Your Treatment Guide to Dermal Fillers

By Florence Goulbourne

Dermal fillers have grown exponentially in popularity over the recent years and show no sign of slowing down, claiming a position as one of the most popular aesthetic treatments available. These innovative injectables offer versatile enhancement opportunities for your clients from lip volumising to non-surgical rhinoplasty. This Fox Pharma guide will answer commonly asked questions including ‘What are dermal fillers?’ and ‘How do dermal fillers work?’, to enhance your understanding and knowledge before offering dermal fillers to your clients.

What are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers can be used to enhance your client’s appearance in a variety of different ways. Depending on their concerns or insecurities, dermal fillers can be injected into numerous points across the face body to address these perceived flaws. These age-defying injectables can help to revive your client’s appearance and enhance the natural contouring and sculpting of their features.

Most popularly used to volumise the lips, dermal fillers allow your clients to achieve their perfect pout and sculpt their faces to enhance their confidence. Dermal fillers are typically formulated with hyaluronic acid (HA), simultaneously adding volume and an intense surge of moisture. 

REVOLAX Key Opinion Leader Dr Motox says: “REVOLAX dermal filler can be used for any age range – for younger clients, we use it to help contour, lift, and hydrate. For older clients, we can use dermal filler to replace volume lost to natural ageing”.

How Do Dermal Fillers Work?

As we age, our faces lose volume and essential proteins like collagen and elastin, leading to visible lines and wrinkles and an increase in dry skin. Most dermal fillers are formulated with a high concentration of hyaluronic acid delivered in a gel form. Used as a primary ingredient in numerous cosmetic treatments including dermal fillers and skin boosters, hyaluronic acid has fantastic moisture-retaining properties to help your clients achieve youthful volume and a glowing complexion. 

By injecting HA fillers below the surface of the skin, dermal fillers work to fill out any fine lines and wrinkles while contouring and sculpting the face for anti-ageing results. This plumping effect restores lost volume in ageing skin and helps to define and shape facial structure in younger clients. 

How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last?

Dermal fillers are temporary aesthetic injections, with results lasting anywhere from 6 to 18 months. The longevity of your clients’ results can depend on a range of factors including the specific filler you choose, the amount you use, and how quickly each client’s body breaks the filler down.

For best results, typical dermal filler treatment involves a course of two to three sessions over a period of one year. Once a desired level has been achieved, top-up sessions will be required every 12 to 24 months to maintain results.

The temporary nature of dermal fillers makes them a great choice for clients who are considering invasive procedures such as rhinoplasty but cannot come to a decision as, not only will fillers wear off over time, but dermal fillers can be dissolved and results reversed.

What Are Dermal Filler Benefits?

Your clients will be able to observe a range of benefits from their dermal filler treatment and this can differ depending on their desired results and skin prior to treatment.

The first major benefit of dermal fillers is that they are a non-invasive treatment method with virtually no clinical downtime and minimal side effects, while still offering transformative results. You can typically resume most normal activities immediately after treatment. Dermal fillers are also not permanent and will naturally break down. Moreover, if after treatment your client decides that dermal fillers are not right for them – they can undergo a quick and easy dissolving process. 

In regard to treatment benefits, dermal fillers can provide your clients with incredible anti-ageing results, visibly reducing lines and wrinkles. They are also the optimal way to add volume and sculpt the face, allowing your clients to treat any perceived imperfections and revive a youthful appearance.

The Types of Dermal Fillers Available

Thanks to the popularity of dermal fillers, there are plenty on the market to choose from, each boasting slightly different benefits and results. It is important to keep in mind when choosing a filler for your clients the viscosity of the product. Depending on the target area and desired results, different filler thicknesses will be required, for example, natural enhancements to the lips will require a more viscous filler than that required for facial sculpting.

Market-leading dermal filler brand, REVOLAX, offers a range of three products with different viscosities, each suited to different treatments and injection points. REVOLAX Fine is a lightweight and high-viscoelasticity dermal filler, intended to eradicate superficial lines and wrinkles, while REVOLAX Deep has a thicker consistency, making it ideal for the treatment of nasolabial folds, non-surgical rhinoplasty, and augmentation of the cheeks, chin, and lips. REVOLAX Sub-Q is thicker again and can be used for deep-set lines and wrinkles and facial augmentation. 

