What are Dermal Fillers?

You can achieve smoother, more youthful features without surgery or downtime. Dermal fillers lift and soften lines and wrinkles. They also restore or add volume to enhance your cheeks, lips, or other areas. All dermal fillers use biocompatible materials that can stay in the body for months or years without a reaction. 

What are Dermal Fillers? 

Dermal fillers are injectable compounds used to smooth and rejuvenate your face. They come in a range of different materials and formulations to treat lines, wrinkles, and volume loss. Each dermal filler has different properties, so your injection specialist will choose the right ones for each area of concern. 

What Types of Dermal Fillers are Available?

Some dermal fillers use naturally occurring materials in the body, while others are used safely for medical purposes, such as sutures. At Specialty Aesthetic Surgery, we offer:


The Juvederm® family of fillers offers a formula for almost any purpose, and contain a material called hyaluronic acid. This molecule is found throughout your skin, pulling in and holding onto moisture, making the skin look plump and hydrated. Hyaluronic acid is the most widely used type of dermal filler. 


Radiesse® is a dermal filler that uses a material called calcium hydroxylapatite. This material occurs naturally in bone and other places in the body. It comes in the form of tiny particles suspended in a gel and adds immediate volume when injected. Over time, it will add additional volume by stimulating collagen production. The new collagen can outlast the original filler. 


Belotero® is also a hyaluronic acid dermal filler. Its formula integrates into the skin to provide a flexible, natural-looking treatment for stubborn lines and wrinkles. It comes as a smooth gel that does not hinder your facial expressions. 


This dermal filler specializes in deep creases such as smile lines. It also works as a treatment for indented acne scars. It uses polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), a material commonly used in medical implants. When used as a dermal filler, it comes in the form of microspheres that can last under the skin much longer than other filler compounds. 

How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last? 

Dermal fillers are all temporary, but some last longer than others. Fillers used for cheek volume or deep creases last the longest. Those employed in flexible, active areas like the lips are often cleared away by the body more quickly.

  • Juvederm®: six months to two years
  • Radiesse®: two years or more
  • Belotero®: one to two years
  • Bellafill®: five years or more

Your injection specialist will give you more details about how long your filler injection will last. While you certainly want your results to last as long as possible, long-lasting fillers like Bellafill® are not suitable for all locations.

What Can Dermal Fillers Treat?

Dermal fillers are versatile products with a wide range of uses. Dermal fillers are often used in areas such as:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Nasolabial folds
  • Marionette lines
  • Acne scars
  • Under the eyes
  • Cheeks
  • Vertical lip lines
  • Lips
  • Crow’s feet
  • Chin wrinkles

Dermal fillers can also be used for liquid rhinoplasty. This procedure uses dermal fillers to enhance the shape of the nose, smooth out bumps, and give a more symmetrical appearance. Your injection specialist may use several different fillers to achieve the desired results. 

Do I Need Botox® or Dermal Fillers?

You have several injectable options for treating your lines and wrinkles. Dermal fillers work well for lines and wrinkles caused by skin laxity and lack of collagen. Neurotoxins like Botox®, Dysport®, and Xeomin® work on lines created by muscle movement. They work by stopping facial muscles from contracting. As a result, they work best for treating expression lines such as crow’s feet, forehead lines, and lines between the brows. 

How Much Do Dermal Fillers Cost? 

Dermal fillers are usually priced by the syringe. Your cost will depend on the type and amount of dermal filler you receive. Longer-lasting dermal fillers may cost more than shorter-lasting hyaluronic acid ones. Some people may need more than one syringe or more than one type of filler. A consultation will help give you a clear picture of what you can expect to pay. 

Is There Any Downtime With Dermal Fillers?

Dermal filler injections take less than half an hour. You can return to work or your usual activities immediately. You might experience minor soreness or swelling in the treated area for a day or two. Your injector will let you know if you have any other instructions to follow. 

Am I a Good Candidate for Dermal Fillers?

Almost anyone can have dermal fillers. Good candidates have reasonable expectations about their results and how long they will last. Make sure your provider knows if you have ever had a reaction to a dermal filler in the past. 

Take the Next Step – Request a Consultation

Want to learn more about dermal fillers? Schedule your consultation 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.

Grigoriy Mashkevich is an experienced and double-board certified facial plastic surgeon. He belongs to a highly select group of surgeons with a focused specialization in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the nose, face, and neck. 

*Individual results may vary.

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