Facial fillers reduce the appearance of most fine lines and wrinkles. When applied to certain areas, such as the lips, facial fillers produce a plumping effect, according to WebMD.
Facial fillers work by filling in a wrinkle, restoring the skin to a younger-looking state. Patients searching for a solution to sagging skin, loss of volume in the cheeks or thin lips also benefit from facial fillers, as fillers can be used to lift or volumize a problem area. Typically, results last from a few months to a year or more depending on the type and amount of filler used, notes WebMD.
Hyaluronic acid fillers are the most commonly used facial fillers. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance within the body believed to help encourage the production of collagen, while also providing an immediate plumping effect, says WebMD. Restylane and Juvederm are popular brands within this category.
Other options include synthetic fillers, collagen fillers and fat transfers. Synthetic wrinkle fillers, made from man-made substances such as silicone, offer longer-lasting results, as the body cannot break them down with the same ease as a natural substance, explains WebMD. Collagen, a filler usually sourced from cows, offers the volumizing benefits of other fillers but begins to break down a month after injection. Fat transfer-type fillers offer more permanent results but require a semi-invasive fat harvesting procedure from the thighs, buttocks or stomach. Along with positive results, facial fillers come with risks. Allergic reactions, skin irritations and rejection can occur as a result of treatment.