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Dermal Fillers

How Long Do Hyaluronic Acid Fillers Last

Hyaluronic acid fillers can last for three to 18 months, depending on the area treated and the cosmetic doctor. Hyaluronic results are immediate but gradually improve until the filler has settled. This article will explain the benefits of hyaluronic filler and how long it lasts. 

Over the years, dermal fillers have gained popularity because they are inexpensive, temporal, and long-lasting. Signs of aging are the major reason why people use dermal fillers. At age 25, the body will start producing lesser collagen. Collagen is a protein found in connective tissues, skin, tendons, and cartilage, maintaining skin structure and elasticity. With less collagen in your body, your skin will form wrinkles, sag, and lose volume. Dermal fillers are also useful in treating scars due to injury. Fillers start to wear off after some time, depending on the type of filler. 

What Are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are masses used in minimally invasive procedures and are injected into the facial skin tissues to enhance facial features. They are commonly used in areas like cheeks, lips, and tear troughs. Dermal filler procedures are for cosmetic purposes like plumping thin lips, treating scars, and improving volume. Volume loss can be a result of aging or medications.

What Are Hyaluronic Acid Fillers?

According to Dovedytis et al. (2020), hyaluronic acid is a gooey, slippery substance found in joints, skin, and the eye. It helps keep the skin hydrated and lubricates the joints.

How Long Does Hyaluronic Acid Filler Last?

The longevity of filler depends on the doctor and the area filled. Every cosmetic doctor does fillers differently. Hyaluronic fillers can last for three to 18 months, depending on the area injected; when done on lips, Hyaluronic Acid fillers last for three to six months. Hyaluronic fillers might not last up to 18 months in every individual because of differences in metabolism. Redoing your fillers will ensure they last longer; fillers will have reduced by half by the time they are halfway through the anticipated time. 

Uses of Hyaluronic Acid filler

  • Hyaluronic acid filler improves lip volume lost due to aging or wastage from medical conditions.
  • Hyaluronic acid filler plumps thin lips and redefines lip borders and lines.
  • Hyaluronic acid filler helps treat deep wrinkles, frown lines, and facial scars due to injury or inborn.
  • According to Cabral et al. (2020), hyaluronic acid can trigger collagen production.

Cost of Hyaluronic Acid Filler

The cost of hyaluronic filler will depend on where it is used, the cosmetic doctor, and the number of syringes you need. A syringe of hyaluronic filler for lips will range from £70 to £150. The cost of filling cheeks might be higher. Cosmetic procedures are not included in medical covers, making them expensive.

Dermal Filler Procedure

Dermal filler procedures can take about 40 minutes or more, depending on the cosmetic doctor, the number of injections, and the complexity of the area to be treated. 

The cosmetic doctor examines your face and maps the area to be treated, which helps determine the final results. Dermal filler results differ from one cosmetic doctor to another, and the type of filler used also affects the results.

An anti-bacterial agent cleans the mapped area before a topical anesthetic is applied. The procedure is not painful, but you might initially experience some discomfort. The anesthetic will numb the skin during the injection. 

The cosmetic doctor will inject the marked area with the hyaluronic acid filler. You can see results immediately, but you will see full results after the filler has settled; this takes at least two weeks.

Side Effects and Complications 

Dermal filler side effects are minor when done by a qualified cosmetic doctor. You can experience minor bruises, swelling, and slight pain, which should not last more than a week. Dermal filler complications occur on rare occasions if the cosmetic doctor is inexperienced or underqualified; in such instances, you can get an infection in the injection areas, discoloration, lumps, and fracturing or blocking blood vessels. To avoid complications, do dermal fillers in a hospital with a qualified cosmetic doctor.

FAQs about Hyaluronic Acid Fillers

What Should I Do Before Fillers?

It would help if you avoid alcohol and thinning medications before fillers, reducing the chances of bruising. 

It would help if you avoided scrubbing or using hair removal products 48 hours before treatment. 

What to Do After Dermal Fillers?

  • Avoid makeup on the treated area for at least 48 hours after dermal fillers.
  • Use soft soaps and cleaning agents when washing your face for at least a week.
  • Avoid alcohol and hydrate regularly.
  • Avoid heavy exercises, lifting, heat, and activities that can make you sweat. 

After How Long Should I Redo Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers like hyaluronic acid start wearing off months after injection. The best time to redo fillers is when they are halfway through their anticipated duration. If you did lip fillers, you could redo them after three months. 

Where Can I Do Dermal Fillers?

A quick internet search will give you results of places doing dermal fillers, but such places may not be safe or have qualified cosmetic practitioners. You should do your dermal fillers in a hospital or clinic with a qualified, experienced cosmetic doctor to avoid negative effects.

Who Is Not Eligible for Hyaluronic Acid Fillers?

During the consultation, your cosmetic doctor will check if you are eligible for fillers. You may be required to disclose your medical history. People with bleeding disorders, certain allergies, diabetics, pregnant and breastfeeding women, those under 18s, smokers, and people with oral herpes are not eligible for dermal fillers.


Hyaluronic acid fillers can last from three to 18 months, depending on the treated area. Hyaluronic fillers for lips can last for three to six months, but they are not guaranteed to last that long because of differences in metabolism and the cosmetic doctor. The results of hyaluronic acid filler are immediate, but they improve gradually until the filler has settled, which takes at least two to three weeks. Redoing filler will ensure longevity because they start to wear off after some months. Hyaluronic fillers are generally safe with minor side effects like bruising and pain. Fillers rarely have complications when done by a qualified cosmetic doctor. 


Cabral, L. R. B., Teixeira, L. N., Gimenez, R. P., Demasi, A. P. D., de Brito Junior, R. B., de Araújo, V. C., & Martinez, E. F. (2020). Effect of hyaluronic acid and poly-l-lactic acid dermal fillers on collagen synthesis: An in vitro and in vivo study. Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology13, 701.

Deshmukh, S. N., Dive, A. M., Moharil, R., & Munde, P. (2016). Enigmatic insight into collagen. Journal of oral and maxillofacial pathology: JOMFP20(2), 276.

Dovedytis, M., Liu, Z. J., & Bartlett, S. (2020). Hyaluronic acid and its biomedical applications: A review. Engineered Regeneration1, 102-113.

Elena Ognivtseva