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Dermal Fillers

How Long Do Fillers Take to Work

Fillers are injected into the skin. Have you ever wondered how long they take to kick in, what they are used for, how long they last, and if they have any side effects? Read more to find out.

Fillers are aesthetic products administered in the tissues around the skin. As we grow old, several changes occur in our bodies. Bruises also take a long to heal, and you develop wrinkles on the skin. Fillers improve your physical appearance by adjusting parts of your facial characteristic. They also manage aging symptoms like wrinkles, making you look younger and more noticeable.

How Long Do Fillers Take to Kick in?

Swelling is common after the filling procedure but only lasts a few hours. You should talk to your doctor if the swelling continues after three days. In most cases, fillers take about four weeks to give results. The duration depends on the type of filler and your lifestyle. A great advantage is that the results can last for one year or more if you choose a suitable filler. Fillers are used in several body parts, an example being the lips.

What Are Fillers Used for?

According to Omer et al. (2022), fillers treat aging symptoms like wrinkles. People have different tastes for their lips; some want them fuller, soft and attractive, while others need chubby cheeks. Others may have asymmetric issues on their faces that make their lower lip smaller than the upper lip. 

There are a lot of fillers available for beauty enhancement. Fillers help in minimizing aging, making someone look younger and quite attractive. 

Benefits of Fillers 

Fillers have several benefits, which include the following;

Remove Wrinkles and Fine Lines

Fillers are handy for skin problems like wrinkles and weary and sagging lips. Though you should always use fillers to look attractive and noticeable, they do not charge you into another person.

Few Risks

Like in all other cosmetic procedures, fillers have some risks. According to Trinh et al. (2022), you may notice bruising and swelling in the injected area, which disappears after some days. Major complications are rare when a skilled person does the procedure.

Natural Looks

According to Philipp et al. (2018), fillers give a natural look, and there are no exaggerations. However, to have natural looks, your fillers use a cosmetic practitioner to inject the fillers.

Will I Achieve My Desired Look After The Filler Injections?

The outcomes of the filler injections are dependent on your expectations. Talking to an experienced cosmetic practitioner before taking the filler treatment is advisable. A cosmetic expert will clearly understand the look you are expecting. They will also explain the risks and conduct appropriate filler tests before the surgery to determine suitable filler; the test prevents the risk of harm from allergic reactions and other side effects.

How Long Do Fillers Last?

Fillers are long-lasting but not permanent. The filler’s duration also depends on the type of filler you have used and where you have injected the filers. Hyaluronic acid is present in our bodies, and it minimizes the destruction of fillers by the human body. Neeraja et al. (2022) observed that fillers might last three years. However, there are various ways you can increase the duration, which include;

Drinking Much Water

Water has several benefits for the body and skin; taking much water is advisable since it helps fasten the healing process. Hyaluronic acid also absorbs water that helps moisturize the skin.

Stay Away from Direct Sunlight

Some fine lines and wrinkles result from exposure to direct sunlight, and after the lip filler treatments, you should try as much as possible to stay away from direct sunlight.


Will You Feel Pain While Taking a filler Treatment?

An anesthetic is used minutes before the filing to enhance the procedure’s comfort. Patients react differently to filler injections, but some experience a burning feeling during the process. Other effects, such as swelling, may occur after the procedure, although it is mild and does not last long.

Will I Get a Natural Look?

For natural looks, get a specialist who will not exaggerate your appearance but enhance the beauty and make it as close as possible to reality. While dermal fillers enhance your looks, they may become undesirable if exaggerated.

Are There Any Side Effects After Getting the Filler Injections?

After completing the filler procedure, you may experience common side effects like swelling, bruising, and redness. These effects only last for a maximum of two weeks. You may experience major and severe side effects if an unskilled person injects you. Avoid filler treatments from spas or unqualified cosmetic experts. The effects arising from an unskilled provider may range from blindness and prolonged swelling.


Fillers take about four weeks to produce the desired results. However, your lifestyle and type of filler determine the duration in which the filler remains effective. Fillers are used for treating aging symptoms and increasing the lips’ size. The filler injection boosts natural looks with minimal side effects and risks. Notably, lip fillers are not permanent but may last longer depending on the aftercare, type of filler, and body’s metabolism. Taking enough water and avoiding direct light will make the fillers last longer.


Neeraja, P., Mamidi, S. A., & Sri, G. B. (2022). Ageing: Therapeutics To Longevity.

Omer, S. H., Amina, Z. M., &Hawramy, F. A. Acceptance of the General Population about Facial Fillers, A Case-Study in Sulaimani City. IJCMCR. 2022; 20 (3)5.

Philipp-Dormston, W. G., Wong, C., Schuster, B., Larsson, M. K., &Podda, M. (2018). Evaluating perceived naturalness of facial expression after fillers to the nasolabial folds and lower face with standardized video and photography. Dermatologic Surgery44(6), 826.

Trinh, L. N., McGuigan, K. C., & Gupta, A. (2022). Delayed Granulomas as a Complication Secondary to Lip Augmentation with Dermal Fillers: A Systematic Review. The Surgery Journal8(01), e69-e79.

Monika Wasserman