Dermal filers might be equal in what they do, but some are born more equal than others.

When you go in for a cosmetic procedure, ensure the ideal dermal filler is being used on you. By ideal, we mean one that has not only been specially suited to your specific need, but provides the level of softness and kind of longevity you are looking for too.

How about we take a look at some of the most common dermal fillers you could get today?

1. Hyaluronic Acid (HA)

HA owes most of its success to the fact that it is a substance the body produces naturally. It is, thus, extracted and reformulated to make this highly-successful dermal filler. Over the years, it has found a lot of application in cosmetic procedures.

Some of its common use cases today are on:

  • Acne scars
  • Depressions in the cheek
  • Crow’s feet (occurring at the corner of the eyes)
  • Frown lines (around the eyebrows)
  • Lines at the corners of the mouth
  • Smile wrinkles and
  • Facial scars, to mention but a few.

HA has also been tested and trusted effective in redefining lip border as well as curing scars of almost any kind (even from burns). If you go looking, you will find HA packaged and sold as JuvédermRestylane and many other respectable brands.

2. Polylactic Acid (PLA)

Unlike HA above, PLA is not naturally occurring. However, that does nothing to take away from the effectiveness of this dermal filler.

Available and packaged as Sculptra, it works by stimulating your own body to create even more collagen – which are body building proteins important for maintaining the freshness and elasticity of your skin.

This mode of operation defines why the effects of PLA are not as fast as many other dermal fillers. Over time, though, you are sure to see the new glow that this filler has injected into your skin.

If you are going for procedures to:

  • Fix lines from laughing
  • Fill thin lips or
  • Address nasolabial folds of varying depth, this is the pick for you.

3. Calcium Hydroxyl apatite

If you have come across the Radiesse dermal filler before, this is the substance beating at the heart of it.

Calcium hydroxyl apatite is naturally occurring in the human bones, meaning you will not be exposing your body to anything it does not already know about. The deal is bettered in the sense that the substance is synthesized through biological processes. In other words, nether animals nor animal products were used, reducing your chances of getting an allergic reaction.

Over the years, cosmetic surgeons have used this filler to address:

  • Nasolabial folds of varying depths
  • Marionettes and frown lines
  • Lack of fullness in the cheeks, and so much more.

With the promise of a very natural result and little to no side effects to boot, it has one of the longest safety records in the business.

4. Polyalkylimide

The next time you look at Aquamid, know that polyalkylimide is the substance that makes it as effective as it is.

If there is anything to love about this one, it is the fact that it rarely reacts with human tissue. This makes it unnecessary to even perform an allergy test in the first place.

Besides that, though, this dermal filler is also a powerhouse when it comes to:

  • Improving the volume in lips
  • Enhancing cheekbones
  • Boosting the jawline
  • Replacing facial volume lost due to aging
  • Restoring wasted face from HIV medications, among other things.

Another plus point for polyalkylimide is that a single injection can bring with it a lot of volume, representing a great value for the money. Have we mentioned that it can also be removed if need be?


The best choice of dermal fillers for you is based on a number of factors. This can be the kind of procedure you want, how long you want it to last, your medical history and more.

Thus, it is advised that you get in touch with a licensed practitioner before choosing a dermal filler at all.


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