Here at The Skin and Wellbeing Clinic, we are Preston’s leading aesthetic practitioners. From laser hair removal to dermal fillers and dermaplaning, we provide a range of high quality and effective aesthetic procedures. And this is our guide to everything you should know about increasing the longevity of your dermal filler treatment.
How long do dermal fillers last?
Dermal fillers are injections of hyaluronic acid into specific target areas of skin. Here, this substance can restore lost volume and retain water molecules to deliver nourishment and hydration to the skin. Popular dermal filler areas include:
- The cheeks
- The lips
- The jawline
- The nose
- The chin
However, because hyaluronic acid is a compound found throughout the body, this is utilised over time, and so the added volume will deplete over a period of months. The amount of time that this will take is based on a number of factors, with your metabolic rate being the primary factor. Each person has a unique metabolism and this means that for some people who have dermal filler injections, these will metabolize in just 3-6 months, while others can enjoy longer lasting results of 12 months and beyond. But there are some other factors that can also play a role in the amount of time that your dermal fillers will last.
How to help dermal fillers last longer
So, what steps can you take to help your dermal fillers last longer? Well, there are several factors that can influence the longevity of dermal fillers, including:
- The injection location – dermal fillers are injected into different parts of the face, for different results. And the injection area you choose will determine how long these dermal fillers will last. Lip fillers for example are less likely to be long lasting because your mouth will be moving frequently when eating, drinking, talking and even sleeping. This movement will speed up the breakdown of hyaluronic acid. In contrast, dermal fillers in the under eye tear troughs are less likely to be moving so frequently, and as a result are more likely to last longer.
- Touching the injection areas – in the week following dermal filler treatment, pressure applied to the area, or touching the injection site can cause the hyaluronic acid to move around and consequently begin the breakdown process much earlier than it would if this had been allowed to settle. As a result, to help your dermal filler last longer, you should try and refrain from putting any pressure on the areas.
- Amount of UV exposure – the sun can cause a number of skin damage issues for the face as this breaks down skin tissue and damages the barrier layer. After dermal filler treatment, UV exposure can cause hyaluronic acid to be metabolised faster as the skin tries to stay healthy and hydrated. As a result, limiting UV exposure, and wearing a high factor sun cream can help to protect from this damage, and can help your dermal fillers last longer.
For more information or advice, get in touch with the team today, here at The Skin and Wellbeing Clinic.