What is a Dermal Filler and How Do They Work? (Everything You Need to Know)

what is a dermal filler and how do they work

Aging is an inevitable part of life. But it doesn’t mean you have to accept it or be resigned to it.

While wrinkles and sagging skin are inevitable, they don’t have to define your face—or your confidence! Modern medical technology has given us some amazing options for rejuvenating your appearance and recapturing your youthful glow. And dermal fillers are among the most effective. Non-toxic, painless, and virtually invisible, dermal fillers work by adding volume to your skin. They can help you look younger, healthier, and more attractive—and they’re a great way to maintain the appearance of youth without invasive surgery. But what exactly are dermal fillers? What do they do? And how can they help you achieve the fresh-faced look you desire?

So, let’s take a look at what you need to know about these amazing creations and how they can give you the youthful look you’ve always wanted.

A Brief Introduction to Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are a type of cosmetic procedure that involves injecting a filler into the skin to smooth out wrinkles and other facial features. Dermal fillers can also be used to help create an overall more youthful appearance.

Dermal fillers are made up of synthetic materials and are designed to mimic the look and feel of real human tissue. They can be used to help improve the appearance of wrinkles, folds in the skin (such as those around the mouth), age spots, scars, and other issues that cause you to lose your natural facial volume or definition.

Dermal fillers work by increasing collagen production in your skin. Collagen is what gives your skin strength and elasticity—it literally acts as a scaffolding for your face’s structure. Without it, your skin would sag and sag until it eventually just fell off!

How Do Dermal Fillers Work?

The skin is more than just a layer of tissues that cover your body and protect you from the outside world. It also plays an important role in how you look, feel, and even how healthy you are. When we talk about cosmetic surgery and other procedures that improve the way our skin looks, we’re often referring to what’s known as dermal fillers.

Dermal fillers are a popular choice for those who want to get rid of wrinkles, furrows, or fine lines around the mouth or eyes. They can also be used to increase the volume of lips, so they look fuller and more youthful. However, there are many other uses for dermal fillers such as treating acne scars or smoothing out skin texture after laser hair removal treatments.

The purpose of a dermal filler is to create an even surface for your skin so it appears smoother and more uniform in texture compared to other areas on your face where wrinkles have formed over time due to aging processes like collagen breakdowns caused by sun damage which leads us towards fewer nutrients being absorbed by cells making them weaker over time causing them to break down faster than usual when exposed to the elements. This is why it’s important to protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays so you can keep it healthy and youthful looking for many years to come.

3 Popular Dermal Fillers in The Market

1) Calcium Hydroxylapatite

Calcium hydroxylapatite is a popular dermal filler because it is considered to be one of the most natural-looking options on the market. It’s made from calcium, which is also present in our bones, so it makes sense that it would look very similar to our skin. Calcium hydroxylapatite is also one of the most affordable options out there, which is great for those who are looking for cost-effective options.

Calcium hydroxylapatite is great for filling fine lines and wrinkles because it not only fills them in but also plumps up the area around them as well. This helps to give your skin a younger look by adding volume back into your skin where it has lost volume over time due to aging processes such as collagen degradation or sun damage among others.

It can also be used on deeper lines and wrinkles by using multiple injections of calcium hydroxylapatite at once so that you don’t have to worry about the results wearing off anytime soon after treatment is complete! This means that your results will last longer than with other types of fillers such as Juvederm or Restylane etc…

2) Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is one of the most common dermal fillers. It’s a naturally occurring substance that’s present in our bodies and serves as a cushion for our skin, but as we age and our bodies produce less HA, we may notice that the skin under our eyes begins to sag.

Hyaluronic acid fillers are relatively inexpensive, easy to use, and come in different strengths depending on how much volume you want to add. They can last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years before needing to be replaced or re-treated with another injection.

It’s important to note that hyaluronic acid can be used on all areas of your face, including lips, cheeks, and eyes—so if you have deep wrinkles around your mouth or crow’s feet on your eyelids (or both!), hyaluronic acid will likely benefit you.

3) Polyalkylimide

Polyalkylimide dermal fillers are a synthetic, non-animal protein that is identical to the polymeric structure of collagen. They are used to help treat wrinkles and folds in the skin, including the lips, cheeks, and nasolabial folds (the lines between your nose and mouth). They can also be used to treat acne scars or scars resulting from surgery.

Polyalkylimide dermal fillers are a popular choice because they have been shown to last longer than other types of dermal fillers. This means you may only need one injection instead of multiple injections over time. However, this comes with the tradeoff that polyalkylimide dermal fillers tend to cause more redness and swelling at the injection site than other types of fillers—so they may not be suitable for people who have sensitive skin.

