Dermal fillers are used to fill in areas of tissue where fat has been lost or skin has lost its elasticity. They can be used to firm and tone the skin and fill hollowed out areas in the cheeks, around the eyes, and in the temples. Certain types of fillers can stimulate the production of collagen and help the skin repair itself. Fillers are also beneficial at reducing the appearance of wrinkles on the face and neck. In cases where scars have become recessed, the use of dermal fillers can dramatically reduce their appearance by filling in the area and softening the area. Fillers can be used for cosmetic and medical purposes.
Depending on where the fillers are used, side effects can be more prominent in certain areas than in others. In most cases, side effects are minimal and generally confined to around the injection site. Tenderness and a slight elevation in temperature near the spot the fillers were injected are both quite common. Other side effects include slight to modest swelling, itching, redness, tenderness to the touch, and bruising. Side effects can range from mild to severe and will normally only last two to three days after the treatment. It is important to report any side effects, no matter how mild, to your doctor so they can closely monitor any reactions that may be present.
There are many popular fillers on the market today. A few of the most well-known brand names include Botox®, Restylane®, Restylane Silk®, Kybella®, Bella Terra®, Bellafill®, Radiesse® Lyft®, and Juvederm®. These fillers are extremely popular for reducing the signs of aging, improving the texture and form of the skin, and eliminating hollowed areas of the face where the soft tissue has deteriorated or fat has been lost. Along with these types of fillers that use different compounds to produce results, there are other procedures that use fat from the body as a bulking agent to fill in areas or replace lost tissue.