The Health Edition

5 Ways to Use Fillers You Probably Didn’t Know About

Does the idea of using injectable fillers on your cheeks and lips make you feel squeamish? Well, if so, brace yourself, because there’s a whole lot more that can be done.

Experienced health care providers around the globe are not only treating those areas but getting really creative with their use of injectable fillers in general, from the ear lobes to the balls of the feet. They’re filling almost anything they can reasonably inject for volume loss and rejuvenation, and the results are, to no surprise, beautiful.

  1. Earlobe rejuvenation

Patients are now able to address earlobe concerns with injectable fillers, rejuvenating their lobules in a safe, long-lasting, and painless way. Tiny earlobes can also be enhanced with fillers, giving them a rounder look by enlarging the outer portion of the lobule.

Depending on the filler used, the treatment can last a year or longer and will not impact a patient’s ability to wear earrings afterwards. The procedure can be redone once the filler diminishes over time, and can be combined with other treatments performed on the same day — at your provider’s discretion, of course.

The cost varies depending on the type of filler used and the quantity required (a theme you’ll consistently see with any filler), but a conservative estimate would be somewhere between $700 and $1,000.

  1. Dermal fillers for hollow temples

Hollowing temples are a common sign of ageing, yet often this ever-important area is overlooked during cosmetic consultations. As we age, the bones around the temple area often become more apparent and can, in some ways, make us look sickly and generally unhealthy.

There are two main types of fillers doctors use to enhance this particular area: Hyaluronic acid fillers and poly-lactic acid fillers. Poly-lactic acid fillers work by inciting collagen growth (a process called fibroplasia) through multiple treatments over a period of several months, gradually producing results that can last as long as two years before finally diminishing.

Hyaluronic acid fillers have created a newer treatment and have various thicknesses, durations and uses. Should you be an appropriate candidate for either of these treatments, ask your provider which one they would prefer to use for you.

As one can imagine,“filling” this area comes with certain risks which should never be minimised. Some of the more serious risks include facial nerve injury, blood vessel occlusion or emboli (a blockage to the blood vessel), infection, and numbness. Less serious risks can be bruising, swelling, and an increase in the prominence of temple-area superficial blood vessels.

  1. Non-surgical chin augmentation

Strong chins are in. They help us look smarter and healthier. According to celebrity Hollywood dermatologist Dr Simon Ourian, the importance of a well-defined chin line can be traced back to our childhood heroes, like Superman and Batman.

Before the arrival of fillers, chin augmentation with implants were the best, and only, option for patients. However, implants are a one-size-fits-all option that usually isn’t customisable or adjusted based on the patient’s facial profile, ethnicity, or needs. With the personalised approach afforded to providers through fillers, not only can the projection now be addressed from patient to patient, but the shape of the chin can also be changed to give a round face a more heart-shaped look — or anything in between.

Prices vary between $2,000 to $6,000, depending on the number of syringes that are required. The procedure itself takes anywhere from 5-30 minutes and is only mildly painful.

  1. Lines around the neck

A ring (or neck wrinkle) that runs horizontally across the neck is usually caused by age, but can also be a normal anatomic feature of a healthy, young individual.

Great caution must be exercised when discussing the treatment and assessing the provider’s experience level. There is no shortage of complications that can arise, so be sure to thoroughly vet your provider before undergoing this procedure.

A “thin” hyaluronic acid filler is the most popular with a low risk of the dreaded “tyndell effect” (a blueish hue given to skin when dermal filler is injected too close to the surface). Again the costs range depending on the number of syringes required but are usually between $500 and $2,000. The results last anywhere from 9 to 12 months.

  1. Dermal filler for acne scars

“Ice pick”, “rolling”, and “boxcar” acne scars (atrophic scars, the clinical term) are some of the hardest to treat with laser and chemical peels, but with some of the newer dermal fillers, these scars can also disappear.

Most patients require several treatments and adequate upkeep, but the results can be life-changing for those who suffer tremendously from acne scars.

This specific acne scar treatment is meant for patients with moderate to severe scarring, and are at least 21 years old. Common side effects are bruising, swelling and tenderness that usually resolves within the first week. Other more severe side effects can also occur and should be discussed with your provider as you further explore this option.

For acne scar treatments, many providers prefer the use of hyaluronic acid-based fillers in light of their comfort with this type of treatment. They too provide immediate results and continue to modify over a period of months by breaking up some of the scarred down bands that pucker the skin. The hyaluronic acid fillers will keep lifting the depressed scars for approximately one year and are often used in combination with other modalities such as chemical peels and fractional non-ablative lasers. For more information on injectable fillers visit