Part 1 - Dermafiller Patient Resources

This page contains educational resources specific to the fillers and their uses. This page is not meant to diagnose or recommend. If you have any questions, please contact us at one our facilities. 


History of Dermafillers

The introduction of the filling concept to erase lines has been around since the early days of medicine. The practice initially started by removing fat from the patient's own body and injecting it in the patient's face. This is known as fat transfer and it is a practice that is still used today. 

Another substance that was initially used was paraffin, which is a waxy white solid used to make candles, paper, and other materials. This substance was soon abandoned because of the complications that resulted from using such substance. 

In the 70s and 80s, medical researchers introduced a different substance that was found in the skin of cows. This was known as Bovine collagen and was approved the FDA in 1981. Bovine collagen set the standard for all fillers that followed. 

Shortly after introducing Bovine collagen, a new substance was introduce known as porcine collagen, Fibrel. This substance required that the patient's blood be drawn and spun down for reconstitution purposes. This substance is not commonly used because it is painful to inject and the reconstitution process is difficult to standardize. 

Some of the most recent and newer products contain a substance known as hyaluronic acid. This acid filler is the best substance that has yet to be developed. It meets the requirements such as durability. 

Qualities that health professionals look for in fillers. 

  • Minimal risk for motility
  • Minimal risk for infection
  • Minimal risk for inflammatory response
  • Minimal risk for extrusion
  • Safe to use
  • Easy to administer
  • Easy to find
  • Acceptable degree of durability