Injectable fillers, also called dermal fillers or soft tissue fillers, are substances designed to be injected beneath the skin surface to add volume and fullness. Different types of fillers are made to treat varying signs of ageing.
Depending on the type of fillers used, they may help to plump up thinning lips, fill or improve shallow areas of the face, decrease or remove under-eye hollows known as tear troughs. They can also fill in or soften the appearance of recessed scars, as well as smooth out static wrinkles. Some people even choose to get a nonsurgical nose job using injectable fillers.
Hyaluronic acid is the most popular filler ingredient, but fillers can also be made using collagen, calcium hydroxylapatite, poly-L-lactic acid, polymethyl methacrylate, or fat that’s harvested from your own body.
Here at The Aesthetics Medical Clinic, we use hyaluronic acid based fillers primarily.
Injectable filler treatments are quick, relatively painless, and safe when done by a licensed practitioner.
Hyaluronic acid fillers are nearly identical to what is produced in our bodies, so it dissolves more naturally over time than other ingredients.
Hyaluronic acid fillers can be easily reversed with hyaluronidase, an enzyme that breaks down HA, if you do not like your results.
Fillers can last anywhere from six months to more than a year, depending on which filler was used, how much was injected, and how quickly your body metabolizes it.
Downtime for dermal fillers is minimal and they are considered safe, but side effects can occur. These side effects include redness at the injection site, allergic reaction (especially with collagen), granulomas (hard lumps under the skin), bumps, bruising, or asymmetry. Unintentionally injecting filler into a blood vessel can lead to serious complications, including tissue death.