A Comprehensive Guide on Dermal Fillers

dermal fillers a comprehensive guide

Feeling good about oneself boosts confidence. It helps us feel secure in our own skin. That’s why there’s a significantly high number of plastic surgery procedures. This includes both surgical and non-surgical procedures. 

While surgery takes longer to perform, heal, and see results, non-surgical procedures like dermal fillers are simple and offer quick results. People opt for dermal fillers when they want to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles through minimally invasive injections. 

Have dermal fillers piqued your interest? At NUVO Cosmedispa, we’ll answer commonly asked questions like, “What are dermal fillers?”. Keep reading for an all-encompassing guide on dermal fillers. 

What are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are a type of nonsurgical cosmetic procedure. They’re injections used to plump up fine lines and wrinkles and restore volume in the face.

The skin’s suppleness and firmness reduce as we age because the levels of elastin and collagen start dropping. Once these proteins start reducing, your skin no longer has the same ability to retain moisture and maintain the elasticity it once had. This means the firmness and youthfulness of the skin start to fade. 

Dermal fillers offer a solution. Many people choose to get them to get a more youthful appearance. The treatment itself takes less than 30 minutes and recovery times are minimal. 

Get in touch with NUVO Cosmedispa to learn more. 

Why are Dermal Fillers Used?

Dermal fillers are used to fix a variety of facial issues. Most of these issues involve the firmness and fullness of facial features like lips, nose, chin, and earlobes. 

Dermal fillers are commonly used to address: 

  • Sagging skin
  • Thin lips or cheeks
  • Creases in the face
  • Wrinkles and fine lines

You must be at least 21 years old to qualify for these procedures. Dermal fillers and many other cosmetic procedures have additional requirements depending on the procedure you want and the type of dermal filler you want. 

For example, some procedures may require you to be a non-smoker. Other times, it may be necessary to temporarily discontinue the use of certain medications or supplements.

If you dislike invasive solutions or want to see the results much faster, getting dermal fillers is your best option.

Types of Dermal Fillers

There are different types of fillers in the market, with different methods and frequencies. While some will give instant results after injection, others require several treatments and touch-ups. 

Below are some of the most used fillers today.

Hyaluronic Acid (HA)

Hyaluronic acid is a gel-like substance used to plump up the skin and smoothen wrinkles in areas like under the eyes and forehead. The acid is also a naturally occurring substance in the body. However, with age, our bodies stop making hyaluronic acid, making this type of dermal filler the ideal product to use for added volume and hydration.

The acid’s ability to transport nutrients to the skin is one of the reasons why it’s an effective filler for most facial issues like scars and wrinkles. Results typically last 6 months to a year.

At NUVO Cosmedispa, most of our dermal filler treatments include hyaluronic acids.

Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA)

This next type of dermal filler consists of a substance found in the bones. Many healthcare professionals use CaHA to fill in deep wrinkles and add volume to the skin. 

An example of a CaHA is Radiesse. This is a naturally occurring compound in the body, specifically within the bones. The results usually last around a year.

Poly-L-lactic Acid (PLLA)

Poly-L-lactic acid helps the body produce its own collagen. There are different types of PLLA fillers like Sculptra. You might need two or more sessions for this one, but the results could last up to two years. The results are gradual, and it is best for the lower half of the face, including nasolabial folds.

Polylactic acid re-stimulates the collagen in your body every time it’s infected in your body. It is a semi-permanent fix that takes about three months to end and up to six to start seeing results. The good thing about it is the minimal risks associated with the filler.

Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA)

PMMA is a semi-permanent dermal filler that adds volume to the skin and keeps it firm. These types of fillers consist of collagen and small balls. The balls help keep your skin firm and plump. 

When done properly, this application has very long-lasting results, up to 5 years. Be sure to schedule the procedure with a highly skilled doctor to enjoy long-acting results with minimal complications. 

Autologous Fat Injections

Fat grafting is the process of removing fat from one part of the body through liposuction. This fat is then injected into the face. Although the results are long-lasting, it takes more time to recover and is a much more complicated procedure. Also, you might need more than one session, and the procedure requires sedation.

While we don’t offer all these services we suggest you get in touch with our team at NUVO Cosmedispa to learn more about which procedure is right for you. We’re excited to get you started on this rewarding journey!

Even though fillers last enough, there are ways to make fillers last longer.

