There are a number of soft tissue filler brand names, but some of the most common are:
- Hyaluronic Acid-Based Fillers: Restylane, Juvederm, Perlane, Belotero
- Semi-Permanent Fillers: Sculptra, Radiesse
- Permanent Fillers: BellaFill
Also known as dermal fillers and soft tissue fillers
Fillers are a minimally invasive way to add volume, alter the contours of the face, and fill in wrinkles. Common areas to inject fillers are in the face, neck, and hands, resulting in a fuller, smoother and more youthful appearance. Dermal fillers are among the most popular aesthetic procedures because they carry immediate results, very few risks and little recovery time.
How is a fillers procedure performed?
Fillers are administered with a syringe or cannula to various areas on the face and head, including around the eyes, along the jaw, around the lips, and in the forehead. The number, location, and depth of the injections depend largely on the type of dermal fillers used and the desired results
There are three types of fillers commonly used: temporary, semi-permanent, and permanent. Hyaluronic acid-based fillers are temporary, while other types of fillers offer longer-lasting results.
- Collagen-Based Fillers: Collagen is a naturally occurring protein that adds strength and structure to the skin. Collagen was the first filler on the market, but the arrival of hyaluronic acid-based fillers has decreased its popularity.
- Hyaluronic Acid-Based Fillers: Like collagen, hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance and primarily used to promote fullness and volume.
- Semi-Permanent Fillers: Longer-lasting dermal fillers typically contain thicker substances, such as the biodegradable synthetic filler known as poly-L-lactic acid. These types of soft tissue fillers are used to treat deeper facial lines, and though they offer semi-permanent results, it’s possible that you’ll need an occasional “touch up” several weeks after your initial injections.
- Permanent Fillers: Permanent fillers are made of polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA), which are microspheres that are not absorbed by the body. The filler also contains collagen and is only recommended for thick-skin areas such as the nasolabial folds. It is not recommended for any areas around the eyes or the lips.