How Can the Lifespan of Fillers Be Extended?
“Is there a way to make fillers last longer?” Our Naples– and Marco Island-based team at Skin Wellness Physicians hears this question from patients who choose injectable facial fillers to reduce wrinkles or enhance their facial contours. The short answer is yes!
Millions of minimally invasive procedures are performed each year, with fillers—as well as neuromodulators—proving to be exceptionally popular options. Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are gels that are injected to restore or enhance the appearance of the face. We tend to have more facial volume when we’re younger, but as we age, collagen, bone structure, and fat are lost, often leading to wrinkles, and flattened, gaunt, or thinning areas. Fillers help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and rebuild a well-defined facial structure. They can treat many areas of the face, are quick to administer, and require minimal downtime. Another major benefit of these treatments is that they provide benefits visible right away, so patients can look in the mirror and see their improvements once a session is over.
As with any other cosmetic procedure, individual results will vary, but results from hyaluronic acid fillers typically last between six to 12 months. The gel is gradually metabolized, so touch-up treatments will eventually be needed. Fillers tend to break down at a faster rate in areas of the face that are more mobile, such as the lips.
While the breakdown of fillers is inevitable, it is possible to make more space between appointments. Here are some steps you can take to get the most from fillers:
Choose an Experienced Injector
A key to maximizing filler results—including their longevity—is working with a provider who understands the product. An experienced injector can use advanced techniques to minimize discomfort and generate natural-looking results that last as long as possible.
Use Hyaluronic Acid Products
Although topical products don’t have a direct impact on fillers, it may be helpful to use skin care products that contain the same key ingredient. Furthermore, by keeping your skin hydrated and nourished, you may end up needing fewer wrinkle injections.
Take the Pressure Off
You don’t want to jostle fillers or place too much pressure on treated areas, because doing so could cause them to dissolve at a faster rate. Avoid leaning on your face, deep cleansing facials, and sleeping on your side or stomach after you have had fillers.
Our team at Skin Wellness Physicians can provide more advice about fillers and other injectable treatments. Call us at (239) 732-0044 or submit a contact form to request a consultation.