Benefits of Dermal Fillers 

What makes dermal fillers so popular? Here are 12 praiseworthy reasons to consider:

1. Fast Results

The main reason for any cosmetic procedure is to look better in the least amount of time possible. You want to be able to see results either immediately after the procedure or at least a few days after. It boosts morale and gives you the appearance you were hoping for when going for the procedure.

Dermal fillers have the fastest results period in all cosmetic procedures. You start seeing your lips pump up a few days after the procedure. It could take longer sometimes, but most of the time, it takes less than two weeks for the filler to be in full effect.

2. It’s Non-Invasive

Invasive procedures could get complicated, especially if you do not go to a qualified physician for the procedure. Most people prefer non-invasive procedures with equally good effects, like dermal fillings.

The fact that it is non-invasive also means that it takes less time because no complicated procedures are required. You can walk into the clinic during your break and be done within a few minutes.

3. Little to No Recovery Time

Once you have had the dermal filler procedure, it takes a very short time to recover. That is partly because there are no invasive procedures. It’s a quick procedure with a short recovery time!  

However, the recovery time is affected by the type of filler used, the number of procedures performed at one time, and the health of your body. Either way, you’ll have short recovery times when compared to invasive surgical procedures. 

Our team will always answer any questions you may have. We’ll work with you before, during, and after your appointment to ensure you understand recovery instructions. 

4. Natural-Looking Results

The fillers available in the market today give the most natural results. They will add volume to your skin and make your face look natural and attractive. That is the most desired result for any cosmetic procedure. 

Nobody wants their facial procedures to look like there has been obvious work done on their face. Using the right fillers and working with the best clinics will give you the desired results in a shorter time than most cosmetic surgeries.

Get in touch with our team to learn more! 

5. It Can Be Used With Other Treatments

You can get dermal filler injections while still getting Botox and other similar procedures done. Dermal fillers won’t affect the other procedure. This is an advantage because it means you can book a single session and get two procedures done. That saves you time and minimizes the time you take to recover from both procedures. 

Also, combining dermal fillers with other treatments like Botox helps treat the deep folds on your skin and gives you much better results. For any questions, get in touch with NUVO Cosmedispa today. 

6. Increases the Elastin and Collagen Production

Some fillers, like the ones containing hyaluronic acid, help your body produce elastin and collagen production. The collagen helps keep your skin firm and youthful. Therefore, getting dermal fillers can help your body produce its own skin-forming proteins and keep your skin looking good.   

7. Minimal Risks

Every beauty product you use on your body will have risks. However, dermal fillers have minimal risks compared to other cosmetic procedures. There are a few common side effects, like swelling and redness around the injection area. However, these effects fade within days and do not have a long-term effect on the body.

Even though dermal fillers rarely have serious side effects, staying in touch with your healthcare provider after the procedure is essential. This makes it easy to report any unusual side effects or discuss any concerns that come up.

8. Costs Less Than Other Plastic Surgery Procedures

Due to the simple, non-invasive procedure, the short time of recovery, and the availability of fillers in the market, dermal fillers are affordable. That is in comparison to other surgical cosmetic procedures that require sedation.

You can get a dermal filler without breaking the bank. This makes it affordable to address any skin concerns you may have. Plump up your cheeks or lips. Fill in deep wrinkles or fine lines. 

Love your skin with a dermal filler procedure. Call us today! 

9. Short-Term or Long-Term Injections

You can get a short-term dermal filler injection as a start to see whether you like the results or not. Sometimes doctors will use short-term injections to test your body and see whether you will have an allergic reaction to it or not. 

However, there are evaluations to see whether any of the components in the filler are reacting with your body before application. Once the fillers are working for your body, you can get the long-term ones and the full effect of the filler.

The tests are mostly for people doing dermal fillers for the first time. Sometimes, the filler takes time to show full effects and must be applied in small doses. That makes the fillers very flexible and allows you to see how your body reacts to them.

10. Improves the Appearance of Scars

An additional benefit of dermal fillers with hyaluronic acid is that they improve the appearance of scars. It softens the scar tissue and reduces the scar’s appearance. 

However, it does not work for all scars. It’s essential to talk to your doctor if the only issue you want to treat is scarring on your face. There may be other suitable options for your skin.

11. Boosts Confidence

Dermal fillers help restore your face to a youthful and full appearance. This boosts confidence and helps you feel better in your skin. While other procedures can also do that, dermal fillers do that in a short period of time with effects that could last up to two years (sometimes more depending on the type of procedure you go with).

