Dermal fillers have become increasingly popular because they can help you maintain a natural younger look without invasive surgery. Dermal fillers make treating wrinkles and expression lines considerably convenient and cost effective, and they address progressive volume loss issues that a facelift can’t.

It is noteworthy that dermal fillers restore volume with one of several different substances, unlike Botox injections that relax the muscles of the face. Consequently, problem areas are corrected at the time of injection, creating a more youthful appearance instantly.

The most-used fillers contain hyaluronic acid, which is a substance naturally found in the body and is well-tolerated. There are several brands of fillers currently available.

How Do Dermal Fillers Work?

Dermal fillers primarily replace lost volume in the face and other parts of the body, such as the backs of hands. A dermal filler primarily aims to change the facial profile to a more youthful one rather than simply tightening or smoothing the skin. Dermal fillers can be used:

  • To restore fullness to the cheekbones or cheeks, thereby returning the skin to its original position
  • To removelines from the nose to the mouth, the mouth to the chin, lines above the upper lip, and frown lines
  • To enhance or restore natural volume to the lips
  • To add volume to the back of the hands and reduce the prominence of veins

How Long Do Fillers Last?

The longevity of fillers depends on the injection technique, the area treated, and your skin type. Hyaluronic acid fillers vary from 6 months to 24 months.

Downtime

The treatment with fillers takes about an hour. The most common side effects of this kind of treatment include temporary injection-site reactions, such swelling, bruising, and redness. Swelling normally lasts about 24 hours. Bruising can last up to two weeks but usually resolves in one week.

Is There Pain Associated with Fillers?

The pain involving dermal fillers depends on the area of treatment.  In areas such as the cheeks there is minimal discomfort as topical numbing cream is applied before treatment.  For adding volume to the lips, local anesthetics are used prior to injections making it an almost painless experience.

Possible Risks

The most common side effects of fillers are bruising and swelling. Very rare complications can occur if the operator accidentally injects filler into blood vessels, resulting in potential skin loss. The most affected area for this complication is the tip of the nose and glabella.

When Are the Results Visible?

The results are noticeable immediately after dermal fillers are used. However, final results are visible around 1–2 weeks after the subsiding of any potential swelling or bruising caused by the injectables.

Dermal fillers are the solution for a natural look that can add confidence to the way you carry yourself. By restoring volume, and reducing wrinkles and sagging, these products allow anyone to maintain a consistent youthful appearance.