What Are Dermal Fillers? Your Ultimate Guide to Facial Fillers - Nob Hill Aesthetics

What Are Dermal Fillers? Your Ultimate Guide to Facial Fillers

Ever since Kylie Jenner started using dermal fillers for her lips back in 2015, the market started to boom. It became so popular that more than 7.3 million people received injectables in 2022. However, not everyone has the same needs, which is why you should learn as much as possible about any cosmetic procedure you’re getting before actually committing to one. 

Luckily, dermal fillers are quite a versatile cosmetic procedure and the side effects are minimal. You simply need to choose the correct type of filler for your needs and inject it in the right areas – with the help of a professional, of course! By reading this blog, you’ll learn just enough about dermal fillers so that you can make an informed decision. 

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Dermal Fillers in a Nutshell

Dermal fillers are non-surgical cosmetic treatments that can help you fill out your wrinkles and restore the lost volume to your cheeks, lips, and hands. These substances have a gel-like consistency that gets underneath your skin and provides an immediate filling effect, offering you a more youthful appearance.

The treatment itself usually takes less than an hour, making it a great option for people who lack the time of day to stay in the doctor’s office. Depending on the treatment chosen, the effect may last from months to years, offering you tighter and smoother-looking skin. Depending on the formula, your skin can also look plumper and more hydrated, adding to your youthful appearance.

Types of Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers come in different types, and they can lift and plump your skin in their own way, it just depends on the results that you are looking for. The most common fillers are the following: 

1. Hyaluronic Acid 

HA dermal fillers such as JUVÉDERM® are likely the most popular options as they are made from a naturally occurring substance. Your body makes hyaluronic acid to keep your skin looking plump, but as you get older, you produce less of it. These dermal fillers will merely restore your lost hyaluronic acid, allowing you to obtain a more youthful look.

2. Poly-L-Lactic Acid 

Poly-L-lactic acid fillers, like Sculptra®, are a good option for men and women who have deeper wrinkles, as it triggers collagen production. Unlike hyaluronic acid which lasts for about six months to one year before being filtered out by the body, these poly-L-lactic acid fillers will “train” your system to produce more collagen. As a result, you will notice gradual improvement, even after those six months have passed. Depending on the area where they are injected, these dermal fillers can last for two years or more. 

3. Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA) 

Similar to HA, Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA) is also a naturally occurring substance that is made in your bones. That being said, the effects are longer, as it triggers collagen production in a similar way to poly-L-lactic acid. The injectable treatment called RADIESSE®  is often used for deep wrinkles and its effect may last for as long as a year. This filler can also help improve the elasticity of your skin, adding firmness and making you look younger and more vibrant. 

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Side Effects and Results

The recovery time for dermal fillers is minimal, but you may still experience a few side effects on the day after the treatment. The most common side effects include minor bruising, swelling, and redness, which is your body’s normal reaction to the needle and injected substance. Once the filler settles underneath your skin, the swelling should go down and you should be able to go about with your day.

With that in mind, it is important that you refrain from any rigorous exercise, as this can make the swelling and bruising heal much slower. Take it easy for a day or two. Most patients typically begin to notice the full results within a week, and depending on the filler, they may even improve over time. 

More Volume With Dermal Fillers!

Dermal fillers can be a great option for you to restore your youth and add volume in areas where you are lacking it. Depending on your skin condition, you can use fillers anywhere on your face, but how do I decide where to get my fillers done? There are so many options, but it is important to adhere to these rules when looking for a location to get your filler so that you are safe and happy with your results! 

First, your filler provider must have qualifications and certifications. The physician, nurse, or dermatologist must have extensive training and be medically qualified to properly and safely administer dermal fillers. Following that, it is equally important that your filler provider has specialization and experience. Oftentimes, many people prefer going to a med spa that specializes in filler injections as opposed to a dermatologist or plastic surgeon because the med spa filler injectors specialize in injecting fillers. Highly experienced and skilled filler providers make such a big difference in your results! These great results often are reflected in their reputation and reviews. When looking for a place to get your filler injections, research the filler provider's reputation and check the online reviews, testimonials, and before-and-after photos of their previous clients. Lastly, it is important to choose a filler injector that listens and offers a tailored approach to your needs. A great filler provider will offer a personalized treatment plan and discuss your goals with you in an open conversation. While most filler providers use quality products, it is very important to know whether your filler providers use FDA-approved, high-quality filler products.

Get Started with Dermal Fillers Today!

The best place to get started with dermal fillers is usually a med spa. A premier med spa like San Francisco’s Nob Hill Aesthetics offers a highly skilled team of filler providers with over a decade of experience and extensive training. Their specialty in dermal filler injections can be seen in the many 5-star reviews they receive from their clients. Nob Hill Aesthetics actually has the most reviews for dermal fillers in the San Francisco area. In addition, their team of skilled providers will create a personalized filler treatment plan tailored to your needs while having your skincare and aesthetic goals in mind. Led by Dr. Bukov, who is a highly renowned aesthetic doctor, their team of filler providers check off every criteria when looking for a great place to get your filler injections. Get started on your skincare journey by booking an appointment now! Call Nob Hill Aesthetics and set up an appointment for Dermal Fillers Here!

For more information on dermal fillers, you can contact Nob Hill Aesthetics at 415-440-6800. We will offer all the information that you need so that you can make an informed decision. Alternatively, you can use our contact page and we can help book an appointment based on your needs.