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Dermal Fillers

How Are Fillers Injected

Fillers have become a better option due to their antiaging benefits and retaining a youthful look.This article discusses how filers are injected, their uses and how long they last.

Aging is inevitable.The client’s aging symptoms may vary due to environmental factors, genes, and lifestyle.The body produces less hyaluronic acid, smile lines, and wrinkles when aging. Fillers can help reverse aging symptoms since they increase the volume of the face and fill up wrinkles and laugh lines. The results are long-lasting, and it takes6-12 months before getting a touch-up.

How Are Fillers Administered

A skilled cosmetic doctor should perform filler procedures. Consult with an aesthetic practitioner before having dermal fillers.A cosmetic doctor takes clientsthrough the process and asks whether they have done similar filler procedures before and if they were successful. The injecting process is fast. De Boulle et al. (2013) suggested that the filler procedure takes about 30 minutes.An aesthetic practitioner ensures the treatment area is in good condition before a patient leaves the clinic. A cosmetic doctor may apply a numbing cream some minutes before the procedure to make the area lose sensitivity, facilitating a painless free process. A cosmetic doctor uses a fine needleand some amount of the filler under the skin of the preferred site and shapes the fillers according to a client’s preference. A patient may have immediate results or wait a few days to get a perfect look.

What Are Fillers?

Fillers have hyaluronic acid, a substance in the form of a gel in the body. Hyaluronic acid helps hydrate the body since itabsorbs water. Borumand&Sibilla (2014) stated that the amount of hyaluronic acid produced by the body reduces when agingmore than when young, making the skin developearlysigns of aging.

What Are Fillers Used for?

Fillers have several uses, which include:

Treating Smile Lines

Smile lines appear in the mouth area when smiling or laughing. When aging, these lines deepen and become permanent and visible without laughing. According to Ashok et al. (2022), fillers help reduce the appearance of smile lines by filling them, leaving them hardly noticeable.

Plump Cheeks

The cheeks may startsinkingwhen aging. Lips begin to sag and grow wrinkles. Fillers can increase the cheek’s volume and make them plumper and chubby.

Enhancing Lips

Czumbel et al. (2021)  revealed that patients desiring perfect lips look for fillers to help increase volume and plumpness. Lip fillers are also used to increase the size of lips. Lip filling has many benefits, like enhancing a client’slooks and makingthem appear youthful. However, when a skilled cosmetic doctor carries out the lip filler treatment, a patient gets the desired results,lasting longer before getting a touch-up. Galadari et al. (2015) suggested that a patient can get a touch-up 6-12 months after the first lip filler treatment.

Benefits of Fillers

Fillers have several benefits, which include:

Removes Wrinkles and Smile Lines

Common aging symptoms, such as the appearance of fine lines or nasolabial folds and wrinkles, become noticeable ona  face. The filled-up cheeks begin to sink in, making a client uncomfortable with their appearance. A patient can reduce old-age symptoms through filler treatment. The results are noticed immediately, unlike creams,which may take a long before experiencing the benefits.

Natural Looks

Filler treatment givesa client a natural look if done by an experienced cosmetic doctor. A client retains the appearance but looks more attractive and youthful.A skilled cosmetic doctor uses a proper and accurate filler to give the desired results.

They Are Temporary and Reversible.

The dermal filler results fade after some time; this is a benefit if a client desires to change the appearance. According to Suozzi et al. (2018), fillers can be reversed, but a patient should wait for bruising swelling to fade to proceed with the process.

How Long Do Fillers Last?

Fillers are temporary despite being long-lasting. Funt&Pavic (2013)stated that dermal fillers could last 6-12 months, depending on the type. Skincare routine, age, and lifestyle also determine the longevity of lip fillers. Bonan et al. (2020) showed that patients couldgo for top-ups after 12 months before results fade. An aesthetic doctor helps determine an appropriate period for touch-ups.

FAQS about Fillers

Are Fillers Safe?

Fillers are safe when a skilled aesthetic doctor conducts the procedure. A cosmetic doctor knows the appropriate filler type and the dose to be used. A perfect filler type and quantity will help reduce the chances of complications. A cosmetic practitioner examines medical records. However, patients should disclose if they are under any medications to avoid undesired effects.

What Should I Avoid After Fillers?

  • Avoid rubbing or massaging the injected area to avoid hindering healing.
  • Kim et al. (2014) advised patients to avoid smoking or consuming alcohol for 48 hours after filler treatment to avoid more swelling.
  • Urdiales-Gálvez et al. (2018) suggested that patients should avoid strenuous exercise 24-48 hours after the filler procedure to prevent thefillers from breaking down quickly.
  • Do not expose the body to direct sunlight; avoid heated-up places like saunas.

Do Fillers Have Side Effects?

Witmanowski&Błochowiak (2020) noted that after the filler treatment,  a patient is likely to experience some mild effects like the injected area becoming red, swelling, and bruising. These effects last for a short period before they disappear. Major complications may occur if an unskilled practitioner carries out the procedurewithout skills and experience regarding the filler injection. A skilled anesthetic doctor who can be trusted and has done several successful treatments should do the procedure.

Are Fillers Painful?

The filler treatment procedure is painless; a patient experience mild discomfort that stops after completing the process. Fillers contain lidocaine, which makes the area less sensitive. a cosmetic doctor applies a numbing cream on the site to help facilitate a painless free process.

What Is the Recovery Period after Fillers?

The filling treatment procedure is quick, and a patient does not need arecovery period. Once the filling procedure is complete, a patient continues with the normal routines of the day. The side effects that may occur after the treatment should not hinder a patient from activities since they are minor issues resulting from disrupting the skin.


Aging symptoms may appear at different times due to factors like genes and lifestyle. Fillers can help reverse aging symptoms by filling up the smile lines and wrinkles. Fillers are gel-like components made from hyaluronic acid. They have several uses, such as plumping the cheeks, enhancing the lips, and treating laugh lines. Fillersare semi-permanent, lasting for six to twelve months, depending on the type of filler. Top-ups are necessary six months after the treatment day to prevent the fillers from fading away.


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