Dermal Fillers: What They Are, Types, Benefits

  / Dermal Fillers: What They Are, Types, Benefits

Dermal Fillers by WYW Center LLC IN ST. PETERS, MO

Dermal fillers are a cornerstone of non-surgical cosmetic treatments, offering a quick and effective way to enrich facial features and recede signs of aging. These injectables, including popular brands like Juvederm, restore volume to cheeks, smooth out wrinkles, and augment lips. As cosmetic technology advances, understanding the types of fillers available, their benefits, and how they work becomes crucial for anyone considering these procedures. 

What Are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are injectable formulas used to enhance facial aesthetics by restoring volume, smoothing out wrinkles, and improving the overall contour of the face. Primarily composed of substances that mimic naturally occurring bodily compounds, these fillers are most commonly based on hyaluronic acid—a molecule that is intrinsically present in the skin and known for its ability to retain moisture.

When injected beneath the skin’s surface, dermal fillers plump up the treated area, which can help diminish the appearance of aging by filling in wrinkles and adding volume to sagging skin. The effects are transient, as the body gradually absorbs the biocompatible substances, usually over several months to a couple of years, depending on the type of filler used.

The application of dermal fillers is both a science and an art. It demands an in-depth familiarity of facial anatomy and an aesthetic sense to achieve natural-looking results while avoiding complications. As medical devices, most dermal fillers are approved by regulatory bodies like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), ensuring they meet safety standards for being safe and effective when administered by a qualified professional.

Types of Dermal Fillers

These Juvederm products use hyaluronic acid, a substance naturally found in the skin, making them well-tolerated and effective for adding volume and smoothing lines with natural-looking results.

  • Juvederm Voluma XC: This filler is designed for deep injection into the cheek area. It’s primarily used for restoring volume to the cheeks and midface that can be lost due to aging, providing a subtle lift and contouring for a more youthful appearance.
  • Juvederm Vollure XC: Targeted at moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, Vollure XC is especially effective for smoothing nasolabial folds, also known as laugh lines, that run from the sides of the nose to the corners of the mouth. Its formulation allows for a natural feel and movement.
  • Juvederm Ultra XC and Juvederm Volbella XC: Both of these fillers are used for lip enhancement. Juvederm Ultra XC is suitable for adding more fullness and plumping up thinner lips, while Juvederm Volbella XC is excellent for smoothing perioral lines (around the mouth lines) and providing subtle lip volume enhancement for a more refined look.

Benefits of Dermal Fillers

  1. Immediate Results: One of the most appealing aspects of dermal fillers is the immediacy of results. Unlike some cosmetic treatments that require time to see changes, fillers instantly improve the appearance of treated areas.
  2. Minimal Downtime: Dermal filler procedures usually involve minimal downtime, allowing patients to return to their daily activities shortly after treatment. This convenience makes it an attractive option for individuals with busy schedules.
  3. Customizable Volume and Contouring: Fillers can be administered in varying amounts to achieve desired outcomes, whether that’s restoring lost volume or enhancing existing features. This level of control allows for tailored results that meet individual aesthetic goals.
  4. Reversible and Adjustable: Most hyaluronic acid-based fillers offer the added benefit of reversibility. If the results are not as expected, an enzyme called hyaluronidase can dissolve the filler, essentially reversing the procedure.
  5. Natural-Looking Results: Because they enhance the body’s natural contours, fillers produce results that can look and feel natural. This subtlety can particularly appeal to those looking for enhancements that do not appear overly done.
  6. Long-Lasting Effects: While not permanent, the effects of dermal fillers can last anywhere from six months to two years, depending on the type of filler used, the area treated, and the patient’s metabolism.
  7. Boost in Self-Confidence: Improvements in appearance can increase self-confidence and well-being. Many patients report feeling more comfortable in their skin after receiving filler treatments.
  8. Low Risk of Allergic Reactions: Many fillers, particularly those based on hyaluronic acid, are made of substances naturally found in the body, so the risk of allergic reactions is typically low.

Dermal Filler Procedure: What To Expect

Before the actual injection, the area to be treated is usually cleaned, and a topical anesthetic may be spread to avoid discomfort. Some filler products also contain a pre-mixed local anesthetic to reduce pain during the injection.

The practitioner will then carefully inject the filler with a fine needle under the skin. The technique involves placing small filler along strategic points to enhance contours or fill in wrinkles. The practitioner may massage the area gently to distribute the filler evenly.

After the injection, you can expect some immediate swelling or redness, which will lessen within a few days. Bruising can also occur but is generally minor. We may recommend ice packs to minimize swelling and some over-the-counter pain relievers to alleviate any discomfort.

You will see the results almost immediately, though it might take a few days to appreciate the final outcome once the swelling has reduced. The practitioner will usually schedule a follow-up appointment to check progress and make necessary adjustments.

Who’s A Good Candidate?

Determining the right candidates for dermal fillers involves assessing several key factors:

  1. Age: Typically beneficial for individuals noticing signs of aging, such as wrinkles and volume loss, but also popular among younger people for enhancements like lip augmentation.
  2. Health Status: Ideal candidates are in good health, without skin infections, severe allergies, or autoimmune conditions that might compromise the results.
  3. Skin Condition: Best results are seen in those with good skin elasticity. Those with significant skin laxity might need alternative treatments.
  4. Realistic Expectations: Candidates should understand the realistic outcomes of dermal fillers, recognizing that results are not permanent.
  5. Non-Smokers: Smoking can impair healing and reduce the effectiveness of fillers. Non-smokers or those who can abstain during the treatment period are ideal.
  6. No Severe Allergies: Particularly important for those allergic to common components like lidocaine used in many filler formulas.
  7. Maintenance Commitment: Since the effects are temporary, candidates need to be prepared for regular touch-ups to maintain results.


Discover a refreshed, vibrant version of yourself at The Whole You Wellness Center. Our skilled specialists will advise you through the transformative possibilities of dermal fillers. From smoothing fine lines to enhancing facial contours, we tailor each treatment to your individual needs. Connect with us today to explore how we can help you shine with confidence. Let’s start this journey together—your new look awaits!


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