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Dermal Fillers

What to Expect After Dermal Fillers

Cosmetic procedures such as dermal fillers are common, and often people wonder what to expect after the procedure. There are some guidelines one can follow to make sure they achieve their intended goal for the fillers. This article looks at the aftercare and things to note after dermal fillers.

Due to age, our faces lose fat and age lines and wrinkles appear. Most people go for cosmetic treatments such as dermal fillers to achieve a more youthful youth and restore volume to the face. The treatment is a non-surgical cosmetic treatment with less downtime leaving one with a refreshed, youthful facial appearance. If you are considering getting dermal fillers or have just had the treatment, you will need to know what to expect. This article discusses what one can expect after dermal fillers. It gives tips on dermal fillers aftercare. It points out side effects and potential complications one must look out for.

What Are Dermal Fillers

A dermal filler is a mostly gel-like substance injected into the skin. This procedure is mostly done to restore volume, smooth wrinkle likes and improves facial features giving one a youthful look. Most people use dermal fillers because, as they age, the face loses a lot of its volume, making it sag and look aged and tired. Funt & Pavicic (2013) stated that dermal fillers offer an improvement on acne, facial depressions, scars, worry lines across the forehead and frow lines between the eyebrows.

Types of Dermal Fillers

There are different types of dermal fillers used by dermatologists and plastic surgeons. The most common types are:

Hyaluronic acid

Fallacara et al. (2017)explained that Hyaluronic acid is a natural chemical in the body. They are available in high amounts in soft connective tissues and the fluid surrounding the eyes. The acid is extracted and formulated to become one of the most popular filler forms. The injections are commonly used to improve the skin contour and reduce depressions in the skin caused by scars, lines or injury.

Calcium Hydroxyapatite

Calcium hydroxyapatite filler is biosynthetically produced, although it is naturally present in human bones. Jagdeo et al. (2015) explained that this product enhances the fullness of cheeks and facial contours and improves volume in facial wasting, which can be caused by certain medications like the ones taken by HIV-positive individuals. The compound is also used in severe cases of creasing, such as frown lines, marionette lines and nasolabial folds.

Poly-L-lactic acid

Beer et al. (2022) explained that Polylactic acid is a synthetic dermal filler that is injected into the skin and causes the body to create collagen. This type of filler is called a stimulator. It is commonly used in the lower part of the face to fill the lines caused by laughing, plump thin lines and treat deep nasolabial folds. Unlike other dermal fillers, polylactic acid does not produce immediate results. One needs several touches for about three months to achieve desired results.

What to Expect After Dermal Filler Treatment

There are many expectations one can have following a dermal filler procedure. People have different goals when getting dermal fillers, from smoothing wrinkles or lines to giving them a full facial appearance. Here are some guidelines one needs to follow to achieve the best results from the treatment:

Recovery Time and Restrictions

Though recovery time varies from one person to another, it takes a few days for one to recover from dermal fillers. However, the effects of the stuffing can be seen immediately after the treatment. It allows the filler to set in the skin with a little swelling and bruising, as can be avoided. Vigorous or heavy activities are avoided in the first few days following the treatment. One should take note of a few things after the procedure.

Minimal Discomfort and Side Effects

Dermal fillers can have few and minor side effects. Common effects after the treatment are redness and tenderness at the injection site. Pain relievers can be used to manage pain. A cold patch is used to ease the tenderness and swelling. One can feel other common effects over the first few days, such as numbness and hypersensitivity, which will eventually disappear. Serious side effects such as an infection or reaction rarely occur when one is dealing with a certified and experienced cosmetic doctor. One needs to discuss these before the injection is administered.

Immediate Results

Dermal filler treatments offer immediate improvement in one’s appearance. At the cosmetic doctor’s appointment, the fillers take effect. Over a few days or weeks, as swelling and redness disappear, one can see the final results of the treatment. Different products and fillers used determines how long it takes for the final results to materialize. It also means that different filler types offer various lengths of how the product will last before one needs a re-touch. The amount of filler used, how it has been injected, and the facial areas treated also affect how long they last.

What to Avoid After Dermal Filler Treatment

One should not expose the area to intense heat to ensure proper and fast healing after having a dermal filler. They should also avoid touching or putting pressure on the site. It includes not sleeping face down. On top of avoiding heavy exercise for a day, one should also avoid taking alcohol for that period. Facials, waxing, peels and microdermabrasion, which can put pressure on the face, should be avoided for two weeks. One’s doctor or surgeon can advise them on more things to avoid after the filler.

FAQs about Dermal Fillers

Which Dermal Filler is the Best?

The choice of dermal filler and the best option depends on the patient’s goals which are different for each individual. The selection also depends on how long the dermal filler lasts. Each dermal fillers work best for other parts of the face.

Will I Look Natural After Getting Dermal Fillers?

When done by an experienced cosmetic doctor with extensive knowledge of dermal fillers, the result is a naturally youthful look. A professional cosmetic doctor knows how to use the right amount of fill in the appropriate location.

Which Filler Do I Need?

Getting fillers and the choice is personal. It depends on the patient’s treatment goals and appearance. It is important to first get a consultation with a cosmetic doctor and discuss one’s goals to know which fillers one needs.


Dermal fillers are among the most common cosmetic procedures available today. They are a gel-like substance injected into facial areas to smooth out lines and wrinkles, leaving one with a full and youth-like appearance. This non-surgical procedure ensures a short recovery with minimal restrictions that will make one go on with their daily activity. It causes less to no discomfort and offers immediate results as one intended. It takes a few days for one to see the final results of the dermal filler treatment, and the results last as long as the product used is in the system. 


Beer, J., Azzawi, S., Beer, K. R., & Rosen, A. A. (2022). Polylactic acid Fillers. Cosmetic Dermatology: Products and Procedures, 485-494.

Fallacara, A., Manfredini, S., Durini, E., & Vertuani, S. (2017). Hyaluronic acid fillers in soft tissue regeneration. Facial Plastic Surgery, 33(01), 087-096.

Funt, D., & Pavicic, T. (2013). Dermal fillers in aesthetics: an overview of adverse events and treatment approaches. Clinical, cosmetic and investigational dermatology, 6, 295.

Jagdeo, J., Ho, D., Lo, A., & Carruthers, A. (2015). A systematic review of filler agents for aesthetic treatment of HIV facial lipoatrophy (FLA). Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 73(6), 1040-1054.

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