Did you know that there are many different kinds of dermal fillers? While similar, every filler has a unique application and is selected based on the patient’s unique characteristics and aesthetic goals. Many fillers in the Juvederm™ and Restylane® lines have specific roles and are used to either add volume and lift tissues or smooth and minimize skin wrinkles. Some fillers are best for the cheeks, whereas some are more suitable for the thin skin around the eye. There are even fillers that are designed specifically to work best for lip enhancement. Let’s explore how dermal fillers work and their benefits.
How Do Dermal Fillers Work?
Dermal fillers are injected into target areas by a medical professional. Dermal fillers act by adding volume to the target area—that’s the “filling” part—which in turn reduces the amount of visible lines, wrinkles, and creases. Most dermal fillers use a biocompatible substance as their primary acting ingredient, such as hyaluronic acid. This is a substance which is produced naturally by the body and can thus be safely reabsorbed.
However, this also means that dermal filler treatments are temporary and if patients wish to continue to enjoy the benefits of these kinds of treatments, they’ll need to undergo a touch-up once the effects begin to wear off. In most cases, dermal filler treatments last from six months to two years, depending on the type used, where it was applied, and the patient’s unique anatomy.
What Happens At A Dermal Filler Application Appointment?
The procedure is relatively straightforward and rarely takes longer than a single hour. On average, patients can expect a very short recovery period —after treatment, you may experience some soreness or puffiness for about a day. Since dermal filler treatments are not permanent, patients frequently book a repeat appointment 4 to 6 months down the road for a touch-up procedure. The medical professional you’re working with will inform you of how long the benefits of the dermal filler are likely to last before you have the treatment.
Are Some Fillers More Effective Than Others?
Every filler has a unique role and is designed to create a specific effect. In this regard, filler properties are different from one another but one type or brand is not necessarily more effective than another. Since everyone’s facial anatomy is unique, where a dermal filler is applied and which brand name may be most beneficial will also be a unique situation. To learn more about which kind of dermal filler will benefit you the most, it’s best to schedule a consultation with a plastic surgeon who can answer your questions, evaluate your facial structure and create a customized treatment plan. Experience and in depth knowledge about injectable treatments and the different brands plays an important role in meeting your specific goals and achieving the best results.