Injectable filler

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Injectable filler (injectable cosmetic filler, injectable facial filler) is a soft tissue filler injected into the skin to help fill in facial wrinkles, restoring a smoother appearance. Most of these wrinkle fillers are temporary because they are eventually absorbed by the body. Some people may need more than one injection to achieve the wrinkle-smoothing effect. The effect lasts for about six months or longer. Successful results depend on health of the skin, skill of the health care provider, type of filler used.[1]

In the US, fillers are approved as medical devices by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the injection is prescribed and performed by a health care provider. Fillers are not approved for certain parts of the body where they can be unsafe, including the penis.[2] In Europe and the UK, fillers are non-prescription medical devices that can be injected by anyone licensed to do so by the respective medical authorities. They require a CE mark, which regulates adherence to production standards, but does not require any demonstration of medical efficacy. As a result, there are over 140 injectable fillers in the UK/European market and only six approved for use in the US.[3]

Materials used[edit]

Fillers are made of sugar molecules or composed of hyaluronic acids,[4] collagens — which may come from pigs, cows, cadavers, or may be generated in a laboratory[5] — the person's own transplanted fat, and biosynthetic polymers. Examples of the latter include calcium hydroxylapatite, polycaprolactone, polymethylmethacrylate, and polylactic acid.[citation needed] In 2012, "Artiste Assisted Injection System" was launched in the US market to assist in the delivery of dermal fillers. A study concluded that the injecting device can achieve reductions in patient discomfort and adverse events by controlling the rate of flow of injection of the filler the practitioner is using to fill in the lips and frown lines.[6]

How it works[edit]

Dermal fillers, also known as "injectables" or "soft-tissue fillers," do just what their name suggests: they fill in the area under the skin. Some fillers are natural and some are synthetic, but they all work to improve the appearance of aging skin in the following ways:[7]

  • filling in wrinkles, fine lines and deep creases
  • improving other imperfections like scars
  • filling out thin or wrinkled lips
  • plumping up cheeks
  • treating fat loss secondary to HIV.[8] Fillers were found to give a temporary acceptable therapeutic effect in HIV‐infected patients with severe facial lipodystrophy which is caused by the highly active antiretroviral therapy.[9][10] A systemic review concluded that the injectable fillers resulted in high patient satisfaction, however, further research is needed to determine the safety of its use.[11][12]
  • contouring the jaw line and other areas of the face


Risks of an improperly performed dermal filler procedure commonly include bruising, redness, pain or itching. Less commonly, there may be infections or allergic reactions, which may cause scarring and lumps that may require surgical correction.[13] More rarely, serious adverse effect such as blindness due to retrograde (opposite the direction of normal blood flow) embolization into the ophthalmic and retinal arteries can occur.[14] Delayed skin necrosis can also occur as a complication of embolization.[15] Embolic complications are more frequently seen when autologous fat is used as a filler, followed by hyaluronic acid. Though rare, when vision loss does occur, it is usually permanent.[16]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Health, Center for Devices and Radiological. "Dermal Fillers (Soft Tissue Fillers)". Retrieved 2018-03-14. 
  3. ^ Bray, Dominic; Hopkins, Claire; Roberts, David N. (2010). "A review of dermal fillers in facial plastic surgery". Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery. 18 (4): 295–302. doi:10.1097/MOO.0b013e32833b5162. ISSN 1531-6998. PMID 20543696. 
  4. ^ Gold MH (2007). "Use of hyaluronic acid fillers for the treatment of the aging face". Clin Interv Aging. 2 (3): 369–76. doi:10.2147/cia.s1244. PMC 2685277Freely accessible. PMID 18044187. 
  5. ^ Bray, Dominic; Hopkins, Claire; Roberts, David N. (2010). "A review of dermal fillers in facial plastic surgery". Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery. 18 (4): 295–302. doi:10.1097/MOO.0b013e32833b5162. ISSN 1531-6998. PMID 20543696. 
  6. ^ Lorenc, Z. Paul; Bruce, Suzanne; Werschler, William Philip (2013-7). "Safety and efficacy of a continuous-flow, injection-assisted device in delivery of dermal fillers". Aesthetic Surgery Journal. 33 (5): 705–712. doi:10.1177/1090820X13487372. ISSN 1527-330X. PMID 23671210.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  7. ^ Discovery Health. "How Dermal Fillers Work". 
  8. ^ Gooderham, Melinda; Solish, Nowell (2006-03-21). "Use of Hyaluronic Acid for Soft Tissue Augmentation of HIV-Associated Facial Lipodystrophy". Dermatologic Surgery. 31 (1): 104–108. doi:10.1111/j.1524-4725.2005.31020. ISSN 1076-0512. 
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  10. ^ "A systematic review of filler agents for aesthetic treatment of HIV facial lipoatrophy (FLA)". Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. 73 (6): 1040–1054.e14. 2015-12-01. doi:10.1016/j.jaad.2015.08.040. ISSN 0190-9622. 
  11. ^ Sturm, Lana P.; Cooter, Rodney D.; Mutimer, Keith L.; Graham, John C.; Maddern, Guy J. (2009-9). "A systematic review of permanent and semipermanent dermal fillers for HIV-associated facial lipoatrophy". AIDS patient care and STDs. 23 (9): 699–714. doi:10.1089/apc.2008.0230. ISSN 1557-7449. PMID 19673594.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  12. ^ Sturm, Lana P.; Cooter, Rodney D.; Mutimer, Keith L.; Graham, John C.; Maddern, Guy J. (2009-09). "A Systematic Review of Permanent and Semipermanent Dermal Fillers for HIV-Associated Facial Lipoatrophy". AIDS Patient Care and STDs. 23 (9): 699–714. doi:10.1089/apc.2008.0230. ISSN 1087-2914.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  13. ^ Health, Center for Devices and Radiological. "Dermal Fillers" (WebContent). Retrieved 2015-03-07. 
  14. ^ Ferneini, EM; Ferneini, AM (August 2016). "An Overview of Vascular Adverse Events Associated With Facial Soft Tissue Fillers: Recognition, Prevention, and Treatment". Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. 74 (8): 1630–6. doi:10.1016/j.joms.2016.03.009. PMID 27067061. 
  15. ^ Souza Felix Bravo, B; Klotz De Almeida Balassiano, L; Roos Mariano Da Rocha, C; Barbosa De Sousa Padilha, C; Martinezt Torrado, C; Teixeira Da Silva, R; Carlos Regazzi Avelleira, J (December 2015). "Delayed-type Necrosis after Soft-tissue Augmentation with Hyaluronic Acid". The Journal of clinical and aesthetic dermatology. 8 (12): 42–7. PMC 4689510Freely accessible. PMID 26705447. 
  16. ^ Beleznay, K; Carruthers, JD; Humphrey, S; Jones, D (October 2015). "Avoiding and Treating Blindness From Fillers: A Review of the World Literature". Dermatologic Surgery [et al.] 41 (10): 1097–117. doi:10.1097/dss.0000000000000486. PMID 26356847. 

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