Dermal Fillers: What You Need to Know

If you’re reading this article, the chances are that you at least have a rudimentary understanding of what dermal fillers are and what they do, but you may still have questions about how they work and how long they last. We’ll answer all of those questions, and more so you can decide if this cosmetic procedure is right for you!


What Dermal Fillers are used to Correct?

Dermal fillers are used to correct a number of concerns associated with facial ageing, such as:

  • Smoothing out and adding volume to the deep creases that run from the nose to the mouth.
  • Fixing indented scars created from acne.
  • Augmenting cheeks to enhance their shape, often restoring youthful fullness.
  • Smoothing out vertical lines over the edges of lips.
  • Filling out depressions under the eye area.
  • Increasing volume in the temple area or lower cheek.

How Dermal Fillers Work

Epiclinic dermal fillers Adelaide are made of a synthetic or naturally derived material. The filler material is directly injected into the skin to plump that area until the depression, wrinkle or fold has disappeared. Depending on the filler, the results can last anywhere from six months to two years and in some cases longer. With semi-permanent or permanent fillers, the effects can last up to five years.

The Difference between Natural Dermal Fillers and Synthetic

Naturally derived fillers have a smaller risk of an allergic reaction from forming, but they can still occur. Aside from allergic reactions, fillers also have risks of lumping and migration, although this happens rarely. On the other hand, because the results last a short period of time so do the potential problems.

Results are immediate and will last from three to 18 months because the filler gradually breaks down, taking the results, for better or worse, along with it. As soon as the filler begins to dissipate you need to have more filler injected to maintain results.

Synthetic fillers last longer than naturally derived dermal fillers and are considered semi-permanent. The fillers don’t dissipate and the wrinkles will begin to reappear only because your face continues to age or you continue to get sun damage due to being lax about protecting skin with sunscreen daily.

Synthetic fillers have the same risks as naturally derived fillers except that the synthetic fillers are permanent and the potential problems that come from permanent fillers are much more complicated to correct.

When to Get Treated With Dermal Fillers

There’s every reason to consider dermal fillers to correct signs of ageing that are beyond what skincare products can do. It’s not that great skincare can’t make a huge difference in the appearance of your skin but age, fat loss, muscle movement, gravity, and sun damage among other factors eventually take their toll on your skin. The fact is that dermal fillers can effectively help improve the look of deep lines and provide the skin with a more youthful and subtle appearance in ways that skincare cannot.