Dermal fillers are minimally invasive, non-surgical, cosmetic treatments used to soften facial lines and wrinkles, define and augment the lips, correct facial asymmetries, improve facial proportions and correct age-related volume loss. Fillers are the ideal treatment for achieving a fuller, more youthful appearance.
Injectable products like dermal fillers are a great way to reverse common signs of aging. However, the effects of fillers, while long-lasting, do eventually wear off as they are naturally degraded by the body.
Depending on the type of injectable used, and the location of the treatment the results can last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years
Yes, even though you may love the effect filler gives your lips, jaw, or cheeks, the injectable will still eventually dissolve. Regular maintenance is a must — which, sadly, can seriously affect our beauty budget. Luckily, there are a few ways to help your filler last longer, so you can extend the time between your appointments.
What Causes Your Injectables to Dissolve?
Dermal fillers are made up of a naturally occurring enzyme called hyaluronic acid. They are not permanent and will eventually break down.
The length of the results after your dermal fillers truly does vary from patient to patient. Your body naturally absorbs all fillers and neurotoxins, so your metabolic rate is what depicts how quickly your skin dissolves them completely. Natural factors like your age, skin type, diet, and lifestyle can all make your injectables dissolve faster or slower.
Thankfully, there are a few best practices you can follow to prolong the life of your injectables. Some factors or aging are out of your control, but these you can manage.
Here are 6 things you can do to prolong the life of your dermal fillers.
1. Follow the Dermal Filler Aftercare Instructions
If you just do one thing from this list, make sure it’s this one. Follow your aftercare instructions. Your injector should give you information about managing pain, cleaning and treating the area.
More specific instructions could also include:
– Avoiding heat and high temperatures (such as saunas and hot tubs) that will irritate the skin and may cause inflammation.
– Avoiding alcohol for 24 hours after your treatment
– Not touching or rubbing the skin for 24 hours to reduce irritation and swelling
2. Limiting Sun Exposure
Did you know that the sun’s UV rays not only promote your skin to age but also speeds up the breakdown of your injectables? Minimise sun exposure after your injectable treatment by avoiding spending time outdoors without proper protection. Make sure to wear SPF50+ sunscreen and reapply it every few hours. If you are going to be outdoors for an extended period of time, a wide-brimmed hat does a great job shading and protecting the face.
3. Drink Plenty of Water
Hydration is good not only for your skin but also for your dermal fillers! Hyaluronic acid (HA) loves water. Some HA based fillers work by using the water naturally stored in our tissues. By drinking plenty of water after having a dermal filler treatment it helps the filler hold better and last longer.
4. Practice Good Skincare
Fillers can help you achieve a refreshed and youthful look, but for the best possible outcomes, you should follow a proper skincare routine for your specific skin type. Basic skincare such as cleansing, moisturizing and sunscreen help reduce the appearance of ageing and further your results.
5. Reduce Stress
Stress is a common factor of day-to-day life and while it may be difficult to avoid sometimes, it can accelerate the aging process.
In terms of the skin, high-stress levels release cortisol and other hormones which accelerate the ageing process and rapidly enhance common unwanted signs of ageing. To extend the benefits of your injectable try to reduce unnecessary stress-inducers from your life while incorporating stress-relieving techniques such as meditation or yoga into your day.
6. Follow up with Regular Treatments
The best way patients can extend their dermal filler results is to schedule regular maintenance appointments. Getting periodic dermal filler touch-ups, before the effects of injectable treatments wear off, helps train targeted facial muscles to respond more effectively to the filler material while keeping new lines or wrinkles from forming.
7. Choosing a Skilled Injector is Important
The best way to lengthen the time between appointments and your dermal filler results is to choose a board-certified, experienced injector. Appropriate dosing and precise injections lead to longer-lasting results. An experienced injector may cost you more upfront, but it will pay for itself with less frequent touch-up visits and results you’ll love.
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Most importantly, I will explain why they are the best options and go over the results you can expect to allow you to feel comfortable and confident you are making the right decision.