Injectable Bliss: What Are Dermal Fillers and How Do They Work?

Dermal Fillers | The Wellspring Medical Spa

Dermal fillers have revolutionized the beauty industry with their ability to enhance facial features and rejuvenate the skin without invasive surgery. These injectable treatments have become incredibly popular for their effectiveness and minimal downtime. 

At The Wellspring Medical Spa in Brookings, OR, we provide dermal filler treatments to help patients achieve their desired look. Let’s explore what dermal fillers are, the different types available, their popular uses, how they work, and their benefits and longevity.

What Are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are injectable treatments that add volume, smooth wrinkles, and refine facial contours. They effectively tackle aging signs like fine lines, wrinkles, and diminished facial volume, filling these areas to restore a youthful look. Additionally, dermal fillers can enhance features such as lips, cheeks, and jawlines, offering a non-surgical solution for facial rejuvenation and augmentation. 

How Do Dermal Fillers Work?

The primary mechanism of dermal fillers is to add volume and fullness to the treated areas, which helps smooth out wrinkles, plump up the skin, and enhance facial features. Here’s a closer look at how different types of fillers achieve this:

Immediate Volume and Lift

For those seeking quick and noticeable results, certain dermal fillers offer immediate volume and lift. These fillers add instant volume to the skin, effectively reducing fine lines and wrinkles right after the treatment.

Hyaluronic Acid Fillers

When injected, hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers attract and retain water molecules, enhancing skin hydration and volume. This immediate hydration helps to plump up the skin to provide an instant smoothing effect on fine lines and wrinkles. Delivering a youthful and rejuvenated appearance, the results are typically visible right after the treatment. Depending on the specific product used and the area treated, the effects of HA fillers can last from six months to over a year.

Collagen Stimulation

Another notable advantage of certain dermal fillers is their capacity to stimulate collagen production. Collagen, a vital protein that helps maintain your skin structure and elasticity, diminishes with age. By encouraging collagen growth, these fillers provide a more gradual yet enduring enhancement in skin texture and firmness.

Poly-L-lactic Acid

This type of filler works by stimulating the body’s natural collagen production. Instead of providing immediate volume, it encourages the skin to rebuild its collagen network over time. Results appear gradually and can last up to two years.

Calcium Hydroxylapatite

Calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) fillers provide immediate volume and stimulate collagen production, leading to long-lasting results. This unique combination of immediate and long-term benefits makes CaHA fillers popular for individuals seeking natural-looking and enduring aesthetic enhancements.

Structural Support

For those looking for more durable solutions, certain dermal fillers provide structural support to the skin. These fillers add volume and create a framework that helps maintain the skin’s integrity over time.

Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA)

These fillers offer a semi-permanent solution by providing structural support to the skin. The PMMA microspheres remain in place, offering a framework for collagen to grow around, leading to long-lasting improvements.

How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last?

The duration of dermal fillers depends on the type used and the area treated. Hyaluronic acid-based fillers generally last between six and 18 months. Some fillers can last up to two years, while others offer results that persist for several years. Regular touch-up treatments are advised to maintain your desired appearance. At The Wellspring Medical Spa, we can assist you in creating a personalized treatment plan tailored to your needs.

Which Dermal Fillers Do We Provide?

At The Wellspring Medical Spa, we offer different dermal fillers to meet your needs. Our selection includes:

Belotero Balance®

Belotero Balance is a hyaluronic acid-based dermal filler that integrates smoothly into the skin for subtle and even correction. This dermal filler is perfect for treating fine lines around the eyes and mouth and smoothing out nasolabial folds and other facial wrinkles, blending seamlessly with natural skin for a smooth finish.


JUVÉDERM is a widely used hyaluronic acid-based filler offering various products for different facial areas. It adds volume to the cheeks, smooths deep wrinkles and folds, and enhances the lips. Results are long-lasting, typically up to one year, and provide a natural, youthful appearance.


Restylane is another versatile hyaluronic acid-based filler that is effective for various facial treatments. It can add volume and fullness to the skin, correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, and enhance lips. Restylane® products also include formulations specifically designed for under-eye regions and hands, providing comprehensive anti-aging solutions.


Sculptra is a dermal filler made from poly-L-lactic acid, a biocompatible synthetic material. Unlike other fillers that provide immediate results, this biostimulator works gradually by stimulating your body’s collagen production. This results in a more natural and long-lasting improvement in facial volume and skin texture. Sculptra is especially effective for treating deeper wrinkles and facial volume loss, with results that can last up to two years or more.

Achieve Youthful Radiance With Dermal Filler Treatments in Brookings, OR

Dermal fillers offer a versatile and effective solution for enhancing your facial features and addressing signs of aging. From lip filler treatments to under-eye fillers and facial fillers for contouring, these injectable options provide immediate and long-term benefits with minimal downtime. 

At The Wellspring Medical Spa in Brookings, OR, we are dedicated to helping you achieve your aesthetic goals with our dermal filler treatments. If you have any questions or are ready to experience the benefits of dermal fillers, we invite you to book a consultation with us today. Contact us online or call (815) 249-1025 for your consultation.