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What are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are injection based gel-like substance that helps to restore volume back into the face.
There are multiple types of dermal filler products that are separated based on its chemical make up, longevity, and how it interacts with our body.
These include hyaluronic acid (ex Juvederm, Resylane), polymethyl-methacrylate –PMMA (ex. Bellafill), calcium hydroxylapatite (Radiesse), and polylactic acid (Sculptra).
Some last up to 12 months and others are semi-permanent.
Regarding being the most popular kind of dermal filler with the highest safety among all other fillers, hyaluronic acid is the go-to product.
For the purpose of this article, only hyaluronic acid will be discussed when dermal fillers are mentioned.
Hyaluronic acid is a natural occurring substance that is found all over our body from our skin tissues to the fluid in our eyes and joints. Because of this, allergic reactions are very uncommon and no allergy testing is required before use.
Once injected, hyaluronic acid acts quickly to restore volume to the area of injection, increasing skin elasticity and smoothing out deep wrinkles and folds. Hyaluronic acid is extremely hydrophilic, meaning that it has the ability to draw in a lot of water, which helps to add volume to the depleted areas in a more natural way as compared to permanent implants.
What Areas Can Be Treated
• Temple hollowing
• Under eye hollowing/Tear troughs
• Volume loss at cheeks
• Nasolabial folds
• Volume loss at lips/Thin Lips
• Downturn of the mouth/Marionette lines
• Volume loss of jawline
• Protruding fat at jawline/Prejowls sulcus
• Receded chin