What Are Dermal Fillers and How Do They Work?

Dermal fillers are an easy solution for addressing concerns such as signs of aging and loss of volume. At South Bay Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery in Torrance, CA, we offer various types of dermal fillers to suit your aesthetic desires.

There are a variety of fillers that work in different ways depending on their composition and the area being treated. We can help you understand which option is best for you. Dr. Verbin is dedicated to achieving natural-looking enhancements that harmonize with every patient’s unique facial features.

What Are Dermal Fillers? 

Dermal fillers are injectable treatments that can do everything from smooth wrinkles to restore volume. Made from substances like hyaluronic acid, these fillers add structure and hydration to the skin. Because there are many options, our approach focuses on selecting the right filler for each patient to give them the best results.

What Are the Different Types of Dermal Fillers?

Hyaluronic Acid Fillers

Hyaluronic acid fillers are a good choice for their ability to add volume and smooth the skin’s texture. These injectable fillers are made from a substance naturally found in the body that helps to retain moisture and creates a volumizing effect.

  • JUVÉDERM®: Known for its smooth consistency, JUVÉDERM treats areas such as the lips, cheeks, and nasolabial folds. It provides immediate results and is effective at creating natural-looking enhancements.
  • Restylane®: This family of fillers offers products that treat different facial areas, including the lips, under-eye hollows, and cheeks. Restylane’s unique granular gel texture allows for robust shaping and contouring.


Biostimulators like Sculptra® work differently from hyaluronic acid fillers. Instead of immediately filling in wrinkles and adding volume, these products stimulate the body’s collagen production. As they work, they gradually restore facial volume and improve skin texture with long-lasting results. Sculptra is particularly effective for treating deeper facial folds and hollow areas such as the nasolabial folds. 

How Dermal Fillers Work

The Injection Process

After an initial consultation to determine the type of filler injection we will use, we start with a numbing agent that can be applied to the target area to minimize discomfort. The filler, which often includes lidocaine for additional numbing effects, is injected into specific points under the skin using a fine needle. The process usually takes about 30 minutes, depending on the areas being treated and whether topical anesthetic is used. 

Immediate Effects vs. Long-Term Effects

Dermal fillers often provide immediate results, with visible improvements in the treated areas after the injection. The immediate effects include smoother skin and enhanced volume. However, some types of fillers, especially biostimulators, may take several treatments to work since it takes time to stimulate collagen production.

How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last?

The duration of facial fillers varies based on the specific type and the treated area. Hyaluronic acid fillers usually maintain their effect for six months to two years, whereas biostimulators like Sculptra can provide results for over two years. Consistent touch-up sessions can help sustain these results.

What Are the Applications of Fillers?

  • Facial Contouring: Dermal fillers can sculpt and define facial features, enhancing areas such as the cheeks, jawline, and chin. This helps to create balanced and harmonious facial proportions.
  • Lip Augmentation: Lip filler treatments add volume and shape to the lips, providing a fuller and more defined appearance. They can also correct asymmetry and reduce vertical lip lines.
  • Wrinkle Reduction: Facial fillers smooth out fine lines and deeper wrinkles, such as nasolabial folds and marionette lines.
  • Hand Rejuvenation: Dermal fillers can restore lost volume in the hands, reducing the appearance of veins and tendons. Using injectable fillers gives your hands a more youthful appearance.
  • Tear Troughs: Under-eye filler addresses hollows and dark circles under the eyes. Dermal fillers under the eyes provide a refreshed and rejuvenated look by filling in the tear trough area.
  • Volume Correction: Filler injections can restore volume loss that has occurred in the face due to aging or weight loss. 

Choosing the Right Dermal Filler for You

Choosing the right cosmetic fillers depends on your specific concerns and desired outcomes. Different fillers are formulated for various purposes, such as adding soft and subtle volume to the lips or providing robust contouring to the jawline. Hyaluronic acid fillers like JUVÉDERM are great for immediate volume and hydration, while biostimulators like Sculptra are perfect for gradual and natural-looking results. 

Consider the longevity of each filler, as some last longer than others and may require fewer touch-ups. Your skin type, the area being treated, and any previous filler treatments also help us select the most suitable option. Consulting with an experienced provider like Dr. Verbin will help you navigate these choices and find the best solution.

Pre-Treatment Care for Dermal Fillers

Before receiving cosmetic fillers, we typically recommend that you avoid blood-thinning medications like aspirin and certain supplements such as fish oil, which can increase bruising. Staying hydrated and maintaining a healthy diet can also support your skin before the treatment. Discuss any medical conditions or medications with Dr. Verbin to make sure there are no contraindications to these treatments.

Post-Treatment Care for Dermal Fillers

After your appointment, make sure to follow all of the instructions that we give you for the best results. Avoid strenuous exercise and excessive sun exposure for at least 24 hours to minimize swelling and bruising. Keep the treated area clean and avoid touching or massaging it, as this can affect the placement of the filler or irritate the injection sites.

Find Out More Information About Our Dermal Fillers in Torrance, CA

Dermal fillers can effectively address various aesthetic concerns, providing natural-looking results that enhance your facial features. At South Bay Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery in Torrance, CA, we offer a range of options to meet your individual needs. To learn more or schedule a consultation, contact us online or call (310) 539-6500.

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