What are injectable dermal fillers?

Injectable fillers can plump thin lips, enhance shallow contours, soften facial creases, eliminate or soften wrinkles and improve the appearance of recessed scars, and restore volume and fullness to the face. As we age, our faces naturally lose subcutaneous fat and the skin begins to stretch or droop. The facial muscles are then working closer to the skin surface, so wrinkles, smile lines and crow’s feet become more apparent.

What Can Fillers Do?

There are many reasons why a patient may choose to seek out a soft tissue filler. Dermal fillers can be very helpful in those with early signs of aging, or as an additional procedure to facial rejuvenation surgery. Some cosmetic reasons are to alleviate wrinkles or facial folds, to augment the lips, and to improve fullness of the face. There are also medical reasons, such as, angular chelitis, dermal atrophy, AIDS lipodystrophy, and depressed scars. While the face is the most common area where patients receive soft tissue fillers, they can also used to treat the neck and aging hands.

  • Plump thin lips
  • Enhance shallow contours
  • Soften facial creases and wrinkles
  • Improve the appearance of recessed scars
  • Reconstruct contour deformities in the face
  • Decrease the shadow of the lower lids
  • Reconstruct contour deformities of the nose

Classifications of Dermal Fillers

The various types of dermal fillers can be organized by how long they last in the body. Fillers can be temporary, semi-permanent, or permanent. Temporary fillers generally remain in the injected tissues for less than 1 year, semi-permanent fillers can remain in the body for 1-2 years, while permanent fillers can last for more than 2 years.

Temporary Fillers Semipermanent Fillers Permanent Fillers
Restylane Radiesse Aquamid
SubQ Bioin blue Amazingel
Touch BioAlcamid
Vital Sculptra
IAL system
Ultra Plus Juvederm

Common Areas For Fillers

The most common areas of the face to get injections is the glabella region (skin between the eyebrows and above the nose), the nasojugal groove (under eye circles/lines), the cheeks, the nasolabial fold (smile lines), the upper and lower lips, the periocular region (eye area), the perioral region (mouth area), and jawline. Our current favorite filler brands are Radiesse for bony areas, such as, the glabella, cheeks, prejowls, nasojugal, nasolabial folds, and JUVÉDERM Ultra Plus for the lips and perioral region.


Before & After Photos: Patient 1


Filler used to soften the jowels.

Patient 2


Filler used to correct the Nasal Jugal Groove, Eyebrow Divot, and to soften Jowls.

Patient 3


Filler used to correct the nose.

How Much Do Facial Fillers Cost?

The price of dermal filler injections depends on how many areas are being addressed. Typically, the cost can range from $1,500 to $4,500 and varies depending on the type of product used.

If you would like to achieve a fuller, more youthful facial appearance, then please schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Mowlavi, Orange County’s premier cosmetic surgeon.

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