How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last?

Dermal fillers are a popular choice for those looking to reduce wrinkles and add volume or reshape their face. Learn how long do dermal fillers last.

How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last?

Dermal fillers are a popular choice for those looking to reduce wrinkles, add volume, and reshape their face. While individual results may vary, many people achieve the full effect two weeks after receiving the injections. The filler takes up to 4 weeks to fully integrate into the tissue and some fillers are more cohesive than others. In the days following the injection of the dermal filler into the face, it is very common for lumps to form on the skin, including the upper lip of the body, cheeks and chin area, and in wrinkles and folds when injected to lift them.

It will usually go away in a couple of weeks. Other factors that may contribute to the longevity of the filler are where the filler was injected, the amount that was injected, and the rate at which the body metabolizes the filler. In the first few months after applying the dermal filler, it will begin to degrade slowly, but the visible results will remain the same because the fillers absorb water. Hyaluronic acid fillers can produce results that last a total of 1 year, with a 6-month touch-up treatment.

Most fillers can work well in this area, but hyaluronic acid fillers can dissolve if accidentally injected into a blood vessel (a rare complication). After injection, dermal fillers may feel firmer or harden due to a healing response from the body. In addition, the filler must be placed in the correct and ideal position. Some fillers may feel firmer than others.

Injectors usually use firmer fillers for the cheeks, especially if they accentuate the cheekbones. When you receive your dermal filler treatment at a clinic, you may see more volume in the treated area soon after your appointment. However, most of the time this is a mild inflammation caused by injections, and it's completely normal and safe. It actually takes up to four weeks for fillers to “settle” according to Healthline.

Different types of fillers can stabilize more quickly, and your lifestyle and similar factors can also affect the amount of time they take in settling down. The good news is that dermal fillers will continue to provide you with a fuller, more vibrant look for a period of six months to two years, depending on the type of filler you receive. The good news is that yes, those annoying filling lumps will in fact disappear. It's actually quite rare for patients to experience irritations or lumps after the procedure, but if you do, you should expect them to dissipate after a few days.

At most, it may take 2 to 3 weeks to fully alleviate them with limited downtime. Different fillers tend to dissolve naturally at different rates. Most hyaluronic acid fillers used on the lips, jaw, and cheeks, including Juvederm and Restylane, are metabolized after 6 months to a year. Sculptra can continue to provide results on the face for up to two years.

The lips may also be swollen and tender, which can help the lip filler to harden under the skin. When looking at MRI images of patients who have received dermal fillers, it is clear that a minimalist approach produces better results than over-filling areas with too much product. Part of what causes wrinkles and aging lines is UV light from sun exposure; therefore it is important to protect yourself from these rays after receiving any type of filling treatment. Usually volume loss during the first month after injection is not due to metabolism of filler itself but rather due to decreased swelling.

It is important for patients to be aware that aesthetic medicine industry may be driven solely by money and profit which can result in patients being unconsciously forced into more dermal filler treatments.