Dermal Fillers

How Long Do Facial Fillers Take to Settle?

Face fillers take two to three weeks to settle. After the filler treatment, your face may look stiff or fuller, but it will change as the fillers settle. This article highlights everything you need to know about facial fillers, including the types available and the benefits of this procedure.

Facial fillers have gained popularity due to their immediate, long-lasting results with minimal risks. Customers choose to have facial fillers to lessen the signs of aging, treat scars from injuries, correct inborn anomalies, or even treat volume wastage due to medical conditions. The most common signs of aging include sagging and wrinkles resulting from the skin losing its structure and elasticity. Collagen and elastin are responsible for maintaining skin structure and elasticity; the skin ages when they decrease in the body. You can notice signs of aging from the earlier 30s.

What is Face Fillers?

Face fillers are cosmetic masses or gels injected into the facial skin tissues like lips, cheeks, and tear trough areas. The dermal fillers plump thin lips and smooth out wrinkles and scars. People use face fillers to gain a youthful look or improve volume loss due to age or wastage from medical conditions. 

Types of Face Fillers

Polylactic Acid

According to Christen &Vercesi (2020), polylactic acid filler dissolves into the body to trigger collagen production. The results for this filler are brief, but you can notice changes after two weeks or more. Polylactic acid improves the volume and smooths wrinkles on the face. 

Hyaluronic Acid

According to Dovedytis et al. (2020), hyaluronic acid is found in joints, skin, and eyes. It helps the joints move smoothly and hydrate the skin. The acid filler is the most common face fille ingredient. It helps improve volume, smooth scars and wrinkles, plump thin lips, and enhance jawlines. 


Polyalkylimide is a semi-permanent filler that does not react with the body. After injection, a collagen layer forms around the polyalkylimide filler. It helps to improve volume, smooth wrinkles, and plump thin lips. 

Calcium Hydroxylapatite

According to Shirshakova et al. (2020), calcium hydroxylapatite is a mineral-like substance found in bones and enamel. A biosynthetic form of calcium hydroxylapatite is generated as a filler to minimize allergic reactions and testing. Calcium hydroxylapatite improves volume due to wasting by diseases or age, plump thin lips, smooth wrinkles, and masks frown lines.

Polymethyl-methacrylate microspheres (PMMA)

PMMA is a permanent facial filler to smooth deep wrinkles, improve volume, and treat frown lines. PMMA is administered in low doses until you achieve the desired results.

How Long Do Facial Fillers Take to Settle?

You can notice the results of facial fillers immediately after the doctor is done, but the fillers still need to be settled. The facial fillers take two to three weeks to settle. You can resume work during the recovery period but for the first 48 hours, limit the work too easy tasks that do not involve heat or sweating. 

Benefits of Face Fillers 

Trigger Collagen and Elastin Production 

Collagen and elastin are crucial to skin structure and elasticity. Facial fillers like polylactic and hyaluronic acid trigger collagen and elastin production in the body. Having more collagen and elastin will give you a youthful look. 

No Downtime

With facial fillers, you can resume work immediately after the procedure. Facial filler procedures do not need much preparation, like plastic surgery. You will need two to three weeks for recovery unless a complication occurs during the treatment; complications are very rare if a qualified practitioner carries out the procedure.

Minimal Risks 

According to Diwan et al. (2020), facial or dermal filler procedures are safe with minor side effects like bruising, pain, and swelling in the injection areas. These side effects will disappear after a few days. 

Long-lasting Results 

Dermal fillers last from 3 months to 5 years, depending on the area treated, lifestyle, and patient care. 

Immediate Results 

Dermal fillers have immediate results; you can notice changes right after injections. The results will gradually improve as the fillers settle, which can take two to three weeks.

Frequently Asked Questions about Face Fillers

What Should I Do After Face Fillers?

Avoid heavy lifting, heat, or activities that can make you sweat. Also, you should use soft soaps and wash your face gently for a week to avoid unnecessary pressure on the lips.

How Long Do Facial Fillers Last?

Facial fillers last for 3 months to 5 years; the duration is a function of the treated area, type of filler, lifestyle, and aftercare. You can redo face fillers after a few months to maintain them.

What Is the Cost of Doing Facial Fillers?

The cost of filling depends on the type of face filler, the cosmetic doctor’s experience, and the injection area. Face fillers range from £100 to £ 350 per syringe. 

What Are the Major Complications of Face Fillers?

Face fillers are generally safe; you can experience complications like infection, allergic reactions, and lumps and pumps on rare occasions. Face fillers could also result in blindness in rare cases; the complications are minimal if a qualified practitioner conducts the procedure.


 Face fillers take two or three weeks to settle. After the filler injection, the patient may notice some results. However, the face may look stiff or fuller, but the results will gradually improve until the fillers have settled. Hyaluronic acid, polylactic acid, polyalkylimide, PMMA, and calcium hydroxylapatite are the most common facial fillers. Facial fillers trigger collagen production, have no downtime, give minimal risks, and are long-lasting. The fillers are safe when done by a qualified aesthetic doctor. The cost of fillers depends on the type of filler, the cosmetic doctor, or the complexity of the injection. 


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