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Dermal Fillers

How Long Do Bruises Last After Fillers?

Bruises result from the needle puncturing the blood vessels and can last for about a week. Each cosmetic doctor will recommend a method to prevent bruising based on the injection method and technique used. This article explains how long bruising last after the filler treatment, how to prevent bruises, and benefits of fillers.

Bruises are the common side effects of getting fillers; they are not fatal, but one can feel uncomfortable. People can easily tell that you have filled when they notice the bruises. Knowing how long bruises will last can help oneunderstand when to make an appointment. People do fillers to reconstruct their facial structure, improve volume, or enhance facial features like jawline. Fillers are purely for cosmetic purposes and are done mostly on cheeks, lips, chin, and eyes.

What Are Fillers?

Fillers or dermal fillers are substances like gel injected into the skin of an individual to help add volume to various body tissues. Dermal fillers add volume, improve facial fullness, and treat multiple medical conditions. Fillers are also used for cosmetic purposes like enhancing facial features, plumping thin lips, and filling tear troughs.

Dermal Filler Procedure

At the office, the cosmetic doctor will examine the face and map the areas to be injected; this will help determine the final results. The cosmetic doctor will clean the mapped area with an anti-bacterial agent before applying a topical anaesthetic. Finally, the cosmetic doctor will inject you with the dermal filler of your choice. The dermal filler process is not painful, but one will initially experience discomfort. The dermal filler process takes 30-45 minutes, depending on the number of injections you need. 

Bruising After Fillers

Bruising is caused by punctured blood vessels as the needle penetrates the skin. Cosmetic doctors can use a cannula needle that creates one entry point at each side of the face. Shirshakova et al. (2020) explained that dermal filler procedures likelip filler are so susceptible to bruising because they are quite vascular; you cannot avoid veins after filler bruises.

How to Prevent Bruising

Each cosmetic doctor will recommend a method to prevent bruising bases on the injection method and technique used. You should avoid thinning medications for a week before injection. According to Ausen et al. (2022),thinning medications prevents blood from clotting easily; this increases the chances of bruising. The doctor can recommend an anti-inflammatory cream.When applying the cream,one should be careful to avoid further bruising.

Benefits of Fillers

Minimal Risk

Dermal fillers are generally safe when done in a hospital with a qualified doctor. One will experience pain, bruising, or swelling because the procedure is very vascular.

No Downtime

Unlike other methods, where one waits for months to heal so that one can notice the changes, dermal fillers offer immediate results. One can resume work immediately after the dermal filler procedure if it does not involve heavy lifting.

Enhances Facial Features

Facial fillers enhance facial features by improving volume, plumping thin lips, redefining lip lines and borders, and making the jawline more visible. Facial features diminish because of wrinkles and sagging skin.

Triggers Collagen Production

According to Deshmukh et al. (2016), collagen is a protein found in connective tissues, skin, tendons, and cartilage. Collagen is responsible for tissue repair, skin hydration, and elasticity. Polylactic filler dissolves in the body to trigger collagen production. More collagen in the body will give you a youthful look by reducing wrinkles and frown lines and treating scars.

Cost of Dermal Fillers

The cost of dermal fillers is affected by the type of fillers, the doctor’s experience and location, and the number of syringes. The price ranges from £600 to £1000 per syringe. Medical covers do not include cosmetic procedures; this can also contribute to the high cost of dermal fillers.

How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last?

Dermal fillers are temporal and take some time, depending on the type of filler, to wear off. Hyaluronic acid, Polyalkylimide, and Calcium hydroxylapatite take a year to wear off.Polylactic acid will last for two years, while PMMA will last for five years. The right time to redo the fillers is when they are halfway to their expected longevity because their volume and effect have reduced.

FAQs about Fillers

What Are the Side Effects of Fillers?

The common side effects are bruising, swelling, and pain at the injection point. Rare complications include fracturing or blocking a blood vessel and infection at the injection point.

Where Should You Do Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are done in a hospital with a qualified cosmetic doctor. Also, fillers are bought at the certified hospital. 

How Long Do Dermal Fillers Take to Settle?

Dermal fillers take two weeks to settle, but the results are immediate. During recovery,one can resume work but avoid heavy work for the first 48hours.

What Should You Do After Fillers?

You should avoid heat and heavy exercises for 48 hours, but you can go for a walk.You should avoid wearing lipstick for 48 hours to reduce exerting pressure in the treated area.Do not massage or scratch the treated area unless told to rub it.

Will You Look Normal With Fillers?

If you don’t get over the fillers, your face will look normal with fillers. Your doctor will examine your face and recommend the number of stuffing you need to have a natural look.


Bruising in dermal fillers is caused by the needle puncturing blood vessels. The facial area is very vesicular; thus, it is not easy to avoid blood vessels. Doctors can use a cannula needle which makes one entry point on each side of the face. You should avoid thinning medications for a week before dermal fillers. Fillers are generally safe when done by a hospital’s qualified cosmetic doctors. You can redo your fillers when they are halfway into their expected span. Most fillers last for a year or two except for PMMA which lasts for five years.


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Marie Salbuvik