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How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last?

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A woman receiving dermal fillers in her jawline from her aesthetician to sculpt and define the chin and jawline.

Plump lips. Create contours. Restore volume. Diminish facial lines. Dermal fillers are growing in popularity for a reason.

In the realm of medical aesthetics, dermal fillers have gained immense popularity as a nonsurgical solution for enhancing facial features and minimizing signs of aging. While this is a popular treatment, not everyone knows what to expect when getting filler. A common question we get is: “How long can I expect the results to last?”

While a variety of factors can affect how long fillers last, the most common types of dermal fillers typically last up to 18 months. However, there are some forms of dermal fillers that can last up to 5 years

Starting a conversation and scheduling a consultation with our professional team is a great way to learn all about dermal fillers and reaching your aesthetic goals. We help you explore your options, discuss the different types of fillers, and empower you with information so you know what to expect every step of the way.

What Are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are injectable substances that are applied to specific areas of the face to plump it up, bring back those youthful curves, and smooth out wrinkles or fine lines.

Fillers are typically made from hyaluronic acid, calcium hydroxylapatite, or  synthetic materials. These materials are well-tolerated by the body and are designed to mimic the natural substances found in our skin.

Common Reasons to Get Dermal Fillers

Positioned between anti-aging skincare and cosmetic surgery, dermal fillers offer a customizable approach to rejuvenating your appearance in a way that’s minimally invasive.

With their plumping effect, dermal fillers can address a variety of concerns. Some of the most common areas dermal fillers are used include:

  • Deep facial wrinkles: Fillers can help soften the appearance of deep wrinkles around the nose, mouth, and forehead.
  • Under-eye area: Dermal fillers can be used to diminish the hollows or dark circles that may develop under the eyes, providing a refreshed and youthful look.
  • Smile lines: Fillers can smooth out the lines that extend from the sides of the nose to the corners of the mouth, also known as nasolabial folds.
  • Cheeks: By adding volume and definition to the cheeks, dermal fillers can restore youthful contours and create a more lifted appearance.
  • Lips: Dermal fillers can enhance lip volume and definition, providing a plump and balanced look.
  • Chin and jawline: Fillers can help sculpt and define the chin and jawline, improving facial harmony and proportions.
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Things That Can Affect How Long Fillers Last

How long dermal fillers last can vary from person to person. Several factors can influence the longevity of your filler, including the type of filler, the area being targeted, and your metabolism and lifestyle.

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) Fillers

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a substance that naturally occurs in the body, responsible for maintaining hydration and plumpness in the skin. Different brands and formulas of hyaluronic acid fillers have varying properties, including their longevity. The area they’re applied to also matters—you might notice the effects of lip filler fading after 6 months, while fillers used for smile lines can last for a year or more.

On average, HA fillers typically last about 6–18 months, depending on the treatment area

Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA) Fillers

Calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) is a type of long lasting, non-permanent dermal filler that’s known for its ability to stimulate collagen production. Upon injection, CaHA creates a volumizing effect, making it an excellent choice for treating moderate-to-severe wrinkles, folds, and volume loss. 

CaHA fillers can last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years or more, depending on your skin and treatment area.

Permanent Dermal Fillers

Permanent dermal fillers, as the name suggests, are a type of filler designed to provide long-lasting results. Unlike temporary fillers, which are gradually absorbed by the body over time, permanent dermal fillers are intended to be more durable and offer results that can last for many years or even indefinitely.

While permanent dermal fillers offer extended results, they may not last forever. Over time, some degree of natural aging and changes in the face may occur, potentially affecting the appearance of the filler. 

Permanent dermal fillers are typically made of synthetic materials that are not naturally found in the body. These materials can include polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) or other biocompatible substances.

What Happens When Dermal Fillers Wear Off?

As time passes, the effects of temporary fillers gradually diminish as the filler material is naturally absorbed by the body. When dermal fillers wear off, the treated areas will return to their pre-filler appearance. This means volume may decrease, and wrinkles or folds that were previously addressed by the filler may re-emerge. 

These changes tend to happen gradually and are not sudden or drastic. Once the effects of the filler wear off, you can choose to have additional treatments to maintain or modify your desired look. Many people find that they enjoy the temporary results of dermal fillers and continue to undergo treatments periodically to refresh their appearance. You can do what works best for you, and our team is here to support your aesthetic journey.

A woman receiving dermal fillers in her lips from an aesthetician wearing pink medical gloves.

Get the Facts About Dermal Fillers

Deciding to delve into the world of dermal fillers is a personal journey, and we want you to feel at ease every step of the way! Our team is here to guide you through your options, clear up your questions, and help you choose the right treatment for your skin goals.

When you have fillers on your mind, it’s time to visit us for a consultation. The team at Iconic Beauty Aesthetics is all about providing you with the information you need to make an informed choice about treatment for your unique skin.

Written by Sarah Noble

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