Updated on November 11th, 2023
Have you ever wondered why some people defy the aging process and always look young? The answer is of course in the dermal filler industry.
For those who want a renewed and rejuvenated face, fillers have been a great cosmetic technique that can restore volume, smoothing lines, or improve facial features’ appearance. In this article, we will look at the definition and purposes of fillers and the various types available.
Let’s first look at what fillers are.
Injectable fillers are injectable substances specifically designed to increase volume in areas of the face that have lost their youthful fullness.
As we age, our skin begins to lose collagen and lyocell, resulting in wrinkle formation, fine lines, and loss of fullness in the cheeks. Fillers work to compensate for the lost volume, providing a more youthful and vibrant appearance.
There are many different types of fillers, each with its own characteristics and areas of use.
The most popular type of fillers are hyaluronic acid fillers, which are made from a substance found naturally in the body. By binding to water molecules, these fillers provide immediate results by increasing volume and hydration in the treated area. Hyaluronic acid fillers are often used to reduce the appearance of nasolabial folds, marionette lines and to plump the lips.
There is another type of filler consisting of calcium hydroxyapatite microspheres suspended in a gel. In this form, collagen production will be stimulated, giving immediate and long-term results.
Calcium hydroxylapatite fillers are often used for volumising areas such as the cheeks, as well as for deeper wrinkles and folds such as around the mouth.
Polylactic acid fillers, also known as collagen stimulators, work by slowly stimulating the production of naturally occurring collagen in the body. In particular, this type of filler is used to restore volume to large areas of the face, such as the temples and cheeks. It offers a subtle, natural beauty enhancement that develops gradually over time.
It should be noted that each type of filler has its own characteristics and duration of results. While calcium hydroxyapatite and polyL hyaluronic acid fillers are typically used to provide immediate results lasting several months, they can often offer lasting effects for a year or longer.
From the moment the filler is injected into the face, an increase in volume and upward lifting of the skin begins to be observed in the area where it is applied. The level difference with the tissue around the pitted areas begins to close. As the water retention capacity of the skin increases, it increases its effect even more. It continues to show its effect for 18 months.
Filling applications are performed within 15-30 minutes. The filler is injected into the complaint areas with the help of fine needles. After the application, you can easily continue your daily routines. Slight swelling, bruising or redness may occur after the procedure, these effects, which appear due to the effect of the procedure, disappear spontaneously after 1-2 days.
If lip augmentation is to be performed, there should be no herpes in the lip area.
Depending on factors such as the type of filler used and the individual metabolic rate, the duration of permanence of the fillers varies. In general, fillers can last from a few months to a year. Depending on the type of filler you use, your healthcare professional can provide more detailed information.
Pregnant or breastfeeding women, people with certain medical conditions or allergies to the ingredients of fillers may not be suitable candidates for facial fillers. You should seek the advice of an experienced professional to assess your suitability for this procedure.
Depending on the type of filler used, the melting time of the facial filler varies. Some of the fillers are temporary and can last from a few months to a year, while others can last longer. Specific information regarding the duration of use of the filler in question can be provided by your healthcare professional.
A permanent dermal filler is not available. When choosing fillers, a discussion with your healthcare professional about longevity and the possible need for touch-up procedures should be considered.
The discomfort that may be experienced during a facial filler procedure varies from person to person. Pain reduction techniques, e.g. topical application of a desensitising cream or gel containing local anaesthetic, are generally used by the majority of providers.
If the filler is accidentally injected into a blood vessel, it can potentially block the vessel and cause complications. It is essential that procedures are performed by a skilled and experienced provider who can reduce the risk of such events and respond promptly to any complications that may arise.
It can range from a single filler injection to multiple injections in different areas. It is best practice to contact your provider to discuss your goals and expectations. He or she will advise you on how many fillers are needed for your desired result.
People who are pregnant or breastfeeding, have active infections or skin diseases, have certain autoimmune conditions, or have a history of allergic reactions to fillers may not be allowed to have facial fillers.