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Dermal Fillers

How to Inject Fillers

Have you ever thought of getting fillers? Do you know someone who has already undergone the procedures? Whether you have been considering dermal injections or not, it is no doubt they are gaining more popularity daily. It may raise questions as various individuals wonder how the fillers are injected into the skin tissues. This article explains how the fillers are injected into an individual.

What Are Fillers?

Fillers are cosmetic injections done to enhance the appearance of certain body features. For instance, a patient can get facial fillers on the cheeks, eyes, or lips. The facial fillers help increase or regain volume and smooth wrinkles resulting from ageing.Since patients get fillers for different reasons, one must understand why they want them. Dermal fillers are becoming more popular, and so are the brands in the cosmetic space and the different types of fillers available.Zhai et al. (2020) stated that hyaluronic acid is one of the most common components of most fillers. This natural compound helps keep the body hydrated and can also be naturally found in the body.

The good thing is that they are safe for use. Nonetheless, the cosmetic doctor will first advise the patient on the most appropriate type of filler depending on the end goal of the treatment, the area of treatment, and the preference of the aesthetician. These same factors apply when the aesthetic practitioner chooses the best injection technique for a client.

How to Inject Fillers

Before getting any fillers, ensure they receive them from a professionally trained aesthetic practitioner. It is a safer approach one should follow. Therefore, it is not advocated for self-injection after buying fillers online. Cosmetic doctors use different injections to give patients the injections. The good news is that the doctor will inform the patient of the variety of injection techniques and why they eventually choose a specific one. Additionally, a cosmetic doctor may apply more than one technique when treating a single area. The following are some of the common injection techniques used for dermal fillers;

Tunnelling Technique

Rivkin (2016) explained that most aesthetic practitioners prefer this injection technique, which is safe and uses a more natural approach to getting the dermal filler in. Its versatility is also worth noting. It works for patients who want to reduce wrinkles and lines on their faces and those who want volume in certain areas.A cosmetic doctor will get this technique right, depending on the angle at which they insert the needle into the muscles or tissues. A slight slant at an angle of 30-45 degrees while directing the needle to the particular area of treatment will deliver great results. Notably, the dermal filler is injected when the needle is withdrawn from the point injected. It, therefore, makes this a precise and safe injection technique.

The Point Technique

Nikolis & Enright (2018) stated that the aesthetic doctor would inject numerous droplets of dermal filler in the layers under the skin. Notably, the several injections are positioned close to each other rather than injecting the filler all at once.This technique helps with the hydration of the skin. Moreover, it can address individual wrinkles in a large area. Unfortunately, this technique does not deliver natural-looking results and has higher chances of leading to complications. Therefore, the aesthetic practitioner will only employ it under specific instances.

Stretching Technique

If the cosmetic doctor opts for this technique, they will first stretch and apply tension on the area around the targeted point before injecting it. This way, the area to receive treatment is well isolated for ease and precision of injection and angulation. Therefore, when they later come in with the injection containing the filler, they place it at the exact location.

The Dual-Plane Technique

Salti & Rauso (2015) explained that this technique requires the aesthetic doctor to administer the dermal filler in a single area within two different layers of the skin. For example, the cosmetic doctor may inject the dermal and subdermal layers. It is mostly applicable for single target locations that are in constant movement. Additionally, it can deliver great results for patients who want to reduce wrinkles on their faces or want to replace volume loss.Furthermore, the cosmetic doctor may use more than one dermal filler in this technique.

Frequently Asked Questions about Fillers

What is the Perfect Timing for Fillers?

Getting fillers generally requires a patient to set some time aside. One will not embark on their daily activities immediately after the procedure. It is because the body will need some time to adjust and heal from the swelling and bruising that usually result from the injections. The good news is that they do not persist for long. One may recover after a few days; full recovery is up to 2 weeks.Therefore, proper timing for scheduling a filler procedure should incorporate the time one visits the aesthetic doctor to the time their body fully recovers. They can put it on a date when they don’t have any important plans or events in the following days and weeks.

How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last?

Dermal fillers are not permanent cosmetic procedures. They last between 6 and 18 months, depending on the brand of filler used. Additionally, the location of the injection will also affect how long the results of the fillers are visible.Furthermore, the body naturally absorbs the fillers with time. Therefore, if the patient is still young, the rate of metabolism is high, and the fillers will not last long. It is different in a more mature patient whose metabolic reactions are slowed.


Dermal fillers are cosmetic procedures to replace lost volume, add plumpness and enhance the skin’s features. It is recommended that one get treatment from a professional, qualified and experienced cosmetic doctor who will employ various techniques on different patients. The technique theychoose depends on the patient’s desired goal, the preference of the doctor, and the type of filler used. Nonetheless, they should first help the patient understand the difference in the injection techniques and the reasons for choosing a particular one for treatment. Also, the aesthetic practitioner may employ more than one injection technique.


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Salti, G., & Rauso, R. (2015). Facial rejuvenation with fillers: the dual plane technique. Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery8(3), 127.

Zhai, P., Peng, X., Li, B., Liu, Y., Sun, H., & Li, X. (2020). The application of hyaluronic acid in bone regeneration. International journal of biological macromolecules151, 1224-1239.

Marie Salbuvik