What Are HA Fillers?

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) fillers, also known as injectable or dermal fillers, are a non-invasive treatment utilized to plump lips, smooth wrinkles and lines, and fill areas of the face that have lost volume and fullness. Fillers can target crow’s feet, lines across the forehead, smoker’s lines around the mouth, and can even be used to improve the appearance of acne scars, among other things.

Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in almost all living animals. Hyaluronic acid is concentrated in the soft connective tissues of your body, in cartilage and joint fluids, in the fluid that encompossases your eyes, and even in skin tissue. HA has become one of the most popular kinds of injectable fillers because of its effectiveness, safety, reproducibility, and reversibility. It mixes with water and creates a swelling effect, plumping up the area it is injected into. It also brings water to the surface of the skin and creates a smooth, filling effect.

What Types of HA Fillers Would Work Best For Me?

There are several types of hyaluronic acid injectables on the market that vary in chemical makeup and longevity. Each filler is tested by the FDA to determine which cosmetic issues it can target most effectively.

Brands such as Restylane, Juvederm, Belotero, and Revanesse are some commonly known HA fillers. Within these brands, there are several different products used for different areas of concern. In addition, there are other non-HA filler products on the market such as Sculptra, Bellafill, and Radiesse. All of these products are FDA-approved but figuring out which one is right for you can be confusing. Prior to your treatment, Dr. Buchanan will discuss your desired aesthetic goals with you and determine the best type of filler needed in order to achieve optimal results.


An added bonus with HA fillers is that downtime is often negligible. Most normal activities can be resumed immediately following the treatment and side effects are often so minimal, they won’t interfere with everyday life. It is not uncommon to have swelling and some minimal bruising at the injection sites. To ensure the best results and prevent any negative side effects, it is best to avoid strenuous activity for a few days, and avoid rubbing the point of injection. Try to keep your head elevated while sleeping and avoid sleeping on the area that was treated as this will help with any bruising or swelling. Also, avoid being in the sun too long, as excessive sun exposure may prolong swelling.


The results of hyaluronic acid fillers are visible immediately and typically last several months to over a year, depending on which filler is used and how much of it was injected.
In order to prolong your results, it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle and daily practices to delay the natural aging process. Proper sun protection, a daily skincare regimen, and diet and exercise are all lifestyle habits that help keep signs of aging at bay.

How Much Do Hyaluronic Acid Fillers Cost?

The cost of HA fillers can vary significantly depending on which type of filler you choose and how much of the filler is used. Most doctors will price the injectable filler per syringe and some cases may require more than one syringe in order to target the area of concern.

The cost of fillers can also vary by the qualifications and experience of the person administering the injections, as well as where the procedure is being done. We strongly suggest seeing a board certified plastic surgeon for your treatment to ensure that proper technique is used and proper care instructions are communicated.

If you’ve considered HA fillers, but feel like you are limited financially, speak to Dr. Buchanan or one of the VIVIFY staff members about financing options. We do our best to work with each patient by offering financing plans to help her achieve her surgical goals.

Finding the Right Plastic Surgeon

During your search for a potential plastic surgeon, you should only consider a surgeon who is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). Board-certified surgeons spend a minimum of 6-8 years in training after medical school to ensure that they are well-trained in both aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery.

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