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How Far Does 1 mL of Dermal Filler Go?

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If you’re looking for a quick, painless, and non-invasive skincare treatment that can instantly spruce up your face, then dermal fillers are for you. These dermal filler injections are usually done in small doses to provide instant results and have mild to little side effects after treatment.

So how much does 1 mL of dermal filler add to your skin? 1 mL of filler is the general amount of all dermal filler injections. It’s enough to treat a specific area of the face like the lips, cheeks, and jawline. Your dermatologist will determine how much dermal filler is needed to completely revitalize your skin.

How Much is 1 mL of Dermal Filler

It can be difficult to believe that only 1mL, about ⅕ of a teaspoon, of dermal filler can be enough to treat wrinkles and fine lines, tighten skin folds, sagging skin, and tear trough, and provide volume in thin lips for about a year after a single injection on each side of the face.

1 mL of dermal filler is the average amount of filler that is needed in the treatment area, like for lip injections. It is enough to give a natural but substantial volume in the lips and other areas that have a thin layer of skin. The amount of filler injected can go as little as 0.5 mL or as much as 3 ml, depending on the level of aging and the area of the face that needs to be injected.

It’s also better to undermine the total dermal filler needed so that the dermatologist can properly assess the dermal’s effect on the skin in the first injection. A follow-up consultation after the treatment can help ease any side effects that occur and allow the dermatologist to inject more filler to meet your expectations. Maintenance treatments may also be scheduled months after the injection to increase the duration and efficacy of the filler.

Dermal filler can come in various packaging. They can be sold as syringes with small doses of the dermal filler or in glass bottles that need a syringe to procure the required filler. Sometimes, dermatologists won’t be able to finish a single syringe because it may only take 2 mL of filler to finish the treatment. Using minimal amounts of filler is best to ensure the effects will grant a natural and fulfilling look.

How Much Dermal Filler Do I Need?

The exact amount of dermal filler is dependent on:

  • the patient’s expectations,
  • the product used as each of them have their own viscosity,
  • the amount of wrinkles, fine lines, sagging, or depression in the skin,
  • the shape of your face,
  • And the area that will be injected.

The skin loses about 1% of facial volume every year as collagen production will slowly decrease. This is also increased by lifestyle choices like smoking and alcohol consumption, exposure to the sun, and excessive facial movement. More filler will be required to fully lift the face from the effects of aging or skin damage, especially if there are deep wrinkles and fine lines present or a great amount of facial volume is lost.

Conversely, less filler will be required for thinner areas of the face like the lips and tear troughs. If too much filler is used, the increased volume created by the dermal filler will be extremely noticeable. Hence lip filler and eye filler are thinner than cheek filler and chin filler so regular amounts of injected filler are barely noticeable and are easily metabolized by the skin.

Parts of the Body and their Appropriate Amount of Dermal Filler

a woman receives dermal filler injection

The most crucial factor in deciding the amount of dermal filler used is where the treatment area is. The problem area usually lies in the surface level of the skin, known as superficial dermal layers, in the case of wrinkles and fine lines, or in the deep sub-dermal layers for skin folds. Below are the appropriate range of dermal filler used for each part of the face.

How Much Dermal Filler for Cheeks

The cheeks may develop fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, dryness, and volume loss. Areas of depression may also occur because the fat pads in the cheeks reduce over time. 1 to 3 ml of cheek filler is used on each side to treat it.

How Much Dermal Filler for Lips

Lip filler is a popular choice because it can subtly increase the volume and reduce the wrinkles in the lips. The amount of dermal filler depends if the patient wishes to address any lip asymmetry, hydrate the lip, or substantially increase its volume. 0.5 to 3 ml can be used for varying degrees of lip plumpness.

How Much Dermal Filler for Nasolabial Folds

Dermal fillers are an effective skin treatment for nasolabial folds or smile lines—lengthy skin lines that stretch from the nose to the corner of mouth. 0.5 to 2 ml of filler is used to treat the nasolabial folds on each side of the face.

How Much Dermal Filler for Frown Lines

Frown lines, also known as worry lines, appear as static wrinkles between the eyebrows. They are deep lines that are caused by excessive movement in the forehead. One syringe, between 0.5 to 1 ml, is enough to smoothen them.

