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How Do Dermal Fillers Work?

We’ve taken some time to unpack the differences between injectables on our blog. It’s important to make it clear that muscle relaxants and dermal fillers are not interchangeable, as they work very differently to reduce the signs of ageing. The easiest way to distinguish them is by remembering that muscle relaxants work on ‘moving’ lines that appear with facial expressions, while dermal fillers address ‘static lines’ that remain even when our faces are resting.

Read on to understand more about dermal fillers, or click here to read up on muscle relaxants.


What are dermal fillers?

While muscle relaxants address ‘moving’ lines, dermal fillers address the static, more permanent lines that occur as we get older and our skin’s volume naturally begins to decrease.

Dermal fillers can be used in the upper layers of the skin to soften fine lines without changing the contour of the face, or they can be used more deeply to address smile and frown lines, hollowing cheeks and eyes, and to lift the contours of cheeks or jawlines.

What are cosmetic fillers used for? from Skinovation Cosmetic Clinic on Vimeo.

What can dermal fillers be used for?

Dermal Fillers can be used at different depths of the skin to address different concerns.

Deeper fillers can:

  • Fill hollow areas in the cheeks
  • Lift the cheeks and jawline for a more youthful appearance

Medium depth fillers can:

  • Subtly change the contours of your face by filling deep lines, skin folds and hollows.
  • Address frown and smile lines
  • Lift corners of the mouth

More superficial fillers can:

  • Reduce or eliminate fine lines
  • Increase fullness of the lips
  • Fill hollow areas under the eyes
Lip Fillers Before and After Skinovation Townsville
Lip Fillers Before and After
Nasolabial Filler Before and After Skinovation Townsville
Nasolabial Filler Before and After

Do dermal fillers work straight away?

Yes. The effect of dermal fillers can be seen immediately. However, this may sometimes be accompanied by some redness, swelling or bruising for several days after treatment.

How long do dermal fillers last?

Depending on the filler used, the treatment site and the depth of injection, the effects of dermal fillers can last between six and eighteen months.

What side effects can occur with dermal fillers?

It is not uncommon for redness, swelling or bruising to occur around the treatment area. These unwanted effects will subside in a few days.


We always recommend that you speak to a trained medical practitioner before undergoing a cosmetic treatment. A consultation with one of our friendly team members will help determine which treatment is best for you and your skin and help you achieve the natural-looking results you’re after.

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