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Filler Injections

As the name suggests ‘filler injection’ is a cosmetic procedure that does just that – it fills. It smoothens out scarred, wrinkled, or furrowed skin on the face and gives the face a more refined desirable shape. Filler injections can also help one to add fullness to the lips. When the filler is first injected, it raises or swells up the area under treatment but the swelling recedes after a while.


Having lip filler is popular in Asian countries like China, Korea, Singapore, and Thailand. These countries are known for cosmetic procedures. Lip fillers are aesthetically pleasing to Asian men and women.


What is the ‘filler’ made of? There are a variety of fillers available both natural and synthetic, and a cosmetic surgeon will be able to decide which is best for the specific task at hand. It may depend on the budget and complexity of work done to the desired part of the body.


  1. Synthetic collagen (produced in a laboratory)
  2. Hyaluronic acid
  3. Bovine collagen
  4. Natural collagen from human tissue
  5. Fat cells harvested from one’s body.


How Filler Injections Work


While some fillers have a numbing additive to them, other fillers require that the patient’s skin be locally anesthetised first. Then, the cosmetic surgeon injects the filler under the skin. The procedure takes about 15 minutes. However, depending on the filler, the area being treated, and the body’s reaction to the treatment, multiple sessions, spread over a number of weeks, may be necessary. The body absorbs the filler fairly slowly and after a period of time restores the skin to its natural state. The effective duration of the filler injection depends on the type of filler used, as different fillers have varying periods of effectiveness. Collagen fillers are usually effective for a period of 3 to 6 months.


Side Effects of Filler Injections


After the filler injection procedure it is not unusual to experience some pain, redness and itching. There could be some swelling too and this may last for a day or two. It may also dial to rashes, infection, and bumps if not well taken care of.


Augmentation refers to the procedure of filling up deficient areas of the face with the subject’s own tissue or with bio compatible implants. Reduction involves reducing the bony areas of the face which stand out too prominently.


To have an aesthetically pleasing facial profile it is vital that the face is balanced proportionately with regard to the nose, cheek and chin. The three common procedures for facial contouring are ‘chin augmentation’ for a weak and receding chin, ‘cheek augmentation’ to overcome the problem of a flat face, and rhinoplasty (nose reshaping).


People who are thinking of opting for facial contour surgery must bear in mind that to achieve the desired results, they may require work on the nose, the cheek, and the chin to achieve the balance and harmony of an aesthetically pleasing photogenic face. It is best to plot the plans first before working on these three body parts before planning to do injection fillers.


With the availability of computer imaging, potential patients can get a pretty good idea of what they will look like after the facial contouring procedure. Moreover, there will be no surgical incision scars as most of the incisions are done from inside the mouth, within the hairline, skin creases etc


Filler injections are a nice temporary cosmetic upgrade. It will last for 6-18 months, depending on the substance used for the filler. It may hurt for a while but is rewarding to see and feel. Consulting a trusted dermatologist is the best option. A dermatologist is a must since it requires medical procedures that may destroy your skin, causing infections. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

A: Filler injectors usually last for six to eighteen months. Depending on the type of fillers used, synthetic injectable fillers may last longer than natural fillers like Hyaluronic acid. The explanation for this is because the body does not accept synthetic fillers. Lip fillers will less likely last longer than other fillers since it does a lot of muscle movements.

A: Filler injections have side effects like bruising, swelling, pain, itching, and redness. If the procedure is not properly taken care of, infections, bumps, and uneven skin tone might happen. Large-scale body operations like breast filler, butt filler, and muscle filler are not safe to do so. 

A: The purpose of injectable fillers is to help create a more refined and fuller appearance on the lips, cheeks, and nasolabial folds.