Dermal Fillers?
The main benefit of dermal fillers is that they help reinflate volume-deficient areas. Even though they can do a lot, they can’t fix every age-related or aesthetic concern, so it’s critical to have realistic expectations. Several factors make dermal fillers a popular age-rejuvenating treatment. Plus, fillers can treat multiple areas of the face, like:
For the most part, dermal fillers are safe and effective. All aesthetic procedures can have potential complications, so it’s important to be aware of them, although severe complications are uncommon. In addition, the type of filler used and the area where it is injected can pose certain risks. Hyaluronic acid fillers are reversible if an adverse effect arises or you don’t like the results. Hyaluronidase acts as an antidote to hyaluronic acid fillers and dissolves them immediately.
Most fillers show immediate effects, although you may be swollen or bruised initially. This will subside in a few days, and the results you see will be what remains.
The results last about six months or longer, depending on the filler used and the areas injected.
Most filler lasts six to twelve months, depending on the filler used and the treatment areas.
Unlike long-lasting injectables and Botox, the effects of hyaluronic acid fillers are reversible if you are not happy with the results. An enzyme called hyaluronidase can be injected into the face to dissolve the dermal filler in a few hours and bring it back to baseline.