Author Bio: Dr. Sanusi Umar MD is the author of this article.
The appearance of an older face is caused by the loss of fat and firmness beneath the skin. Dermal fillers help replenish this lost volume. Typical applications are for lip enhancement, restoring cheek volume and improving the appearance of nasolabial folds on the sides of the mouth. They also provide a non-surgical approach to improve the shape of the nose bridge, the cheekbones, and the chin. These injection procedures are fast and minimally invasive. They can even be performed during lunch hours, with little to no downtime. A common question that we receive at the Dr.U Hair and Skin Clinics is, “how long will my dermal filler last?” In this video, Dr. Umar discusses the duration of dermal fillers. He also explains why products may last longer in some patients compared to others.
Different Types of Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers are made of different substance types. For example, some are made of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring sugar in the body that can hold large amounts of water. However, drug manufacturers use a purified form of HA which they first derive from bacteria. These include:
Both products are ideal for softer areas of the face.
A dermal filler called Radiesse is made of calcium hydroxylapatite. Because it offers different levels of firmness, it is a popular choice for non-surgical facial contouring and improving the undereye area.
Sculptra is made of a synthetic material called poly-L-lactic. It is used to treat deep, severe wrinkles.
How Long Do Injectable Fillers Last?
The duration of dermal fillers usually follow the standard, average time frames provided by the manufacturer.
The dermal filler Juvederm can last anywhere from 6-12 months, depending on which formulation is used. Juvederm Ultra usually lasts 6-9 months. And Juvederm Ultra Plus lasts 9-12 months
Restylane treatments typically last 6-12 months, on average.
Radiesse injections can last anywhere from 9-12 months.
Sculptra treatments may last up to 2 years.
Los Angeles Dermatologist, Dr. Umar Answers the Question, How Often Should You Get Fillers?
According to Dr. Umar, most patients find that their dermal fillers actually follow the average time frames, listed above. However, others may find that their treatments last longer or shorter than what is specified by the manufacturer. This really depends on how fast the patient’s body metabolizes the product.Other factors that can influence duration of effect include, use of medications, exercise, and dermal filler injections into dynamically mobile areas.
At first, individuals can schedule their dermal filler treatments based on the standard intervals. But later, once they learn how long these products actually last in their bodies, they can rely on these time frames instead.
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