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Dermal Fillers: A Simple Guide to Looking Fabulous!

Dermal Filler

In this article, we aim to guide you to understand how dermal fillers work, the different types available, and which type would best suit your desired look.

Getting dermal fillers involves a skilled beautician injecting a substance under the skin. This adds volume, smooths out wrinkles, and improves the symmetry of facial features. The practice is minimally invasive and is becoming increasingly sought after among people wanting to improve their appearance without surgery.

Different types of dermal fillers are available, each with unique properties and benefits. Some fillers are made from hyaluronic acid, a substance naturally found in the body that helps to retain moisture and maintain skin elasticity. Other fillers are made from synthetic materials, such as calcium hydroxylapatite or poly-l-lactic acid, which work by stimulating collagen production in the skin.

It’s essential to understand that dermal fillers are not a one-size-fits-all solution, and what works for one person may not work for another. Therefore, it’s essential to consult with a qualified professional to decide the most suitable treatment plan for you.

To summarise, dermal fillers can be a safe and effective way to improve your appearance. However, you must do your research and seek professional advice to make an informed decision. So, grab a cup of your favourite drink, and we will guide you through the world of dermal fillers.

Types of Dermal Fillers

When rejuvenating your skin and combatting those pesky signs of ageing, dermal fillers are the modern-day superhero. But just like superheroes, there’s more than one type. So, which one is the Superman or Wonder Woman for your skin?

Hyaluronic Acid Fillers

Perhaps the most renowned in the filler family. Derived from a substance that’s naturally found in your skin, hyaluronic acid fillers can:

  • Hydrate and add volume
  • Diminish wrinkles and lines
  • Enhance lip and cheek contours

Brands to look out for: Juvederm and Restylane

Poly-L-Lactic Acid Fillers

Poly-L-Lactic Acid Fillers do not offer an immediate effect, but they are a collagen stimulator. This means gradual, natural-looking results.

  • Increase facial volume
  • Treat deep wrinkles

Brands to keep an eye on: Sculptra Aesthetic

Calcium Hydroxylapatite Fillers

CaHA microspheres are suspended in an aqueous solution and scarboxymethylcellulose gel carrier to make calcium Hydroxylapatite Fillers.

These fillers are considered to be a long-lasting, but non-permanent, highly compatible with human tissue. These fillers are thicker in consistency than other types.

  • Used for deeper lines and wrinkles
  • Enhance facial contours

Recognisable brand: Radiesse

Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) Fillers

Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) Fillers contain tiny PMMA microspheres suspended in collagen gel.

  • Treat medium-to-deep wrinkles
  • Enhance lips

One to remember: Bellafill

Autologous Fillers

These are natural, as they are made from components from your body! The plasma gel used as the main structure of the filler is made from the patient’s own plasma. This gel gives an instant ‘plump’ effect to the skin and encourages skin cells to produce proteins that help refresh the skin. The visible effects are seen right after the first injection and can last up to a year after the third one. All of this without any issues. The long-term results show great potential for this type of natural filler.

  • Last longer than other types, but require two procedures: extraction and injection.

FAQs about Dermal Fillers

  1. Are dermal fillers safe?
    Absolutely, when administered by trained professionals. However, as with any treatment, there are potential side effects like swelling or bruising. Always choose a reputable clinic!
  2. How long do fillers last?
    They’re not forever, sadly. Depending on the type and treatment area, they can last from 6 months to over two years.
  3. Will I look ‘fake’ after getting fillers?
    A qualified practitioner will aim for a natural look. Always communicate your desires clearly, and remember, less is often more!
  4. Is the treatment painful?
    Most fillers contain a numbing agent, so the process should be relatively pain-free. Some discomfort is possible, but it’s usually short-lived.
  5. How soon will I see results?
    With most fillers, you’ll see results instantly! However, with fillers like Poly-L-Lactic Acid, results appear gradually.
  6. Are there any post-treatment precautions?
    Avoid strenuous activity, sun exposure, and alcohol for at least 24 hours. And no touching the treated area!


There you have it, the lowdown on current dermal fillers. Remember, the aim isn’t to morph into someone else but to enhance your natural beauty. If you’re considering taking the plunge, always thoroughly research and consult a trusted professional, or if you are in the London area, contact Sheridan France. Your skin deserves nothing but the best.