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Dermal Fillers: What They Are & How They Work

Struggling with wrinkles, sagging, or other signs of aging? We are ready to help with expert dermal filler treatments that will restore volume and take years off your skin’s appearance.

Dermal fillers have revolutionized the field of cosmetic procedures, providing a non-surgical, minimally invasive solution to address various signs of aging and enhance your natural beauty. These injectables have gained massive popularity in recent years and for good reason. Let’s explore the different types of dermal fillers available, their benefits, and their applications in various areas of the body.


What are Dermal Fillers?

Injectable dermal fillers are gel-like substances that are injected into the skin to restore lost volume due to age, smooth fine lines and wrinkles, and even improve facial contours and symmetry. They’re most popular for facial rejuvenation but can also be applied to non-facial areas such as the neck, chest, hands, buttocks, and legs. By replenishing the natural substances that provide structure and hydration to the skin, dermal fillers can help achieve a more youthful and refreshed appearance.


Types of Dermal Fillers

There are a variety of different types of dermal fillers used in aesthetic injections, all of which have their own differences and benefits. Here are some of the most common types:

  • Hyaluronic Acid Fillers: These are the most common type of dermal fillers, composed of a substance naturally found in the body. Hyaluronic acid fillers are highly versatile and can be used to add volume, enhance contours, and hydrate the skin in various different areas of the body.

  • Calcium Hydroxylapatite Fillers: These fillers contain microscopic particles suspended in a gel. They provide longer-lasting results and stimulate the body’s collagen production, making them an excellent choice for wrinkles and other signs of aging.

  • Poly-L-lactic Acid Fillers: These fillers also collagen stimulators, but they work gradually over time. They are often used to treat deeper facial lines and folds, such as nasolabial folds.

Polymethyl Methacrylate (PMMA) Fillers: PMMA fillers consist of tiny spheres suspended in a gel-like substance. They provide long-lasting results and are commonly used for acne scars and deeper signs of aging.


Where Can Dermal Fillers Be Injected?

Now that we’ve gone over all the different types of fillers and their unique differences, let’s talk about where on the body these effective injections can be placed in order to achieve your beauty goals.

Facial Fillers

The most common area dermal fillers are injected is on the face. Facial skin is highly susceptible to signs of aging due to years of sun exposure, facial expressions, and stress. Since it’s such a highly visible area of the body, it’s common to want to address imperfections and flaws on the face as well.

Here are some of the most popular areas of the face where dermal fillers can effectively treat signs of aging, asymmetry, and other cosmetic issues.

  • Cheeks and Temples: Restore lost volume to sunken cheeks and temples, enhancing the overall facial structure.

  • Nasolabial Folds and Marionette Lines: Soften the fine lines that extend from the nose to the mouth (nasolabial folds) and from the corners of the mouth to the chin (marionette lines).

  • Lips and Perioral Area: Add volume and definition to the lips and improve the appearance of fine lines around the mouth.

  • Tear Troughs and Under-Eye Hollows: Fill the hollow areas under the eyes, reduce the appearance of dark circles, and minimize that tired look.

  • Jawline and Chin: Contour and redefine the jawline and chin, providing more definition and a youthful appearance.

Non-Facial Fillers

While the face is the most common area for fillers, the application of these injectables reaches even further. Here are some other areas of the body that dermal fillers can enhance or address signs of aging.

  • Neck and Chest: Improve the appearance of sagging skin and fine lines on the decolletage area.

  • Hands: Replenish volume lost in aging hands, reducing the visibility of veins and tendons, and restoring a youthful look.

  • Buttocks: Popularly known as the Brazilian Butt Lift, dermal fillers can add volume and enhance the shape of the buttocks without the need for surgery or other invasive methods.


What To Expect During Dermal Filler Treatment

Before undergoing dermal filler treatment, it is essential to consult with a qualified provider who will assess your concerns and recommend the most suitable options for your specific needs. The procedure typically involves the following steps:

  • Consultation and assessment to evaluate your concerns, discuss your goals, and create a customized treatment plan.

  • Preparation and anesthesia to ensure sanitation and comfort during the procedure.

Injections are placed using expert techniques and a fine needle or cannula to inject the filler into the appropriate areas.


Are Dermal Fillers Painful?

Filler injections are non-surgical and minimally invasive, but the procedure may cause minor discomfort. However, most dermal fillers contain a local anesthetic to ensure a comfortable experience. After the treatment, you may experience mild swelling, bruising, or redness, which typically subsides within a few days.

How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last?

One of the most common questions asked involves how long clients can expect to enjoy their results before needing a follow-up treatment. The longevity of dermal fillers varies depending on the type used, with results being immediate and lasting anywhere from six months to two years.


Ready to Restore That Youthful Glow?

If you’re ready to address signs of aging, asymmetry in the face, underdefined buttocks, or some other issue, dermal fillers are a great option for you. They offer a versatile and effective solution for facial rejuvenation and other enhancements.

Contact us at The Atlanta Aesthetician today to learn more about Dermal Fillers and to schedule a consultation.


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