A Guide to Dermal Fillers

A Guide to Dermal Fillers

Perhaps you have heard of dermal fillers but you’re not sure how they work or anything else about them. How long do they last? When should they be used rather than or with Botox? We’re going to look at dermal fillers and give you all of the information so that you can make an informed decision.

In this article we will cover:

  • What Can Dermal Fillers Fix?
  • How They Work and Their Differences from Botox
  • Risks Dermal Fillers Pose
  • Is One Dermal Filler Better?
  • When You Should Get Dermal Fillers

The aging process is the inevitable and predictable result of living longer. But when it comes to our aging face, there are situations where dermal fillers can be used, including the following:

  • Smoothing out deep creases that are running from your nose to your mouth and adding volume. These are known as laugh lines or nasolabial folds).
  • Plumping up lips that are thin and smoothing those vertical lines around your lips’ edges.
  • Filling out hollows beneath your eyes.
  • Evening out indented scars from chicken pox or acne and helping your skin look more even.
  • Increasing the volume in order to fill out any gauntness in your temple or lower cheek area, which often will occur because fat pads are shifting beneath your skin’s surface.

How They Work and Their Differences from Botox

A dermal filler is a synthetic or naturally-derived material that’s injected directly into your skin to plump out an area so that a fold, wrinkle or depression disappears. Based on the filler type, its effects may last from 6 months – 2 years. For fillers that are semi-permanent or even permanent, their effects may last up to five years and sometimes longer.

Dermal fillers shouldn’t be confused with Botox. Even though they both involve injections, you generally will have Botox injected around your forehead and wrinkles around your eye area to halt the muscle movement which will often cause wrinkles. It doesn’t involve plumping your skin like dermal fillers.

Since these two procedures work differently, a lot of people choose to get both of them done. This combination often makes them look a lot younger.

Natural and Synthetic Dermal Fillers

When you are researching dermal fillers, you’ll find there are two main types – natural and synthetic.

The results will be immediate but they will only last anywhere from 3-18 months and sometimes as long as two years, since this type of filler will break down eventually and will take those results with it. After your filter begins dissipating, you’ll have to return and have the injections done again to keep looking younger. Most of the people who get these fillers are going to need a minimum injection in the following 12 months. Fillers that are naturally-derived have a smaller risk of an allergic reaction.

Synthetic fillers will last a lot longer than their natural counterparts and they’re thought to be semi-permanent. You’ll see wrinkles returning as your face continues aging or sun damage because you’re not using sunscreen.

Risks Dermal Fillers Pose

One of the major issues when it comes to fillers is how long they last, along with risks of lumping and migration, and how skillful the doctor is who is doing the procedure. No matter what material you are using, there’s a certain learning curve when it comes to the techniques of injection along with understanding of how certain substances will affect the skin.

Because of this you have to choose a doctor who’s been doing it for a long time and has a lot of experience with different types of fillers. Most of the people who consider fillers have different areas that they want to be treated and there are different types of fillers that are available for treating the spots.

Is One Dermal Filler Better?

No matter what you’ve heard or read, there really isn’t one filler that’s better than the other. Which filler will be better is going to depend on the skill, technique, training, and experience of your doctor and your needs and tolerance. Even though a doctor says it’s good or it’s in a magazine it doesn’t always mean it’s good for your situation.

When You Should Get Dermal Fillers

If you are having problems with fine lines and wrinkles and you can’t cover them up with your skincare products anymore, you might want to choose dermal fillers. Even though skincare products can help you look and feel beautiful, things like muscle movement, gravity, fat loss, sun damage and age can take a big toll eventually.


Fillers are great for improving the look of your face and give it a look that is more youthful and supple.

Questions about Dermal Fillers?

Let Pura Vida Medical Spa help you reach your skin care goals. Call us at 239-919-7872 and schedule a free consultation. On the web, visit puravidanaples.com to learn more about us and our med spa services.

We are conveniently located in Downtown Naples on Fifth Avenue South with ample free parking nearby. After (or before your appointment) visit some of the nearby great restaurants and shopping in our neighborhood.