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Dermal Fillers: What Am I Really Injecting into My Face?

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With just under six million procedures in the United States in 2022 according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, dermal fillers are increasing in popularity. But what’s inside these fillers and what are you really putting into your face? Are all dermal fillers the same? Are they natural or synthetic? Here we take a closer look at what dermal fillers are used for, what they are made with, and how they can benefit you. 

Why Dermal Fillers? 

Dermal fillers are a gel-like substance that is injected into the skin in an effort to restore lost facial volume, enhance facial contours, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This form of facial rejuvenation allows for minimal to no downtime, immediate results, and long-lasting effects. 

Different Types of Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers vary based on the main ingredient used. The most common fillers use naturally occurring substances or synthetic materials designed to add volume and, in some cases, stimulate the natural production of collagen in the body. Here we breakdown some of the common dermal fillers, what they treat, and how long results can last.

  • Hyaluronic Acid (HA) – Hyaluronic acid is a natural acid found in the body and contributes to volume and hydration of the skin. As you age, hyaluronic acid production decreases, contributing to signs of aging. Many dermal fillers on the market, such as Restylane and Juvederm, are hyaluronic acid fillers designed to improve the contour of the face while also minimizing lines, scars, and depressions in the skin. Results from hyaluronic acid fillers typically last between six months and a year. 
  • Poly-L-lactic Acid (PLLA) – Poly-L-lactic acid dermal filler is a synthetic dermal filler known as a stimulator in that it stimulates the production of collagen in the body. One of the most widely known PLLA fillers is Sculptra Aesthetic. This type of dermal filler works best treating laugh lines, nasolabial folds, and plumping up thin lips. Unlike other fillers, however, that produce immediate results, PLLA relies on collagen production over time to show results. To achieve desired facial rejuvenation results, multiple treatments may be necessary.
  • Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA) – Calcium hydroxylapatite fillers are made from a mineral-like compound found in human bones. While this filler is used to enhance the fullness of the cheeks, it is also effective at treating deeper wrinkles. Results typically last around a year.

If you are considering dermal fillers to address lost facial volume or signs of aging, Dr. Kramer and his team are here to answer your questions and determine which filler will best meet your needs. Call (208) 252-6266 to schedule a consultation.