Everything You Need to Know About Dermal Fillers

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Dermal fillers are one of the most versatile forms of nonsurgical cosmetic procedures that is currently out on the market. The most popular dermal filler injection is the lip filler- but dermal fillers can also be used all over the face (and even the body) to make skin look more voluminous, radiant and youthful!

In the article, we answer some questions about the beauty world’s hottest non-invasive procedure.

What are Dermal Fillers made of?

All dermal fillers are composed of hyaluronic acid. While the word “acid” can sound scary, hyaluronic acid is actually perfectly safe for skin. In fact, it already naturally occurs in our body. It is a humectant, which means it attracts water molecules and “lock” them into our skin. As we age, our natural levels of hyaluronic acid decrease, leaving our skin with less moisture. This then leads to sagging, rougher skin with more lines and creases. Hyaluronic acid (fillers) is the solution because it is injected back in to your skin, which instantly increases skin’s volume and fills in the fine lines.

Dermal filler injections can be used in the face to:

  • Plump lips
  • Smooth brow furrows, crow’s feet, and frown lines
  • Smooth under the eyes
  • Lift and enhance cheeks
  • Smooth marionette lines
  • Soften the nasolabial folds
  • Smooth vertical lip lines
  • Smooth chin wrinkles
  • Fill acne scars
  • Improve symmetry of facial features

The results are instant and need very little recovery time. Results are also very natural. Most people will likely not notice that you have had a procedure done, just that you look more well-rested, hydrated, and youthful! Best part is- these cosmetic injections are quick, have minimal downtime and does not require surgery!

How do Dermal Fillers differ from Botox?

Botox is injected directly into the muscle to temporarily freeze it. Because the muscle is frozen, it causes a reduction in wrinkles. Dermal fillers are different because they are injected into the skin to smooth out and fill wrinkles, along with restoring volume. While both Botox and hyaluronic acid fillers are considered safe, fillers are considered slightly safer. Since fillers use hyaluronic acid, which we already have in our body, they are less likely to cause allergic reactions. They can also easily be dissolved using hyaluronidase.

Why get Dermal Fillers when I can just use a hyaluronic acid moisturizer or serum?

Hyaluronic acid is arguably the biggest buzzword in skin care right now. Creams and serums with this ingredient do help in moisturizing the skin but putting hyaluronic acid on skin’s surface can only do so much, as it cannot penetrate the outer layers of skin. Skincare products that contain hyaluronic acid also do not have instantly noticeable results and can’t add volume to skin—this is only something that dermal fillers can do! 

How long do Dermal Fillers last?

Dermal fillers typically last about 6 months but can last anywhere up to 18 months. It depends on the area of the injection, the brand of the filler, and also how fast your body metabolizes the hyaluronic acid. Studies have even shown that dermal injections, while temporary, actually boost collagen production, which means they can help keep skin looking great even after the fillers have worn off!

Are Dermal Fillers right for me?

The number of dermal-filler procedures have drastically increased over the years. The popularity of these procedures is rapidly increasing, especially in younger patients. It is now more popular to get smaller procedures over one’s lifetime, rather than waiting until your sixties and getting a full facelift. This is because dermal fillers can be used as a preventive measure as well as a treatment.

As such, if you get fillers and you don’t like what you see, the hyaluronic acid can be dissolved quickly and easily. Consult with a trained medical aesthetician or cosmetic injector to ensure that you are suitable to receive cosmetic injections.

What type of Dermal Fillers does Canada MedLaser use?

Canada MedLaser uses hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers, which are the safest and most effective fillers. These filters are medical grade and are approved by Health Canada and the FDA. We only use reputable brand-name products, including Juvaderm, Restylane, Revanesse and Stylage. It may be tempting to look for a bargain but remember: if it’s too good to be true, it probably is, and there is such a thing as counterfeit injections.

As always, with any cosmetic treatment, you also want to make sure that the person doing your injections is a trained medical professional, like the highly experienced medical aestheticians and cosmetic injectors at Canada MedLaser.