How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last? An Expert's Guide

Sapna Palep of Spring Street Dermatology is an expert in dermal fillers. Learn how long do dermal fillers last based on type & area injected.

How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last? An Expert's Guide

Sapna Palep of Spring Street Dermatology is an expert in dermal fillers. The most commonly used dermal fillers contain hyaluronic acid, a natural compound that helps the production of collagen and elastin. For lines and wrinkles closer to the skin, the doctor may choose a thinner product to fill the contour and soften the skin. These products can be metabolized more quickly and will last 6 to 12 months.

In areas of the face with more movement, such as the lips, for example, the constant movement of the muscles breaks down and dissolves the filler at a faster rate, and fillers tend to disappear faster in these more active areas. The effects of dermal fillers can last between three months and two years. It depends on the product being used and where on the body the product is injected. So, how long do dermal fillers last? To answer this question, we need to analyze the type of filler being used and where it is being injected.

The duration of a filler depends on the type of filling used. For example, a hyaluronic acid-based filler such as Restylane can last 9 to 12 months, while Sculptra, a biostimulatory filler, can last up to 2 years. Radiesse and Bellafill are other examples of biostimulatory fillers. Restylane treatments usually don't take more than an hour to perform, and patients usually notice some initial improvement later that week.

Although results vary from individual to individual, for most patients Restylane lasts around 10 months. On average, facial fillers last about a year. Sometimes the results disappear after six months, while other times the results last for about two years. Some dermal fillers have been studied to last about two years.

The three fillers that tend to last the longest are Restylane Lyft, Restylane Defyne, Restylane Refyne, Juvederm, Voluma, Radiesse and Sculptra. Hyaluronic acid gel injections are generally considered good dermal fillers, in part because their results can be adjusted if needed. The plastic surgeon can inject an enzyme that dissolves the filler until you are satisfied with the facial contour. Dermal fillers are injectable treatments that can be used all over the face to plump and soften it, restoring lost volume and smoothing the appearance of fine lines and folds.

The hyaluronic acid gel that forms these fillers is injected deep into the wrinkle and essentially causes the wrinkle to come out. Of hyaluronic acid-based fillers, larger particle fillers like Restylane Lyft tend to last longer than smaller particle fillers like Restylane Silk. Depending on where customers want to receive dermal filler injections, there are different types of fillers that are used to achieve optimal results. Based on my extensive experience with FDA-approved fillers in the current market, I believe that most patients should expect to receive a filler treatment every 9-12 months, except when their lips are being treated.

Patients who use dermal fillers under the eyes usually receive an injection in the cheeks and under-eye area to keep the face in balance. Facial dermal fillers aren't usually permanent, so you should plan to have touch-ups every three to twelve months, depending on the type of filler you receive and the area of your face being treated. Undergoing a dermal filler treatment is quite simple and is not much different from most other cosmetic injections. Of all types of facial fillers available today, Juvaderm and Sculptra facial fillers tend to last longest.

That's why biostimulant fillers like Sculptra tend to last longer than hyaluronic acid-based fillers like Restylane and Juvederm. Here is a list of areas typically treated with fillers in order of longevity from top to bottom: 1) Cheeks; 2) Lips; 3) Nasolabial folds; 4) Jawline; 5) Under eyes; 6) Forehead.

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