Who would not like to take years off their looks with a simple series of injections? That may be possible for you with dermal filler treatment, a safe procedure with at most minimal side effects.

Dermal fillers are not just effective, but fast. You could have the injections done in 30 minutes or less, then go on to resume your normal daily activities. Depending on the type of dermal filler you choose, you may leave the office looking years younger than when you came in. Schedule a consultation with a practiced doctor today.

What Dermal Fillers Could Do

Dermal fillers can do far more than just smooth out lines and wrinkles, although that is one of their primary functions. Dermal fillers may also:

  • Enhance and plump up lips
  • Provide or improve facial symmetry
  • Restore volume to sunken areas, including scars, temples, and cheeks
  • Smoothen chin creases

The FDA does not permit dermal filler use for enhancement of the buttocks, breasts, feet or implantation into the ligaments, muscles, tendons of bones.

Types of Dermal Fillers

Dermal filler treatments are available in temporary and semi-permanent forms, and also consist of natural and synthetic materials. These products go by various brand and scientific names, and most have unique uses for different parts of the body:

  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Calcium hydroxylapatite
  • Polymethylmethacrylate
  • Poly-l-lactic acid

Hyaluronic Acid

This natural substance aids in skin hydration and plumping. The results of hyaluronic acid injections may last a year or more, and such results are immediate. Lidocaine is added to the fillers, so injections are relatively painless.

Fillers containing hyaluronic acid are the most popular choice among consumers. Common brand names of hyaluronic acid fillers include Juvederm, Restylane, and Belotero.

Calcium Hydroxylapatite

Another natural substance found primarily in bone, calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHa) stimulates the production of collagen. This protein, the most abundant in the body, is necessary for skin firmness. CaHa injections last about one year and are generally used to eradicate deep wrinkles and lines. Radiesse is the most common brand name for this Dermal filler treatment.


This synthetic filler has a long history of medical use. Polymethylmethacrylate in filler form becomes a minute ball known as a microsphere, providing support beneath the skin. The product also stimulates collagen production. Brand names include Artefill and Bellafill.

Poly-L-Lactic Acid

While it is synthetic, poly-L-lactic acid is also biodegradable and has been used for decades in dissolvable sutures. Products like Sculptra stimulate collagen and are often used to diminish deep wrinkles. Furthermore, the results of poly-L-lactic acid last longer than many other fillers, usually two years or more.

Dermal Filler Side Effects and Contraindications

Dermal filler treatments are generally very safe, although there is always a possibility of minimal side effects. These include bruising, swelling, or redness at the injection site. These issues should resolve themselves within 48 hours. Some people may experience an allergic reaction to the filler, which is why the doctor will perform a skin test prior to facial injection.

In addition, the use of permanent fillers may result in the movement of the injectable material from the original injection site. While this may also occur with temporary fillers, their temporary nature means the migrating material will eventually disappear.