Why are dermal fillers used?

Daniel Kapp
Daniel Kapp on behalf of MDLIVE
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Dermal fillers are used for two purposes; one to reduce prominent wrinkles such as the nasolabial folds or the marionette lines.  They may also be used to increase the volume of the soft tissue of the face such as in areas of the tear trough and the temples.  Products such as hyaluronic acid tend to work immediately replacing the extracellular matrix which is lost to the normal aging process.  Other products, such as Sculptra, tend to cause an inflammatory reaction and cause the re-growth of your own collagen.

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery

Dermal fillers are used to both smooth out deep wrinkles/frown lines and to increase volume to specific facial regions. Popular fillers include: Juvaderm, Restylane (hyaluronic acids), and Perlane. Autologous fat injections are more popular now as well, used for enhancing facial volume including the cheek regions where loss of volume may occur. These injectables can be combined with Botox for reduction of wrinkles along the forehead and eye area. The liquid facelift includes the use of both of these products. 

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Dermal fillers are used to improve the skin's appearance. They smooth out wrinkles, fine lines and deep creases. A dermal filler can improve scars, contour the jaw line, or plump lips and cheeks.

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