A common question from men and women considering non-surgical cosmetic treatment is: how long do dermal fillers last? The answer is that it depends.
Duration differs significantly between products, treatment areas, and patient metabolism. It also depends on injectors and injection techniques.
Vancouver plastic surgeon Dr. Eric Pugash offers dermal filler injections to enhance facial features without the anesthesia, incisions, and sutures of cosmetic surgery. He employs advanced injectable fillers including Restylane, Perlane, and Emervel.
Result Duration by Filler Type
Dermal fillers will last according to the various substances used in their formulation.
With its hyaluronic acid-based product line, Restylane smooths wrinkles and folds and provides subtle lip enhancement. Hyaluronic acid is a natural sugar found in the body that attracts and maintains moisture to promote underlying volume. Restylane can be expected to last from 4 to 9 months, depending on the amount injected and location.
This FDA-approved filler is an excellent treatment for the correction of moderate to severe wrinkles and facial folds. In addition, Perlane is an optimal injectable for nasolabial folds and can also be used as a lip enhancer. Perlane is ‘thicker’, more cross-linked version of Restylane, and can be expected to last for a longer duration than Restylane.
Dr. Pugash employs this hyaluronic acid filler for a tailored approach to soften wrinkles and folds around the mouth and nose, restore cheeks and lip volume, and reshape critical facial features like the chin and cheekbones.
Result Duration by Facial Area
The treatment area may impact how long dermal filler benefits last. Here’s a summary of what to expect after treating each area.
- Lips: There are different fillers for lip augmentation. Popular choices include Restylane and Perlane. Lip enhancement treatments can last up to one year, but more commonly will lose much of their volume after 6 to 9 months
- Nose: The nose and surrounding areas are good sites for Restylane fillers, lasting from nine to twelve months.
- Cheeks: Restylane fillers can add volume to cheeks and last up to 6 to 9 months.
- Mouth corners: The hyaluronic acid filler Restylane produces excellent results for this area, lasting 6 to 9 months.
Ways To Make Dermal Fillers Last Longer
The best way to make your dermal filler last longer is to undergo regular follow-up treatments. A simple touch-up can extend the benefits as the effects from the initial treatment wear off.
What Should You Expect with Dermal Fillers?
Minimally invasive procedures such as dermal fillers are quick, convenient, and have minimal downtime. Your entire visit will last under an hour, and you can return to your typical day afterward. Following your treatment, Dr. Pugash recommends you avoid exercise for at least 24 hours and remain upright for the remainder of the day.
Another perk to injectable fillers is that the results are immediate. You can check the mirror after your procedure and find a remarkable enhancement. However, you may also experience slight discomfort during the treatment and possible bruising and swelling. Dr. Pugash advises his patients when scheduling their injections before a big event to allow enough time for bruising and swelling to subside.
For more information, we invite you to schedule a private consultation with Dr. Pugash.