What Are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers involve an injection into the skin of what is known as soft-tissue filler that is most often made up of hyaluronic acid gel (abbreviated as HA), calcium hydroxylapatite, natural collagens, or, less commonly, a biodegradable, biocompatible synthetic polymer (PLLA). An accepted non-surgical treatment, they are used widely within the cosmetic industry as part of a skin rejuvenation regime that reduces facial wrinkles, improves facial volume, and generally restores smoothness and tone to aging skin.

Given that our skin is being pummelled every day by sun, smog, and weather as well as some of our own bad habits, day-to-day stress, heredity, and even our sleep position, it is not surprising that our skin changes dramatically as we get older. It becomes rougher, dryer, looses elasticity (causing it to hang loosely in some spots), becomes more transparent as the surface layer thins, and becomes more fragile. It also bruises easier and, in some cases, develops benign tumors that we know more commonly as age spots, liver spots, or sunspots. And even for those of us who limit time in the sun, avoid smoking and tanning, and treat our skin carefully throughout life, some degree of aging is inevitable.

So why choose Dermal Fillers as a cosmetic option? Bearing FDA approval, Dermal Fillers are sanctioned as a safe and effective non-surgical method for reducing a variety of common facial wrinkles, scars, sagging, and skin folds as well as for lip and cheek augmentation or enhancement. They are often common in the fashion world for treating painful balls of the feet and for rejuvenating hands. Although Dermal Fillers are temporary rejuvenation solutions, the results do last longer than with many other injectable options, often for between six and eighteen months, depending on the product used and location of the treatment. An added benefit: the average Dermal Filler treatment takes less than an hour and requires no out-of-office (stay-at-home) recovery time with the common side effects that tend to be less intrusive than with other forms of injectables skin treatments, with minor bruising, tenderness, and itchiness most often noted. And Dermal Fillers made of hyaluronic acid gel are considered reversible within 48 hours if a client is unhappy with the results. For many women, Dermal Fillers is part of an ongoing skin rejuvenation plan, a prevention against aging rather than a restoration after aging has already taken hold. According to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) international survey from 2018, Dermal Fillers are the second most common non-surgical procedure chosen by women and men from around the world (Botox is first), with over 3.6 million treatments annually. Dermal Fillers are truly a global solution, with rising popularity in such countries as Brazil, Italy, Germany, and Mexico as well as in the US. This popularity is increasing dramatically (almost 30% per year) as clients understand the benefits of choosing Dermal Fillers as an alternative to other surgical or injectable options.

Are Dermal Fillers safe for everyone? Used appropriately Dermal Fillers are FDA approved and safe. Like any cosmetic treatment, you should always consult with a doctor before beginning a treatment program. The safety of all Dermal Fillers is still unknown for use in women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or under the age of 18. Always work with an established clinic that only uses properly labeled, seal vials; ask to see one and look specifically for an FDA-Approved injectable wrinkles filler designation on the product. Finally, you always want to choose an expert who will listen to your needs, will advise you carefully, and who you come to trust to provide you with the long-lasting, natural look that you want.