What is hyaluronic acid based dermal filler?

Written By Dr Amy Chahal

I felt obliged to write this post when I realized that a lot of my new patients who have not experienced dermal filler before were hesitant to proceed based on their preconceived notions and what they had seen in the world and social media – truly it is possible to paint filler in a bad light when we observe some results (that have built up over time). However, filler can also be a very subtle and impressive tool to help contour and revitalize the face. In the right hands it is a powerful weapon against the signs of aging.

Hyaluronic based dermal filler is the most popular kind – this is reversible, and is metabolized slowly by our body over time. Hyaluronic acid is a sugar that is normally found in our body – with the highest concentrations in the joints, eyes and skin. It is a hydrating molecule that strongly attracts water – helping to hydrate and plump the skin.

Results with hyaluronic acid filler are immediate. The results improve over the following week as the filler integrates and attracts water. This allows the filler to settle in seamlessly – it will feel like a natural part of your face fairly quickly. Depending on the location and type of filler used, longevity ranges from 6 months to 18 months – the details of this should be discussed with your doctor.

Dermal filler is a great tool to use to help hydrate, volumize and contour. It is not a useful tool for lifting (and this is usually a trap that leads to an overfilled face) – though careful placement can help provide support in certain areas of the face. As we age, we lose volume (due to fat loss and bone resorption) which leads an older appearance – in the right hands a syringe of filler is a paint brush to help sculpt and revitalize your face! An experienced practitioner with a good eye should enhance, not exaggerate (unless this is the desired outcome). Lastly, hyaluronic based filler is completely dissolvable – this is usually recommended when old filler has been misplaced or if it has unfortunately migrated). Questions? Don’t hesitate to ask, or book your consultation to learn more.