The 4 Primary Types Of Injectable Fillers

Injectable fillers are a way to help reduce signs of aging such as wrinkles and fine lines without surgical intervention. Dermal fillers are a non-surgical way to help add elasticity to your skin and make your skin look fuller. There are four primary types of injectable fillers, sold under a variety of different brands, that are used to achieve this purpose. The four primary types of injectable fillers are hyaluronic acid, calcium hydroxylapatite, Poly-L-Lactic Acid (PLLA), and Polymethylmethacryate (PMMA).

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid or HA fillers are some of the most popular type of fillers that are used today. It is an extremely popular choice because hyaluronic acid is a substance that occurs naturally in the human body. HA is one of the building bloods to supple and full skin, which is what makes it a great injectable filler.

Hyaluronic acid can make your skin look fuller and give it more volume and elasticity. As it is a naturally occurring substance, the results are only evident for about half a year to a year depending on your body type.

Calcium Hydroxylapatite

Calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHa) is another compound that is found in the body. It is traditionally found inside of bones though, not in the skin. Calcium hydroxylapatite takes longer to break down in your body, and generally lasts for about a year to a year and a half before your body breaks it down.

CaHa fillers are used to treat deep lines and wrinkles. It is also used to contour parts of the body, such as your chin, nose, or cheecks.

Poly-L-Lactic Acid

Poly-L-Lactic Acid is often called Polylactic acid or PLLA for short. PLLA is made of a synthetic substance, which means that it is not naturally found inside of your body. However, it has been engineered to be very compatible with the body. It has actually been used in various ways for decades.

It is a really thick material and is used to treat deep facial wrinkles. It is not used to treat light wrinkles. It usually takes a few months for the effects to become apparent.

Polymethylmethacryate (PMMA)

Polymethylmethacryate or PMMA, is also a synthetic substance. It is made out of PMMA as well as collagen. Over time, PMMA fillers break down over time and are absorbed into your body over time. PMMA fillers also help prompt your body to make more collegian on its own.

PMMA are some of the longest lasting fillers that you can get. They generally last a couple of years but it can take a few months for the results to become visible. This type of treatment is used for deep and moderate wrinkles as well as help treat scars.  

Discuss with an injectables treatment specialist which filler will best help you get your face where you want it to be. Make sure that any filler you use is FDA-approved. Never use a filler that is not FDA approved.