Dermal Fillers

What Do Face Fillers Do?

Face fillers have been in the beauty industry for a long time now. However, their popularity has greatly spiked in recent years. It can be linked to their increased use by celebrities and the emergence of influencers. Thus, customers also want to accentuate their features.It is no wonder the use of face fillers has greatly become common. Patients go for face fillers for different reasons. In most cases, the goal of using fillers is to increase volume. This article tends to explain what face fillers do to an individual.

What Are Face Fillers?

Face fillers are injections done on the tissues of the face using synthetic or natural substances to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Also, they aid in restoring the fullness that is lost as patients age. These injectables do various things, as one will later find out.Typically, the body absorbs the face fillers. In the long run, patients will need to return for more injections to replenish the ones already absorbed. Bhojani-Lynch (2017) stated that the period taken by the face fillers would vary from one patient to another. It usually lasts months to a few years.

Nonetheless, the type of filler used on the face and the patient’s age plays a key role. While some face fillers can take several years with the results intact, others only show visible results for a few months.Additionally, if the patient is still youthful, they have a high metabolic rate; hence the face fillers will be absorbed in a higher rate compared to a different older patient.

What Do Face Fillers Do?

According to Sito et al. (2019), face fillers are injected under the skin or in tissues. The procedure of injecting the substances usually lastsfor a short while, around 1 hour. The good thing about this kind of procedure is that they deliver results almost immediately. Also, the patient may experience a bit of discomfort at first. However, it will subside within a week. However, with the increasing popularity of face fillers and many users continually embracing the procedure, one may wonder what they do to the face. The following are some of the things face fillers do;

Increasing Volume

If the skin is sagging, probably due to ageing, or at times onehas less volume on the face, they may want to get a face filler. Samizadeh (2019) explained that the beauty of this procedure is that the aesthetic practitionerperforms it on the desired area of the face, the eyes, lips, or cheeks. With face fillers, customers can be sure to get more voluminous skin.

Replacing Lost Volume

If a patient has probably lost volume on the face due to sunshine exposure or habits like smoking, face fillers can help restore the volume of their face. This way, the customers can have their facial features enhanced to the desired results.

Smoothening Wrinkles and Making Them Less Noticeable

As patients age, wrinkles tend to form on their faces. Therefore, if they would wish to enhance their appearance by having a more youth-like face, face fillers can be of help. The face fillers can add volume to the wrinkles. At times, the fillers smooth lines and any creases on the face giving the patient a more youthful appearance.

Plumping Lips and Cheeks

Wang et al. (2022) stated that some patients might naturally have thin lips and cheeks. In other cases, conditions or medications may result in the thinness of the face, e.g. a patient under HIV/AIDS medications. If this is the case, a cosmetic doctor can inject a face filler into the tissues to help increase plumpness in specific areas such as lips or cheeks.

Making Facial Features More Symmetrical

As much as asymmetry is one of the complications that may result from having face fillers, some patients may naturally have such faces. If so, they may resort to face fillers to help rectify the features to be more symmetrical.Notably, even though facial face fillers enhance patients’ appearance and facial features, they should not be recommended for pregnant women and lactating mothers.

Risk Factors to Be Concerned About

Before getting face fillers, patients should keep certain points in mind. It is because they may have current situations jeopardized by getting the fillers. They include;

  • Having an inflammation on the skin, e.g. rashes or active acne.
  • Suffering from a bleeding disorder.
  • Having allergic reactions to certain components in the face fillers. Therefore, before getting the injection, you must first know the ingredients or whatever is contained in the face filler.
  • If one is pregnant or a lactating
  • If one is a child below the age of 18 years old.
  • If onehas skin that is prone to scarring.
  • If oneis under certain medications, such as blood thinners or anticoagulants.

Therefore, patients must let cosmetic doctors know their current condition and the medication they may already be under to prevent complications that may result from getting the procedure done.

Frequently Asked Questions about Face Fillers

What Are the Side Effects of Face Fillers?

When done correctly with a qualified and certified aesthetic doctor, patients may experience few side effects. The following are some of the side effects you may encounter around the area injected;

  • Redness
  • Rashes
  • Itching
  • Swelling
  • Pain

The good thing is that such side effects are common, and there is nothing to worry about. They will be over within a short period, usually one week to 2 weeks.

How Common Are Face Fillers?

Face fillers are very common. The number of patients who want to enhance their facial features has greatly increased.


Face fillers have become increasingly popular in the recent past. Many patients resort to procedures to increase volume and plumpness on the face, reduce wrinkles, and restore lost volume. Importantly, there are conditions under which patients should avoid the injections. For example, if a patient is pregnant or breastfeeding, is under certain medications, has a sin that scars easily, or is under the age of 18 years. If one would like to enhance or accentuate the facial features of their skin, why not get it done at a clinic by an aesthetic practitioner?


Bhojani-Lynch, T. (2017). Late-onset inflammatory response to hyaluronic acid dermal fillers. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Global Open5(12).

Samizadeh, S. (2019). The ideals of facial beauty among Chinese aesthetic practitioners: results from a large national survey. Aesthetic plastic surgery43(1), 102-114.

Sito, G., Manzoni, V., & Sommariva, R. (2019). Vascular complications after facial filler injection: a literature review and meta-analysis. The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology12(6), E65.

Wang, Q., Yong, C., Wang, M., Cui, L., & Yuan, S. M. (2022). Individualized Surgical Management of Refractory Port-Wine Stains in the Scalp and Face: A Single-Center Retrospective Study and a Discussion of Surgical Strategies. Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology15, 1527.

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