Can Dermal Fillers Move?
Injectable dermal fillers, especially those using hyaluronic acid, such as our FDA-approved Juvéderm line of products, rarely shift after treatment. The area treated may be massaged following the injections to help conform the gel to the surrounding tissues.
What is a dermal filler?
A dermal filler is a gel-like substance injected into the skin to reduce wrinkles, smooth out creases, and restore volume. Skin loses water and elasticity with age and this process deepens creases and causes lines and wrinkles to become etched into your skin. Dermal fillers replace lost skin volume to smooth out the creases or plump up your lips. Fillers can also be used to enhance your facial contours and provide a subtle lift.
What are dermal fillers made with?
Dermal fillers comprise five types of compounds
- Hyaluronic acid (HA)
Hyaluronic acid naturally occurs in your skin. Synthetic HA fillers are soft and gel-like, with a smoothing effect that lasts for six to twelve months. The body gradually absorbs the product. Lidocaine is added to the formula to allow for comfort during treatment. FDA HA fillers include: Juvéderm, Restylane and Belotero Balance.
- Calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA)
Calcium hydroxylapatite is also found in your body, primarily in the bones. Microscopic calcium spheres are suspended in a gel. Results last longer than HA fillers, typically around twelve months. Radiesse is very effective on deeper wrinkles, triggering higher levels of natural collagen production. Radiesse® was developed with this unique formula.
- Poly-L-lactic acid
Poly-L-lactic acid is a biodegradable synthetic compound used to stimulate natural collagen production in your skin. The gel itself dissolves in a few days after treatment. The results can last longer than two years. FDA-approved Sculptra Aesthetic® was formulated with poly-L-lactic acid.
- Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA)
PMMA is a synthetic biocompatible substance. PMMA microspheres, suspended in a gel, are injected into the treatment area. The PMMA stimulates natural collagen production, and as the beads of PMMA are absorbed, natural collagen is left in its place. FDA-approved BellaFill® was formulated with PMMA.
- Autologous fat injections
Autologous fat injections require surgery, but the treatment lasts the longest of all available fillers. Liposuction is performed, and the harvested fat is purified then injected into your face for smoother, plumper skin. A board-certified plastic surgeon should perform this procedure.
What is the best dermal filler for you?
Our dermal fillers contain Hyaluronic Acid, the main ingredient in the FDA-approved Juvéderm line. HA attracts water making the treated skin hydrated and filling out wrinkles and smile lines. Hyaluronic acid creates an immediate smoothing effect, leaving you looking refreshed and youthful in just a few minutes of your time.