A woman smiling while having face fillers injected

How Face Fillers Work

Injectable face fillers can smooth certain types of fine lines and wrinkles and can give you a more youthful appearance. Filler injections are one of the most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedures. They plump your skin using hyaluronic acid, which occurs naturally in your body.

More information about how dermal fillers work:

Face Fillers vs Botulinum Toxin Type A

Although both dermal fillers and botulinum toxin injections are intended to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, these treatments are very different. Botulinum toxin works by selectively paralyzing the muscles that cause dynamic wrinkles, which are creases that appear due to movement such as smiling or frowning. Fillers, on the other hand, work best for static wrinkles, which appear even if your face is completely still. They do not affect your muscles but instead plump your skin to fill in facial wrinkles.

Types of Wrinkles Dermal Fillers Can Fix

Dermal fillers can help with a variety of different kinds of static wrinkles. These include smile lines (nasolabial folds), chin creases, dimpling, and marionette lines. In some cases, recessed scarring will respond well to filler treatment. Certain types of fillers can also be used for lip plumping.

How Hyaluronic Acid Fillers Work

There are many types of fillers and each one works slightly differently. Hyaluronic acid dermal filler injections are among the most common and this is the variety we will discuss in this article. For more information about which fillers we have available and which would be best for your specific situation, please contact our office.

Hyaluronic acid, also known as HA, is a substance that naturally occurs in your dermis, which is the lowest layer of your skin. It is also present in your joints and eyes. Production of HA decreases as you age and injections can help replenish your body’s supply. Hyaluronic acid holds moisture while also filling in different areas of your face. The injection site depends on where your wrinkles are most prominent.

Results are visible immediately after injections and are long-lasting. However, face fillers are not permanent. Over time, your body will break down the substances in the filler injections and your wrinkles will gradually reappear. In general, HA injections can last 4-6 months. After this time, you may wish to return to the office for another treatment.

Combining Face Fillers and Other Treatments

If you have multiple types of wrinkles or other issues you would like to address, we may recommend combining filler injections with other treatments. This can include botulinum toxin type A injections for dynamic wrinkles, a facelift for overall facial rejuvenation, blepharoplasty for eyelid sagging, et cetera. We will tailor our recommendations to your specific goals and desired appearance.

Surgical and Non-Surgical Cosmetic Enhancement

Our experienced board-certified plastic surgeons can help you achieve your ideal appearance. With both surgical and non-surgical options available, we can discuss your options and outline a comprehensive treatment plan. If you wish to diminish the appearance of facial wrinkles, dermal fillers can be a great choice.

Contact us today to learn more about face fillers.