Also, polyalkylimide dermal fillers can sometimes cause bumps under your skin if injected too deeply into your face (this happens because they don’t dissolve as quickly as other types of fillers).

Who Can Do Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are safe to use and can be applied by medical professionals with a lot of experience. Most people who have had dermal fillers done to say that they don’t feel any pain during the procedure, though some people do experience some mild discomfort.

For personalized care, consider NUVO Cosmedispa Skincare – a medical spa that offers dermal fillers in Houston. Our team of experienced professionals will work with you to determine which type of filler is best for your skin and goals. Then, we’ll administer the treatment safely so that you can achieve the results you want.

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Eva Nicole Bustos "Nikki"

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Eva Nicole Bustos “Nikki” has been working as the Office Manager at NUVO Cosmedispa since August of 2019. She’s worked as an administrator in the esthetic and cosmetic field since 2008. Her experience and professionalism in executing her administrative duties in the office to ensure that the office is operating smoothly, and that patients are treated with courtesy and kindness and that appointments are well organized. Call today to schedule your next visit at NUVO, where we make you feel new again!

Theresa Renee

Theresa Renee Arriaga, DNP, FNP, APRN-BC


Theresa Renee Arriaga, DNP, FNP, APRN-BC, is a registered nurse with 16 years of experience in the ER, ICU, Recovery Room, Agency, Travel, Flight nursing, and as a Nursing Instructor. Renee graduated with honors from Houston Baptist University in 2004, as a Family Nurse Practitioner, and has been loved by her Plastic Surgery/Aesthetics patients for the last 15 years. In October of 2019, she graduated with honors from the Doctor of Nursing program at Chamberlain University. Dr. Renee uses her professional knowledge, as well as her extensive hospital nursing experience, excellent aesthetics skills, and, above all, honesty, to benefit her patients when creating their individual aesthetic treatment plans. Her personal philosophy is to “treat others with love and respect while encouraging them to reach their highest potential.” She carries out this worldview, not only everyday with her patients, but also for those she encounters on her various missions trips across the world. Whether it’s when she hiked Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, ministered to Cambodians on the shores of Vietnam, or helped to fix water wells in Malawi, it is her heart to share Jesus’ love with everyone she meets. Overall, she is an aesthetic artist who demonstrates proficient understanding regarding how to teach and administer Botox, Dysport, Xeomin, Jeuveau, Hyaluronic Acid gel fillers, Radiesse, Sculptra, and has a special love for teaching and administering PDO threads.

Bianca Ruiz

Bianca Ruiz, RN, BSN

Nurse Injector Specialist

Bianca Ruiz, RN, BSN is our Nurse Injector Specialist. She’s passionate about providing excellent service in the area of aesthetic injectables. She has over fourteen (14) years experience in the aesthetic field, and has spent the last five (5) years enhancing her skills by working as a nurse injector for some of Houston’s most distinguished plastic surgeons. 

Since the beginning of her undergraduate studies, Bianca knew that her calling was to enrich the lives of others by helping them tap into their most beautiful self. One of the things that sets Bianca apart from other nurse injectors, is her unique attention to detail and her focus on each patients’ particular aesthetic desire.

As a very young girl, Bianca was always attentive to her own look and style. Her colleagues are astounded at how gracefully she moves in her high heels from patient to patient without missing a beat. She maintains an impeccable appearance, the combination of her poise and compassion leaves a lasting impression on those around her.

Grace Barrientez

Grace Barrientez

Licensed Aesthetician

Worked for corporate America for 10yrs+ before deciding to change careers to pursue her passion in skincare. Graduated from The Aveda Institute in 2018, Laser Hair Removal Certified, certified in multiple advanced treatments, and customer service driven. Educating clients on a daily skin care regimen and their skin is her favorite part of her time with clients.

Dr. Gregg M. Reger, M.D.

Medical Director

Dr. Gregg Reger, M.D., is the Medical Director of NUVO Cosmedispa. He currently runs The Vein and Skin Specialists, which he founded in 2005. His primary practice is located in The Woodlands, Texas. With over 20 years of experience, his practice includes the evaluation and treatment of veins and skin disorders.

He graduated from the University of Texas, Medical Branch  (UTMB) in Galveston, and he is a fellow of the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery, and the Texas Medical Society. Also a member of the American Medical Association, and Diplomat of the American College of Phlebology.

Dr. Reger’s background includes 3 years of medical research at M.D. Anderson Center in Houston, genetic studies at the Mayo College of Medicine, in  Rochester MN, an internship in Pathology at UTMB and development of rapid hemoglobin analysis by capillary electrophoresis for Hellana Labs in Beaumont Texas.