Dermal fillers are also known as soft tissue fillers, or wrinkle fillers. They are approved by the FDA to smoothe wrinkles or create a fuller appearance in the face, including nasolabial folds, jaw area, cheeks and lips and for increasing the volume of the back of the hand. Fillers can provide a more youthful look for a fractional of what a traditional facelift costs. It is a relatively quick procedure and results can last anywhere from 4 months to 1 year. Filler can also be used for correction of contour deficiencies, such as wrinkles and scars.
Unlike "botox" which relaxes the underlying muscle and permits the skin to relax, fillers literally fill a line, crease or area to make trouble areas go away. Successful results will depend on the health of the skin, the skill of the provider, and amount and type of filler used. The time that the effect lasts depends on the filler material used and the area where it is injected.
The FDA has NOT approved dermal fillers to: