Also known as soft tissue fillers or injectable fillers, dermal fillers are FDA-approved implants used to make the face appear smoother and fuller. Some surgeons use these medical implants to increase the volume of lips, nasolabial folds, and cheeks. Here are some facts about dermal fillers that the experts at the Dermatology Center of the Rockies would like to share with you.

They’re Different From BOTOX
Many people believe dermal fillers are like Botox. While both treatments can be used on the face, they serve different purposes.
BOTOX relaxes facial muscles to minimize creases and wrinkles, while dermal fillers help to add volume to the face to make it fuller and firmer. Both treatments can be combined to get better results.

Soft Tissue Fillers Can Be Completely Natural
Many fillers are made from hyaluronic acid (HA) – a substance present in the joints, eyes, and skin. This substance makes dermal fillers natural and hazard-free.
In 2003, the FDA approved hyaluronic acid fillers, which many people use which these days.
Other fillers contain collagen, a body protein that helps maintain the youthfulness and elasticity of the skin.
Most Dermal Filler Effects Are Temporary
It’s a bit difficult to tell how long dermal fillers will last. Your body will most likely absorb the implants within 3 or 4 months, unless they’re semi-permanent. The effects can last several years, though, especially if the treatment is combined with BOTOX.

Dermal Fillers Provide More Than Facial Rejuvenation
Soft tissue implants are used on other parts of the body aside from the face. Some patients use fillers on their hands to hide pronounced veins and smoothen out wrinkles. You can also use fillers to support droopy earlobes if you want to wear your earrings better.
Men Are Using Dermal Fillers Too
Most cosmetic treatments are synonymous with women. However, men are also using these treatments to improve their appearance and treat various health issues. A report released in 2015 reveals that the number of men using implants had grown by 6%. Many clinics use non-HA fillers to give male patients a more chiseled facial look.
Fillers Have Been Around for More Than a Century
The first ever use of fillers was recorded in the late 1800s in Austria. These implants become popular in the mid-1920s, around when Duchess Gladys Deacon was rumored to have used fillers to shape her nose.

The Treatment Stimulates Collagen Growth
Your body inevitably depletes collagen – it’s unavoidable. Fillers slow down this process as they stimulate the body to produce more collagen in the treated area(s). Having more collagen in your body means your skin will maintain its youthfulness for many more years.

Fillers Are the Second Most Popular Anti-Aging Treatment
Some studies carried out in 2015 revealed that 2,440,724 people in the United States used soft tissue fillers for cosmetic reasons. This figure put dermal fillers second after microdermabrasion on the list of the most popular non-invasive treatments for reducing aging signs.
Talk to Us
For more facts about dermal fillers or if you want to have them, speak to the experts at Dermatology Center of the Rockies. Contact us to schedule an appointment with one of our surgeons today.