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Which Dermal Filler Do I Need?

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Dermal fillers are now a common non-surgical solution to looking aged, having wrinkles, and wanting plump-looking skin. Over the years, using a dermal filler has become so popular that more than 2.6 million dermal fillers were given in 2018.

However, there are different dermal fillers, making it necessary to consult with your cosmetic doctor Brisbane to discuss the suitable treatment plan for you.

woman washing face before applying dermal fillers

Types of Dermal Fillers and Their Uses

Various types of dermal fillers are named according to the material or mineral they are made with. Here are five of the most popular ones.

1.  Hyaluronic Acid

A hyaluronic acid injection is a dermal filler used to improve skin contour. It gives volume to the skin and hydrates it. The hyaluronic acid makes it look better if you also have skin depression due to injuries, face lines, and scars.

Hyaluronic acid is produced by the body to make the skin look plump and hydrated, but as you age, the body stops producing it. So, the injection is given as a supplement to the skin. And it lasts for about six months to a year.

You should use a hyaluronic acid dermal filler if you have:

  • Facial and acne scars
  • Crow’s feet around your eyes
  • Worry and frown lines
  • Cheek depression

2. Calcium Hydroxylapatite (Ca-Ha)

This mineral is found in human bones. It’s not found in animals or products. It reduces the chances of allergic reactions and side effects and can last up to a year.

This dermal filler is suitable for you if you want to:

  • Improve your cheeks’ fullness and the face contour
  • Add volume when there is face wasting (in cases if HIV+ patients are taking medication)
  • To reduce creases and lines across the face.

3. Polyalkylimide

Polyalkylimide is semi-permanent and can be removed over time if you like. It is radio transparent, so it does not affect X-rays. It is biocompatible, so it causes only a little reaction to the tissues.

Plastic surgeons use Polyalkylimmide. And when you inject it into the skin, thin layers of collagen form around the gel until the collagen surrounds it.

You should get this dermal filler to:

  • Plump your lips
  • Treat face wasting
  • Treap deep wrinkles caused by depressed scars or nasolabial folds.
  • Improve cheekbones and add to face volume.

4. Polymethyl-methacrylate microspheres (PMMA)

PMMA is also a semi-permanent dermal filler, and it performs similar functions to Polyalkylimide. Sometimes instead of hyaluronic or collagen replacement therapy, PMMA is used as a semi-permanent solution. And for permanent surgical implants, the surgeon usually underfills the skin on the first treatment.

It can be used interchangeably with Polyalkylimide. PMMA needs more than one injection and a month to get results. If not done correctly, it might show under the skin. So, reach out to an experienced surgeon to prevent these side effects.

5. Polylactic Acid

Polylactic acid is more of a stimulator than a dermal filler. Once injected into your body, it stimulates the body to produce collagen. It works well in the lower part of your face.

Because it stimulates your body, you might not see the effects until after a few months. And you will need regular treatments to see the result.  

You should use this filler to

  • Fill laugh lines.
  • Plump thin lips
  • Treats nasolabial folds.


All dermal fillers have functions but differ in process, longevity, softness, visibility, and chemical makeup. It is best to speak to your surgeon to know the most suitable dermal filler and the volume needed for your particular needs. 

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