Skincare Beginner’s Guide: Facial Fillers

Skincare Beginner’s Guide: Facial Fillers

Facial Fillers 101: Everything You Need to Know Before You Get a Dermal Filler

So you’re considering taking the plunge, or more appropriately, the syringe

Perhaps you’ve been following your favorite celebrity on Instagram, or the reflection in the mirror isn’t reflecting how you feel on the inside anymore. Or maybe some of your girlfriends have been getting facial fillers for a couple years now, and they seem to be aging in reverse, and group photos are no longer much fun.

Whatever your reason, you’re considering getting a facial filler, also known as a dermal filler injection, to address your fine lines and wrinkles around your face and you have some questions. We want to give you all of the information you need to make a smart decision, but first a few words of wisdom...

Before You Get a Facial Filler, Know This…


  1.  Don’t try this at home.  Do not go to any home parties, do not buy anything over the internet, and do not inject anything into yourself. There is a reason why a license is required to inject fillers into your face, and your face is not something you want to take a chance with.
  1.  Not all injectors know what they are doing.  Do your homework.  Talk to your friends, read skincare expert reviews, and look at skin before and after’s.  It is easier than ever to do your research these days, so there is no reason to walk in blindly.  Look at their credentials and understand if they are permitted to inject in your state. It is your responsibility to know the rules, regulations, and laws.
  1.  How do I know who is licensed to inject in my state?  Search online under the licensing board in your state; for example, if you live in California, this is the state’s Department of Consumer Affairs search tool to find licensed skincare individuals and practices.
  1.  Really consider your reason for wanting a facial filler.  Why do you want to get a dermal filler and where do you want it? Perhaps more importantly, consider what are your expectations and your desired end result? Just because everybody else is doing it is not necessarily a good reason to have facial fillers done yourself.
  1.  Not all facial fillers are the same.  Again, do your homework.  It is your responsibility to be informed so you can ask the right questions when you are in front of the licensed skincare professional who will be performing your injections.  For a breakdown and comparison of some of the more popular facial fillers, keep reading below.
  1.  Lastly, consider a consult first, before you commit.  If this is your first time, consider a consult with a skincare expert and get more than one opinion from a trusted professional.  


It is normal to be nervous and uncertain. The last thing you want to do is make a rash, or impulsive decision, on something so important and costly.

By doing a consult first, you can gather all of the information, take it home, and think about it.  You can weigh all of your options to make a confident, informed decision which will allow you to achieve your best results and the most beautiful version of you!

Thousands of women (and men too!) make the commitment every day to get fillers for reasons that are right for them.  The medical professionals trained to perform injections can provide you with a service and a product that is truly transformational.

If you need help finding a skincare expert near you, use the ALASTIN Skincare Expert Search Tool to get started.

Popular Questions & Answers About Facial Fillers


What is the difference between Botox and dermal fillers?

Botox® contains purified bacteria that freeze muscles in order to help minimize the appearance of lines and wrinkles caused by facial expressions.

Dermal fillers, like Juvederm® and Restylane®, contain ingredients that add fullness to areas that have thinned due to the aging process, most commonly in the lips, cheeks, and around the mouth area.

Both are minimally invasive procedures (meaning they do not require surgery) given through injections.

For a more detailed comparison of Botox® vs. dermal fillers, review this article by Medical News Today: What is the difference between Botox® and dermal fillers?

Berry, J. (2018, January 6). "What is the difference between Botox and dermal fillers?." Medical News Today. Retrieved from:

What are the side effects of facial fillers?

Facial fillers are considered to be safe but side effects can occur, most commonly:

  • skin rash, itching, or pimple-like eruptions
  • redness, bruising, bleeding, or swelling
  • undesirable appearance, such as asymmetry, lumps, or overcorrection of wrinkles
  • skin damage that causes a wound, infection, or scarring
  • ability to feel the filler substance under the skin
  • blindness or other vision problems
  • death of skin cells due to loss of blood flow to the area

Berry, J. (2018, January 6). "What is the difference between Botox and dermal fillers?." Medical News Today. Retrieved from:

How long do fillers in the face last?

