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How long do dermal fillers last?

Nearly everyone you come across today wants to have smooth, young-looking and wrinkle-free skin, and why not? A young and vibrant appearance can work wonders on our wellbeing and happiness levels, although there’s only so much makeup, cosmetics, or OTC skin products can do to help us achieve that smooth and youthful skin.

Enter the world of dermal fillers.

What are dermal fillers used for?

With age, the muscle tissue in your face starts to sag and thin out, with the result that facial skin starts to lose its elasticity. This is what causes wrinkles and loose skin. Dermal fillers remedy the issue by ‘plumping up’ the skin, restoring any lost volume and smoothening out lines and wrinkles.

A few dermal filler injections are all it takes, which is a minimally invasive procedure requiring equally minimal downtime.

How long do dermal fillers last?

As with any cosmetic or skincare product, individual results can vary. According to medical experts, some dermal fillers are designed or ‘chemically manufactured’ to last anywhere between 6-12 months. Others can last up to 2 years or even as much as five years.

The quality of the hyaluronic acid, a natural compound that encourages the production of elastin and collagen in the skin to keep it young, effectively keeps the facial skin hydrated, tight, even and plump. It also affects how long your skin stays that way.

When it comes to “how long do dermal fillers last”, the longevity can also vary from type to type. For example, Juvederm Vollure dermal fillers may last between 12 and 18 months, while Juvederm Volbella dermal fillers tend to last, on average, up to 12 months. Likewise, Sculptra dermal fillers can last over two years, while Bellafill dermal fillers can last nearly five years.

What affects dermal fillers’ longevity?

Apart from the type of filler used in your product, other factors affect “how long do dermal fillers last”:

  • The volume of filler injected

  • The rate at which your body metabolises the filler content or material

  • The site on your face where the filler is used

In most cases, fillers start to degrade after the first few months of injection. However, the visible results of the application do not show much change because the fillers can easily absorb water. With that said, around the midpoint or mid-life of the dermal filler’s expected “shelf life”, you will notice decreased volume, and your skin will start to look more like what it was before the injection.

This is why nearly all skin specialists and dermatologists will recommend getting a touch-up filler every few months, as it tends to prolong the effects of the original application.

Choosing a suitable dermal filler for your skin

Finding a suitable dermal filler depends on your skin type and cosmetic end-goal and what your doctor decides.

Speak to our expert dermatologist today to better understand “how long do dermal fillers last” and the one that’s right for you.

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