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What Are Dermal Fillers Made From?

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Many people receive dermal fillers to help define their features and improve their confidence. While these products can be beneficial, it’s important to understand what they consist of and the risks of receiving them. Before you call your treatment provider, what are dermal fillers made from?

Continue reading to learn more about dermal fillers, including how they work, the associated risks, and what materials are present in these products. 

What Are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are an effective way to enhance your natural beauty. They can help fill fine lines and wrinkles without needing a traditional facelift. You can experience noticeable results in under 30 minutes.

Your skin requires 3 elements to stay healthy and firm: elastin, hyaluronic acid, and collagen. These elements work together to support your skin, keeping it smooth. Unfortunately, the support system created by collagen, hyaluronic acid, and elastin weakens with time, causing your skin to lose its firmness. 

Your skin loses elasticity with age, but dermal fillers can help plump your skin. These products fill in the weakened areas under your skin, softening wrinkles and smoothing your skin. There are different dermal fillers available today. 

Types of Dermal Fillers

Different dermal fillers can help you achieve your desired look. Your treatment provider can recommend the most effective filler based on your beauty goals, addressing the damage your skin experiences over time. 

Some common dermal fillers include: 

  • Teosyal®: Teosyal offers a variety of dermal fillers to help treat wrinkles, fill lips, & improve your natural look—it features resilient hyaluronic acid to keep your desired results no matter what you go through in day to day life 
  • Restylane®: Restylane helps refresh your face by smoothing & revitalizing the skin around your face, chin, & neck
  • Juvederm®: Juvederm is a unique facial filler used to achieve a healthier and revitalized look—this filler treats fine lines & wrinkles, fills lips, & restores facial volume

Dermal fillers can help restore lost moisture and volume to a targeted area. This treatment can address several areas of your face. Depending on your needs, dermal fillers can help: 

  • Add volume to the lips
  • Smooth eye-area wrinkles
  • Soften fine lines
  • Lift eyebrows
  • Lift & contour cheeks
  • Sculpt the jawline

While dermal fillers can help you achieve a more youthful and defined look, many people don’t understand how these products work. If you’re interested in receiving fillers, what are they made from? 

What Are Dermal Fillers Made From? 

Dermal fillers consist of materials the body can eventually break down and absorb. While all dermal fillers seek to add volume to targeted areas, the materials present in these fillers can differ. 

The materials in dermal fillers include

  • Hyaluronic acid: A natural substance within the body that acts as a cushion & lubricant in your joints & other tissues
  • Calcium hydroxylapatite: A mineral-like compound found within your bones
  • Polyalkylimide: A transparent gel that is compatible with your body
  • Polylactic acid: A biodegradable substance used to stimulate the skin for increased collagen production

These materials are present in different dermal fillers, helping address different signs of ageing. Your treatment provider will choose the appropriate filler to meet your beauty goals and desired results.

Are Dermal Fillers Safe? 

Dermal fillers are safe to use overall, providing you with a more youthful look without the need for surgery. While dermal fillers are minimally invasive, there are risks involved with any medical procedure. Many side effects of dermal fillers appear and resolve quickly, going away within a few weeks. 

Some side effects of dermal fillers include

  • Bruising
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Discomfort
  • Tenderness
  • Itchiness
  • Rash

While rare, there is the potential for more significant side effects. You should be aware of these risks before proceeding with dermal fillers. These negative side effects include: 

  • Infection
  • Leakage of the dermal filler through the injection site
  • Nodules around the injection site
  • An inflammatory reaction called granulomas
  • Movement of the dermal filler to a different facial area
  • Injury to blood vessels
  • Blindness caused by an injection going into an artery
  • Tissue death caused by an injection going into an artery

These side effects can cause significant health problems. However, these complications typically occur when receiving dermal fillers unsafely. The best way to avoid adverse effects is to receive treatment from a trained professional.

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When Will You See Visible Results From Your Filler? 

You should notice results immediately after your treatment finishes. You may have minor side effects such as redness or swelling, but your skin should return to normal within 24 hours. Afterwards, you can enjoy smoother and firmer skin. 

How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last?

How long your filler will last depends on the product you receive, the chosen treatment area, and yourself. In general, an injection lasts longer the denser it is and the deeper it’s placed. 

Hyaluronic fillers tend to last the shortest, absorbing within 6–24 months. You can extend the results of whatever filler you receive by obtaining repeated treatments. Your treatment provider can recommend the best filler available to help achieve your desired results. 

Dermal fillers are an effective way to define your face and address fine lines and wrinkles. With help from a certified professional, you can achieve a more youthful look. Contact your treatment provider if you’re interested in dermal fillers. 


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  • Written by Dr. Jeane Lombard

    Dr. Lombard was born and raised in South Africa. In 1998, she graduated from the University of Pretoria with her medical degree. She worked as a physician in London, England from 1998 to 2002. In 2002, Dr. Lombard made the decision to move to Canada. She became a licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada that same year, allowing her to practice medicine in Saskatoon, Canmore, and Calgary.

    Dr. Lombard has been working as a medical professional for over 21 years, and in that time, she has discovered a deep passion for the cosmetic side of medicine. Today, she specializes in cosmetic procedures, boasting 13 years in the industry.
    With deep compassion for her patients and a professional commitment to exemplary care, Dr. Lombard prioritizes health and safety over all else. When she isn’t hard at work, Dr. Lombard likes to spend time with friends in the mountains, enjoying good food and fine wine.

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