Four Types of Dermal Fillers

Dermal Fillers

The name dermal fillers refer to fillers that are used in the face and lips. Dermal fillers aim to add volume to the area they are injected in. So, for example, if you have quite thin lips, you can get lip fillers to achieve plumper and fuller lips. Or, if you have a lot of fine lines or deep wrinkles in the face, you can use facial fillers to add volume to those areas and decrease the appearance of wrinkles. Fillers have become a popular cosmetic treatment in the last few years, but what types of dermal fillers are available? In this article, we will go over 4 different types of dermal fillers, so keep on reading to find out more. 


The first type of dermal filler we are going to discuss is polyalkylimide. Polyalkylimide is a filer that is semi-permanent, meaning that the effects will wear off over time. This type of filler is often used to plump thin lips or to get rid of the appearance of deep wrinkles. It can also be used on facial scars too, as it can soften the appearance of harsh, deep scars. No allergy test is required with this sort of filler and usually results can be achieved within one treatment. 

Calcium Hydroxylapatite

Calcium hydroxylapatite is a type of dermal filler that has become very popular over the last few years. It can be used to enhance the appearance of a patient’s cheekbones, by making them appear fuller and more youthful. Calcium hydroxylapatite can also be used to contour the face, so if you want a stronger jawline or higher cheekbones, calcium hydroxylapatite can help you achieve those results. One risk that can come from fillers is filler migration, which is where the filler migrates into other parts of the skin. However, calcium hydroxylapatite does not migrate once it is in, so you do not have to worry about those side effects.

Polylactic Acid 

Often, people’s faces become less full due to the depletion in collagen production over time. Polylactic acid is a dermal filler that, when injected, causes your body to start to produce its own collagen. It essentially stimulates the natural growth of collagen, meaning your face will start to appear fuller again. Like most fillers, polylactic acid is used to enhance thin lips and fill in any deep wrinkles that may be present. The results of polylactic acid will not be immediate; it can take up to six weeks to see actual results, and you may also require touch-ups over time. 

Autologous Fat Injections

As the name suggests, an autologous fat injection is a process where fat is injected into the face to help restore volume. This type of dermal filler is the only one that requires surgery, which may sound daunting, but the results can last for nearly five years. The process of autologous fat injections starts with the surgeon harvesting fat from the patient’s own body, purifying that fat, then injecting it into the desired area. This process can be lengthy, and you may experience some discomfort after surgery, but the results will be worth it. 

Finding The Best Filler For You

If you’re seeking dermal fillers, it’s important to research the different types of fillers. No matter what, it all comes down to what issues you want to fix and the outcome you’d like to achieve. Make sure to consult a board-certified dermatologist throughout the process for the best results.