What are the different types of dermal filler?

What are the different types of dermal filler?

Dermal fillers are a versatile and effective aesthetic treatment and can vary in their use and type Familiar brand names include Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse, Sculptra and Perfectha.  From lip enhancement to non surgical facelifts, dermal fillers can offer transformative aesthetic results but the procedures are not risk or side effect free; and it’s therefore important to seek advice from an experienced aesthetic practitioner (healthcare professional) to ensure you are receiving the right dermal filler treatment for you.  Dermal filler treatment occurs in under an hour with minimal downtime, if any.  To minimise the discomfort of injections, local anesthetic can also be used.

At Revivify London, our in depth understanding of the ageing process means we respect the natural harmony of the face. We always take into account facial features and proportion. During these rejuvenation or enhancement procedures we aim to improve the overall aesthetics of the face; creating a beautiful, natural and balanced result.

Some of the indications dermal fillers can treat include:

  • Lines, Wrinkles & Folds
  • Laugh lines (nasolabial lines)
  • Mouth to chin lines (marionette lines)
  • Smile lines around eyes (crow’s feet)
  • Tear trough (under eye circles)
  • Frown lines
  • Smokers or lipstick lines (lip lines)
  • Mild acne scars
  • Lip shaping
  • Lip enhancement
  • Cheek enhancement
  • Jowls
  • Chin enhancement
  • Nose reshaping

Temporary Dermal fillers

Hyaluronic acid based dermal fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane are used to correct lines, wrinkles and folds of the skin and also enhance features such as lip and cheeks. Hyaluronic acid based dermal fillers are natural and non-animal derived clear gels which can volumize the facial tissue, resulting in facial enhancement and also hydration of the skin.  Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the body which helps the skin hold water and maintain its structure, it is therefore tolerated very well by the body, are low allergy, and are broken down in natural degradation processes lasting 6-12 months; depending on the individual.

Semi Permanent Calcium  hydroxylapatite fillers

Dermal fillers such as calcium hydroxylapatite fillers last longer than filler containing just hyaluronic acid based gel. Due to the density and consistency, Calcium  hydroxylapatite fillers are used for sculpting procedures and should not be placed in softer, more mobile tissue such as the lips.

Biostimulant dermal fillers

Biostimulant dermal fillers such as  Sculptra are made from polylactic acid (PLA).  PLA boosts collagen production over time. These dermal fillers are used to restore lost volume, improve skin texture and improve lines and folds. Biostimulant fillers can have a long lasting regeneration effect, and can produce subtle results over time which can last up to two years.

Permanent dermal fillers

Permanent dermal fillers are becoming less commonly used, as hyaluronic acid based gels are well tolerated, low allergy, and are not permanent meaning if the aesthetic result is not favoured the effects will wear off over time.  Permanent dermal fillers can last up to 10 years, and require an experienced and  diligent practitioner trained in permanent dermal fillers to avoid complications.  Artecoll or Artefill are common brand names in the UK and are made of Polymethylmethacrylate containing very small plastic beads and bovine collagen.  Following injection, scar tissue forms around the plastic beads and the collagen holds the beads in place. This procedure has more risks of allergies and complications than the less permanent dermal fillers.


At Revivify London we offer Hyaluronic acid based dermal fillers. For more information, please feel free to contact us at info@revivify.london or complete the consultation page below