Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are small injections of gel, typically made up of hylauronic acid, that fill in wrinkles and add volume to soft tissue.

Injectable Dermal Fillers: Enhance Your Appearance!

Injectable dermal fillers are an increasingly popular cosmetic procedure that can help you achieve a more youthful appearance. Dermal fillers work by plumping up your skin to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and lines and filling in hollow areas such as nasolabial folds.


There are many different types of injectable dermal filler on the market today, each with its unique properties and results.


We will discuss what dermal fillers are, how they work and which type is best for you!


What Are Injectable Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are synthetic; semisolid substances are used to plump up the skin and enhance appearance temporarily. They can be composed of a variety of materials such as hyaluronic acid (HA), calcium hydroxyapatite (CaHA), poly-L-lactic acid, or polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA).


Dermal fillers work by plumping up the skin, smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles, or filling in sunken areas such as nasolabial folds. They can also address facial deformities such as congenital defects of the nose, mouth or ears.


Dermal fillers can also be used to address facial asymmetry, where one side of the face is different from the other.

The Common Types Of Injectable Dermal Fillers

The most common injectable dermal fillers are hyaluronic acid (HA) and calcium hydroxyapatite (CaHA). HA is a substance found naturally in our bodies that has been shown to help skin retain moisture to look and feel plumper.


CaHA is a material found in our bones, teeth and the ground substance of human tissue. It has been studied for its ability to stimulate the growth of new bone or cartilage.


Dermal fillers are injected with a thin needle through an inconspicuous area such as on your upper lip or in the fold between your nose and cheek. The injector will then use a gentle tapping technique to disperse the filler fluid evenly throughout the treatment area before massaging it into place with light pressure.

What Are Fillers Made Of?

Choosing which dermal filler is best for you can be difficult as there are many different types on the market today that have other properties and results.



Hyaluronic Acid (HA) fillers can be used to hydrate the skin and thicken it by plumping up your features such as cheeks or lips. It is also great for filling in deep wrinkles that are not too close together. HA can last from a few months to over two years, depending on your skin type.


Calcium Hydroxyapatite (CaHA) fillers can build up sunken areas and restore volume in the upper lip. It is also a good choice for filling wrinkles that are close together or have deep creases. CaHA has been shown to last anywhere from six months to two years, depending on your skin type.


Poly-L-lactic Acid (PLA) fillers can be used to thicken the lips by plumping them up or filling in deep wrinkles over a larger area. It is also suitable for restoring volume in lost fat areas, such as cheeks or thighs. PLA lasts from six months to a year.


Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) fillers are often used to correct irregularities of the nose, mouth, or ears. PMMA can last anywhere from six months to two years, depending on your skin type and how much has been injected into the treated area.


Autologous fat injections use cells taken from your own body to fill out areas that have lost fat. This is also a good choice for filling wrinkles or restoring volume if you are not looking for a temporary fix but a lasting solution.


Fat injections can last anywhere from one year up to ten years, depending on the area being treated and how much has been injected into it.

What To Expect During Treatment

The first thing you can expect when considering dermal filler treatment is to talk with your provider about what type of filler will be best for your skin and goals. Your provider may decide that a specific injection site or technique would work better depending on the area being treated, so this must also be discussed beforehand.


After deciding how many areas need filling, the provider will then inject them with a needle. The injector may use different techniques to disperse the filler, such as tapping or using cross-hatching motions to ensure that it is applied evenly throughout the treatment area.


Injections can be uncomfortable but are not painful if you have good pain tolerance and your provider use anaesthetic for the injections.


The results of dermal fillers are immediate and can last anywhere from six months to two years depending on your skin type, the area being treated, and how much filler was used in the treatment.


You must contact your provider if you start experiencing any adverse side effects or pain after a procedure so they may be able to offer a solution.

