Understanding the Different Types of Dermal Fillers


Dermal fillers are instrumental in enhancing shadow contours, plumping thin lips, removing wrinkles, softening facial creases as well as improving the appearance of recessed scars. By design, dermal fillers are minimally invasive procedures and thus recovery takes a relatively shorter period of time. There are a lot of different types of dermal fillers which respond to the needs in the cosmetic industry market. However, the common ones include:

Calcium Hydroxyapatite

Calcium hydroxyapatite is a naturally occurring mineral-like compound found in human bones. Its function is mainly to enhance the fullness of cheeks and other facial features contours. Also, it moderates creases such as marionette lines, nasolabial folds and frown lines. In HIV+ people, this compound can be used to enhance volume in the areas where facial muscle is wasting.

The production of calcium hydroxyapatite is purely biosynthetic. This means no animal or animal products are used. The advantage this has is that the risk of an allergic reaction is much lower and there is no skin testing that is needed. As a result, calcium hydroxyapatite produces the most natural results and there are no side effects.

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid injections are one of the cosmetic procedures performed at chirurgien-esthetiqueparis.com. it is mainly used to enhance the contour of the skin and reduce skin depressions caused by lines, injury, or scars. Using this procedure for acne scars, crow’s feet, cheek depressions, deep smile lines, marionette lines, frown lines, smoker’s line, worry lines, and facial scars gives you potentially dramatic improvements.

Just like calcium hydroxyapatite, hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in your body with high concentrations around the soft connective tissues and the fluid around your eyes. You can also find it in joint, cartilage fluids, and skin tissue. If you have been keen on this injectable filler, you may realize that it is the same substance injected in aching joints with people with arthritis so as to ease pain.


This dermal filler is semi-permanent and mostly used by plastic surgeons in plumping thin lips, treating wrinkles that are deeper in the skin such as depressed scars or nasolabial folds. They can be used to enhance the jawline and cheekbones as well as replacing facial volume that has been lost due to age.

One of the key advantages with this filler is its biocompatibility. This means it meshes well with human tissue with no cases of allergy reported. It is also radiotransparent and as such doesn’t interfere with x-rays. When the injection is done, there is a thin layer of collagen that gradually forms around polyalkylimide in about a month. This layer of collagen ultimately surrounds the gel. If you want later on, you can remove this filler.

Polylactic Acid

This is a synthetic dermal filler injected right into your face. It causes the body to produce its own collagen and for this reason, polylactic acid is referred to as a stimulator. It is purely biodegradable, and non-toxic. For over 40 years, this filler has been used by a suture material.

It works well on the lower half of the face and doesn’t produce results immediately, but rather stimulates your body so that over time it can produce its own collagen to plump your lips and treat any deep nasolabial folds. It takes about 3 months to give you the results you desire.

With all this list and many more other substances out there, it is important to check the chemical makeup, degree of softness and longevity of the filler before settling for any of them.