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Different Types of Cosmetic Fillers And Which One You Need

Are you confused about the different types of cosmetic fillers? Here’s our guide to pick the right cosmetic fillers for your skin concerns.

The popularity of injectables like fillers has soared in the past few years. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, over seven million people received filler injections in 2020. If you have started noticing fine lines or wrinkles on your face, you can try cosmetic fillers. One of the main reasons for the lines and wrinkles is volume loss caused by aging. Cosmetic fillers can help smooth fine lines and wrinkles. They can also add fullness and volume. Fillers can be of a variety of temporary or permanent materials. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the following options:

  • calcium hydroxylapatite (Radiesse), a temporary gel solution that lasts for 18 months
  • collagen, a temporary material that lasts for up to 4 months
  • hyaluronic acid, a temporary material that loses its effect after 6 to 12 months
  • poly-L-lactic acid (Sculptra, Sculptra Aesthetic) that lasts about 2 years
  • polymethylmethacrylate beads, the only permanent type of dermal filler available

What are the benefits of using cosmetic fillers?

Cosmetic fillers are a great way to add volume and rescue the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. However, they don’t treat all types of wrinkles. Cosmetic fillers are only effective in treating static wrinkles that are caused by the loss of collagen and elasticity in the skin. These fillers can also be used to treat deep lines that are etched on your face and are visible even when facial muscles are not contracting. Here are some of the top benefits of cosmetic fillers:

  • Cosmetic fillers can be used to plump up thinning lips
  • They can be used to add fullness to the shallow or sinking areas in the face
  • Cosmetic fillers can effectively treat the smile lines around your mouth

What are the different types of cosmetic fillers?

Due to their increasing popularity, the market is flooded with different types of fillers. Are you confused about which filler to choose for your skin concerns? Don’t worry! We are here to simplify things for you. Some of the best cosmetic fillers that you can use to achieve smooth and younger-looking skin are:

Calcium hydroxylapatite

Calcium hydroxylapatite is a mineral-like compound naturally found in human bones. Calcium hydroxylapatite or Radiesse is an injectable, biocompatible cosmetic filler used to fill specific areas of the face and hands. This  FDA-approved dermal filler contains 30% calcium hydroxylapatite particles suspended in a gel carrier. Since this filler is made biosynthetically, it is highly safe and, no skin testing is required. Radiesse not only smoothens the wrinkles but also stimulates the natural production of collagen for younger-looking skin. The results are natural and long-lasting.

Hyaluronic acid

Hyaluronic acid fillers are used to treat lines and wrinkles and provide a plump, youthful appearance. The results last up to 18 months, depending on the treatment area. Hyaluronic acid fillers can also be used to treat acne scars and facial scars. Hyaluronic acid is produced naturally in our bodies. Its main purpose is to retain water and keep our skin hydrated. Various factors like age, sun exposure, tobacco, and smoke can slow down its production and lead to fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging. Hyaluronic acid fillers are injected into the skin to combat these problems. These fillers are considered safe. However, you may notice a few mild side effects like redness and itching.

Polylactic acid

If you want to rewind the clock and get natural-looking and long-lasting results, then Polylactic cosmetic fillers are a great option for you. These fillers are injected into your face to boost your body’s own production of collagen. You can treat the following areas with Polylactic acid fillers:

  • Fill laugh lines
  • Plump thin lips
  • Treat deep nasolabial folds

Since these cosmetic fillers work by stimulating your body’s own collagen production, the results aren’t visible immediately. You will notice the results over the curse of a few months.

Cosmetic fillers at Biolite

At Biolite, we offer a wide variety of cosmetic fillers to help you achieve flawless and  younger-looking skin. Our team of experts carefully takes into consideration your skin needs to devise personalized treatment plans for you. To learn more about cosmetic fillers at Biolite, you can speak to us on +971 4 346 6641, email on, or schedule an appointment here.

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