Dermal fillers are injectable implants that fill and soften the skin, usually made of hyaluronic acid. If the filler isn't permanent, such as Restylane Silk or Juvederm, the lips will return to their original shape, according to Dr. Howard Sobel, founder of DDF Skincare. Permanent fillers, such as Silicon 1000, will stay the same.
Hyaluronic acid fillers, like Restylane, Juvederm, and Belotero, break down naturally in the body. When the filling wears out, many patients fear they will look worse than before. However, fillers are elastic enough to return to their original shape before treatment. Overfilling an area can stretch soft tissue and cause skin to sag.
For lines and wrinkles closer to the skin, a thinner product is used to fill the contour and soften the skin. These products can be metabolized more quickly and last 6-12 months. In areas of the face with more movement, such as the lips, the constant movement of the muscles breaks down and dissolves the filler at a faster rate. It's a common misconception that if you stop receiving injections, the filler will eventually dissolve on its own - this is not true.
Studies have shown filler debris for 5 years. The enzyme can remove a greater amount of filler than desired, requiring another filler treatment to achieve its original objectives. With the rise in popularity of dermal filler treatments and the growing number of clinics offering “reduced price” dermal treatments with poor injection technique, people receive too much filler injected into a particular area, such as the lips, leading to a duck-like bump. Consult with a trusted doctor who doesn't overdo your fillers and stays away from failed filling jobs and a visit to a plastic surgeon for costly plastic surgery to restore your face. Choose a provider with the knowledge and experience to discern the right filler for your needs and the ability to safely and accurately inject fillers to achieve a beautiful result. Due to the low maintenance factor of most fillers on the market, some of the worst fears people have about long-term use of filler are unfounded. Before you receive your first filler injection, you may want to know how soon you will see results, how long your results will last, and how long it will take for the fillers to dissolve if in the end you don't like them.
In certain patients, a steroid injection can help reverse the effects of some of these fillers to a certain extent, but the only sure way to “undo” them is to wait for the body to absorb them.