Dermal fillers lasting durations. If you are looking for an effective way to enhance the natural features of your face and achieve a more youthful, hydrated appearance, look no further than dermal fillers. These facial injectables help instantly make you look younger with little to no pain. At Enliven, we call it a ‘liquid facelift’ as it helps plump up your skin and restore volume.
How long are the results supposed to last? Dermal fillers are only a temporary treatment as the effects of the treatment wear off over time.
What do dermal facial fillers do?
As you get older, your skin begins to lose elasticity. The muscles and fat on your face start thinning, too. These changes can lead to the appearance of wrinkles and skin that’s not as smooth or full as it used to be.
Dermal fillers, or “wrinkle fillers” can help address these age-related issues by:
- smoothing out lines
- restoring lost volume
- plumping up the skin
According to the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, dermal fillers consist of gel-like substances, such as hyaluronic acid, calcium hydroxylapatite, and poly-L-lactic acid, that your doctor injects beneath the skin.
Dermal filler injections are a minimally invasive procedure that require minimal downtime.
Why Do Dermal Fillers Fade Over Time?
Dermal fillers are mostly created out of hyaluronic acid, a naturally-occurring substance found in your skin. While injections of hyaluronic acid do a great job of hydrating the skin and filling in wrinkles, the plumping effect fades over the course of six months to a year. Because hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the body, the body works to slowly break it down until there is none left. Once this occurs, wrinkles slowly reemerge and can be retreated. The lips are generally the exception as fibrotic tissue is prone to buildup over sequential lip filler treatments. After a series of injections, in some cases there may not be a need for a repeat treatment.
When it comes to reducing wrinkles and creating smoother, younger-looking skin, there’s only so much over-the-counter skincare products can do. That’s why some people turn to dermal fillers.
If you’re considering fillers, but want to know more about how long they’ll last, which one to choose, and any potential risks, this article can help answer those questions.
Dermal fillers lasting durations?
Just like any other skincare procedure, individual results will vary.
“Some dermal fillers can last for 6 to 12 months, while other dermal fillers can last 2 to 5 years,” says Dr. Sapna Palep of Spring Street Dermatology.
The most commonly used dermal fillers contain hyaluronic acid, a natural compound that aids in the production of collagen and elastin.
Consequently, it also gives your skin structure and plumpness, as well as a more hydrated look.
To give you a better idea of what you can expect in terms of results, Palep shares these longevity timelines for some of the most popular brands of dermal fillers, including Juvaderm, Restylane, Radiesse, and Sculptra.
Which Dermal Fillers Last the Longest?
While the lifespan of dermal fillers can vary based on the area injected and the individual’s lifestyle, fillers generally fall into three major timeframes: 6 months or less, 6 months to a year and 1 to 2 years.
6 Months or Less
Restylane-L, Juvederm and Belotero are dermal fillers typically used for facial wrinkles, asymmetry and loss of volume.
Advances in technology continue to produce longer lasting dermal fillers!
6 Months to a Year
Restylane Silk, Juvederm, and Volbella are specifically designed to offer structure and strength when augmenting cheeks or lips.
1 to 2 Years
Some dermal fillers have been studied to last close to two years. The three fillers that tend to last the longest are Restylane Lyft, Restylane Defyne, Restylane Refyne, Juvederm, Voluma, Radiesse, and Sculptra.
- Restylane Defyne is built for balance and used in the nasal labial folds and marionette lines. Balanced flexibility and support for the best of both worlds.
- Restylane Refyne is built for flexible finesse and used in the nasal labial folds and marionette lines. High flexibility for natural movement and expressive results.
- Restylane Lyft is the most supportive hyaluronic acid for 5 indications including the face and hands. It offers unique safety, structure and versatility.
Dermal fillers lasting durations
- Juvederm Voluma is used on the cheeks and can potentially last up to 2 years with approximately 6 syringes.
- Radiesse is an anti-aging semi-filler that uses calcium hydroxyapatite, a naturally occurring substance usually found in the bones and the teeth. Radiesse works to boost the production of collagen in the skin, resulting in long-lasting effects, usually around 18 months.
- Sculptra isn’t actually a dermal filler, but a collagen bio-stimulator. Works with your body to revitalize your own natural collagen, helping to restore your skin’s inner structure and increase overall facial volume that has been lost to aging. It produces a long-lasting effect by producing collagen growth that lasts 2-5 years.
