What You Need To Know Before Getting Dermal Fillers

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What You Need To Know Before Getting Dermal Fillers. Dermal fillers are a revolutionary invention that can give you a more youthful appearance for only a fraction of what a traditional facelift costs. Dermal fillers plump thin lips, restore lost volume and fill lines and wrinkles in less than 30 minutes. And depending on the filler used, results can last up to 18 months.

What are dermal fillers?

Unlike Botox injections that temporarily paralyze muscles under the offending wrinkles, injectable dermal fillers fill in lines and creases, which make trouble areas virtually disappear. But all dermal fillers are not the same. Consistency and texture play a role as to where the fillers are injected, giving the most natural look.

Treatment with dermal fillers is quick, easy and typically painless. As with all cosmetic procedures, dermal fillers do have a downside, including the formation of bumps under the skin and possible allergic reaction, although this is rare.

And just as no two patients are the same, not every dermal filler is right for every kind of wrinkle. The best results come from using the right one in the right place correctly.

That’s the main reason why you should always have dermal filler injections performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon or medical professional.

Below is a breakdown of dermal fillers, which includes their ingredients, their pros and cons, and where they work best. Depending on your aesthetic goals, your surgeon can help you choose the right one for you.

Hyaluronic Acid Fillers

Hyaluronic acid-based fillers are the most popular type of filler. Each one works slightly different depending on the injection site.

Side effects of hyaluronic acid are rare but can include swelling, slight bruising and redness at the injection site. Tiny bumps may be visible under the skin but go away on its own over time.

Results from these type of fillers last from several months to over a year. Research also suggests that with repeated injections, your body may start to produce more collagen, which reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. And when your body produces more collagen, you may need less filler with repeat injections.

Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers include:

  • Restylane
  • Juvederm
  • Voluma
  • Vobella
  • Belotero

These type of fillers work best in the tear troughs, midface, lips and marionette lines that run between the nose and corners of your mouth.

Synthetic Fillers

The next category of dermal fillers are made in a lab and have no relation to anything made naturally in your skin. Fillers is this group can have similar side effects, which include redness, swelling and bruising at the injection site. Although rare, it’s also possible to feel a lump under the skin after having these types of injections. While these kinds of fillers do last longer than hyaluronic acid, they can have a higher risk of side effects.

Synthetic dermal fillers include the following:

  • Radiesse
  • Sculpta
  • Bellafill
  • Silicone

This groups of fillers also work well to restore lost volume in the cheek area.

Collagen-Based Fillers

Thanks to the development of hyaluronic acid fillers, collagen-based dermal fillers aren’t used as much as they were previously. Most collagen injection start to break down after one month, making them the least economical of choice. Collagen-based fillers have a higher incidence of allergic reaction and require allergy testing before administration.

Collagen-based fillers include:

  • Evolence
  • Cosderm
  • Zyderm
  • Fibrel

Collagen fillers work well to fill in smoker’s lines and the nasolabial folds.

Side Effects of Dermal Fillers

Treatment with dermal fillers is quick, easy and typically painless. As with all cosmetic procedures, dermal fillers do have a downside, including the formation of bumps under the skin and possible allergic reaction, although this is rare.

How to Minimize Side Effects of Dermal Fillers

Although rare, side effects do happen time to time. As such, it’s important that you make an educated decision before undergoing injections. There are things you can do to ensure the best result possible, which includes:

  • Don’t let the price be the deciding factor. If you find the dermal filler that costs significantly less than standard treatment prices, it’s possible that it is not a quality product.
  • Never get dermal fillers from outside sources. Ask the surgeon which filler is best and ask to see the FDA approval. Authentic filler comes in specific packaging, which will have the lot number printed on it, which verifies its authenticity.
  • Always have your injections performed in a sterile medical setting. Treatments performed in someone’s home, in a hotel or another outside location is not recommended.


After having injections, your face is 100 percent you, only better and more youthful appearing. Wrinkles and marionette lines vanish, and lost volume in the cheek area is replenished with only minimal swelling or bruising at the injection site.

With so many dermal filler choices available, restoring a more youthful appearance is simple. Take the time to find a qualified surgeon who will address your aesthetic concerns and then design an individualized treatment plan. Dr. Andres Bustillo is a board-certified surgeon who focuses on facial plastic surgery and enhancing your face through other options including dermal fillers in Miami, FL area.


Guest Post by Mark Glasgold

Dirty and Thirty
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