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Dermal Fillers

What Do Fillers Do to the Face?

Facial fillers are a non-invasive cosmetic procedure that helps reduce ageing signs around various parts of the face, such as lips and cheeks. Additionally, they help restore lost volume. This blog highlights what fillers are, the types of fillers, what fillers do the face and the benefits of fillers.

It’s no doubt that facial fillers are one of the most sought-after non-invasive treatments in the medical aesthetics industry. These injections provide instant results, and their recovery time is quick. Most cosmetic doctors normally use hyaluronic acid as their majorsubstance in the filler. This substance exists naturally in the body. As a result, it rarelycauses any swelling or bruising during the procedure and has few adverse effects. Also, other aestheticpractitioners may utilisecollagen, silicone and fat. However, with the constant rise of filers, more individuals are taking advantage of the fact that it is unregulated,providing low-quality treatments. That’s why it is always recommended to choose a medically qualified and experienced cosmeticdoctor for safer procedures.

Understanding Fillers

According to Dhillon & Patel (2020), facial fillers, also known as dermal fillers, are a non-invasive cosmetic procedure that helps plump up wrinkles, restore lost volume and smooth out fine lines. A cosmeticinjector normally injects the substance into the patient’s skin tissues. Ravichandran et al. (2019)noted that various individuals go for dermal fillers for varying reasons, including reducing the appearance of ageing skin and enhancing certain facial features. This procedure normally takes around one hour and its recovery time is quick. Its results may be noticeableinstantly and normally last for a couple of months depending on various factors such as age, filer used and body metabolism.Dermal fillers occur in various types. Before the procedure, the aesthetic doctor will discuss the options and examine one’s face to know which will work best for them. Like other cosmetic procedures, dermal fillers also have risks, such as bruising and swelling. Luckily, they normally subside with time. The various types of face fillers include;

Hyaluronic Acid

This substance exists naturally in the body. Bertucci et al. (2021) noted that itis hydrophilic, providing more skin volume and keeping it hydrated. As oneages, the body ceases its production. Its results normally last for around six to ten months.

Collagen Fillers

Before the invention of hyaluronic acid fillers, collagen was the most popular filler. However, since it provided permanentresults, patients started seeking other flexible options. It normally includes poly-l-lactic acid and polymethyl methacrylate. Poly-l-lactic acid is normally used to aid the body produce its collagen. It is normally used to smoothen fine lines and wrinkles. Its results may last for up to two years. On the other hand, polymethylmethacrylate is a small ball of collagen injected under the skin tissue. It helps in making the skin firmer and restoring lost volume.

What Fillers Do to the Face

Alleviate the Appearance of Scars

Scars mostly cause indents on the face. Though facial scars might be barely noticeable, most individuals find themuncomfortable. Facial fillers may help reduce these scars, creating an even texture.

Adds Volume to the Lips

Lip plumping is undoubtedly one of the most known advantages of fillers. Mabvuure et al. (2021)  stated that, though overfilling may sometimes occur, lip fillers provide various benefits, including defining the cupid bow, correcting lip asymmetry, and smoothening fine lines and wrinkles.

Plumping Cheeks

Cheeks are one of the most common areas normally faced with volume loss as oneages, especiallyindividuals who take part in strenuous exercises and runners. Dermal fillers may help restorethe lost volume of the cheeks promoting a more youthful look.

Restructures the Nose and Chin Area

Facial fillers are one of the most sought-after non-surgical treatments to reshape the nose and jawline region. As a result, it alleviates a sagging neck appearance and improves one’s side profile.

Reduce Marionette and Smile Lines

Smile lines, also known as nasolabial folds, run from the nose to the mouth corners. This region may be easily corrected with dermal fillers, resulting in a more youthful, softer and natural face look. On the other hand, marionette lines are lines located below the mouth corners. They are known to add to one’s ageing process. Luckily, dermal fillers can easily fill the lost volume in the marionette lines restoring one’s balance to the entire face.

Benefits of Fillers

They Offer Longer-Lasting Results

How long the filler lasts depends on various factors, including the fillerused,age andbodymetabolism. Normally they last for around six to twelve months. Others may rake up totwo years.

It Has Minimal Risks

Like other cosmetic procedures, facial fillers may cause various side effects. They may include redness, bruising and swelling. Luckily, they subside within a few days. Additionally, the cosmeticdoctor will suggest different aftercare tips that may fasten the healing process.

No Downtime Is Required

A facial filler treatment is normally considered an ‘in and out process. Within the first fifteen minutes, it’s done. Once completed,one may continue with their normal activities with no interference.

Frequently Asked Questions about Fillers

What Should I Do After Fillers?

There are various aftercare tips that the cosmetic doctormay advise one to follow after the procedure to fasten the healing process. They may include constantly staying hydrated and consuming hydrating foods.

What Should I Avoid After Filler?

Things to avoid after filler include; strenuous exercises, alcohol consumption, hot regions like saunas, practising yoga, applying makeup and exerting pressure. One should avoid the mentioned for around forty-eight hours until the swellingsubsides.

Are There Any Disadvantages of Fillers?

Like other surgical options, filers may cause various side effects, such as swelling and redness. They may also cause allergies and infections. When properly injected, it may cause lumps. That’s why it is advisable to consider a highlyqualified cosmeticdoctor since the chances of the named effects are low.


Fillers are a non-invasive cosmetic procedure that involves subjectingvarious parts ofthe face to restore lost volume, reduce ageingsigns, appearance etc. There are multiple fillers, the major ones being hyaluronic acid and collagen. However, hyaluronic acid is preferred since it is naturally in the body and hydrophilic. Fillers are incepted to various parts of the face, including eyes, lips, cheeks and temple. Fillers help alleviate ageing signs like fine lines, restore lost volume and cheek lift, reduce eye bags, restructurethenose and cheek area and reduce marionette and smile lines.


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Dhillon, B., & Patel, T. (2020). A retrospective analysis of full-face dermal filler treatments: product choice, volume use, and treatment locations. The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology13(9), 33.

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