What Can Dermal Fillers Do for Me?

Are you ready to look as young as you feel? Dermal fillers can completely rejuvenate your appearance, making fine lines and wrinkles virtually disappear. Each treatment can last six months to a year, and you can repeat as needed to keep your youthful glow.

At the holistic medical practice of Bonnie S. Friehling, MD in Columbia, Missouri, we offer a range of injectables, including dermal fillers to smooth and freshen your face and even your hands. We can help you find the right mix of treatments to help you achieve your aesthetic goals.

What about Botox®?

Botox is the most used and trusted of all injectables. There are nearly 7.5 million treatments delivered each year in the US. So why look for other injectable solutions? The answer is simple.

Botox can only be used to treat dynamic wrinkles on very specific portions of your face, targeting muscles that pull skin into creases across your forehead, around your eyes, and between your nose and mouth. Dermal fillers can be used on many more areas, physically fills in creases, and boosts collagen production.

Hyaluronic acid fillers

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a substance that naturally occurs in your body. If injected, your body slowly flushes it away over time through your lymphatic system. While it’s under your skin, it prods your system to make collagen and elastin, helping to fill in fine lines and wrinkles even after the dermal filler dissolves.


BELOTERO BALANCE is an HA filler used to smooth moderate-to-severe lines and wrinkles. It’s robust enough to handle deep nasolabial folds (the smile lines around your mouth). However, it’s also gentle enough for treating delicate areas such as vertical lip lines (in and above your lips). Treatment can last six months or more.

Revanesse® VersaTM

Revanesse Versa  is another HA filler that can be used to treat moderate-to-severe nasolabial folds, as well as the cheeks, lips, and tear troughs (under the eyes.) One study showed this filler causes 24% less swelling than other HA solutions.

Synthetic fillers

Lab-made fillers like calcium hydroxylapatite can fill out lines and folds temporarily. But even after the filler breaks down, you may see lasting positive changes thanks to your skin rebuilding itself with new collagen from the lower layers up.


RADIESSE is made of tiny calcium-based microspheres similar to minerals found naturally in your body. These microspheres are suspended in a water-based gel. Your body slowly breaks down and absorbs the gel, leaving behind strong new collagen. This option is typically used on the lower face and even on the hands to reduce the appearance of aging.

Interested in learning more about dermal fillers? Call the office of Bonnie S. Friehling, MD at 573-446-1200, or book an appointment online today.

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