Dermal fillers are gel-like substances injected beneath the skin to bring back its youthful appearance. Depending on the type used, these can soften fine lines and smooth wrinkles, restore plumpness to the skin or plump the lips, or replace the lost volume that caused sagging skin. Since there’s little to no downtime involved, these are a popular method for facial rejuvenation among men and women worldwide.
The dermal fillers cost widely vary depending on the clinic’s geographical location, the doctor’s expertise, and the type of filler and number of injections required. Depending on the issues being addressed, the cost may or may not be covered by medical insurance; in case of coverage, be sure to ask since it may only be partial coverage.
How Do These Work?
Dermal fillers are used for a wide range of cosmetic purposes including:
* Smooth the fine lines, creases, and wrinkles around the mouth and nose, also known as smile lines, marionette lines, and parentheses
* Smooth the creases on the chin
* Restore volume on the cheeks and/or temples, which may be caused by natural aging or an underlying medical condition
* Reduce the appearance of vertical lip lines
* Plump the lips so as to enhance its appearance, a popular treatment to achieve Angelina Jolie-like lips
* Improve the symmetry between the facial features, especially in case of sagging skin or sunken cheeks
Dermal fillers should only be administered by a trained and licensed practitioner, preferably a board-certified dermatologist.
What Are the Types of Fillers?
Dermal fillers are classified according to their base substance. For safety reasons, always check that you’re receiving FDA-approved branded fillers.
* Hyaluronic acid fillers keep the skin hydrated, plump and smooth temporarily; results last between 6 and 12 months since the body gradually absorbs the substance. Examples include Juvederm, Belotero, and Restylane.
* Calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) fillers are typically used for the treatment of deeper lines and wrinkles, as well as in stimulating natural collagen production. The best example is Radiesse.
* Poly-L-lactic acid fillers are made of a biodegradable, biocompatible synthetic substance. These are collagen stimulators in the sense that these aid the skin in rebuilding natural collagen and, thus, smooth the fine lines. The results can last for up to 2 years.
* Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) fillers consist of microspheres and collagen, both of which provide continued support, structure and firmness under the skin. Bellafill is a great example.
* Autologous fat injections require surgery but the results are longer-lasting than the other types of dermal fillers. Basically, your own fat will be harvested and purified before it’s injected into your face to restore volume, especially in your cheeks, temples, or lower eyelids.
The duration with which dermal fillers last depends on several factors including the type of filler used, the treatment area, and the patient. In general, the denser the dermal filler and the deeper it’s injected into the skin, the more likely that its results will last; exceptions apply.