Dermal Fillers

Welcome to our guide on dermal fillers, your secret weapon for turning back the clock and achieving a more youthful appearance. In this comprehensive overview, we'll explore what dermal fillers are, how they work, the various types available, their benefits, potential risks, and what to expect before, during, and after the procedure.

What are Dermal Fillers? 

Dermal fillers are injectable substances designed to add volume, smooth lines and wrinkles, and enhance facial contours. They are commonly used to rejuvenate the skin, restore lost volume, and create a more youthful appearance. Dermal fillers can be made from a variety of materials, including hyaluronic acid, calcium hydroxylapatite, poly-L-lactic acid, and others.

How Do Dermal Fillers Work? 

Dermal fillers work by replenishing lost volume and stimulating collagen production in the skin. When injected into targeted areas, such as the cheeks, lips, nasolabial folds, or under-eye hollows, dermal fillers instantly plump up the skin and smooth out wrinkles and lines. Over time, some types of fillers also promote collagen production, leading to long-lasting improvements in skin texture and elasticity.

Types of Dermal Fillers:

  • Hyaluronic Acid Fillers: These fillers are made from a substance naturally found in the body and are highly effective for adding volume and hydration to the skin.
  • Calcium Hydroxylapatite Fillers: These fillers utilize calcium-based microspheres to stimulate collagen production and provide long-lasting results.
  • Poly-L-lactic Acid Fillers: Known for their ability to stimulate collagen production, these fillers  gradually restore lost facial volume and improve skin texture over time.
  • Others: There are various other types of dermal fillers available, each with its own unique properties and benefits.

Benefits of Dermal Fillers:

  • Reduction of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Restoration of lost facial volume
  • Enhancement of lip volume and definition
  • Improvement in the appearance of under-eye hollows and dark circles
  • Correction of asymmetrical features and facial contours
  • Non-surgical alternative to facelifts and other invasive procedures

Risks and Considerations: 

While dermal fillers are generally safe and well-tolerated, it's important to be aware of potential risks and side effects, which may include:

  • Temporary redness, swelling, and bruising at the injection site
  • Risk of infection or allergic reaction, though these complications are rare
  • Rare instances of lumps, bumps, or asymmetry, which can typically be corrected with additional treatment
  • Sensitivity to sunlight or heat following certain types of fillers
  • Possibility of dissatisfaction with results, though this can often be addressed through communication with your provider

What to Expect: 

Before undergoing dermal filler treatment, you'll have a consultation with Dr. Liu to discuss your goals, assess your candidacy for the procedure, and develop a personalized treatment plan. The procedure itself typically takes about 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the areas being treated. After the injections, you may experience some redness, swelling, and mild discomfort, which should subside within a few days. Most patients are able to resume their normal activities immediately following the procedure, though it's important to follow any post-care instructions provided by your provider to ensure optimal results.


Dermal fillers offer a safe, effective, and minimally invasive solution for achieving a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance. If you're interested in learning more about dermal fillers or scheduling a consultation, contact us today to take the first step toward enhancing your natural beauty and regaining your confidence.

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