REVOLAX products are formulated with a low migration percentage, prolonging your clients’ results and satisfaction. Qualified aesthetic practitioners can buy REVOLAX at Fox Pharma. 

Industry leader and celebrity aesthetics doctor, Dr Motox, said about REVOLAX:

“When choosing a suitable dermal filler, I would always opt for REVOLAX. Firstly, REVOLAX has a specific molecular structure that sets it apart from other dermal filler brands on the market. REVOLAX is a dense gel that is cross-linked and helps it to hold its shape whilst still being super malleable.

“As an aesthetics doctor, I have tried various dermal filler brands which do not compare to REVOLAX. In comparison to other dermal fillers – the longevity of results after using REVOLAX tend to last a lot longer which is beneficial for both me and my clients. 

“Furthermore, when using REVOLAX dermal filler, little to no migration occurs with this product. Another amazing characteristic which again, benefits me and my clients. REVOLAX as a dermal filler is also backed by a substantial amount of clinical research. Plus, it has a market-leading safety profile which is also an advantage.” 

Different Dermal Filler Treatments for Your Clients

Dermal fillers can be used to treat a variety of perceived imperfections and concerns including:

  • Volumising and hydrating the lips
  • Defining the jawline
  • Enhancing the cheekbones
  • Treating lost volume in areas such as tear troughs and cheeks
  • Augmenting a non-surgical rhinoplasty
  • Filling lines and wrinkles

Injection Techniques for Dermal Fillers

There are four main injection techniques that are popularly used when administering dermal fillers – linear threading, cross-hatching, the fan technique, and the microdroplet technique, each of which offers different benefits for your clients and can be used singularly or in combination with one another.

Linear Threading

Linear threading involves using a small needle, typically, across the vermillion border of the lips to create a smooth finish that minimises the visible filler line for a natural look and finish.


Dermal filler cross-hatching is ideal for covering larger surface areas of the face or body. This technique involves injecting the filler in a lattice cross-hatched pattern to evenly distribute the product across the target area.

Fan Technique

The fan technique is a popular way to create natural-looking results for your clients. It begins very similarly to linear threading, however rather than fully withdrawing the needle between injections, you should reposition it under the skin to create a fan shape.

Microdroplet Technique

The microdroplet technique is most commonly used for skin boosters, however, can be effectively used for the injection of dermal fillers. This method involves injecting small amounts of product across the same plane of the treatment area for natural results for your clients.

Dermal Filler Treatment Preparation and Aftercare

It is important to have a thorough consultation with your clients prior to their dermal filler appointment. During this time you should advise them of any at-home preparations they may need to do before their appointments such as ceasing the use of skin care products containing active ingredients such as retanols, AHAs, and BHAs.

Most normal activities can be resumed directly following treatments, however, your clients should not massage the treated area for 48 hours post-treatment to allow the product to settle completely. You should also advise your clients to avoid heat-inducing activities including saunas and intensive exercise for 24 to 48 hours.

Assessing Clinical Suitability

A thorough consultation before treatments allows you the opportunity to assess your clients’ suitability for dermal filler treatments. These versatile injectables can be used effectively by almost everyone, excluding those under 18 years old, pregnant people, and those breastfeeding. However, it is important to ensure that fillers are the right treatment for each client to achieve their desired results.

During this time you will also be able to decide which product will work best for your client and their desired results, whether this be a high- or low-viscosity product and the amount they will require. 

Downtime and Side Effects

One massive advantage of dermal fillers is the minimal downtime they require. Immediately following a dermal filler treatment it is normal for clients to experience bruising, swelling, and redness, this should subside without intervention in a couple of days.

How to Enhance Results for Your Clients

For clients looking to extend the longevity of their results, supplements including cutting-edge liposomal HINNAO, available through Fox Pharma, offer immune-boosting and anti-ageing results. Whilst these supplements will not necessarily retain the volume gained through dermal fillers, they will help maintain a youthful appearance for those who choose dermal fillers for their anti-ageing properties. 

Offering HINNAO in your clinic allows you to diversify your product selection and add an additional revenue to your practice.

What Are Dermal Fillers?

With the extreme popularity of lip fillers and facial enhancements, dermal fillers are an essential offering for all medical cosmetic practitioners, and understanding exactly why and how dermal fillers work is vital for maximum results. Qualified aesthetic practitioners can register with Fox Pharma to gain access to an incredible selection of industry-leading brands and products and provide their clients with unparalleled results.

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