Dermal Fillers

How Soon After Fillers Can I Get More?

Fillers are changing the tide in the cosmetic industry. But still, there are a lot of unanswered questions around dermal fillers, including how soon after fillers one can get more.

The effects of ageing signs like sagging skin or wrinkles can affect an individual. However, the cosmetic industry is always coming up with new ways to keep up with the youthful look and minimize the appearance of ageing signs. The most common way to keep the face smooth and rejuvenated is by getting dermal fillers. Various dermal fillers can enhance facial features and treat every face spot. While the effects of dermal fillers can last longer, one will need to visit their aesthetic provider occasionally to boost the effects. Besides, the ageing process is continuous, and fillers cannot be a one-off solution.

What Are Dermal Fillers?  

Dermal fillers are gel-like injectable substances that help to smooth out wrinkles, restore volume to sagging skin, plump up lips and cheeks, and enhance one’s facial features to look more symmetrical. People choose fillers to gain a more youthful look. There are different dermal fillers, most of which use synthetic materials and substances naturally occurring in the body. The most common ones used today include hyaluronic acid (HA), calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA), poly-l-lactic acid (PLLA), and polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA). Before one gets the filler treatment, the cosmetic doctor will first discuss the types of dermal fillers available and help one choose the right option according to their preferences.

During the dermal filler procedure, an aesthetician cleans the skin and injects a small amount of filler into the skin. The process takes a few minutes, usually 15 to 30 minutes. Immediately after the procedure, one may experience swelling and bruising, which is normal. These side effects usually disappear within 3 to 5 days. Some people may notice their results immediately after the procedure, but they vary from one person to another. How long it takes to see the results depends on factors such as the type of dermal fillerone will choose to receive and their body’s metabolism, among others.

How Soon After Fillers Can You Get More?

When onetreatsthe face with dermal fillers, there are a few things to know about spacing out the appointments.

The Kind of Look Desired

It is the first thing to consider when determining how long to wait between your dermal filler sessions. The extent of change a person wants to achieve will influence the amount of filler they will need and how frequent one will need to schedule regular sessions with their healthcare provider.

The Type of Filler One Chooses

Dermal fillers vary in terms of longevity. Some dermal filler treatments provide more long-lasting effects than others. The type of filler chosen influences how often one will have to visit their aesthetician for top-up sessions. When one startsa filler treatment, their aesthetician will talk about the frequency of their sessions. As mentioned earlier, ageing is a continuous process, and dermal fillers cannot be a one-off solution. Even those who want to correct different face asymmetries must schedule regular appointments with their healthcare providers to maintain the desired effects.

In most cases, people receive their top-up fillers at least once every 6 to 12 months. It is because most filler treatments provide the desired effects for this period. However, some people would wish to add more filler and increase the intensity of their results. For example, one may need to add more lip filler to increase the fullness of their lips up to a certain level. But still, they will have to wait until the initial swelling, and bruising goes down. It takes approximately two weeks. Adding more filler before the initial swelling subsides may make further treatment difficult. For this reason, it is always recommended that one have the fillers once after 6 to 12 months when the effects of the initial treatment havesubsided.

Benefits of Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers facilitate the production of collagen and elastin, which gives the skin a rejuvenated appearance. According to Cabral et al. (2020), dermal fillers have been used to minimize the adverse effects associated with ageing, such as treating wrinkles, restoring skin elasticity and reducing the rough-textured appearance of the skin. Carruthers et al. (2020) explained that injectable soft-tissue fillers could improve the appearance of scars that result from skin cancer treatment, among other skin conditions.

What Are the Advantages of Filler Procedures?

Many people get instant results after the procedure. The session usually takes less than 30 minutes. Unlike traditional surgical procedures, dermal filler treatments have less recovery time. One can have a dermal injection and return to normal duties the next day. The effects of dermal filler treatments can last for several months or years, usually six months to 1 year, depending on the type of filler chosen. Besides, dermal fillers are less expensive compared to surgical cosmetic procedures.

Side Effects of Filler Treatments   

  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Redness
  • Lumps at the injected site
  • Itching and rash
  • Tissue death
  • Infections
  • Asymmetrical appearance
  • Scars
  • Numbness

What to Avoid After Fillers

Intense Cardio

A cardio workout is great for boosting one’s mood, burning fats, and increasing blood circulation, among other benefits. However, it might not be good for optimizing dermal filler results. An intense cardio workout may temporarily increase blood pressure, increasing the risk of swelling and bruising in the injected area. One should wait approximately 24 hours for their filler to settle in before doing any exercise that may increase the blood pressure.


Alcohol is a well-known blood thinner and may worsen bruising. Avoid alcohol for at least 48 hours after the filler treatment for best-looking results.


Filler injections leave minute prick marks on the injected area in the skin. Such openings may increase the risk of bacterial infections from the makeup if oneapplies it immediately after the procedure.

Sleeping on the Side of the Injected Area

Avoid sleeping on the side of the face where you’ve had filler injection for the first night to avoid filler migration and allow it to settle. It also reduces the risks of bruising and swelling.

Other Things to Avoid

  • Massaging the injected area before the initial swelling disappears.
  • Wearing eyeglasses immediately after fillers. They put pressure on the injected area.
  • Direct sunlight exposure.
  • Too much heat.

FAQs about Fillers

Is There Downtime Needed after Fillers?

There is no downtime needed after a filler injection. Patients can return to their work routines right after the procedure. However, they must adhere to the cosmetic doctor’s aftercare instructions for optimal results.

How Long Do Fillers Last?

The lasting period of any filler injection depends on factors such as the type of filler used, the amount of filler injectable, the area of injection and individual metabolism. Most HA-bases fillers last for 6 to 12 months. Collagen fillers last up to 2 to 3 months. Other types, such as calcium hydroxylapatite, poly-L-lactic acid, and polymethylmethacrylate, can last up to 3 years or more.

Can Fillers Be Reversed?

Unlike surgical cosmetics, procedures filler injections are not permanent. Besides, patients unhappy with their results can request a reversal procedure. Most HA-based fillers can be dissolved using an enzyme known as hyaluronidase.


Fillers are great for anyone looking to enhance their facial feature and maintain a youthful look. Although some filler may last up to 2 years, others are repeated after a few months for the best results. If oneis treating several areas of the face, one might have recurrent sessions with the aesthetician. Filler treatment is a sensitive procedure, so one should consider having it from a board-certified cosmetic doctor. It helps one minimize the severity of possible side effects and achieve the best-looking results.


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.

Carruthers, A., Carruthers, J., & Humphrey, S. (2020). Injectable soft tissue fillers: Overview of clinical use. UpToDate. Com Jan.

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