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Dermal Fillers

What Do Fillers Look Like

Fillers are injected under the skin to maintain a youthful appearance. Herein is all you need to know about what fillers look like,including types of dermal fillers, where fillers can be injected, and what getting fillers feels like.

The youthful and attractive look starts to fade when aging because collagen production reduces—the body volume changes due to the loss of fats. Fillers have become quite popular because of their benefits in reducing and filling up wrinkles and smile lines, enhancing looks, and giving a youthful look. Fillers, mostly dermal fillers, may increase the lips’ size and the cheeks’ volume. The filler treatment procedure does not last more than thirty minutes, and the downtime is less. After the lip filler procedure, patients may obtainresults, or it may take weeks or months to get the results, depending on the site injected and the filler used.

WhatDo Fillers Seem Like?

Fillers are gel-like substances administered under the skin. There are various dermal fillers, and a cosmetic provider will test to determine which filler suits a patient and give desired results.

Types of Dermal Fillers

The various types of fillers include:

Hyaluronic acid fillers

According to Snozzi et al. (2018), Hyaluronic acid fillers are the famous and most used type because of their long-lasting and natural-looking results. This filler, which looks like gel, occurs in the body naturally; therefore, no significant tests are required since it does not trigger any allergic reactions. Skippen et al. (2020) suggested that Hyaluronic filler results last six to twelve months before the body breaks them down, and they greatly benefit the body since they facilitate collagen production. According to Bingoel et al. (2022), hyaluronic acid fillers in the hands of well-trained aesthetic doctors are safe, and a patient may only experience minor effects like bruising and swelling.

Calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHa)

This filler consists of a compound obtained from the bones. According to Zerbinati&Calligaro (2018), this filler is used to reduce deeper wrinkles. Goldie et al. (2018) showed that the results of Calcium hydroxylapatitefiller last up to twelve months and more

Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA)

PMMA, as a dermal filler, has a shape of a tiny ball containing collagen that is under the skin. PMMA is a biocompatible substance that has been part of the medical world in the previous years. PMMA is not permanent and helps reduce folds and wrinkles. The only disadvantage of this filler is that a patient will require more than one injection to achieve the desired look.


Collagen was more popular in the earlier days since it was the first type of filler to be used. Collagen has lost its popularity due to its short-term results. Collagen is sited in the bones, skin, and tissues. Raphael et al. (2020) suggested that collagen results last three to four months before the body completely breaks them down.

Poly-l-lactic acid

According toCabral et al. (2020), Poly-l-lactic acid is a biocompatible filler that activates collagen generation when administered beneath the skin. Poly-l-lactic acid fillers help reduce wrinkles, fill up the smile lines, and last for more than twenty-four months.

Where Can Fillers Be Injected?

Fillers can be injected in many parts, such as:


Some clients have sunken cheeks due to loss of fat or old age.They may have dermal filler treatment to increase volume. Choose the right type of filler suitable for your skin to obtain the best results. Let an experienced cosmetic doctor perform the dermal filler procedure to get the best results. This also helps avoid complications from a quack cosmetic doctor.


Lip fillers are the most injected type because of their various ways of enhancing a client’s look. Fillers are used on the lips to increase the lip volume, leveling up the size of lips and filling up wrinkles. A great advantage of lip fillers is that they can be dissolved, and their results are semi-permanent but long-lasting. Czumbel et al. (2021) showed that lip fillers last six to twelve months. However, if results are perfect and satisfying after one cosmetic procedure, a patient can enjoy perfect looks for twelve months before the fillers break down. A touch-up is recommended after fillers fade.


Dermal fillers are injected on the forehead to fill the noticeable lines and wrinkles.

Nose and Mouth

Fillers are used to reducing the nasolabial folds, which start from the nose and move downwards to both sides of the mouth. Fillers help restore the volume of these laugh lines and enhance a youthful look. The nose filler results are instantly obtained and long-lasting compared to other fillers because there is minimum motion around the nose area, and they recover fast.

What Does Getting Fillers Feel Like?

Consult a skilled cosmetic practitioner to check your health records, facial appearance, and expressions. A cosmetic doctormay run some tests to determine the appropriate filler for a patient. The cosmetic practitionercleans and applies a numbing cream to the area to be injected. The procedure is hardly painful,although a patient should consult a cosmetic doctor if pain occurs. The filler is administeredunder the skin on the desired site using a syringe. The process does not take long, and the recovery time is less. Wait for some days to obtain the desired look, although some clients experience the results immediately after the procedure. The results may be long-lasting but are determined by the type of filler used, metabolism, and the injected area.

FAQS about Fillers

Will I Get Natural Results?

How experienced the cosmetic doctor is in the filler procedure matters when obtaining natural results. A skilled cosmetic doctor ensures that the fillers are not exaggerated and choose the perfect dose and type of filler for a patient. However, if lips are naturally tiny, the size should not be increased too much since it may be exaggerated.

Do Fillers Have Side Effects?

Some clients experience common side effects like the injected site becoming red, bruising,and swelling. These side effects may last for a few days.Ensure that a professional cosmetic provider injects the fillers to avoid complications.Avoid having procedures at people’s houses, spas, and salons, which are unmedical.

How Long Do Fillers Last?

The period fillers last is determined by the metabolism rate since the breaking down of fillers varies among different clients, the filler type injected, and injected area.


Fillers are gel-like substances administered under the skin. Fillers can be injected in different facial parts like the cheeks, lips, and nose.There are various types of fillers which include Hyaluronicacid,calcium hydroxylapatite,polymethylmethacrylate,collagen, and poly-l-lactic acid. Whenyou decide to get a filler, you should go to a highly skilled health provider who will choose the perfect dose and type of filler, depending on your expectations.


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