Facial Filler: The Time and Place

Facial Filler: The Time and Place

Facial filler is a popular treatment but often clients are curious about how filler will make them look or nervous they may end up looking unnatural! Fillers can create an impactful result-especially a natural rejuvenation when injected by a professional. Whether you're considering a touch-up or exploring dermal fillers for the first time, understanding the optimal time and circumstances for their use is crucial for achieving your desired outcome.

Understanding Dermal Fillers

What Are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers, also known as soft tissue fillers, are substances injected beneath the skin to help improve facial lines and restore volume and fullness in the face. They are typically hyaluronic acid based gels that provide a natural look when injected into the face and mimic our body's own hyaluronic acid. These fillers are an effective solution for individuals looking to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, sculpt the contours of their face, or enhance specific facial features.

How Do Dermal Fillers Work?

Dermal fillers work through the injection of gel-like substances into targeted areas of the face. The filler adds volume to the soft tissue, effectively smoothing wrinkles and adding plumpness to the skin. The specific way dermal fillers work depends on the type of filler used, with some promoting collagen production for long-term skin rejuvenation, while others provide immediate plumping effects. Your provider is trained in what filler may be right for you, depending on your areas of concern.  For instance, some fillers are better for the lips while others may provide an optimal contour of the cheek!

The Benefits of Dermal Fillers

Enhancing Facial Features

Are you looking to enhance your facial features without undergoing surgery? Dermal fillers offer a non-invasive solution to achieving a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance. By strategically injecting fillers into specific areas of the face, such as the cheeks, lips, or jawline, you can achieve a more balanced and symmetrical look. Whether it's adding volume to your lips or contouring your cheekbones, dermal fillers provide a customizable approach to enhancing your natural beauty.

How much filler do you need?

As we age, our skin gradually loses its elasticity and firmness due to a decrease in collagen production. We also lose bone density and fat in the face, causing the skin to look more lax and saggy. Dermal fillers provide immediate results in plumping and smoothing the skin while also restoring structure and volume to the face. 

Areas we often inject include the lips, cheeks, chin, jawline, temples, prejowl, perioral lines, and marionette lines. How much filler is used in each area is dependent on the patient's goals, age, volume loss and lifestyle. However, there are general estimates for each area of the face and how many syringes you may need. 

Lips: 1-2 syringes

Cheeks: 1-3 syringes

Chin: 1-4 syringes

Jawline: 3-6 syringes

Temples: 1-3 syringes

Prejowl: 1-2 syringes

Perioral lines: 1-2 syringes

Marionette lines: 1-2 syringes

Ideal Candidates for Dermal Fillers

When considering dermal fillers, it's essential to understand if you're an ideal candidate. Factors such as age, skin type, and condition play a significant role in determining suitability.

Age Considerations

Age is a critical factor when considering dermal fillers. Typically, individuals in their late 20s to 50s are ideal candidates. In the late 20s and early 30s, fillers can be used for preventive purposes, targeting fine lines and maintaining skin elasticity. As individuals age, the volume and structure of the face change, making fillers beneficial for restoring lost volume and minimizing deeper lines. Lip filler is a popular treatment among younger patients-check out some of these lip filler before and after photos to see what dermal filler can do!

Medical History

If you are diagnosed with any medical conditions, always let your provider know prior to treatment. Some medical conditions, especially those that affect the immune system may impact your ability to receive a dermal filler treatment.  Always let your provider know of new medical diagnoses or medications you take on a daily basis.  Some medications may make you more prone to bruising or side effects. 

The Procedure and Aftercare

Pre-Treatment Preparations

Before undergoing dermal filler treatment, always speak with your provider and include disclosing any medications, allergies, or previous cosmetic procedures. Additionally, your practitioner will provide specific pre-treatment instructions, which may involve avoiding certain medications like blood thinners, alcohol, and strenuous exercise prior to the procedure. You'll want to also plan your filler appointment to allow enough time for healing.  Giving some time before a big event or vacation to allow for healing is optimal. These precautions are crucial for ensuring the best possible results and minimizing potential risks.

Post-Treatment Care

After receiving dermal filler injections, it's important to adhere to post-treatment care guidelines to promote optimal healing and results. This may include avoiding touching or applying pressure to the treated area, refraining from rigorous exercise, and following any additional instructions provided by the practitioner. It's normal to experience mild swelling or bruising, but these effects typically subside within a few days. Applying cold compresses and keeping the head elevated can help alleviate discomfort and reduce swelling. Furthermore, staying hydrated and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can contribute to the longevity of the results.



Dermal fillers can be an effective solution for those seeking to address signs of aging or enhance their natural features. The key to achieving the best results lies in understanding the right time and place for dermal filler treatments. By consulting with a qualified and experienced professional, individuals can make informed decisions and achieve the desired outcomes. Whether it's to restore lost volume, contour the face, or enhance facial features, dermal fillers can offer natural-looking results when administered with precision and artistry. Understanding the potential benefits and the appropriate timing for dermal filler treatments is essential in achieving overall satisfaction with the results. Learn more about filler at Sunday Skin here. 

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