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How Often Male Patients Get Fillers

Plump skin and refreshed facial looks are not for female patients only. Fillers can be injected beneath the dense skin of male patients to provide an improved natural look. This article discusses how often males get fillers, including; what fillers are, how they differ between male and female patients, and factors affecting how long male patients get fillers.

The days of skincare products and cosmetic treatment being administered to female patients are long gone. Dermal fillers for male clients are steadily gaining momentum. In the UK, the popularity of using fillers for male patients has doubled in the last 15 years. Fillers’ power can eliminate the accumulating facial wrinkles and fine lines caused by old age or lifestyle. However, cosmetic treatment is not permanent; it provides optimal results lasting for a few months depending on the amount injected, the patient lifestyle, and body metabolism. Therefore, male patients must have regular maintenance appointments to maintain their looks.

What Are Fillers?

Dermal fillers are natural or synthetic substances injected under the skin tissues by a qualified cosmetic doctor to lift, plump, and restore facial volume. Karapantzou et al. (2020) suggested that fillers allow patients to improve their facial complexity and appearance or look refreshed with minimal or no downtime. Filler treatment is an approved cosmetic procedure by the Food Standard Agency (FSA) to be safe and effectively eliminate facial wrinkles and folds. Most male patients seek treatment to address the hollowness of the cheeks, dark circles,and crowfeet around the eyelid. They also remove deep folds extending from the nose to the mouth corners.

How Filler Injections Differ Between Female and Male Patients

An experienced cosmetic injector recognizes the need to customize each cosmetic treatment depending on a patient’s condition. The consultation includes selecting the appropriate filler type, placement, and skin health. According to Cohen et al. (2017), a cosmetic provider preserves the masculine facial looks and uses thicker filler materials to account for larger bones and men’s denser skin. According to Moon et al. (2021), male patients require more filler materials to plump the facial skin to eliminate aging signs compared to thinner skin in female clients. In both cases, the filler treatment is quick, accompanied by short-lived side effects like bruising, swelling, and skin redness.

Can Anything Affect How Long Male Patients Get Fillers?

Plumping natural look degrades a few months after getting filler injections.Carruthers et al. (2015) explained that male patients beginnoticing fine facial lines, thinning lips or cheeks, and retaining the original facial after the filler treatment. This is because the filler injected is gradually metabolized by skin tissues before being absorbed completely. Nonetheless, the treatment’s longevity affects how often a patient gets touch-ups. Chatrath et al. (2019) stated that  facial fillers last for approximately 3 to 24 months, depending on the following factors:

Filler Material Type

There are different dermal fillers for male patients in the cosmetic market. Chirico et al. (2021) suggested that hyaluronic acid (HA) is the most commonly injected filler material that plumps decreased cheek volume or lips by retaining water. Martino et al. (2019) showed that it lasts 6- 12 months, depending on other factors. It lasts longer in female patients since male patients are characterized by active hormonal functions metabolizing the filler materials. O’Daniel&Kachare (2022) suggested that other filler types include collagen stimulators like poly-l-lactic acid that last for an estimated 6 to 18 months. Seo (2021) showed that calcium hydroxylapatite( CaHa) is anothercommonly used filler for male patients to eliminate premature aging signs such as deep-rooted fine lines, wrinkles, and facial folds. De Almeida et al. (2019) claimed that calcium hydroxylapatite requires a one-time maintenance injection annually, lasting 18 to 24 months.

Facial Areas Being Treated

Fillers can treat hollow cheeks, thin lips, facial wrinkles, folds, and dark Circes around the eyes. Each part has different facial muscle movements, causing the filler materials to dissociate differently. Goodman et al. (2020) showed that fillers for eyes last shorter due to frequent blinking, increasing the material’s breakdown. El-Sated et al. (2022) noted that lip fillers last for approximately 3 to 12 months, depending on the amount and type injected.

The Amount Injected

The rule of thumb does not only apply to medical drugs but also to cosmetic procedures like filler treatment. The more filler materials are injected to plump the skin, the longer it takes for the effects to last.


Patients’ daily activities can affect how fast fillers are metabolized and absorbed by body mechanisms. Vedamurthy& Maya (2018) stated that most male patients have an active lifestyle, which increases the rate of breaking down the filler ingredients. Additionally, patients addicted to alcohol can have a short lifespan of cosmetic treatments, including facial fillers; Alcohol acts as a blood thinner, making the treated area more susceptible to side effects. Also, going overboard can increase the breakdown of the fillers.

Person’s Body Chemistry

Male patients are more masculine and have different hormonal concentrations than female customers. They have an increased body metabolism; the filler materials diminish quickly. In addition, the accumulation of stressing hormone cytokines in malepatients also increases the breakdown of body toxins, including filler materials.

Frequently Asked Questions about Fillers

Between Dermal Fillers and Botulinum toxin injections, Which One Is Better for Male Patients?

Fillers and Botulinum toxin treatments are cosmetic procedures that eliminate facial wrinkles in male patients. However, they work differently.Thefollowing ways that Botulinum toxin injections and fillers treatment works:

  • Seo (2021) discovered that dermal fillers are injected beneath the skin to plump the face from the inside out, increasing collagen production and eliminating deep-rooted wrinkles.
  • According to Wu et al. (2022), botulinum toxin injections target facial muscles to prevent contraction and movement. The study above revealed that the muscles relax, softening the wrinkles and fine lines around the treated area.

Fillers for male patients depend on their preferences. It is because both procedures are safe and have been approved by FSA as an effective way to eliminate facial wrinkles.

Can Facial Fillers Treat Acne?

Acne is a common skin disorder causing scars and deep-rooted debris on the face. Fillers cannot be used to treat the conditions, but they can help reduce certain symptoms upon injection. Hyaluronic acid, the commonly affected natural substance by acne, can be restored by the treatment, plumping the skin to eliminate acne scars and deep-rooted fine lines.


Filler treatments for male patients have gained popularity in recent years. Patients can use them to maintain a youthful masculine facial structure associated with men with no or minimal short-lived side effects. However, it might require regular maintenance injections to maintain the look. It is because fillers provide a temporal result estimated to last for approximately 3 to 24 months, depending on various factors like patients’ lifestyle, metabolic rate, the amount injected, and filler material type.


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Elena Ognivtseva