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Dermal Fillers; How Long Do They Last?

There has been an increase in non-surgical cosmetic procedures as patients strive to improve and enhance their overall looks or have a more youthful appearance. Dermal fillers are a perfect example of such. These injections help make certain areas of the face, such as the eyes, nose, and lips, more voluptuous. Therefore, they help restore the lost volume. This article explains what dermal fillers are and how long they last.

What Are Dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers are injections in the tissues or muscles to give patients more volume on their faces. They are injected under the skin in areas around the nose, eyes, and mouth. Notably, the location of the filler may vary from one patient to the other. They help fill in wrinkles and add volume to specific areas such as cheeks or lips.Most of the fillers used contain gel-like substances. An example is a hyaluronic acid, a natural substance that helps produce collagen and elastin. Subsequently, this substance hydrates the skin and makes it appear plumper.

Moreover, the procedure does not take long, usually below an hour. Besides,the customers usually recover after a short period. Furthermore, there are different types of dermal fillers. Hancerliogullari et al. (2017) explained that the good thing is that theanaesthetic doctor will first discuss with you the available options before you make a decision. Nonetheless, the results of getting this cosmetic procedure are that the results are instant. You don’t have to wait days or weeks to see more volume on your lips, cheeks, or eyes.In matters of payment, insurance plans usually do not cover this type of elective cosmetic procedure. Therefore, if you want to putdermal fillers, you must take care of the whole payment. This cosmetic procedure is subject to risks and complications like any other kind. However, they will subside after a short while.

How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last?

King et al. (2018) stated that getting dermal filers usually takes a short period, and most patients see the results almost immediately. Different factorsaffect how long the results of the procedure will last. For instance, cosmetic doctors use different types of fillers on different patients. Therefore, the patient may have these results for months or even years. Typically, dermal fillers may take anywhere between 8 months to 18 months. Moreover, other dermal fillers may last as long as 2 to 5 years.

Other factors that affect how long a patient’s dermal fillers last include;

  • The location of the filler on the face
  • The amount of dermal filler injected.
  • A patient’s rate of metabolism. Some individuals’ bodies have a higher speed of metabolizing the filler than others.

Fagien et al. (2019) explained that, regardless of the longevity of the dermal fillers, keep in mind that they will eventually degrade. This process kicks off a few months after the procedure. However, the results remain visible for a while, thanks to the fillers’ ability to absorb water. They will decrease in volume with time, though. We recommend you come back for a touch-up treatment at such a point.

Should You Get Dermal Fillers?

If one wants to add volume to their face on areas such as lips, cheeks, and eyes, they may consider getting dermal fillers. Mohite et al. (2022) stated that if you’ve advanced in age and your skin has greatly lost its elasticity, you may want younger-looking and smoother skin. Dermal fillers may help restore the volume lost, smoothen out the wrinkles and add some plumpness to the skin.

Side Effects and Complications

Dermal fillers are procedures that do not typically result in extreme side effects and complications. Moreover, even when a patient suffers from such, it will be for a short period since they are mostly temporary. Importantly, how the procedure was done on the type of filler used by the cosmetic doctor will determine the extent of side effects and complications.

The following are the side effects customers may experience from having dermal fillers;

  • Redness
  • Bleeding
  • Bruising
  • Discomfort
  • Ashes
  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Lumps under the skin (May need medicine as treatment and, at times, surgery)
  • Numbness

On the other hand, the complications as a result of dermal fillers include;

  • Asymmetry
  • Infections; May lead to skinnecrosis (death of infected skin)or wounds in extreme cases
  • Allergic reactions
  • Blocked vessels may lead to tissue death.

Notably, dermal fillers do not typically result in side effects or complications related to vision. Therefore, if your eyesight becomes poor after the procedure, alongside some of the complications mentioned above and side effects, you should seek immediate help from a qualified and certified doctor.

Frequently Asked Questions about Dermal Fillers

What if You Don’t Like the Results of Dermal Fillers?

Most patients are happy with the results of their dermal fillers. However, if you feel dissatisfied, you should talk to the cosmetic practitioner who performed the procedure. Some of the procedures are reversible. For example, if one uses hyaluronic acid, one can inject one with an enzyme that will dissolve the dermal filler.  If you have any questions, contact the cosmetic practitioner at the clinic where you received the treatment.

How Long Does it Take for a Patient to Recover After Getting Dermal Fillers?

Patients take different times to recover after these cosmetic procedures fully. While most customers may embark on their normal routines and activities almost immediately, some may take longer. It is because there are different factors in play, such as;

  • The number of dermal fillers injected; How many areas did the cosmetic doctor treat?
  • The type of filler received.
  • The patient’s overall health.


Dermal fillers are injections done to enhance the appearance of a patient. For instance, they help increase the volume of a customer’s lips, cheeks, and other parts of the face. Also, they bring fuller and younger-looking skin. The procedures take a short while, and the results are immediately seen. A patient can have these results for around 8 to 18 months or more, depending on the type of fillers used, the amount, and the area injected. Notably, some fillers are reversible if a patient is unhappy with the results.


Fagien, S., Bertucci, V., von Grote, E., & Mashburn, J. H. (2019). Rheologic and physicochemical properties are used to differentiate injectable hyaluronic acid filler products. Plastic and reconstructive surgery143(4), 707.

Hancerliogullari, G., Hancerliogullari, K. O., & Koksalmis, E. (2017). Multi-criteria decision-making models are used to evaluate anaesthesia method options in circumcision surgery. BMC medical informatics and decision making17(1), 1-13.

King, M., Convery, C., & Davies, E. (2018). This month’s guideline: the use of hyaluronidase in aesthetic practice (v2. 4). The Journal of clinical and aesthetic dermatology11(6), E61.

Mohite, S. S., Momin, S. A., Niwate, S. A., & Madanlal, R. (2022). THE SCIENCE OF AGING AND LONGEVITY.

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