Typically, and often depending on the brand/product and the injector, most facial fillers last anywhere between six months to two years.

Do fillers move in your face?

You may have heard of the term “filler fatigue”, a beauty buzz word that describes what happens when someone has had too many fillers and over time, the filler stretches and weighs down the skin causing a chain reaction of more visits to the doctor.

Facial fillers, particularly in the cheek area, with excess use over time, have been known to move around in the face as is explained in detail by plastic surgeon Michelle Yagoda in this article, This Is What Happens When You Get Too Much Filler In Your Face, from the Huffington Post.

Bruccullieri, J. (2018, April 18). "This is What Happens When You Get Too Much Filler In Your Face." Huffington Post. Retrieved from:

What are the best fillers for the face?

In order to select the best fillers to use on your face, you should follow the six steps outlined above, and then consult your skincare expert to talk in detail about your skin and your desired results.

As mentioned in #5 above, doing your homework is a critical early step in the process, and to help you get started, you may want to review this article from WebMD: What You Should Know About Wrinkle Fillers. The article offers a deep dive into hyaluronic acid wrinkle fillers (arguably the most popular category of facial fillers which includes Juvederm® and Restylane®) as well as synthetic wrinkle fillers, collagen wrinkle fillers, and autologous wrinkle fillers.

Gardner, S. (2017, January 30). "What You Should Know About Fillers." Web MD. Retrieved from:

How much does a facial filler cost?

The cost of fillers can vary for a number of reasons including the type and amount of filler used, location of the practice, the level of expertise of the injector, and the duration of the procedure.

To give you an idea, the cost of 1mL for a hyaluronic acid wrinkle filler may cost between $500-1,300.

One important note is that most insurance companies do not cover aesthetic procedures like facial fillers so you’ll likely need to cover the cost yourself.

Skin by Lovely. (2014, May 15). "Dermal Fillers with Before & After Photos." Skin by Lovely. Retrieved from:

What kind of skincare regimen should I use before my facial rejuvenating procedure?

The consult with your skincare expert will help you to determine the proper skincare regimen before and after your facial procedure, but one tip they will all tell you is to make sure you have a dermatologist-approved broad spectrum sunscreen to protect your skin year-round.

ALASTIN Skincare Regenerating Skin Nectar with TriHex Technology

The ALASTIN Skincare Regenerating Skin Nectar with TriHex Technology® will help to support your skin's natural ability to produce new collagen and elastin, making it a great complimentary product to use before and after facial filler treatments. As always, consult with your doctor on any new skincare regimen.

sulfate-free and paraben-free Gentle Cleanser

If you have sensitive skin, you might also consider a sulfate-free and paraben-free Gentle Cleanser to help calm the skin before and after your treatment as well.

There are likely endless questions you have about facial fillers, but we hope we’ve answered a few of your initial questions. We encourage you to consult your skincare expert and continue to research how you can achieve your desired results, and get glowing skin!

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Article Reviewed by Wendy Johnson
Wendy Johnson

Vice President, Marketing

Wendy Johnson brings to Alastin Skincare over 22 years of pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and aesthetics industry experience in various sales, training, marketing and thought leader development roles.

After spending 10 years in gastroenterology at Tap Pharmaceuticals and Prometheus Laboratories, with sales and marketing oversight for in-line and pre-launch products, Mrs. Johnson transitioned to an aesthetic career at SkinMedica in 2004. While there, she was responsible for marketing one of the top 2 branded prescription hydroquinones, launching a leading branded low potency steroid, and oversight of the acne franchise line extensions.

In 2010, Wendy joined Merz North America where she developed and managed the Physician Relations department in support of injectable, topical and device business units under Medical Affairs, before transitioning into managing a Regional Aesthetics Marketing team.

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