How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last?

If you are struggling with wrinkles and fine lines or would like to replenish facial volume, you may want to consider dermal fillers.   Dermal fillers can restore the youthful appearance of your face without surgery or downtime.  But how long do dermal fillers last?

What Are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers or soft tissue fillers, are gel-like injectables used to fill in wrinkles and add volume to soft tissue.  They can plump different areas of the face to create a smoother, more youthful look.  Dermal filler injections can smooth marionette lines and nasolabial folds, plump the cheeks, and augment the lips.

How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last?

Dermal fillers last approximately 6-18 months, but the duration depends on the area of injection and the consistency of the filler material.

Dermal fillers used to contour cheeks are generally thicker in consistency and last up to 24 months.  In contrast, fillers used to diminish wrinkles at the corners of the mouth or to augment the lips last an average of 12 months.

While there are a variety of fillers available, hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers are the most popular type.  HA is a molecule that occurs naturally in the body and keeps the skin plump and hydrated, but the body produces less HA over time.  HA fillers attract water when injected into the skin.  This improves hydration and boosts volume and fullness.

Dermal fillers that are collagen stimulators such as those made of calcium hydroxyapatite (CaHA) and poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), can last a long time.  CaHA fillers last around one year, while PLLA fillers often last two years or more.

The speed with which your body metabolizes dermal fillers also impacts the longevity of the results.

Dermal fillers are a great way to minimize signs of aging and refresh your appearance.

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