How Much Dermal Filler for Nose

A non-surgical nose job or a liquid rhinoplasty is an alternative option to plastic surgery to reshape the nose or remove any visual bumps. Only specialized clinics offer a liquid rhinoplasty as it requires specific techniques to properly lift the nose. The filler needed ranges from 0.5 ml to 1 ml.

How Much Dermal Filler for Chin

Dermal fillers can be used to help define the chin and jawline by tightening the sagging skin around it without the invasive techniques and costs of plastic surgery. Since it is a wide area with bones nearby, 1 to 3 ml is used to cover the target area in the entire chin and jawline.

What Happens if I Receive Too Much Dermal Filler?

It is always safer to add too little filler and too much as it has catastrophic effects on the skin. An overuse of filler or frequent injections of filler will usually result in uneven results, and an unnatural amount of volume, and may increase the level of sagging as the filler will start weighing on the skin.

If you receive too much lip filler, for example, you may end up with extremely overfilled lips or “duck lips”. Since the mouth is constantly in motion, it may also divert the filler in the lips forming uneven bumps and randomly lifted areas. It may also develop uncomfortable symptoms like enormous areas of bruising, pain, and discoloration.

If an extraordinary amount of cheek filler is injected into the face, it will result in a “pillow face.” The cheeks will be excessively full, forming apple-sized cheeks. The middle of the face will become a singular bulge and the eyes will seemingly shrink as the lid-cheek junction disappears. This will also occur if too much eye filler is placed under the eyes like under a tear trough.

Temporary dermal fillers will dissolve naturally within 8 months to two years, depending on how well the tissues in the skin break down the filler. However, if a hyaluronic acid filler is used, a hyaluronidase injection can be used to safely dissolve all the filler in the face.

Our List of World-Class Dermal Filler Injections

Dr. Lanna Aesthetics offers the most durable and effective dermal fillers on the market. Each product has a listed amount of filler required for its designed treatment area. Our expert aestheticians are extremely knowledgeable on how much filler should be used to best treat the aging or damaged area of your skin.

1. Juvederm

Juvederm is a hyaluronic acid filler that is FDA-approved for reducing wrinkles, fine lines, lip enhancement, and other facial augmentation procedures. Its line of products listed below haas varying viscosity levels to provide the appropriate amount of facial volume in the injected area.

  • Juvederm XC, Juvederm VollureXC—a cheek filler used to smoothen nasolabial folds, frown lines, and other fine lines and wrinkles near the nose and mouth.
  • Juvederm Voluma XC—designed to expand skin volume in the midface areas
  • Juvederm Ultra XC and Juvederm Ultra Plus XC—lip fillers that increase the suppleness and volume of the lips
  • Juvederm Volbella XC—a filler for finer lip augmentations, to correct vertical lines in the lip, and for tear troughs.

2. Restylane

Restyle is another filler that utilizes hyaluronic acid to elevate areas of the face by increasing the skin volume that has been lost through aging or collagen damage. It is FDA-approved for several cosmetic procedures that decrease sagging, wrinkles, and fine lines across the face. Its products include:

3. Radiesse

If you need a longer-lasting dermal filler, you can opt to choose Radiesse. Unlike the other two products, Radiesse uses calcium hydroxylapatite—a compound used in bone construction to supply collagen in the treatment area. It treats the same areas as hyaluronic acid filler and lasts longer. However, it can’t be dissolved naturally and instantly with a hyaluronidase injection.

Reliable and Celebrity-Approved Dermal Fillers at Dr. Lanna Aesthetics

a woman undergoes dermal filler treatment on the chin area

1 mL of dermal filler can instantly revitalize your lip, cheek, and jawline: straightening out any shallow or deep wrinkles while subtly lifting your face. However, it takes extensive skincare experience to know the perfect amount of dermal filler for a natural and youthful look.

At Dr. Lanna Aesthetics, we have served hundreds of clients across the U.S. with extremely satisfactory and safe dermal fillers. Celebrities and other clientele have testified to the wondrous effects of Dr. Lanna’s cosmetic procedures. Call us at (929) 565-7539 or book an appointment online to get our world-famous dermal filler treatment.

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