Cosmetic Dermal Fillers – Benefits, Cost & Side Effects

There are many types of soft tissue fillers available today. Some popular brand names include Bellafill, Radiesse, Sculptra, Juvederm, Juvederm Voluma, Belotero Balance and Restylane. These popular injectables consistently rank among the top minimally invasive cosmetic procedures performed each year.

Below are frequently asked questions about cosmetic dermal fillers, with answers from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

Are cosmetic dermal fillers safe?

When prescribed by a properly qualified and trained doctor and injected in an appropriate medical setting, FDA-approved dermal fillers are safe.

What potential risks are associated with soft tissue fillers?

The greatest risk occurs when fillers are injected by someone who is not properly qualified. Risks include hematoma or blood pooling beneath the skin, and though rare, infection and necrosis (tissue death) or skin loss is possible. There is also the chance that you may not like how you look after your treatment.

Can I be allergic to a dermal filler?

Only dermal fillers derived from animal sources confer a risk of allergy. This is something your doctor should cover during the consultation process. If necessary, a patch or allergy test can be performed. Injections will be scheduled several weeks later, after the risk of allergy has been evaluated.

Are cosmetic dermal fillers used only on the face?

No. Fillers are often used to rejuvenate the hands, and some doctors also use them on the feet. In select cases, a scar, cellulite dimple or other limited depression can be treated with FDA-approved dermal fillers for temporary improvement.

Is there an age limit for cosmetic dermal fillers?

Yes. These fillers should not be used on people under 18 without a guardian's consent.

Can dermal fillers be used on skin of color?

Yes. Many fillers including hyaluronic acid-based products like Restylane and Juvederm are appropriate for skin of color.

Will I be able to feel the dermal filler once injected into my skin?

In the first few days after injection, the treated area may feel a little firm; however, this should improve rapidly. Semi-permanent and permanent fillers may clump. The particles form a granuloma or lump that can be felt or seen beneath the skin.

What if I don't like my results?

If you don't like the results, they will diminish in time. A hyaluronic acid-based filler like Restylane, Juvederm or Perlane can be more rapidly diminished (in weeks, rather than months) with the injection of a substance called hyaluronidase in the treatment area.

Source: American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery