What are fillers?
In aesthetic medicine, fillers are materials that are used to augment or ‘fill out’ different age-related changes to the skin.
These materials are used to fill wrinkles or collapsed cheeks, for example, and are called fillers because of their filling effects.
Fillers are some of the minimally invasive methods used to treat the signs of ageing of the skin. There are different fillers available to treat wrinkles, loss of volume or scars. In principle, fillers can be differentiated into absorbable (can be broken down) and non-absorbable fillers.
|Filler types||Duration of effect||Absorption/persistence||Quality|
(assimilates into the natural subcutaneous fatty tissue)
|Subject to the natural variations of fatty tissue in the body||Natural, patient’s own tissue with no additional treatment|
(after 6–12 months)
(present in the body as a natural material, is synthetically manufactured)
(purified bovine and human collagen)
(biocompatible bone material)
|Poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA)||Temporary||Absorbable||Synthetic
(small round spheres)