What are the different types of filler?

What are the different types of filler?
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There are a few different types of filler products that your doctor might use.

Always ask them for the name of the product, how and where it’s made, and whether it’s approved. You should only ever use approved products. This means it has passed the right safety and effectiveness tests.

The key to a safe, satisfying treatment is ensuring you choose the most reputable clinics. They will guide you through the best product for your personal case.

Here are some of the more commonly used products.

Hyaluronic Acid (HA)

A substance found naturally in your skin, it keeps it looking hydrated and full.

The soft, gel-like fillers last 6-12 months.

FDA approved products include Revolax, Juvéderm, Restylane. The list goes on. However, not every product from certain reputable brands are approved. Usually due to a lack of research. Ask your doctor!

Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA)

Another natural substance, but this one is mainly present in our bones. It helps smooth out deep wrinkles.

This smooth gel typically lasts around 12 months.

FDA approved products include Radiesse®.

Poly-L-lactic Acid

Our first synthetic substance in our list, but with a decent safety record. It stimulates collagen production in your skin.

It usually treats deeper facial wrinkles and it can last over two years. It can take a bit longer to see results though, usually 2-3 weeks.

FDA approved products include Sculptra®.

Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA)

Another synthetic substance, it uses collagen and tiny balls which provide strong support underneath the skin to help iron out wrinkles.

FDA approved products include Bellafill®.

Autologous fat injections (facial fat grafting)

Here, your own fat is taken from another area using liposuction (“autologous” means “from the same person”). It is then purified and injected into your face to restore volume to the treated areas.

The results can last many years.

Recovery can take a bit longer with this treatment, given that it involves liposuction. Sometimes up to 2 weeks.

As with all the above procedures, this should only be performed by an experienced doctor.