How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last?
Creating smoother and wrinkle-free skin goes beyond using over-the-counter skin care products. Thus, most people resort to dermal fillers to achieve their desired results. It is essential to understand more about fillers and how long they can last before making your final decision.
What Are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are implants injected beneath your skin to help smooth the skin and wrinkles. They address age-related skin issues by restoring lost volume and plumping up your skin. Dermal fillers are made from gel-like substances such as poly-L-lactic acid and hyaluronic acid. The procedure is minimally invasive and requires less downtime.
How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last?
The results achieved by dermal fillers vary based on your lifestyle and genetics. But longevity also depends on the brand of filler used. Some dermal fillers can last from six months up to two years. Your dermal fillers can last even longer with maintenance and touch-up.
Your body metabolizes all tissue, as does your skin. The rate at which skin breaks down and creates new skin varies from individual to individual. That is why longevity is different from one person to the other. Ultimately, you may need an extra round of treatment as degradation is inevitable.
Some of the common side effects of dermal fillers go away after seven to 11 days. They include:
- Severe swelling.
- Allergic reaction.
- Skin discoloration.
- Wounds or skin necrosis if injected into your blood vessel.
To avoid such cases, choose a board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist. Such practitioners have licenses and years of training to mitigate or reduce the side effects.
Getting the Right Fillers
Your doctor should help you get the appropriate dermal fillers. It is essential to research and prepare questions for your specialist to answer. Check from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) whether your doctor has the approved list of recommended dermal fillers. You can also find out about what is unauthorized.
You need to know the extent of how permanent you want the filler to be. You also need to determine where you want the injection done and the look you want to achieve. Decide whether you want a dramatic or subtle look to help limit your choices.
It is essential to get a fully certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist to help decide which dermal filler best suits you. They can help you understand what each type does. For example, there are fillers to plump up lips and another to smooth under eyes.
Can Anything Affect How Long Dermal Fillers Last?
Several factors influence the longevity of dermal fillers, as follows:
- How much your doctor injects.
- Where on your face you want the filler.
- Your body’s speed to metabolize the filler.
Fillers start to degrade after the first few months of injection. The visible results do not change, as the dermal fillers absorb water. But you may begin noticing a decrease in volume midway around the filler’s duration point. You can always do a touch-up dermal filler treatment to help sustain your results.
For more about dermal fillers, visit Texas Plastic Surgery at our office in San Antonio, Texas. You can call 210.981.4490 today to schedule an appointment.