Dermal fillers offer a promising solution for patients with shallow facial contours, thin lips, deep set wrinkles, and scars. Dermal fillers are used to improve facial appearance and give patients a more youthful appearance. It is important to note that all results achieved by using dermal fillers are short-term. Dermal fillers must be used on a consistent basis to achieve long-lasting results.  The only other safe option is micro fat grafting, using the patient’s own fat, taken from an area of the body with fat deposits such as the inner thigh, and injected into the desired facial area.  There is some absorption, but a good percentage is permanent.

Materials Used in Injectable Dermal Fillers

  • Collagen: Cow cells are the major source of this protein called Collagen which is used as dermal filler. The downside with the use of these fillers is that their effect lasts for just 3 to 4 months, and there is a risk of reaction.
  • Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA):  (Commonly known as Radiesse®). This filler is a synthetic biocompatible material, approved by the FDA. The wrinkle diminishes quickly as soon as the CaHA is mixed in gel-like solution and injected into the wrinkle site.  Results average lasting from 12 to 18 months.
  • Hyaluronic Acid: This filler provides outstanding results.  Hyaluronic acid forms a gel when it is mixed with water, and will last 6-12 months before being completely absorbed.  Hyaluronic acid is found naturally between our cells and is non-allergic.
  • Poly-L-lactic Acid (PLLA): This material is increasingly becoming popular because of its characteristics of being biocompatible and biodegradable. Within a few weeks of time one is able to see the results of this filler.  PLLA microparticles help to stimulate your skin’s own natural collagen as a result of a normal foreign-body reaction to their presence. The build-up of collagen over time creates volume at the site of injection, while the PLLA microparticles are metabolized to carbon dioxide and water and expelled through the respiratory system.  Moreover, the results last for a period of up to 2 years or more. It is important to note that this type of filler must be injected several times (up to four injection sessions that are scheduled about three weeks apart).
  • Micro Fat Grafting:  This gives very nice natural results, is completely non-allergic because it is the from the patient’s own body, and a good percentage of it is permanent.

Risks Involved

The potential risks involved with the use of injectable dermal fillers include:

  • Redness: The patients undergoing the dermal filler may experience temporary redness on the face.
  • Swelling: Swelling at the site of the injection is common but short term.
  • Pain: Most pain is managed by medication.
  • Itching: Some patients report itching at the injection site.

Limitations of Dermal Fillers Injections

The process of injecting the dermal fillers, while easy, must be performed by qualified, experienced medical and aesthetic professionals.  When performed properly, dermal fillers involve few complications.  Though the process is simple, the results are short-term, lasting a few months up to 1 or 2 years.  Consult with your medical professional before receiving any dermal filler treatment.

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