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Dermal Fillers

How Long Does It Take for Fillers to Work?

Do you have any cosmetic goals? Fillers provide an ideal way to remove wrinkles and restore facial characteristics lost due to age, diseases, or accidents, albeit temporarily. This article discusses the benefits of dermal fillers and how long the effects of dermal products take to manifest.

One of the major concerns regarding dermal fillers is the time it takes for the fillers to work post-treatment. Many beginners to the cosmetic procedure have fears regarding certain aspects of the fillers. While the fillers take a short while to give the desired effects, some factors may lengthen the duration; these include, but are not limited to, the type of dermal filler and the purpose for which it was injected. 

Do Fillers Serve Their Purpose Immediately?

Cosmetic products should not delay in giving you the expected results. Whether you choose dermal fillers to plump your facial volume, reduce fine lines, tighten sagging skin, or make the lips fuller, you should notice the changes quickly. Patients’ needs and body chemistry vary from one patient to the other. So, the number of days or weeks needed to wait for the desired result is not standard for everyone. Most patients for fillers notice improvement one to two days after being injected. The treatment itself takes a few minutes, depending on the complexity of the procedure. A determined person committed to making a noticeable impact on their facial appearance may need only a day or two to have the transformation!

Will the Outcomes of Dermal Fillers Last?

Getting dermal fillers is not a one-time process. The only way to enjoy the benefits of cosmetic products is to have a well-planned schedule. A periodic filling session is an excellent way to restore the effectiveness of any dermal fillers you have been administered. The improvement you will receive from one injection can last between 6 to 18 months, depending on the injection area. In simpler terms, you may get the injections once to twice a year. Dermal fillers have different actions on the patients. The treatment area, filler type, and personal body chemistry significantly affect how long fillers last. Injections made with denser products and inserted deeply will last longer. Hyaluronic acid fillers are often used on people getting dermal injections for the first time. (Goldberg, 2017) The acid is the most temporary approach and should be the first choice if you are a beginner. Another short-term alternative is calcium hydroxylapatite which will serve for about 12 months. Avoid soft-tissue fillers, as regulatory bodies do not approve them. 

Are Temporary Dermal Fillers Better Than Permanent Facial Surgery?

Luthra (2015) explained that temporary dermal fillers and facial surgeries can help you achieve your cosmetic goals. A significant difference is a possibility of reversing the procedure. You can dissolve temporary dermal fillers but cannot reverse permanent plastic surgery. Some patients consider dermal fillers more work because they need to be injected at least twice every year. Plastic surgery will only be performed once and requires minimum visits to the cosmetic doctor. Facial improvement procedures sometimes cause unpleasant results, and reversing the treatment may become the only healthier option. It may be impossible to undo permanent facial changes if you have surgery. That is why choosing temporary filler is a safer and better option. In some countries, plastic surgeries have age restrictions. So, you cannot undertake a permanent facial operation until you are in your late 30s or 40s. Why wait for aging signs to qualify for facial plastic surgery when temporary dermal fillers are allowed for anyone over 18 years? Choose the fillers to get a facial transformation within 48 hours.

What Should You Do If Dermal Fillers Fail to Work?

Complications might occur after the dermal filler treatments. It is not very reassuring when a long-awaited goal is finally achieved (getting dermal fillers), but the results are not what you wanted. Do the following if the fillers take too long to work or the treatment fails to work ultimately.

Talk With the One Who Performed Your Injection

Be honest and express your disappointment to the cosmetic doctor. Kontiset al. (2018) suggested that talking to a dermal fillers expert who gave you the injectables will help you understand what happened and what made the procedure not work. Do not assign blame to the practitioner. Instead, seek solutions and allow cosmetic professionals to help you achieve your cosmetic goals.

Give Yourself Enough Time

Dermal fillers’ gone wrong’ procedure can cause an emotional breakdown. Anger, fear, and regrets may interfere with your decision-making. Let yourself think calmly. It will be stressful for you, your family, and the professional administering your facial treatment. Realize that most of the problems you are facing at this time will resolve one by one as your body heals and emotions improve. 

Consider a Second Dermal Filler

If you are familiar with the motivational quote, ‘you have not failed; you have only tried 10,000 times, you will realize one failed achievement is not a denied dream. You do not need to try dermal fillers 10,000 times. Nevertheless, undertaking the procedure after one failed treatment will not hurt. If you are unsatisfied with the outcomes, talk to a trusted cosmetic expert about the second procedure. A warning: only consider a second injectable if the healing process is completed. Also, ensure you comprehensively discuss the risks, costs, worst-case scenario, and the necessary plan of action to avoid damaging health effects. Some practitioners will charge any fee for a revision treatment, but you may be asked to pay for anesthesia and facility fees. To clear doubts and get a clearer perspective of a second procedure, get a second opinion for other cosmetic professionals.

Try a New Cosmetic Expert

Your relationship with the dermal fillers’ practitioner may get damaged if the dermal products fail to work. Trust and communication might get lost if you are unhappy with the outcomes. When that happens, finding a new provider might be a better solution.

FAQs about Fillers

Why Do Fillers Wear Out?

Dermal fillers get infused with body tissues to bring out their desired effects. They are subject to biological processes like metabolism; hence they wear out with time and dissolve into the human skin.

How Long Does Swelling Last After the Dermal Treatment?

Swelling is an inherent part of the fillers; the swelling wears out in about 24 hours.

Are Lip Fillers the Same as Dermal Fillers?

Lip fillers are a subset of dermal fillers. Other dermal fillers include the face, cheek, and eye trough fillers.


Dermal filler treatments transform your facial features and give you a perfect look. Facial enhancement procedures should solve your cosmetic problem within the expected time. A delayed improvement or failed transformation is disappointing. However, it does not mean the procedure will never work again. Avoid delayed and failed results by choosing the right injectable. Using a qualified practitioner to conduct the procedure will make the products last longer. Similarly, a proper aftercare routine will make the filler last long enough.


Goldberg, D. J. (Ed.). (2017). Dermal fillers. Karger Medical and Scientific Publishers

Kontis, T. C., Bunin, L., & Fitzgerald, R. (2018). Injectable fillers: panel discussion,           controversies, and techniques. Facial Plastic Surgery Clinics, 26(2), 225-236.

Luthra, A. (2015). Shaping lips with fillers. Journal of cutaneous and aesthetic surgery, 8(3),       139.

Tatyana Dyachenko