What is Hyaluronic Acid Dermal Filler?

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What is Hyaluronic Acid Dermal Filler?

The majority of dermal fillers are hyaluronic acid based and long term; generally 6 to 12 months, but not permanent. Permanent fillers may seem appealing however they come with high risk and complications.

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring product in the body that attracts water in the skin, cushions the fibres in the joints and supports collagen and elastin in the body. When made as a dermal filler it is linked with proteins to create a clear sterile gel that can be injected in the skin that provides instant results.


Why Use Dermal Fillers?

  1. Replace Volume – volume loss occurs for a variety of reasons; aging – bone, ligament, structural and fat loss changes, weight loss, muscle development, excessive sun exposure, hormonal changes. It can cause hollowness, sagging or heaviness.
  2. Enhance Features – the natural contours and shape can be emphasised and redefined to enhance
  3. Create Symmetry – everyone is asymmetrical it is just that some degrees of asymmetry are more prominent in some individuals
  4. Rejuvenate Skin – recent evidence indicates that dermal fillers reduce the severity of etched static wrinkles and stimulate the production of collagen and elastin; the key elements that give our skin a youthfulness and vibrancy but sadly diminishes as we age.


Are All Dermal Fillers are the Same?

A thorough assessment and understanding of a client’s goals is essential when making a treatment plan. This influences which dermal filler to use and where, as not all dermal fillers are designed for the same purpose. For example, some dermal fillers are designed to be used for structural enhancement of the cheeks and would not be suitable for use in softening lines around the mouth, as this would create a stiffness around the mouth that may not look natural.


Common Treatment Areas

Dermal Fillers are great to:

  • Correct or enhance facial contours: cheeks, temples, jawline, nose, chin
  • Define, correct or enhance lips
  • Soften and correct facial wrinkles or folds
  • Correct the hollows under the eyes (tear troughs)
  • Improve the tone, texture and hydration of the skin.


The Conversation to Have with Your Cosmetic Injector

Make sure you have a good discussion with your cosmetic injector about how to get the best results from your treatment, the possible risks associated with dermal fillers and how any complications are managed.

Some questions



Dermal fillers are less invasive and risky, have less downtime in comparison to and generally last between 6 to 12 months. In comparison, a mini facelift is costly, is an invasive operation that requires a general anaesthetic, there is downtime of approximately 2-3 weeks and generally lasts 2-4 years.