How Much Do Facial Fillers Cost?


Written by:  Howmuchisit.org Staff
Last Updated:  August 8, 2018

Facial fillers are products, such as collagen, that are designed to rejuvenate the skin by reducing wrinkles, erasing scars or enhancing the lips.  As the skin becomes more susceptible to wrinkles as you age, this long-lasting solution, which uses tiny facial injections, will make your face look young again.

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How much does it cost?

The cost of a facial filler will depend on the qualifications/expertise of the professional injecting the filler, the type of injection used, the time the treatment requires and where you live.  Looking at our table below, you will see that the cost per syringe can cost anywhere from as little as $500 to more than $2,000 per syringe.

Village Pointe Aesthetic Surgery, for example, listed its prices on its official website, with prices, depending on the type of injection, ranging from $400 to $800 per syringe.

Type of FillerDescriptionPrice Average (per syringe)
Calcium Hydroxylapatite (Radiesse)Considered to be a biosynthetically produce product, meaning no animal products were used. Side effects can be rare and is known to produce a very natural result. It can last up to 18 months.$500 to $780
CollagenAlso human based and can treat minor imperfections on the skin. It can last three to four months.$400 to $600
FatThese injections will be harvested from the patient's body, such as the abdomen or buttocks, and can be re-injected.$1,500 to $2,000
Hyaluronic Acid (Captique, Esthélis, Elevess, Hylaform, Juvéderm, Perlane, Prevelle, Puragen, Restylane)Used to improve the skin's contour and is ideal for acne scars, cheek depressions, crow's feet, frown lines, scars, smoker lines and facial scars. This effect can last up to two years.$400 to $650
Polylactic Acid (Sculptra)A syntehtic dermal filler, which can cause your own production of collagen. Known as a stimulator, this filler is non-toxic, biodegradable and is used to fill lines, plump lips and treat nasolabial folds. It may las up to two years.$800 to $1,200
Polymethyl-Methacrylate (Bellafill)Often used to treat deep wrinkles and folds, PMMA is a permanent solution often used instead of collagen. Unlike some fillers, however, more injections may be required.$800 to $1,200
Polyalkylimide (Aquamid)A semi-permanent filler and is used to plump lips, treat deep wrinkles and treat facial wasting.$550 to $800

Facial fillers overview

The dermal fillers, as seen in the table above, will differ in chemical makeup, longevity and will have a varying degree of softness.  A softer filler may be used on the lips, for example, while a stronger filler will be used for the cheekbones.

During the procedure, the plastic surgeon or the specially-trained nurse, will first evaluate your facial appearance, skin tone and examine the areas that need to be augmented.  During this time, your surgeon will discuss your options, examine your face, take photographs and recommend their opinion. Strategic points, from there, will be marked, and upon your consent, the procedure will start.  Before the injection, the targeted areas will first be cleaned with an antibacterial agent, and depending on the injection site, a local anesthesia may be applied to numb the area.  When the site is prepared, the injection, which takes only a few seconds, will be injected until enough filler is needed.  The whole process, depending on the complexity of the case, can take anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes.  This will always be an outpatient procedure.

The results, once the injections are done, should be noticed almost immediately.  Depending on the injection, it can last anywhere from several months to several years.  Maintaining your health and skin can improve the results over time.

The recovery time will depend upon the injection you receive, but in general, you can expect to resume normal activities within 24 to 48 hours as long as the swelling and bruising is minimized.

What are the extra costs?

The prices, noted above, will be for each syringe, and in some cases, the surgeon may require two to three syringes, increasing your costs by more than two to three times the amount.

As noted, most facial fillers won’t be permanent, and if you want to keep the same look, then plan on future sessions.  In general, the methods mentioned above will often require a session every four to six months.

An allergy test may be required before the injection to ensure your body will react accordingly to the treatment.

Tips to know:

A good candidate for facial fillers, according to PlasticSurgery.org, will be physically healthy, a non-smoker and will be committed to maintaining good skin health in the future.

Risks, as with any cosmetic procedure, should be known about.  This may include acne-like eruptions, bruising, bleeding, infection, lumps, rashes, and redness.

How can I save money?

Many surgeons do offer financing plans since most health insurance policies won’t cover this type of procedure as it’s often deemed cosmetic.

Most surgeons will be able to offer you a free consultation before you commit.  Be sure to talk with two to three surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons.


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