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What are the Types of Dermal Fillers, and which One is Right for Me?

As we age, our skin loses its elasticity and volume, resulting in wrinkles, lines, and folds. Dermal fillers have become increasingly popular in recent years as a non-surgical way to enhance facial features and restore a more youthful appearance. There are several types of dermal fillers available on the market, each with its own unique characteristics and properties. Novomed’s cosmetic specialists have you covered. In this blog post, we will explore the various types of dermal fillers and how to decide which one is right for you. It is crucial to understand how they operate before deciding which one is ideal for you.

How do dermal fillers work?

Dermal fillers are gel-like substances that are safely injected beneath the surface of your skin to minimize the appearance of aging symptoms and replenish the volume your skin naturally loses as you get older. 

These fillers can treat problems in many areas of your face, such as the cheekbones and lips, and have varying effects. By replacing lost volume, fillers allow you to contour your face, add structure to specific areas of your face, and enhance your natural attractiveness. 

One of the best qualities of dermal fillers is that they are created from materials your body already produces, such as collagen and hyaluronic acid. This indicates that they are secure to use and have few side effects when administered by qualified professionals.

What are the types of dermal fillers?

At Novomed, we take pride in offering our patients a broad range of dermal filler choices to help men and women feel and look their best. To help you decide which dermal fillers might be best for you, let’s take a deeper look at the different types.

Hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers

Hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers are the most commonly used dermal fillers. HA is a naturally occurring substance found in the body that helps to maintain skin hydration and volume. This type of filler is injected into the skin to add volume, smooth out wrinkles, and enhance facial contours.

HA fillers are versatile and can be used to treat various areas of the face, such as the cheeks, lips, and under-eye area. They also come in different consistencies, ranging from thin to thick, allowing for precise placement and control over the amount of volume added. 

Moreover, HA fillers are reversible, which means that they can be dissolved using an enzyme called hyaluronidase if the results are not satisfactory or if there are any complications. 

Examples of HA fillers include Restylane and Juvéderm. 

Calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) fillers

Calcium hydroxylapatite is a mineral found in bones used to make fillers that add volume and stimulate the production of collagen, a protein that provides structure and support to the skin. 

CaHA fillers are ideal for adding volume to areas with deeper wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds and marionette lines. They are also used to enhance the jawline and cheeks.

The results of CaHA fillers are long-lasting, with some patients reporting results lasting two years or more. However, CaHA fillers are not reversible, and the results are gradual, with full results taking several months to show. 

An example of CaHA fillers includes Radiesse. 

Poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) fillers

Poly-L-Lactic Acid (PLLA) fillers are made from a biocompatible, biodegradable synthetic material that stimulates collagen production. 

PLLA fillers add volume to the areas with severe facial wrinkles, folds, and hollows and are ideal for treating the mid-face area, such as the cheeks and temples. 

The results of PLLA fillers are gradual, with full results taking several months to show. However, PLLA fillers are not reversible, and the results can last up to two years or more.

An example of PLLA fillers includes Sculptra. 

Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) fillers

Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) fillers are made from a synthetic material that is biocompatible and biodegradable. PMMA fillers work by adding volume to the skin and stimulating collagen production. 

PMMA fillers are ideal for treating areas with deep facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds and marionette lines. They are also used to enhance the appearance of the lips and cheeks.

The results of PMMA fillers are long-lasting, with some patients reporting results lasting up to five years. However, PMMA fillers are not reversible. 

An example of PMMA fillers includes Bellafill. 

Which dermal filler is right for you?

Choosing the right dermal filler depends on several factors, including the area being treated, desired results, duration of results, and reversibility. It is essential to consult with a qualified and experienced injector who can help you make an informed decision about which filler is right for you. With proper care and maintenance, dermal fillers can provide natural-looking, long-lasting results that will enhance your natural beauty and boost your confidence. 

You can receive your injections in the doctor’s clinic in just a few minutes after you and your provider have decided on a dermal filler.