Are you aware that there are different kinds of dermal fillers? The most commonly used are Hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers. They’re often chosen for traditional cosmetic enhancements such as lip augmentation, filling under-eye hollows, smoothing out uneven noses, or defining the jawline. However, there’s another category of filler – collagen stimulating filler –  sometimes referred to as ‘bio’ or ‘collagen-stimulating’ fillers, which offer additional anti-ageing benefits. In this blog, we’ll explore what these fillers are, how they work, the different types available, and how to determine the best choice for your needs.

What Are Collagen Stimulating Fillers and How Do They Work?

Collagen stimulating fillers are injectable treatments designed to not only provide immediate volume and lift but also to promote the natural production of collagen in the skin over time. Unlike traditional fillers that merely fill in wrinkles or plump up the skin, these fillers work more deeply, initiating a process that results in longer-lasting skin rejuvenation.

These products, which tend to last for 18 months to four years, are made from substances such as poly-L-lactic acid or calcium hydroxyapatite, which have a sculpting effect and give some immediate volume to the face in the areas where they’re injected, but also have a secondary effect of stimulating collagen production in the surrounding area over time. This collagen will remain in the face after the filler itself has dispersed, which is great bonus if you’re concerned with signs of ageing. They’re also popular for making older hands look more youthful, with great success.

The Different Types of Collagen Stimulating Fillers

Poly-L-Lactic Acid (PLLA) Fillers: Brands like Sculptra fall under this category. PLLA fillers are known for their ability to stimulate collagen production over several months. They are typically used for deeper wrinkles and volume loss, and their effects can last up to two years.

Poly-D,L-Lactic Acid (PDLLA) Fillers: This is a novel version of PLLA and is found in the injectables Juvelook and Lenisna. It offers the collagen stimulating benefits of PLLA, but with less risk of side effects. The products can be used around the eyes and on the face and body to improve skin laxity and provide gentle volume.

Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA) Fillers: Radiesse is a popular CaHA filler. It’s primarily used for facial contouring and for correcting moderate to severe wrinkles. CaHA fillers not only provide immediate volume but also help in collagen synthesis, with results lasting around a year or more.

Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) Fillers: These products combine collagen with PMMA microspheres. While offering immediate results, it also creates a structure that supports collagen production. PMMA fillers are known for their long-lasting effects, sometimes being permanent and are not in widespread use today.

HArmonyCa – A New Era of Collagen Stimulating Treatments

HArmonyCa is a unique, dual-effect, hybrid facial filler that has created an entirely new category in injectables. It blends two ingredients – hyaluronic acid, the main component of traditional facial fillers, and calcium hydroxyapatite – to give both an immediate effect and a slow-release, long-lasting lift to the face that continues to improve over 9 months.

It has a sculpting effect and gives some immediate volume to the face in the areas injected, but it also has a secondary effect of stimulating collagen production in the surrounding area over time. This collagen will remain in the face after the filler has dispersed, continuing to improve the signs of skin ageing.

Can They Be Dissolved?

The longevity of stimulating fillers can also be a drawback, depending on how you look at it. Unlike HA fillers, stimulating fillers can’t be dissolved, so if you don’t like the results, you will need to wait for the filler to degrade naturally. So, if it’s your first foray into injectable fillers it might be advisable to begin with HA and, if you’re happy with how your face looks, speak to your practitioner about stimulating fillers for your next treatment.

Collagen stimulating fillers represent a remarkable blend of immediate cosmetic enhancement and long-term skin health benefits. By understanding the different types available and consulting with a professional, you can make an informed decision about which filler is right for you, paving the way for a more youthful, revitalised appearance.

Remember, the journey to achieving your aesthetic goals should always be accompanied by professional advice and care. With the right approach, collagen stimulating fillers can be a powerful tool in your beauty arsenal.