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Dermal Fillers

What are the Best Fillers for the Face?

Best face fillers can improve facial volume, plump thin lips, treat wrinkles, fill hollow eyes, and redefine lip lines. Hyaluronic acid, polylactic acid, polyalkylimide, and PMMA are fillers. This article explains what the best filler for the face is.

Dermal or face fillers have gained prominence over other cosmetic procedures because they are simple and have long-lasting results with minimal side effects and risks. Cosmetic fanatics, both men and women, can use face fillers to lessen signs of ageing, improve volume wasting, fill scars, and treat congenitalanomalies. Signs of ageing develop when there is less collagen production leading to the formation of wrinkles. Low elastin leads to loss of skin elasticity. Volume wasting is due to medical conditions and treatment. This article will explore the best face fillers in the UK.

What Are Face Fillers?

Face fillers are injectable gel injected to face tissues for cosmetic purposes to smooth wrinkles, improve volume, plump thin lips, redefine cheekbones and jawline, and treat facial scars and congenital anomalies. Face fillers work by lifting the skin tissues. Cosmetic doctors or aesthetic practitioner does face fillers. 

Types of Face Fillers

Hyaluronic Acid

According to Dovedytis et al. (2020), hyaluronic acid is a gooey, slippery substance found in joints, skin, and eyes. The filler helps with smooth joint movements and hydrating the skin. Hyaluronic acid filler treats wrinkles, plumps thin lips and improves volume.


Polyalkylimide filler is a temporal filler that is less reactive to the body. According to Karthik &Mohan(2017), polyalkylimide is mainly used to treat volume loss due to ageing and wasting from medical conditions and medication. Polyalkylimide improves volume and plumps thin lips. After injection, a collagen layer forms around it, and collagen will cover it completely in a few months. A single injection of polyalkylimide can deliver a large quantity of the filler.

Polylactic Acid

According to Christen & Vercesi (2020), Polylactic acid is a synthetic filler that triggers collagen production. After injection, polylactic acid dissolves into the body to trigger collagen production. The effect of collagen is noticeable after a few weeks. Polylactic acid can smooth wrinkles and frown lines.

Calcium Hydroxylapatite

According to Shirshakova et al. (2020), calcium hydroxylapatite is a mineral-like substance in bones and enamel that helps trigger the growth of bones. It helps to smooth wrinkles, fill hollow eyes, and redefine the jawline. Calcium hydroxylapatite filler is a biosynthetic product; this reduces the chances of allergic reactions.

Polymethyl-methacrylate microspheres (PMMA)

PMMA is a semi-permanent filler that can last longer than the other fillers. PMMA is a permanent solution to deep wrinkles than collagen replacement therapy. The cosmetic doctor injects PMMA in small doses until the desired results are achieved. PMMA can smooth wrinkles and improve volume.

Benefits of Face Fillers

Enhances Facial Features

Injuries, ageing, congenital anomalies, or medical conditions can make facial features such as lips, cheeks and tear trough less prominent. Face fillers help to make these features prominent by improving the volume and plumping thin lips. 

Triggers Collagen Production

According to Deshmukh et al. (2016), collagen helps maintain the skin structure; collagen production will reduce as one ages. The effect of collagen is not immediate, but one will notice changes after a few weeks. Using face fillers like polylactic acid and hyaluronic acid can trigger collagen production.

No Downtime

Face fillers have immediate results. One can notice changes as soon as the cosmetic doctor is done. The results will improve as the fillers settle. Face fillers take two to three weeks to settle.

Have Minimal Risks

Fillers have minor risks when compared to other cosmetic procedures like plastic surgery. After fillers,one can experience bruising, swelling, and pain. Complications with face fillers are rare; the common ones are infection and asymmetry. One can avoid such complications by doing fillers in a hospital or clinic with a qualified cosmetic doctor or aesthetic personnel.

Long-lasting Results

Fillers can last six to 24 months, depending on the type of filler. Metabolism, lifestyle, and the amount of filler injected determine how long the filler will last. Hydrating often, reducing alcohol consumption, and smoking can help fillers to last longer. Redoing fillers also helps maintain the fillers.

The Procedure for Face Fillers

The cosmetic doctor will instruct you to stop taking thinning medicine and alcohol a few days before the procedure. One should not apply makeup or any hair removal creams on your face on the treatment day. At the clinic, the cosmetic doctor will examine the area of treatment, mark areas of injection, and sterilise before applying a numbing cream. The process is not painful, but one will initially feel some discomfort.

Face filler results differ from one cosmetic doctor to another, depending on the type of filler. The cosmetic doctor will inject the area with the fillers of one’s choice and massage it to align the filler.

Frequently Asked Questions about Fillers

Can I Look Normal with Face Fillers?

After face fillers, one may notice that their face looks stiff and fuller because the fillers are not settled. Face fillers take two to three weeks to settle. One will notice that their face looks normal as the fillers settle.

What Is the Cost of Face Fillers in the UK?

Face fillers cost £100 to £350 a syringe, depending on the type of filler. The number of syringes, the cosmetic doctor’s experience, and the complexity of injections also determine the price.

What Should I Do After Face Fillers?

After face fillers, avoid touching or massaging the treated area unless instructed to massage it.Avoid activities that can make you sweat because sweat can introduce germs and bacteria to the treated area that can cause an infection.Avoid hot showers or heat because heat can increase blood flow to the treated area,increasing swelling.


Face fillers have immediate results that are long-lasting with minimal risks. The face fillers smooth wrinkles, fill hollow eyes, plump thin lips, improve facial volume, and enhance jawline and cheekbone. The best face fillers are hyaluronic acid, polylactic acid, PMMA, calcium hydroxylapatite, and polyalkylimide. Face fillers have minor side effects that last for a few days; face fillers’ side effects lasting more than two weeks are uncommon, and one should see a cosmetic doctor. Only qualified cosmetic doctors should do face filler to avoid face filler complications such as infection and asymmetry, also buy face fillers from hospitals or clinics that specialise in cosmetics.


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Monika Wasserman