Facial filler

Facial fillers are very popular in facial aesthetics. They are used to correct wrinkles, improve facial symmetry, add volume to the lips and improve the overall appearance of the face. They are a less invasive and less expensive alternative to cosmetic surgery and can offer immediate and natural results.

Origin of facial fillers

The history of facial fillers dates back to the early 20th century, when surgeons began using materials such as kerosene and liquid silicone to add volume to the skin. However, these materials were associated with numerous serious side effects, such as inflammation, infection and permanent disfigurement. Over time, safer and more effective materials were developed for facial fillers, such as hyaluronic acid and calcium hydroxyapatite.

Today, facial fillers are one of the most popular cosmetic procedures worldwide. As technology and research continue to advance, it is likely that facial fillers will continue to evolve and improve in the future.

What are facial fillers

Facial fillers are injectable substances used in facial aesthetics to improve the appearance of the face. These materials are injected under the skin and can be used to fill wrinkles, fine lines, improve facial symmetry and add volume to the lips.

Facial fillers are a popular and less invasive alternative to cosmetic surgery. Although facial fillers may have some risks, such as swelling, bruising, infection and filler displacement, these procedures are generally safe and effective when performed by a trained and experienced professional.

Types of facial fillers

There are several types of facial fillers available today, and each has its own advantages and disadvantages. The three main types of facial fillers are temporary, semi-permanent and permanent.

Temporary fillers

Temporary fillings are the most common and are designed to last from six months to two years. As the body gradually reabsorbs the injected materials, the results of the treatment fade over time.

Temporary fillers can be useful for testing a treatment before committing to a more permanent solution. Examples of temporary fillings include:

  • Hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in the human body that is used to fill fine lines and wrinkles, plump lips and improve the overall appearance of the skin. This type of facial filler is safe, effective and can last up to one year.
  • Calcium hydroxyapatite. Calcium hydroxyapatite is a naturally occurring mineral found in human bones and is used to stimulate collagen production in the skin. This type of facial filler is used to fill deep wrinkles and can last up to 18 months.
  • Collagen. Collagen is a natural protein found in the skin and is used to correct wrinkles and plump lips. However, collagen is less common than hyaluronic acid and calcium hydroxyapatite due to its short duration of about three months.

Semi-permanent fillers

Semi-permanent fillers are designed to last longer than temporary fillers, usually two to five years. These materials are denser and are designed to stimulate collagen production in the skin.

A common example of a semi-permanent filler is polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA).

Permanent fillers

Permanent fillers are substances that are not reabsorbed into the body and are designed to last several years or even a lifetime.

Although permanent fillers may seem like a tempting option, they can be dangerous due to potential long-term side effects. Examples of permanent fillers include polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) and liquid silicone.

Facial filler procedure

It is a non-surgical treatment performed in a clinic or doctor’s office. The process consists of several important steps, which are described below.

  1. During the consultation, treatment goals are discussed, the skin is evaluated and the different types of facial fillers available are explained.
  2. Prior to treatment, skin preparation is performed. The skin is cleaned and disinfected with an antiseptic, and an anesthetic cream may be applied to reduce pain and discomfort during the procedure.
  3. Facial filler is injected under the skin with a fine needle into specific areas of the face. The number of injections required varies according to the type and amount of facial filler used, as well as the area treated. The injection may take 15 to 30 minutes.

The results of facial fillers are immediate, although some temporary side effects may occur, such as swelling, redness, bruising and tenderness in the treated area. These side effects usually disappear within a few days, and cold compresses can be applied to reduce swelling and discomfort.

Commitment to quality

This text on facial fillers has been prepared by professional writers. In addition, we have relied on experts in medicine, engineering and aesthetics as a source of information, as well as specific studies to maintain the quality of what we publish.

At Sisneo Bioscience we are committed to publish truthful and contrasted information. And to update or correct it as soon as new knowledge becomes available.

Among others, we have used the following sources:

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