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Dermal fillers are materials which can be injected into the skin for the primary purpose of enhancing the appearance of the skin. They are typically made of a collagen substance, and instilled into the dermis of the skin. The already existing collagen in your skin becomes weaker with age; since collagen is very important in maintaining the elasticity and strength of the skin, the weakening of the collagen makes the skin less elastic and more prone to wrinkling.  Dermal fillers therefore aim to replenish the collagen, and work based on the principle of pumping, wherein the region of the skin into which the filler is injected is pumped up thereby making the skin look healthy and firm. In this way the fillers are able to prevent the skin from being susceptible to conditions that occur due to age such as looking sunken or wrinkled.


There are various different types of fillers that can be classified according to the type of materials that they are made from; typically, fillers may be made from either natural or synthetic materials.

The main classification that differentiates the various different dermal fillers from each other is their course of action. Dermal fillers may be permanent or non permanent in nature. Non permanent dermal fillers, also known as resorbable filler are the more popular of the two types. They mainly consist of collagen and are injected into the skin by a process known as Collagen Instant therapy. This process involves the extraction of collagen from cows, followed by its purification in order to ensure that it is suitable for injection into human skin. However, this process is not suitable for individuals who are allergic to collagen derived from cows; hence the suitability of each person must be carefully assessed before the process. The severity of skin wrinkles or folds will determine the thickness of the dermal filler that is required.

Permanent dermal fillers on the other hand use an Aquamid filler, which is a gel like substance injected into the skin. It works in the same way as non permanent fillers; however, the effects are long lasting because unlike Collagen that is used in non permanent fillers, Aquamid can not be broken down by the body.

The action of dermal fillers is not just restricted to the treatment of skin folds and wrinkles, but has many other uses as well. Some fillers are used for the purpose of enhancing the lips and are able to give fuller looking lips in women. Others are able to treat sunken cheeks or enhance the chin and jaw line.

The side effects of dermal fillers may vary depending on three main factors:-

  • The type of dermal filler used
  • The region of the body into which the dermal filler is being applied
  • The amount of time that the filler is exposed to the skin

The main factor that encompasses all the above factors is the choice of manufacturers. A well established and recognized manufacturer will account for all the above factors and hence will be able to reduce the side effects significantly.

Although fairly rare, you may still experience some side effects such as:-

  • Pain, especially if fillers are applied around the nose or lip area
  • Bruising and scarring
  • Bacterial or viral infections


If you are considering undergoing a dermal filling treatment, you should visit a clinic that specializes in dermal fillings. Your consultant will carry out an initial check up in order to discuss the possible options with you and also assess your suitability for the procedure. In most cases, individuals are suitable for all procedures; the only exception may be with procedures involving collagen derived from cows. This is because, as mentioned earlier, some people may be allergic to this type of material.

During your appointment, you will also be made aware of the cost of the procedure and you will be briefed on the exact details of the procedure such as the duration, use of anaesthetics etc. At this stage, it is important to stress on the fact that you should not just go for the cheapest options possible. In the long run, it may be more beneficial to opt for a higher quality treatment, even if it is slightly more expensive.

As mentioned earlier, an important factor to consider is the possible risks and side effects. Your consultant will be able shed some light on these aspects and you will be required to sign a consent form stating that you understand the complications that may arise as a result of the treatment.

You should make sure that you understand all the aspects of the procedure before you make your final decision. It is therefore essential that you ask your consultant to clear up anything that you feel you are unsure about.