Having dermal fillers is one way to address the loss of facial volume and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as you age. Unlike muscle relaxants, dermal fillers generally make use of natural substances that help to restore what is lost through the ageing process. Because of this dermal fillers are not permanent and need to be redone. Let’s take a look at what you can expect from fillers, and how long do dermal fillers last.
What Are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are a gel-like substance that can be injected under the skin to restore the elasticity levels that drop as a natural consequence of ageing. Younger people have higher levels of collagen and elastic, which means their skin bounces back after making expressions. It also means that younger people have more volume in areas like the cheeks, chin and temples.
Not only does ageing affect the quality and tightness of the skin, resulting in more facial creases and wrinkles, it also affects facial volume.
Dermal fillers can be used to plump the skin up and address conditions such as static wrinkles, fine lines and creases and scars. They can also be used in contours where facial volume has been lost, such as to plump up hollow cheeks or to make thin lips appear fuller.
They can also be used to correct areas that have been scarred. Fillers can be injected into most areas of the face, although they are generally not suitable for areas that present with skin problems and inflammation.
What Are The Benefits Of Dermal Fillers?
Get An Instant Lift
The results of dermal filler treatments are visible almost immediately. Unlike injectables like Botulinum toxin, which are only really noticeable after a period of time, the effects of dermal fillers can be observed straight away.
No Down Time To Be Expected
Unlike more invasive procedures like surgical face lifts, and even chemical peels, you do not need to restrict your habits after fillers. Plenty of patients return to work straight after dermal fillers as no healing needs to take place.
Fillers are minimally invasive and often are made out of natural substances that stimulate your body’s own production of collagen and elastin, which contributes to a more youthful complexion.
How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last?
How long your fillers last will depend on a few different factors:
- What type of filler is used
- How much filler is used
- Where the filler is injected
- The specific product that is used
Some fillers may only last for six months before needing a top up while others may last for a few years. Of course, it also depends on you and how you react to dermal filler treatments as an individual. The quality of the product in question also makes a difference as to how long you can expect your treatment to last.
You can also influence the longevity of your dermal filler by minimising your exposure to sunlight, not smoking and not drinking alcohol.
It has also been found that having a top up treatment six to 12 months after the initial treatment can make the effects last longer too.
Some patients want to know how long their dermal fillers will last so they can plan ahead and make sure they maintain their youthful look. Other patients have concerns about not liking the final effect, and being stuck. In the event that you are not happy with the results, it is possible for your surgeon to make use of a dermal filler dissolver, which will reverse the effects.
How Long Do Hyaluronic Acid Fillers Last?
Dermal filler containing hyaluronic acid can be expected to last for around 18 months before being reabsorbed by your body. If you opt to have fat transferred from another area of your body, and injected into your face, it may last for up to two years.
How Long Do Fillers Last Around The Eye Area?
The skin around your eyes is quite thin, and so a firm filler is needed. Injectables in the eye area last for around 12 months.
How Long Do Fillers Last In The Lips?
It has been observed that patients may need up to three treatments to achieve their desired volume in the lips. Once your ideal pout has been achieved you can expect to maintain the look for around 12 months. Lip fillers tend to last for a shorter period of time than other areas of the face because the mouth is used a lot more.
How Long Do Fillers Last In The Chin And Mouth?
Fillers that are injected to create volume in the mouth and chin area may last for 18 to 24 months.
How Long Do Fillers Last In The Cheeks?
Fillers injected to create volume in the cheeks may last for up to 24 months, however top ups are recommended to maintain facial volume every six to 12 months.
So, When Should You Expect To Have Top Up Treatments?
Most surgeons agree that a top up treatment around six months after your first dermal filler treatment is generally a good idea. You can discuss the specifics of what to expect during our consultation, as your particular results will depend heavily on your skin type and lifestyle.
If you’d like more details about how long do dermal fillers last, it’s best to speak to a professional who can give you guidance tailored to your skin and lifestyle factors. Please contact us for an appointment: (02) 9158 6375.