19th June 2017

5 Things to Know About Dermal Fillers

Last Modified: July 30, 2022

Have you considered getting dermal fillers? Are you interested in learning more about them?

Dermal fillers are a type of soft tissue injectable filler that can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and evidence of aging instantly.

Before you can make a decision about dermal filler surgery, it's important to be informed. We put together a guide to understanding five important aspects of dermal fillers, from surgery to recovery time.

Check out this handy guide below and learn a thing or two about dermal filler surgery!

Five Things to Know About Dermal Fillers

Investing in a dermal filler may be the right thing for you, but brushing up on the process of a dermal filler procedure is important.

5. Filler Types

The type of fillers used in a dermal filler procedure varies extensively.


Analogous human fat (human fat from the patient's own body) is a popular form of dermal filler.

During surgery, the surgeon will take fatty deposits from the patient's midsection or thighs. This fat will be thoroughly cleaned and then injected into specific parts of the face.

Opting for fat fillers is a wise idea for patients with chemical allergies that wish to avoid the risk of an allergic reaction in the face. Since the fat comes from your own body, an allergic reaction is impossible.

The downside to fat fillers is puffiness. Because the body will re-absorb some of the injected fat, your surgeon will need to over-inject the filler. This will result in a puffy, swollen look to the face for several days.

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid is a type of molecule that exists naturally in the human body, particularly near the eyes and inside of various types of tissue.

When injected, hyaluronic acid can quite literally "inflate" the tissue it is injected into and encourage water to pull to the skin's surface.

Hyaluronic acid is primarily used near the cheeks and jaw to reduce wrinkles and create a more youthful appearance.


Collagen can be found in human skin, as well as in cows. As a filler, it is usually used for enhancing the size and shape of the lips. It can also be used to reduce wrinkles and fine lines around the mouth as well.

If you're unsure which type of filler is right for you, be sure to consult a trusted cosmetic surgeon to walk you through dermal fillers more thoroughly.

4. The Consultation

A consultation for dermal fillers is not much different than a meeting with your general practitioner.

To begin, you will need to schedule an appointment for a consultation. A cosmetic surgeon will then look over your medical history to make sure there is no interfering history of treatment or medication.

While in the office, the surgeon will then perform an evaluation of your skin. This is done for several reasons:

  • To test the endurance of the skin.
  • To check for inflammation or any visible problems that could interfere with the procedure or prove risky.
  • To decide where the filler will go. This is discussed with you, of course.
  • To decide on a filler type to use.
  • To administer an allergy test.

After the evaluation is complete, you will be asked to sign a letter of consent for the procedure and pricing will be discussed.

Depending on the type of dermal fillers that will be used, pricing for the procedure can vary significantly. In the UK, prices for dermal injections range from £150 to £350 for one procedure. This is also heavily dependent on how much product is used during one session.

During the consultation, be sure to voice any concerns you may have with the procedure as well as any questions you may have.

3. Surgery

The dermal filler procedure is quite simple-- and quick!

There is no need for anesthesia for the procedure and it can usually be performed in a doctor's office.

Upon arriving, your surgeon will mark areas of your face where the dermal filler will be injected. This, of course, will be planned and discussed beforehand.

The surgeon will wash and sanitize your face before the injections begin. A numbing agent will then be applied to the injection sites.

The injections will then be performed. Afterward, your surgeon will wipe away the marks made beforehand. If excessive swelling happens (which is very common) your surgeon will apply a cold pack to your face to help reduce it.

And that's it! Hardly a surgery, isn't it? The entire process can take between thirty minutes to an hour to complete.

If you're interested in opting for a filling that contains painkillers to reduce discomfort, ask your surgeon during your consultation for options.

2. Recovery Time

One of the best things about dermal fillers is the virtually nonexistent recovery period.

As we mentioned above, fat transfer injections may result in puffiness for several days. With other filler types, redness or swelling may occur but will disappear within two days at most. There is no downtime immediately after the procedure.

In some cases, you may be prescribed an ointment to use after the surgery.

Like any procedure, the risk of side effects is indeed possible, though they are very few and far between. Typical side effects of dermal fillers include:

  • Rashes
  • Excessive swelling
  • Itchiness
  • Bruising around injection sites
  • Infection

However, you shouldn't let those scare you off. A quality licensed plastic surgeon will ensure that the utmost care is taken to prevent any adverse side effects during recovery.

1. Limitations

Unfortunately, dermal fillers aren't completely permanent.

Fat transfer injections can diminish in appearance in as little as a few months. Collagen injections can last anywhere from three to four months. Hyaluronic acid injections can last longer, approximately four to six months.

Because of this, injections will likely need to be administered several times a year. However, the longevity of fillers isn't an exact science. You may need to get another injection several months after the first, or your results may last a full year.

How was our guide to understanding dermal fillers? Tell us what you think in the comments below!

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