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How Long Do Face Fillers Take to Settle?

Do you know how long the face fillers take to settle?This article explains how long dermal fillers take to settle, why it takes time, and tips for enhancing the dermal filler healing time.

Hyaluronic acid fillers are used on the face to remove wrinkles and creases, add volume to the cheeks, and make the lips look fuller. 

Dermal fillers have become popular. Clients make their faces look smooth and fuller to achieve an appealing look. A professional cosmetic doctor conducts the filler procedure. The guidelines below give an insight into how long face fillers take to settle.

How Long Do Dermal Fillers Take to Settle?

Jones et al. (2021) stated that fillers take 2 weeks to settle after treatment. Di Martino et al. (2019) suggested that some filler may take 6-12 months to observe the results depending on the type. Dermal filler procedures have instant results; thus, clients do not need to wait a whole year to detect the benefits of the treatment. Injectible dermal treatments may require time to integrate into the skin tissues.

Why Does It Take Time for Fillers to Settle?

Some reasons make the fillers take time to settle into place. Most fillers consist of hyaluronic acid. 

Chang et al. (2021) showed that Hyaluronic Acid breaks down and consolidates in the dermal tissue, moisturizing the skin and attaching to water molecules when injected. Hyaluronic acid-based fillers give a plump and fuller face. According to Lin et al. (2020), most dermal fillers can lead to minor swelling and bruising at the injection site. This makes the skin full and firm. This popular adverse effect disappears after a short period as the filler assimilates with the skin’s building. Once the swelling subsides, the clients can see we observe the final results of their procedure.

Tips for Enhancing the Dermal Filler Healing Time

Since there are no methods to fasten the body’s healing process, there are tips for the clients to improve their recovery and achieve the best results. One of them is avoiding exercise. According to Casas-Alvarado et al. (2022), avoiding exercises after the dermal fillers is important since they may raise the temperatures and increase the blood flow. 

According to King et al. (2020), the increased blood flow worsens the swelling, and the high temperatures make the bacteria penetrate easily into the treated area. The exercises can also make the fillers migrate and settle in unintended areas. 

Relaxing and giving the treated area enough time to heal is a great idea.

It is recommended to take enough water. Taking a lot of water after a treatment is a great idea. 

This boosts the body in the healing process. Hyaluronic acid is used to trap and maintain moisture in the skin. It is good to keep your body hydrated at all times.

After the treatment, swelling, discomfort, and some mild pains are normal side effects that subside shortly. Since several painkillers are effective and safe, some painkillers that many patients use, like aspirin and ibuprofen, have blood-thinning qualities. They may not be safe during the filler procedures. Consult the cosmetic doctor to help determine which painkiller is suitable for you after the fillers. Blood-thinning medications can cause complications and affect the final results.

Clients should protect themselves from sun radiation after the cosmetic procedure. They can wear sunscreens, protective clothing, and open-air activities, especially when the sun is very hot. As we all know, when the sun is hot, it may cause sunburn on your face. Clients must practice protecting themselves from the rays after getting the filler procedure.

Customers should avoid applying makeup on their faces after the fillers. When applying makeup, you can put pressure on the injection site, which may worsen the swelling. Clients may forget and touch the treated area, increasing the chances of infection and swelling.

Clients should ensure that they adhere to the instructions and guidelines offered by the cosmetic doctor. A professional cosmetic doctor will instruct you on how to make the fillers settle quickly and last longer.

What Face Fillers Do

Face fillers can improve lips’ appearance, symmetry, shape, and volume. The dermal fillers add volume to the lips, Increase the pout’s fullness and plumpness and diminish the fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth, giving clients a smooth, youthful and attractive look. The facial fillers appear natural when conducted by a professional cosmetic procedure and when taken care of properly after the procedure to allow them to settle quickly.

According to Alrabiah et al. (2019), facial fillers are used to eliminate wrinkles. 

Many clients experience creases and fold on their faces. For example, a client may notice wrinkles and lines around the nose and mouth. The wrinkles on the face can make the patient look angry, and sometimes the face may appear tired and old. When the volume is added under the skin tissues, HA fillers soften the wrinkles and the lines on the face.

FAQs about Face Fillers

How Long Do the Fillers Take to Settle?

Dermal fillers take about two weeks to settle after the procedure. The fillers function rapidly, and clients do not need to wait twelve months to get the full benefits of the treatment.

What Should I Do to Make My Fillers Settle Fast?

You cannot fasten the healing process of the fillers. 

However, there are tips you should consider to improve the recovery process. These include drinking plenty of water, eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, and avoiding strenuous exercises and heat.


Dermal fillers take two weeks to settle completely if a professional cosmetic procedure conducts it. The time the filler takes to settle also depends on the client. If the clients take care of their fillers well, they will settle quickly and last long. After the treatment, clients should ensure that they follow the guidelines instructed by the cosmetic provider. In most cases, dermal procedures are safe and well-tolerated in the body. However, the patient must secure the procedure from a certified cosmetic expert to avoid complications and side effects.


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Charlotte Cremers