What Are Facial Fillers?

Facial fillers (also known as dermal fillers) are used to restore your natural, youthful appearance by filling up and reducing the severity of fine lines or wrinkles, plumping the lips or filling out minor areas of the skin that have lost their elasticity.

Facial fillers are an excellent substitute for surgical facelifts and are also known as “liquid facelifts” as no surgical procedure is required.

Facial fillers show immediate results by adding more volume to the skin at a lower cost than surgery. Their only drawback is that they cannot repair excessively sagging skin and need to be repeated every year or so to maintain their effects.

Are facial fillers permanent or temporary?

Dermal or facial fillers can be temporary or semi-permanent. The temporary fillers consist of natural body tissues usually extracted from other sites on your own body, to allow better tissue acceptance and adaptation.

These tissues include fat, collagen, hyaluronic acid, polylactic acid and calcium hydroxylapatite. They are mainly used for fixing minor or slightly moderate skin imperfections.

Semi-permanent fillers are made of 20% Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) microspheres suspended in 80% purified collagen gel. They are used for more moderate or severe wrinkles and pitted skin surfaces.

Facial fillers treatment

When you go for a dermal filler treatment, the doctor takes into consideration what result you desire for your skin and assesses your skin condition and skin tone. He then marks the sites on your skin which need filler with a pen. These are for guidance when he begins injecting the material.

The areas to be injected are then cleansed with an antibacterial agent to avoid any infections and a local anesthetic is applied to the areas.

Sometimes the filler materials contain some amount of anesthetic themselves. You’re done with the entire procedure in just a few minutes and you may apply ice to the area to ease any discomfort. Remember not to apply too much pressure upon the injected areas as this could cause movement of the fillers.

After Treatment

Once you have had your treatment, you can resume all your daily activities and even apply makeup, being careful not to add pressure to the treated areas for some time. Occasionally people experience some swelling or bruising but this subsides within a few days and is not a reason for concern.

Your doctor may overfill certain areas if human fat is used as the filler, but this too subsides as some of the natural fat gets absorbed into the body tissues.

Facial fillers are not permanent and re-treatments are needed as you age and filler materials absorb. The rate at which this happens determines how often you will need retreatment.

Fillers cannot stop your natural aging process but till then, they are a great way to rejuvenate your skin. You can even have them done while you consider a surgical facelift at a later stage.

Are there any drawbacks to facial fillers?

They are non-invasive and come with minimal drawbacks, so having facial filler treatment is a great way to look and feel young and beautiful all over again!