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About Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers, also known as soft tissue fillers.

Dermal fillers are a minimally invasive aesthetic treatment usually used to fill in wrinkles, add volume to the face or alter your facial contours. Dermal fillers can give the face a smoother and plumper appearance and is most commonly used on the neck, face and hands. Dermal fillers are one of the most popular cosmetic procedures because they have immediate results, with very few risks and minimal recovery time.


How is it performed?

Dermal fillers are administered with a syringe to various areas of the body including, the head, face, neck and hands. The number of injections you have, where they are located and depth to which they go depends on the type of dermal fillers being used and the desired results. Many common fillers contain a local anesthetic like lidocaine, which helps to reduce any pain during the procedure, although sometimes your surgeon may apply a numbing cream.

What result can I expect?

The length of time your dermal filler will last depends on the type of injection you received:

  • Collagen-Based Fillers:
    Results tend to last between two and four months.
  • Hyaluronic Acid-Based Fillers:
    The results of Hyaluronic acid-based fillers vary, depending on the brand, but most last six to twelve months.
  • Semi-Permanent Fillers:
    Results will last depending on the type of dermal filler, but usually last between twelve and eighteen months.
  • Permanent Fillers:
    Results of permanent fillers last much longer and typically still visible after five or more years.



  • Filler injections are simple, quick and usually do not require anything more than a topical anesthetic.
  • Results from dermal fillers are instant and there is little to no recovery time.
  • Dermal fillers are popular because they produce a subtle look that can easily be adjusted to meet your needs.


  • Dermal fillers are a temporary aesthetic solution and will require repeat injections to maintain your results.
  • Some people may find they are more sensitive to these injections and will experience slight bruising and swelling.
  • Results of dermal fillers are dependent on the experience and credentials of your injector.


You will likely see the results of your injections immediately following the procedure though it’s not uncommon for patients to experience swelling or minimal bruising in the area of the injection site. Your physician may give you an ice pack or cold compress to help stem swelling.

Recovery time
It is essential you follow all patient care instructions given to you by your physician. This will usually include information about which compression garments to wear, how to take care of your drains, how to take any antibiotics or painkillers, if prescribed and the level of activity that is safe for you to undertake. Your surgeon will also provide detailed instructions about the normal symptoms and how to spot any signs of complications. It is important to realize everyone’s body is different and so the amount of time it takes to recover varies between individuals. The period of swelling will depend largely on the type of soft tissue filler you received though most swelling, bruising and redness should dissipate within one week to ten days. Your doctor may advise you to avoid wearing hats or other headgear and only use small amounts of make-up while recovering.

Limits & Risks

As with any cosmetic enhancement treatment, patients are advised to stay in contact with their surgeon during the recovery period. You should contact your surgeon at the first sign of an unexpected side effect. Any prolonged pain or swelling could be a sign of an infection or an allergic reaction and you should seek medical advice immediately.

There are very few risks associated with fillers, but you should contact your doctor if:

  • Swelling bruising or redness does not dissipate after one week.
  • You being to experience acute pains near or around the injection site.
  • You start to develop any bumps, uneven areas or asymmetry in or around injected areas.

You can reduce the risk you face by carefully following any advice given to you by your plastic surgeon before and after your cosmetic treatment.

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