Side Effects of Facial Fillers

- Some mild swelling or redness is very common
- Bruising
- Infection at injection site
- Itching
- Asymmetry, or an "over-filled" look that should correct itself within a few hours
- Acne or rash on treated area
- Allergic reaction. This is most common with collagen fillers and a pre-treatment test is recommended to determine your skin's tolerance of this substance
- Bleeding from injection site
- Skin sensitivity and tenderness of treated area
- Temporary numbness
- Temporary paralysis of facial muscles around treated area
- Bumps or nodules may form under the skin as a result of inflammation or the clumping of granules within the injected substances
- "Migration" of filler

Injectable dermal fillers can be a great way to enhance your appearance, and we hope this information has helped you decide what type is best for you. We also want to remind everyone that these injections are not painless, so it might be good to discuss anaesthesia with the provider before treatment begins.


CoLaz offers a range of dermal fillers injections to suit your needs and lifestyle. Book a consultation today to find out more!

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is The Difference Between Botox And Dermal Fillers?
Botox is a type of dermal filler that temporarily reduces muscle activity, so it can be used to treat wrinkles or lines. Dermal fillers are typically injected in areas where volume has been lost, such as the cheeks and thighs.
What Happens At My Dermal Fillers Consultation?

At your consultation, the provider will discuss what you want to achieve and recommend which dermal fillers treatment is best to achieve those goals.


After deciding how many areas need filling, the provider will inject them with a needle using different techniques to disperse filler evenly throughout the area being treated.


Injections can be uncomfortable, but they are not painful if you have good pain tolerance and your provider uses anaesthesia for the injections. You will notice a difference immediately, and results can last anywhere from six months to two years depending on skin type, the area being treated and how much filler was used in treatment.

What Happens After Dermal Fillers Treatment?
The side effects of dermal fillers can include mild swelling or redness, bruising, and infection at the injection site. Some patients may experience itching, asymmetry (overfilled look), which should correct itself within a few hours; acne or rash on treated area; allergic reaction. The provider will discuss what you want to achieve and recommend which dermal fillers treatment is best to achieve those goals.
What Are Dermal Fillers, And How Do They Work?

Fillers can be a great way to enhance your appearance, and we hope this information has helped you decide what type is best.


Dermal fillers are injections that provide volume by placing temporary material below the skin's surface. Fillers work quickly, typically in just minutes, but they will not last forever - anywhere from six months to two years, depending on skin type and how much filler was used in the treatment.

Where On My Body Can I Have Dermal Fillers?

Fillers can be injected into many different areas of the body:


  • Cheeks
  • Nose
  • Chin (temporal mandibular crease)
  • Forehead (glabellar lines)  (smile and laugh lines)  (crow's feet)       
  • Eyelids (fine lines)
  • Lower eyelids (bags under the eyes or dark circles)
  • Chin (saggy skin, hollowing beneath the chin and lack of definition)
  • Upper lip (lips that are very thin in appearance).  (lip augmentation to give a fuller pout to your lips.       
  • What Happens When Dermal Fillers Wear Off?

    Dermal Fillers have the longevity that varies depending on the skin type.


    Typically, dermal fillers last six months to two years, but this can vary based on your natural ability to heal (called wound healing) and how much filler was used in treatment. The provider will discuss what you want to achieve and recommend which dermal fillers treatment is best to achieve those goals.

    Do You Offer Permanent Dermal Fillers?

    No. Dermal fillers are temporary and not designed to last permanently.


    If you want a more permanent way to enhance your appearance, we recommend looking into surgical options such as facial implants or fat grafting.

    Are Dermal Fillers Safe?

    Dermal fillers are a safe and effective way to temporarily add volume, which can be especially helpful for those who have lost some of the natural fat in their face or body.


    Fillers provide immediate results that may last anywhere from six months to two years depending on your skin type, how much filler was used during treatment and other factors.

    Who Should Avoid Dermal Fillers?

    Dermal fillers are not for everyone.


    Some people may be allergic to the material used in dermal fillers, and others might experience a problem with their body's ability to heal (called wound healing) from an injection site.


    Before having this procedure done, you must consult your healthcare provider about any medical conditions you may have or medications that you are currently taking.

    Can Dermal Fillers Lift Jowls?
    Dermal fillers can help correct the appearance of areas where there may be sagging skin, such as in the lower face. Dermal filler injections will not lift or tighten your jowls, and if you are looking for a way to remove fat from that area of your face, we recommend surgical options like facial implants or fat grafting.

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