What are dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers help erase facial lines and restore fullness to the face.

As we age, our faces naturally lose subcutaneous fat. The facial muscles then work closer to the skin surface, so smile lines and crow’s feet become more visible.

The facial skin also stretches a bit, adding to this loss of facial volume. Other factors that affect the facial skin include exposure to the sun, heredity, and lifestyle.

Dermal fillers can be used to:

  • Plump thin lips
  • Enhance shallow contours
  • Soften facial creases and wrinkles
  • Improve the look of scars

Dermal fillers can be very helpful in those with early signs of aging, or as a bonus part of facial rejuvenation surgery.

Dermal fillers risks and safety information

The decision to use fillers is personal. You will have to decide if the procedure is right for you and if the risks and potential complications of dermal fillers are acceptable.

Complications from dermal fillers are rare. Potential risks vary depending on the filler used and the relative permanence of the filler substance and include:

  • Acne-like skin eruptions
  • Asymmetry
  • Bruising, bleeding from the injection site, swelling
  • Damage to the skin that results in a wound and possible scarring
  • Infection at the injection site
  • Lumps
  • Palpability of the filler under the surface of the skin
  • Skin rash with itching
  • Skin redness
  • Under- or over-correction of wrinkles