When people have unwanted wrinkles located around their mouth and nose, dermal fillers are often used to smooth out those areas. Many patients use dermal fillers to enhance their lips or to get rid of eyelid bags as well. Whether or not dermal fillers are safe is a question that many potential patients think about before they head to the doctor’s office for treatment.


Are Dermal Fillers Safe?

Whether or not dermal fillers are safe has been a debated topic for some time.

The two main types of dermal fillers are Restylane and Juvederm. Both are made of hyaluronic acid, a substance that is already prevalent in joints and parts of the face. Because the primary ingredient in dermal fillers is hyaluronic acid, this method is considered safe by plastic surgeons and doctors, and has been approved by the Federal Drug Administration.


How Does It Work?

Safe dermal fillers are a combination of hyaluronic acid and water. When injected, it acts as a filler and plumps up parts of your skin that are wrinkled, most notably around the mouth and nose.

When dermal fillers are used, patients notice results almost instantaneously. While the effects of the fillers may differ from patient to patient, they should last for about six months. While the treatment is safe and FDA approved, you may experience some mild side effects that are common among injections, including swelling, irritation and tenderness.


Dermal Fillers Versus Botox Face Treatments

Botox and dermal fillers are both considered as effective methods for smoothing out wrinkled areas of your face. Botox works by relaxing the muscles around the affected area so that the wrinkles disappear.

Botox is most widely used on the forehead, for crow’s feet and frown lines. Most recently, the FDA approved it for sweaty armpit and hand treatment. Once the muscles in the face are relaxed, the patient gradually decreases the use of them, thereby preventing further creases and wrinkles.

Dermal fillers are injected to wrinkled areas around the mouth, nose and are often used for lip enhancement. They are used specifically to fill areas and have no effect on the muscles whatsoever.

Both treatments last for about six months and both have proven to be effective. Botox should be used when your wrinkles are noticeable during muscle flexing, while dermal fillers should be used if the wrinkles in your face are prevalent at all times of the day, whether you are flexing and creasing your face or not.