12. Minimal Side Effects

It’s also a simple procedure with very few to no side effects. You can get the procedure done in less than an hour and recover in just a few days. The best part about dermal fillers is that the recovery does not weigh down on you because it’s a non-invasive procedure.

Side Effects

Every product you use on your body will likely have side effects. However, the number and severity of the side effects are different. With dermal fillers, there are almost no side effects because the procedure uses safe products and is non-invasive. 

However, a few things could happen immediately after the procedure. Some should not cause alarm, but others require immediate attention. Here are common side effects you may experience after a dermal filler injection:

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Discomfort
  • Bruising
  • Itching
  • Rash

Rare side effects to keep an eye on and contact your doctor immediately include:


  • Asymmetrical appearance. This can be the result of the provider using inappropriate products or services.
  • Damage to your skin. This could cause scars, which is bad for your confidence. If you get damaged skin after your dermal fillers, you need to see your doctor and figure out how to heal the skin.
  • Infections. An infection on any part of the face that had the procedure is dangerous. However, that happens in rare cases. A good doctor will ensure that the injections are not contaminated to avoid later infections.
  • Numbness. After the period the doctor gives you to recover, you should not feel any pain or numbness. If you experience that, you need to talk to the physician and find out why you are experiencing numbness.
  • Leakage of the filler. When you leave the clinic, the filler injection site should be intact, and no filler should leak out of your face. If that happens, you need to go back and get examined by the doctor. If you had fillers in more than one area on your face, no filler should leak from one area to the other. 
  • Granulomas. Dermal fillers should be easy to heal and recover from. Anything out of the ordinary calls for swift action. If you notice any inflammation on your face, you need to have it checked immediately.
  • Blindness. Blindness is one of the rarest side effects, but it could happen when the filler is not injected correctly. If the filler blocks blood flows into the eyes, it could result in blindness. To avoid such cases, ensure you go to reputable clinics with highly qualified doctors. 

At NUVO Cosmedispa, we’re well aware of any complications big or small. While side effects are minimal and typically don’t go beyond the occasional redness and swelling, we still keep in mind rare side effects. To avoid such cases, we ensure we always use the right products and equipment. 

What’s the Recovery Process After Dermal Fillers? 

The recovery time for dermal fillers is not the same for everybody. Different people react to the same procedure differently. 

A few factors could affect how fast you recover from a dermal filler procedure. For instance, the number of areas your doctor treated. If you had more than one place to inject the fillers, your recovery time might take longer than someone who just had a single place to fill. 

The other factors include the filler used and the health condition of your body. If you do not have any underlying health issues, your recovery process will be very fast. 

Sometimes the doctor could advise you to take a few hours or days off from rigorous physical activity to help your recovery.

How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last?

Different products have different effect durations to use in dermal filler procedures. The doctors start you off with short-term injections to monitor your body’s reaction to the fillers and see the results. 

However, deep injections could have effects lasting between 18 months and two years. The newer products in the market are more improved, will last longer, and have a painless application to the body. 

Therefore, the average duration for most dermal fillers is between 3 months and two years. If you want deep injections that last longer, you might have to pay more and work with highly qualified doctors.

We have a full article on how long dermal fillers last here.

When Should I See My Healthcare Provider About Dermal Fillers?

After your dermal filler procedure, you should contact your healthcare provider immediately if you notice any of the following: 

  • Bleeding
  • Intense pain 
  • Signs of infection 
  • Allergic reactions 
  • Shortness of breath 

What Can I Expect From NUVO Cosmedispa? 

NUVO Cosmedispa uses cutting-edge technologies to help people restore their youthfulness through refreshed and younger-looking faces. Our highly qualified team is committed to giving you excellent results in as little as a single session. 

Here’s what you can expect before, during, and after a dermal filler procedure: 

Before the Procedure

At NUVO Cosmedispa, it all starts with a consultation. Here, we want to learn all about your skincare goals. What are you hoping to achieve? What areas do you want to enhance?

We’ll also answer any questions you may have regarding the procedure. To help clarify any doubts, we will often mark your face with a marker to show where the injections will take place. 

After acquiring all the necessary information, we’ll recommend a specific type of filler. We’ll also discuss possible side effects, recovery times, and more. 

During the Procedure

We’ll apply a lotion or cream with an anesthetic to make the procedure more comfortable. Then, using a thin needle, the filler will be injected under your skin. The entire process will take as little as a few minutes or up to an hour. 

After the Procedure

Once the procedure is complete, we’ll cleanse your skin. We’ll go over recovery instructions with you and answer any lingering questions you may have. 

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