Types of Dermal fillers

Fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin are all visible signs of facial aging. While anti-aging lotions and serums can be effective to some extent, dermal fillers work faster and give noticeably better results.

What is a Filler?

It is an injection that is directly administered into the skin to plump up areas that are affected by wrinkles, folds, and depressions. Fillers are not the same as Botox. While Botox reduces the activity of muscles in the face that cause wrinkles, fillers fill the trouble areas and help to stimulate natural collagen growth to provide a youthful look.

Different Types of dermal fillers

There are several types of fillers that vary in use, longevity, and cost. They are primarily divided into natural, synthetic-based, autologous, and collagen fillers.

Natural or Hyaluronic Acid Fillers

These are the most popular and widely used fillers. There are several hyaluronic acid-based fillers such as Belotero, Restylane, Perlane, and Juvédem, which are temporary and last between 3 to 12 months. These fillers have different levels of thickness, which make them suitable for a variety of treatments, including enhancement of lips, deep wrinkles reduction, fine lines, and volume loss.

Synthetic-based Fillers

These fillers are lab-made and has more longevity than the natural fillers. The most common type of synthetic-based fillers are Radiesse, Sculptra, and Silicone. Radiesse is known for its effective and immediate results, and is especially recommended for naso-labial folds. Sculptra is known as a “volume filler”, widely known for correcting imperfections by boosting the collagen synthesis in the skin. While Radiesse and Sculptor last up to 18 months, Silicone fillers have more or less permanent effects and are less commonly used when compared to the other two.

Autologous Fillers

The Autologous wrinkle fillers vary considerably from the above-mentioned fillers, as they are produced directly from the body of the person taking the treatment. Both fat and blood are used as autologous wrinkle fillers.

Collagen Fillers

These types of fillers have shorter life, thus are not widely used. Animal collagen is used to make these fillers, and are used to fill in the lost collagen in the skin, giving a temporary, but rejuvenated look.

While there are many types of dermal fillers, the best or the perfect filler largely depends on patient preferences such as the area of the body that requires the filler, the desired look, and the expected longevity of the treatment. To get the best results from dermal fillers, it is advisable to inform the trained clinician about these factors during the first consultation.