What Are Dermal Fillers & How Do They Work?

Age brings wisdom, so they say. However, it also brings aesthetic issues to the skin. This is due in large part to the fact that collagen and elastin begin to dwindle over time as men and women age, and this is problematic, since collagen and elastin are responsible for the health, strength, elasticity, and overall youthfulness to the skin. When collagen and elastin is lost, people’s appearances begin to change. 


With collagen and elastin loss due to age, men and women often look older than they truly are (and definitely older than they feel). Some of these changes are unnoticeable, while others are extremely clear, which can cause men and women to feel embarrassed and self-conscious about their changing appearances. The skin in their cheeks and under their eyes may begin to look hollow, or their skin begins to loosen and sag, or their lips begin to thin out, or their hands begin looking old and worn down. However, dermal fillers can help correct many of these aesthetic issues and rejuvenate the skin and overall appearances of men and women who are struggling with the effects of aging. 


Dermal fillers are designed to fill in and plump these areas of concern. Whether due to age or just a desire to enhance your features, these injectable treatments can provide you with a natural, updated, and more youthful aesthetic that will have you smiling with confidence and comfort! 


What Are Dermal Fillers?

One of the most common active ingredients in many dermal fillers is hyaluronic acid (HA). Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance that is found in your body. It attracts and retains moisture in the skin cells, making that skin look and feel more hydrated and plump. So, when the HA is injected into the skin, the hollow and thin areas are literally filled in by natural moisture. 


Dermal fillers come in both synthetic and natural forms. You also have the option of an absorbable or non-absorbable option. One of the best aspects of having different options is that your results can be reversed and revised if you are unhappy with the way you look. 


You may ask yourself often, “How do dermal fillers work?” Well, the truth is that each variation of filler improves the appearance of aging, wrinkling, and sagging skin by plumping up the skin to fil in creases and lines, increasing the size and fullness of the lips and cheeks, and enhancing facial contours in both men and women.



This photo is of a woman who wanted filler injected under her eyes to fill in the hollowed, dark appearance.

Can You Use Dermal Fillers for Wrinkles?

Yes! Dermal fillers are the perfect solution for wrinkles. No matter what type of filler you and your specialist decide on, you will see noticeable improvement in the wrinkles in your skin. The filler will plump your skin and, quite literally, fill in the lines and wrinkles on your face.

What Are the Most Common Areas Treated By Dermal Fillers?

Though dermal fillers are designed for a plethora of locations, the most common areas treated by dermal fillers are:


  • The nasolabial folds (nose to mouth lines)
  • The marionette lines (area on the sides of the chin)
  • The lips (adding volume and shape)



This patient wanted to increase the size of her top and bottom lip with dermal fillers for a natural-looking enhancement.

Dermal Fillers Offered at Sanctuary Medical Aesthetic Center

At Sanctuary Medical Aesthetic Center, we offer a handful of different dermal fillers that are each specially designed to enhance specific areas of your body and face so that you can achieve a  more youthful and refreshed look. We offer: 


  • BELOTERO BALANCE® is a prescription injectable treatment that reduces the appearance of the lines between the nose and mouth, known as the nasolabial folds, by filling in and smoothing out the skin. This filler adapts and evens out on its own, creating a more natural look.


  • The JUVÉDERM® Collection of Fillers is a highly popular collection of hyaluronic acid fillers that fill and plump the facial skin, lips, and hands. There are many formulations to choose from, so scheduling a consultation with our professionals will help you determine which option is best for you. 


  • Restylane® fillers are great for moderate to severe lines and wrinkles on the face and these fillers can also be used to enhance the lips. 


  • RADIESSE® stimulates natural collagen production and fills in creases in the skin as new collagen is created over time. 


The RHA® Collection is the first hyaluronic acid filler to be FDA approved to treat dynamic wrinkles. This filler moves with the facial movements, allowing the facial aesthetic to still look natural.

The Benefits of Dermal Fillers

Besides the obvious benefits of luscious lips, more plump cheeks, and younger-looking hands, dermal fillers have other amazing benefits that make this treatment one that you can count on. These benefits include:


  • Natural effects
  • Minimal risk
  • No downtime
  • Long-lasting results

How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last?

Most dermal fillers last a few month to years. It just depends on the type of filler used. Here is an approximate guide that you can use when planning our which treatment you may want to receive. 


Dermal Filler How Long Does It Last?
  • Restylane®  
  • About 12 to 24 months with a touch-up treatment at 6 to 12 months 
  • Approximately 5 to 12 months, with a touch-up treatment at 6 to 9 months
  • Approximately 12 months

Choose a Professional

Researching different options and choosing a professional to perform your dermal fillers is of high importance. You will be able to trust the practice, the staff, and your results. Knowing that you took the time to schedule consultations and explain exactly what your goals and desires are gives you a leg up when it comes to going into your appointment to get these services done. 


For more information about dermal fillers at Sanctuary Medical Aesthetic Center, please call our office at 561-234-4026 or fill out our online contact form