How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last in the Face?

As you age, your face is likely to look tired, lips can thin, and cheeks begin hollowing out. If you feel your face has lost its natural volume, dermal fillers can help regain its youthful contour.


The natural aging process can result in significant changes in how the face looks. Such changes are common and result from losing the subcutaneous fat that supports the skin. Dermal fillers can lift your facial features and restore your youthful appearance.


What Are Dermal Fillers?


Dermal fillers are injectable FDA-approved implants. They help smoothen wrinkles and the skin. They are different from Botox, as Botox is an injectable drug. The FDA recognizes four dermal filler categories based on the type of material they comprise:


  • Polymethylmethacrylate beads that cannot get absorbed by the body. Its results are permanent. They work around the mouth.

  • Calcium hydroxylapatite that can last for 18 months. They comprise the mineral found in the bones.

  • Hyaluronic acid is found in your cartilage and skin. The human body produces it naturally. Fillers made of it can last for six months up to one year. 

  • Poly-L-lactic acid fillers that can last for two years. They comprise a material that is synthetic and biodegradable. It is the same one that makes dissolvable stitches and other medical products.


Why Patients Get Fillers


People go for facial fillers for different reasons. Older patients benefit from them by getting their faces fuller and reducing the appearance of wrinkles on their faces. Some patients receive fillers to get their lips full, reduce the appearance of scars, or enhance how the area around their eyes looks.


Do Dermal Fillers Have Risks?


Dermal filler risks depend on the procedure and the type of filler used. Ideally, speak to your specialist about the risks before committing to the process. Complications are usually rare but can include:


  • Scarring

  • Infection

  • Permanent blindness and tissue death caused by blockage of blood vessels in your face

  • The filler shifting from the treatment site. You may need to remove it through surgery

  • Uneven appearance of lumps under the skin. You may need to treat it through medicine or surgery


How Long Do They Last in the Face?


Several factors determine how long a filler can last. The type of filler injected plays a significant role in determining its durability. For example, hyaluronic acid dermal fillers give immediate results but cannot last more than twelve months. 


Your metabolism rate also determines the durability of your filler. Most dermal fillers are not permanent, so your body will naturally break them down. As a result, you may need touch-ups to maintain your desired appearance. 


Increasing Your Dermal Fillers Longevity


The longevity of your dermal fillers depends on various factors like any other cosmetic treatment. Your overall health and lifestyle determine how long your results will last. However, there are a few key ways to increase your dermal fillers' longevity in the face.


After getting your dermal fillers, try not to touch the parts where you got your filler injections. Ideally, refrain from putting pressure on the injected sites immediately after the treatment. Also, avoid sleeping on the side of the face with the fillers right after the treatment.


You can also increase your dermal fillers' longevity by going for regular injections for upkeep. Ideally, follow the instructions your specialist gives you so that you do not miss your appointments.


Develop a healthy lifestyle to increase the longevity of your dermal fillers. Keep your skin constantly moisturized, wear sunscreen, and drink plenty of water to remain hydrated.


For more informatino about dermal fillers or to schedule an appointment, call Miami Aesthetic at 786-574-3770 to reach our office in Miami, Florida.