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How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last? | TAE

How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last? | TAE

Dermal fillers are a versatile, minimally-invasive cosmetic procedure used to reduce lines and wrinkles, plump the skin, and contour the face. As much as people love dermal fillers and all of the benefits that come with them, no one wants to come in for treatment more than they have to. Let’s discuss how often you should expect your fillers to last and your options for longer-lasting fillers. 

What Are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are injectable cosmetic treatments designed to add volume, balance the face, fill in lines and wrinkles, and create a more harmonious appearance. They are made from different materials that determine their longevity and effectiveness.

These include hyaluronic acid, calcium hydroxylapatite, poly-L-lactic acid, and polymethylmethacrylate(PMMA). Each is biocompatible with the body and dissolves naturally. The longevity of fillers varies based on the type. 

Hyaluronic acid(HA) fillers usually last an average of six months, although they can last longer. They are also the most widely used and will be the easiest to find. They draw water to the treated area, making the skin more hydrated and voluminous. 

Calcium hydroxylapatite fillers can last up to 12 months, while PLLA fillers are approved to last for 2 years, and PMMA fillers are considered semi-permanent. While PMMA fillers are biocompatible with the body, they are made of spheres suspended in a collagen solution that sits in the injected area, taking the longest to dissolve.

Other Factors Affecting Longevity of Dermal Fillers

While makeup is the main factor in how long a filler lasts, there are other factors that can influence how long they last.


Areas with more movement, such as the lips, may lead to quicker breakdown and absorption of the filler compared to less dynamic areas like the cheeks.

Individual Makeup

Metabolism can affect how quickly the body naturally processes and eliminates the filler, potentially affecting its longevity. Individuals with faster metabolisms may experience shorter results.

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Understanding the Process and Results

After getting fillers, it typically takes some time for the full effects to become visible. Realistic expectations from your treatment process are important for successful dermal filler treatment. The results of fillers can be seen almost immediately, but the full effects may take a few days to settle in as any swelling or bruising subsides. 

While they are generally safe, there are potential risks associated with longer-lasting fillers, such as migration or the development of nodules. Your aesthetic provider can discuss these risks with you and ensure you make an informed decision.

Best Practices and Maintenance for Long-Lasting Dermal Fillers

Proper aftercare and maintenance can help prolong the effects of fillers and ensure lasting and satisfactory results. Lifestyle habits, including smoking and poor skincare routines, can impact the longevity of fillers. A healthy lifestyle and proper skincare routine can contribute to sustained results. You should discuss follow-up appointments with your provider to maintain the lasting effects of your dermal fillers.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I decide which type of filler to get?

Your aesthetic provider can tell you which one is the best for your aesthetic goals and treatment needs. Most people choose a hyaluronic acid filler the first time since it is the least long-lasting.

What are the benefits of temporary aesthetic procedures over surgery?

People enjoy that treatments like dermal fillers are minimally invasive, require less treatment time and downtime, are temporary, and can always be tailored.

Are dermal fillers safe for everyone?

Yes, dermal fillers are considered safe for everyone. Do tell your provider if you have any current health concerns. 

Enhance Your Beauty With Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are a minimally invasive, versatile way to contour the face, balance the face, add volume, and smooth out wrinkles. Learn more about what dermal fillers can do for you with the experts at The Aesthetic Edit. 


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