Dermal fillers – what are the differences between them and does it matter which type I use?

Dermal fillersThere are many different types of fillers available and different brands within those categories.

Which type of filler to go for may depend on your level of need and what you are hoping to achieve.

Here’s a look at some of the most popular fillers available today:

Hyaluronic acid

Probably the most popular fillers on the market today are those made with hyaluronic acid. This ingredient is what we produce naturally and what helps the skin remain plump, however it stops being produced as we age. Because it’s such a natural substance it’s highly safe as it works in harmony with the skin’s own substances, eventually becoming reabsorbed in to the skin. Popular brands include Juvederm, Restylane and Teosyal.


It used to be that bovine collagen was used, in which case allergy treatments needed to be carried out. However, now practitioners tend to use pig collagen which more closely matches the collagen that humans produce. They are perfectly safe and effective however hyaluronic acid fillers have become far more popular, probably because they are more natural. They should also last up to 12 months.

Calcium Hydroxylapatite

This is a more substantial filler used for very deep lines or cheek or chin augmentations and is made from a paste-like substance. The most common brand is Radiesse and the results tend to be longer-lasting than other fillers.

Collagen stimulators

These, such as Sculptra, work slightly differently from other fillers as they encourage the body to produce more of its own collagen. As a result of this difference the change to the skin’s appearance is more subtle and happens over time. The effects should last up to two years.

Permanent fillers

Permanent fillers are far less popular than they used to be as it is not possible to reverse the effects, temporary fillers are also more natural. Permanent fillers include plastic beads which are surrounded by collagen which then glues to the skin’s natural substance.

Which filler is right for you will depend on your needs; different brands of the same type of filler will probably produce only very subtle differences. The best chance of successful fillers is more dependent on the skill of the practitioner so make sure that you do plenty of research and are sure of their credentials.

For more information on dermal fillers, contact the team at Aurora Skin Clinics on 01844 211777 or drop us an email to