What are Dermal Fillers Made Of?

Whether you want to restore lost facial volume, plump your lips, or enhance your features, dermal fillers can help you achieve your goals. These injectable treatments come in a range of materials, each suitable for different concerns. Fillers are one of the most popular aesthetic treatments, so your Specialty Aesthetic Surgery team offers many different options so best meet your needs. 

What are Dermal Fillers?

Injectable treatments such as fillers and Botox® are widely popular for many reasons, including their convenience and low risk. Dermal fillers can correct a wide range of concerns, including lines and wrinkles, loss of volume from the cheeks, temples, or under the eyes, or thin-looking lips. Some work by adding immediate volume, while others work by using your body’s collagen production. During your consultation we will assess your needs and determine the filler or fillers that will achieve your desired results.

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What are Dermal Fillers Made Of?

All dermal filler materials are extensively tested and FDA-approved. Some are materials that already occur in your body, while others were originally developed for medical uses. Each one has its own advantages and preferred uses.

Hyaluronic Acid (Juvederm® and Belotero®)

Fillers like the Juvederm® family or Belotero® enhance volume using a material naturally found in your skin. Hyaluronic acid, which helps attract and hold onto hydration, is the most widely used filler material. It can form long chains and cross-links that let these fillers address many different facial concerns. 

One of the biggest advantages of hyaluronic acid fillers is their wide range of uses and immediate results. However, dermal fillers made of this material do not last as long as some others. Lip fillers can last six months to a year, while denser fillers for areas like the cheeks can last up to two years for some people. 

Calcium Hydroxylapatite (Radiesse®)

Radiesse® is usually used for lines and wrinkles, especially deep creases around the mouth and nose. It can also be used in areas like the jawline and chin to add definition and decrease sagging skin or on the backs of the hands for a smoother, youthful appearance. It uses calcium hydroxylapatite, a material found naturally in bone, in tiny microspheres suspended in a gel. 

One disadvantage of Radiesse® is that results are not visible immediately.  Instead of adding immediate volume, it stimulates collagen production for added volume over time. For many people, the results are worth the wait, and Radiesse® continues to grow in popularity. It lasts one to two years for most people. 

PMMA (Bellafil®)

Bellafil® is a unique and versatile dermal filler that outlasts all other available options. It can be used for areas such as the lips, cheeks, and lines and wrinkles. It uses PMMA (polymethylmethacrylate), a compound widely used in medical devices for decades, in microsphere form and suspended in a collagen matrix. The collagen adds immediate volume while the PMMA promotes increased collagen production over time. 

Bellafil® offers a combination of immediate and long-term results and can treat many different areas. It can last up to five years. One disadvantage is that it contains a form collagen protein that some people could react to. We will discuss any previous reactions to various substances during your consultation.

Is There Any Downtime With Dermal Fillers?

Dermal filler injections can take as little as fifteen minutes. While you may notice minor redness, swelling, or bruising in the injection area, there is no downtime required and you can return to your daily routine immediately. You may receive addition instructions depending on the type of filler you receive. 

Am I a Good Candidate for Dermal Fillers?

With so many dermal filler options available, we can choose the right filler for almost anyone. Good candidates should have reasonable expectations and want to address specific concerns such as lines and wrinkles or volume loss. If you are not a good candidate for one type of filler, another material will often work for you. Only a consultation can determine which type or types of fillers we recommend. 

Which Dermal Fillers Are Used for a Liquid Facelift?

The versatile sculpting and smoothing powers of dermal fillers mean they can be used for a procedure called a liquid facelift. It uses dermal fillers and sometimes other injectables like Botox® to provide an overall youthful appearance. While the results to do not duplicate a surgical facelift, they help many people achieve their desired look. We may use any of our available filler types for a liquid facelift. 

Take the Next Step – Request a Consultation

Want to learn more about dermal fillers? Schedule your consultation online or by calling Specialty Aesthetic Surgery at (212) 737-8700. We look forward to working with you!

Specialty Aesthetic Surgery serves the greater NYC metro area.

About Our Surgeons

Bruce Moskowitz is an experienced and board-certified oculoplastic surgeon. His practice encompasses all areas of oculoplastic cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. He has a well-known reputation for revision surgery, and a large portion of his practice comes from other colleagues to revise sub-optimal outcomes.

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