Dermal fillers are soft tissue fillers they are known under different named like injectable implants or wrinkle fillers. They help to create a smoother and/or fuller form in the face and are medical device implants that are fully approved by the FDA. Usually they are used to increase volume in the nasolabial folds, cheeks and lips and of the back of the hand. These lines are generally referred to as “smile lines” or “marionette lines.”
Botox and dermal fillers shouldn’t be confused. Both techniques include injections but Botox is almost always injected around the forehead and wrinkles around the eyes (crow’s feet). Botox stop muscle movement that results in wrinkles. It has nothing to do with the dropping smoothing effect dermal fillers have.
Because Botox and dermal fillers work in different ways, many patients prefer to get both products. The combination can produce a remarkably younger-looking face.
Dermal fillers are a naturally derived or synthetic material that is directly injected into skin with the purpose of plumping that area to the point where the wrinkle, depression, or crack is gone. Depending on the type of filler, the effects can last anywhere from six months to two years; for semi-permanent or permanent fillers, the effects can last up to five years, and there are reports of even longer-lasting results.
Patients may need more than one injection to get the desirable smoothing/filling effect. Successful results will depend on the health of the skin, the skill of the doctor, and amount and type of filler used. The time that the effect lasts depends on the filler material used and the area where it is injected.
There are two primary groups of dermal fillers: synthetic and natural.
Naturally derived fillers; (the most widely known is Hyaluronic Acid) have a much smaller risk of causing an allergic reaction but reactions can occur.
Synthetic fillers; They last much longer than naturally derived ones and are considered semi-permanent though there many who would call them permanent because they really don’t dissolve.