Dermal fillers lasting durations: How to Help Your Filler Last
To maintain your treatment results, we recommend taking care of your skin and your overall health. There are several techniques for increasing the lifespan of dermal fillers.
Consider the Vampire Facelift
The addition of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to your filler treatment can enhance your body’s own collagen production. It also works to draw your body’s growth factors to the area to promote the health and longevity of your skin and treatment. Studies have shown the enhanced effectiveness of combo treatments of PRP with dermal fillers for enhanced longevity.
Minimize UV Exposure
One of the most common causes of skin damage is overexposure to ultraviolet light from the sun. Consistent sun protection can maintain your results after any skin care treatment. During sun exposure, wear a sun hat or SPF 45+ sunscreen to protect your skin from direct UV radiation.
Consistent Skin Care
Keeping your skin healthy and moisturized can help maintain your treatment results as well. Drinking plenty of water can keep your skin hydrated and enhance the effect of hyaluronic acid fillers. After your treatment, we recommend skin care products and an IV drip that complement the effects of your treatment.
Stress can accelerate the aging process revealing additional signs of age on the face. While stress is a factor of daily life and often unavoidable, minimizing your stress levels can have undeniable positive effects on your body. One method for extending the results of your injectable treatment is to reduce unnecessary stress-inducers. Incorporating stress relief techniques, such as meditation, yoga, can be beneficial as well.
Can anything affect the longevity of a filler?
Besides the type of filler product that’s used, several other factors can influence dermal filler longevity, explains Palep. This includes:
- where the filler is used on your face
- how much is injected
- the speed at which your body metabolizes the filler material
Palep explains that during the first few months after being injected, fillers will begin to slowly degrade. But the visible results remain the same because fillers have the ability to absorb water.
However, around the midpoint of the expected duration of the filler, you’ll start to notice decreased volume.
“So, doing a touch-up filler treatment at this point can be extremely beneficial since it can sustain your results much longer,” says Palep.
Which filler is the right one for you?
Finding the right dermal filler is a decision you should make with your doctor. That said, it’s worth your time to do some research and write down any questions you may have before your appointment.
It’s also a good idea to check the approved list of dermal fillers that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provides. The agency also lists the unapproved versions sold online.
Palep says the most important decision to make when choosing a filler is whether it’s reversible or not. In other words, how permanent do you want your filler to be?
Once you determine what’s best for you, the next consideration is the location of the injection and the look you’re going for.
Do you want a subtle or more dramatic look? These factors will help you narrow down your choices.
For best results, find a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon. They can help you decide which filler will best fit your needs.
They can also help you understand the differences between the types of fillers and how each one targets specific areas and issues.
For example, certain fillers are better suited to smooth the skin under the eyes, while others are better for plumping lips or cheeks.
Are there side effects?
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the most common side effects of a dermal filler include:
These side effects usually go away in about 1 to 2 weeks.
To help aid healing and reduce swelling and bruising, Palep recommends using Arnica topically and orally.
More serious side effects may include:
- an allergic reaction
- skin discoloration
- severe swelling
- skin necrosis or wounds if injected into a blood vessel
To reduce your risk of serious side effects, choose a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon who only uses FDA-approved dermal fillers. These practitioners have years of medical training and know how to avoid or minimize negative effects.
Dermal fillers lasting durations: What if you don’t like the results?
Is there anything you can do to reverse the effects of the filler?
According to Palep, if you have a hyaluronic acid filler and want to reverse the results, your doctor can use hyaluronidase to help dissolve it.
That’s why she recommends this type of filler if you haven’t had a dermal filler before and aren’t sure what to expect.
Unfortunately, with some types of dermal fillers, like Sculptra and Radiesse, Palep says you have to wait until the results wear off.
Dermal fillers lasting durations: The bottom line
Dermal fillers are a popular option for reducing the appearance of wrinkles and making your skin look fuller, firmer, and younger.
Results can vary, and the longevity of the filler will depend on:
- the type of product you choose
- how much is injected
- where it’s used
- how quickly your body metabolizes the filler material
Although the downtime and recovery are minimal, there are still risks associated with the procedure. To minimize complications, choose an experienced board-certified dermatologist.
If you’re unsure of which filler is right for you, your doctor can help answer your questions and guide you in selecting the filler that’s best suited to the results you want.