Dermal Filler and Hyaluronic Acid: Everything You Need to Know

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Have you ever heard of dermal filler? What about hyaluronic acid or HA? Don’t worry if you haven’t — the world of cosmetic treatments contains an awful lot of jargon, which can be intimidating and off-putting if you’re not down with the lingo. 

However, both terms refer to very simple concepts which can prove instrumental in revitalising tired or worn features and restoring your face to its youthful, brilliant best. Here, we’ll explain what dermal fillers and hyaluronic acid are, clearing up any confusion and giving you the confidence to identify the procedure that’s right for you.

What Is Hyaluronic Acid?

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is commonly known as the body’s natural moisturiser. It’s a naturally-occurring compound that forms under our skin and attracts water molecules to it, performing an indispensable hydrating function throughout the body. Not only does hyaluronic acid help us to stay moisturised and prevent the skin from drying out, it also plays a vital role in maintaining firm, smooth and glowing skin.

In our youth, we produce HA in abundance. Unfortunately, as we get older, our bodies become less adept at producing HA, leading to the formation of wrinkles and creases — especially around the mouth, nose and eyes. This lack of hyaluronic acid also leads to decreased elasticity and tired-looking skin. This natural phenomenon happens to all of us in time, but we can combat it using synthetic HA, which is present in many skincare products and pharmaceutical-grade dermal fillers.

How Does Hyaluronic Acid Work?

Hyaluronic acid is a water-retaining gel that can hold many times its weight in moisture. When applied topically via skincare products, it sits on the skin’s surface and acts as an effective moisturiser, drawing water into the skin to keep it supple. When injected, HA’s anti-ageing benefits go further, penetrating deeper into the skin for added moisture and elasticity.

What Are the Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid?

As hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in the body, it’s a completely safe ingredient for use in skin care and cosmetic procedures. HA is a powerful humectant that promotes healthier, more supple skin, increasing plumpness and restoring a youthful glow. This gel-like substance can make the skin appear more hydrated and full of volume, softening the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by filling them in. As well as its ability to retain moisture, hyaluronic acid also helps shield the skin from external aggressors, keeping your face well-moisturised and strong.

What Are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are synthetic formulations of HA which are almost identical to the naturally-forming acid found in our bodies. Pharmaceutical-grade and completely biodegradable, dermal fillers are injected into targeted areas of the skin to supply an instant boost of moisture and stimulate the production of natural HA in the process. Dermal fillers are a versatile treatment that can be used in several ways.

Where on the Face Can I Have Dermal Fillers?

Below are some of the most common treatment areas in which dermal fillers are administered:

– Under the eyes — tear trough fillers can reduce the appearance of dark circles or “eye bags.”

Jawline fillers — non-surgical jawline reduction can be achieved through the use of dermal fillers, with HA injections helping to shape, redefine or contour the jaw area.

Cheek augmentation — dermal fillers can provide full, firm-looking cheeks and defined cheekbones for a more sculptured, attractive look.

Lip enhancement — dermal fillers with hyaluronic acid are commonly used to add extra volume and plumpness to lips.

Chin reshapingchin fillers can be administered to adjust the height, width and projection of the chin, bringing balance to your facial features.

Non-surgical nose job — non-surgical rhinoplasty involves using dermal filler injections to refine the nose shape, correct bumps or crookedness and provide a symmetrical silhouette.

Dermal fillers are suitable for reducing the effects of ageing in both men and women and are an excellent non-invasive alternative to surgery. With a short procedure and minimal downtime, they’re the perfect solution for anyone who wishes to regain a youthful, revitalised look without going under the knife.

What to Expect during a Hyaluronic Acid Filler Treatment

During a hyaluronic acid filler procedure, HA is injected into targeted areas using very fine needles. The procedure is very quick and not too painful, but clients with a lower pain tolerance may request numbing cream. Dermal fillers are administered in as little as 30-45 minutes, and you can return to everyday activities immediately after treatment.

How Long Do Dermal Fillers with Hyaluronic Acid Last?

Results can vary between individuals, but dermal fillers may last between six months and two years. This will depend on factors such as the area injected and the patient’s age and lifestyle. Most people only need to top up their fillers once or twice a year.

Are Dermal Fillers Reversible?

One of the benefits of dermal fillers is that they’re non-permanent and fully reversible. HA fillers can be completely dissolved by hyaluronidase if necessary, giving you 100% peace of mind.

What Are the Side Effects of Treatment?

Side effects of dermal fillers are minimal — you may experience some swelling or bruising, which can last for a few days. The essential thing to remember when seeking cosmetic treatment is to go to a trained and certified practitioner, ensuring that fillers are administered safely.

Are Hyaluronic Acid Fillers Right for Me?

Hyaluronic acid fillers are an excellent option if you’re looking to restore volume and a youthful look to your face without going under the knife. If you find that your skincare routine isn’t giving you the results you’d like, dermal fillers could give your skin the boost it needs.

If you’re looking to boost your natural supply of hyaluronic acid and give your skin a hydrated glow, why not arrange a FREE no-obligation consultation with us today? Our friendly and experienced team is happy to discuss treatment plans and find the perfect option for you, so you can enjoy the radiant skin you deserve with minimal effort and downtime.


Founder at Harley St M.D.
Dr. Chia Tan is a UK trained medical doctor that specialises in cosmetic and aesthetic medicine and testosterone replacement therapy. He is qualified as a medical doctor since 2003 and has since trained extensively. He has been featured in several leading magazines as well as invited to appear on TV to discuss aesthetic medicine and the latest cosmetic procedures.
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