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How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last?

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Dermal fillers have surged in popularity for their ability to rejuvenate the skin and enhance facial contours with minimal downtime. From smoothing fine lines to adding volume to the cheeks and lips, dermal fillers offer a nonsurgical solution to achieving a refreshed, youthful look. 

But how long do dermal fillers last? Dermal fillers can last months to years. Some dermal fillers can last 6 months, while others can last up to 2 years. 

A consultation with a skilled practitioner can provide a personalized approach to address your esthetic concerns. Keep reading as we explore the different types of dermal fillers, factors affecting dermal filler longevity, and how to maintain youthful-looking skin. 

What Are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are gel-like substances injected beneath the skin to restore lost volume, smooth lines, soften creases, and enhance facial contours. They are a popular choice for those seeking a quick and effective way to combat signs of aging without undergoing invasive surgery.

Dermal fillers can address the following age-related skin issues:

  • Smooth out marionette lines or smile lines
  • Address nasolabial folds
  • Restore lost volume in the lips
  • Rejuvenate the cheeks, chin, and jawline
  • Enhance the proportions of the cheeks, chin, lips, and jawline

Types of Dermal Fillers

Several types of dermal fillers are categorized by what substance they contain, either naturally occurring or synthetic, and each is designed to target specific concerns. 

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) Fillers

HA is a naturally occurring substance in the skin that helps retain moisture and provide skin plumpness. Examples of HA fillers include Juvederm and Restylane. 

Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA) Fillers

Calcium hydroxylapatite is found naturally in human bones. CaHA fillers are thicker than HA fillers and are often used for deeper wrinkles. An example of  CaHa fillers is Radiesse. 

Poly-L-lactic Acid (PLLA) Fillers

PLLA are synthetic fillers that stimulate collagen production and are used for treating deep facial wrinkles and folds. They are particularly effective for long-lasting results. An example of PLLA filler is Sculptra. 

Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) Fillers

PMMA fillers are considered semi-permanent fillers. They are tiny balls that contain collagen and can continue to provide structural support under the skin. Bellafill is a type of PMMA filler. 

What Affects the Longevity of Dermal Fillers

The duration of dermal fillers varies depending on several factors, including:

  • Type of filler: Different fillers have different lifespans. For example, HA fillers last shorter than PLLA or PMMA fillers.
  • Area of injection: Fillers in high-movement areas like the lips may break down faster than those in less mobile areas like the cheeks.
  • Metabolism: Individuals with a faster metabolism may find their fillers degrade more quickly.
  • Injection technique: The skill and technique of the practitioner can influence how long the fillers last.
  • Lifestyle factors: Sun exposure, smoking, and skincare routines can all impact the longevity of dermal fillers.

How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last?

Here’s a general guide to how long each dermal filler can last:

  • Hyaluronic acid fillers: Typically last between 6 to 18 months, depending on the specific product and area treated.
  • Calcium hydroxylapatite fillers: Results can last up to 12 months or longer.
  • Poly-L-lactic acid fillers: These fillers gradually stimulate collagen production, with results lasting more than 2 years.
  • Polymethylmethacrylate fillers: Offer semi-permanent results, often lasting up to 5 years.
A woman looks in a hand-held mirror while touching her face during a dermal filler treatment consultation.

Dermal Filler Treatment

Here is what you can expect before, during, and after your dermal filler treatment

Before Dermal Filler Treatment

The initial consultation involves discussing your concerns and desired outcomes, examination of your facial features, and choosing a suitable dermal filler for your needs. 

During Dermal Filler Treatment

Your skin is cleaned, prepped, and numbed for comfort. The length of the treatment can vary based on your desired results.  

Dermal Filler Aftercare 

After the treatment, you may experience some side effects, such as slight redness, bruising, or swelling in your skin. These are temporary and usually fade within a few days to a week.

The Importance of Follow-Up Appointments & Proper Skincare

Regular follow-up appointments with your esthetic practitioner are essential to monitor the condition of your fillers and determine whether you may need additional enhancements. Further, adhering to proper skin care practices helps keep your skin in good condition. 

Nonsurgical Approach to Skin Rejuvenation

Dermal fillers offer a versatile and effective solution for those looking to enhance their appearance and regain youthful vitality. While the longevity of these fillers can vary based on several factors, understanding the type of filler used and following recommended maintenance tips can help you enjoy your results for as long as possible.If you’re considering dermal fillers, book an appointment with The Ivory Dental Co. to learn more about how dermal fillers can work for you and receive personalized advice to help you achieve your beauty goals.

Written by
Dr. Bridget Sweeney

Dr. Bridget Sweeney founded The Ivory Dental Co. with the passion to create a one-of-a-kind dental experience for the people of East Amherst and Buffalo. Ever since she was a kid, she’s loved going to the dentist and believes every patient deserves to feel that way, too.

Her favorite part of being a dentist is spending quality time getting to know her patients, meeting their families, and listening to their stories. Dr. Sweeney feels so fortunate to share in these special relationships. That’s why at The Ivory Dental Co., you’ll never be left alone just to wait. We’ll be with you every step of the way as you discover your brilliance.

When she’s not at the office, you can find Dr. Sweeney biking around Buffalo, cheering on the Bills, mastering a jigsaw puzzle, or tending to her 70+ houseplants.‍

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