How Do Facial Fillers Work?

Facial fillers offer an excellent alternative to surgery for many patients who want healthy, rejuvenated skin.

Also known as dermal fillers, facial fillers are cosmetic injectables used to plump up the lips and cheeks, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, contour the jawline and improve the appearance of scars and other skin imperfections.

How Do Hyaluronic Acid Facial Fillers Work?

Juvederm®, Restylane® and Belotero® are hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers.

Hyaluronic acid is naturally produced in the human body, and it works to maintain the skin’s moisture and nutrient levels. It also helps make the skin plump, firm and supple.

Unfortunately, the body loses its natural ability to produce this powerful substance over time.

Facial fillers can give your skin a younger, fresher appearance. Juvederm®, Restylane® and Belotero® use hyaluronic acid to add volume and smooth out the skin. Results from these injectables can be seen immediately, and the effects last about six to 12 months.

How Do Longer-Lasting Facial Fillers Work?

Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are the most popular choice for both men and women, but other injectables offer longer-lasting results.

Collagen, a structural protein that helps give the skin strength and elasticity, depletes with age. This makes the skin thinner, which leads to wrinkles and sagging.

Radiesse® and Sculptra® Aesthetic don’t just fill and plump the skin — these injectables also help stimulate natural collagen production in the skin.

Calcium hydroxylapatite, a mineral compound that occurs naturally in the body, is the driving force behind Radiesse® injectables. Results from Radiesse® typically last about 18 months.

Sculptra® Aesthetic uses a man-made biocompatible polymer to restore facial volume. Called poly-L-lactic acid, the polymer has been safely used in the medical field for decades. The effects of Sculptra® injectables can last for up to two years.

How to Get the Most Natural-Looking Results from Facial Fillers

Everyone wants to know if the results from dermal fillers look natural, because no one wants to look as if they had cosmetic work done.

The answer to this question depends on the technique and skill of the doctor performing the injections. Dermal fillers are effective, but the ability to create a natural look comes from training and experience.

Many different formulas and strengths of dermal fillers are available. Treatment must be tailored to the specific needs of the patient, or the desired effect won’t be achieved.

Results from dermal fillers can also vary among patients. To determine the right approach for your facial concerns, consult with a professional aesthetic plastic surgeon.

If you’re ready to explore your options, the Beauty Now team at Mobley MD Utah Facial Plastic Surgery has decades of experience with injectables and other cosmetic procedures that combat aging skin problems. To find out if facial fillers are right for you, schedule a consultation at our Salt Lake City treatment facility today.

NOTE: The information provided here is of a general nature and is not intended to substitute for personal advice from an experienced cosmetic surgeon.