Dermal Filler 101: Here’s What You Need To Know

Dermal fillers are versatile, non-invasive injectables that can help restore volume loss caused by aging or genetics. Depending on .......

Dermal fillers are versatile, non-invasive injectables that can help restore volume loss caused by aging or genetics. Depending on your concerns and goals, fillers can be used on many parts of the face or body. They’re increasingly popular, and for good reason: fillers are fast-acting, effective, and a relatively low-commitment option. 

However, increased popularity can come with more confusion – and we’re here to help you parse through the influx of information overload. Whether you’re looking to enhance the contours of the face or restore volume to targeted areas, it’s important to know the basics of fillers before getting started. 

In this article, we’ll provide a comprehensive guide to dermal fillers, including common treatment areas, types of fillers, longevity of results, and tips for preparing for your appointment. Whether you’re a first-time user or a seasoned pro, this in-depth guide will help you make informed decisions about which dermal fillers align with your cosmetic goals.

Common Dermal Filler Treatment Areas

Thanks to the versatility of dermal fillers, they can be used to transform many different areas of concern.


Dermal fillers can enhance the lips’ volume, define the lip border, and create a natural-looking plump appearance.


Fillers are applied to the cheeks to help restore lost volume, create a lifted and youthful contour, and address sagging or hollowing.


Dermal Fillers applied to the chin can help improve projection, balance the proportions of the face, and address volume loss.

Smile Lines

Smile lines, also called nasolabial folds, are the lines that run from the nose to the corners of the mouth. Fillers can soften, smooth, and reduce the appearance of these lines.


Dermal fillers can restore volume in the temples and help combat hollowing for a more balanced and youthful profile. Filler in temples can also create a more youthful look around the brows and eyes.


When used along the jawline, fillers enhance definition, create a more sculpted look, and provide structural support.

Neck and Chest

Fine lines, loss of volume, and wrinkles in the chest and neck can be addressed with dermal filler.


Filler can decrease the appearance of veins and tendons in the hands while offering a more voluminous, youthful look.

Types of Dermal Fillers

Hyaluronic Acid Fillers (Juvederm and Restylane)

What it’s made of: Hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring sugar molecule in the body.

What it does: Hyaluronic acid fillers can add volume, enhance contours, and smooth lines.

Longevity: 6 months to 2 years, can be dissolved if needed

Poly-L-Lactic Acid (Sculptra)

What it’s made of: A collagen stimulator that encourages the body’s natural collagen production.

What it does: Addresses volume loss, especially in larger treatment areas. Results appear gradually, becoming more visible as collagen production increases.

Longevity: Results can last for up to two years.

Calcium Hydroxylapatite (Radiesse)

What it’s made of: A filler that acts as both a hyaluronic acid alternative and a collagen stimulator.

What it does: Calcium hydroxylapatite is unique in its ability to immediately boost volume while simultaneously stimulating collagen production for long-term results. It’s ideal for deep wrinkles, jawline augmentation, and hand rejuvenation.

Longevity: Can provide results lasting up to a year or more.

Immediate Effects and Improvement Over Time

One of the advantages of dermal fillers is the immediacy of results. You’ll notice a difference right after the procedure, but the final result may take up to a month to appear due to swelling or the process of collagen production. This gradual result allows for a more natural-looking improvement.

Duration of Results

How long your filler results last depends on the type that is used and the treatment area. Some may last six months, while others can provide results that last for years. For some types of treatments, regular maintenance appointments may be recommended.

Preparing for Your Appointment

Taking certain precautions before your dermal filler appointment can help reduce any potential side effects. Aim to avoid alcohol 1-2 days before your appointment. Additionally, steer clear of ibuprofen, aspirin, fish oil, and turmeric in the 1-2 weeks leading up to the appointment to reduce your risk of bruising.

After your dermal filler appointment:

  1. Avoid intense exercise for 24 hours.
  2. Don’t apply any makeup for the remainder of the day, avoid touching your face, and sleep on your back for 1-2 nights if possible.
  3. If you experience any bruising, apply arnica ointment to the affected area.

Do Dermal Fillers Align With Your Cosmetic Goals?

Dermal fillers are great tools for any anti-aging arsenal. They’re an easy, non-invasive way to subtly create a natural, well-rested look. 

The key to getting a great result is working with a pro you can trust. The right med spa practitioner can help you determine which type of filler can target your areas of concern. 

If you’re in the Scottsdale area, contact Curated Medical today to book a consultation with a skincare expert. Our experienced team can help you navigate the best, most effective treatment for a lasting glow.

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