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How Permanent are Dermal Fillers?

Ellie Taylor
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Dermal fillers are cosmetic injectables that can be used to enhance, shape or define your features. They can be used to rejuvenate and revitalise ageing skin by restoring lost volume.

Our skilled team of medical experts only use Juvéderm® products, the world’s number one brand, to provide natural, long-lasting results.

But how long do dermal fillers last? It helps to know and understand what they are first. Read on to discover more about fillers and how long they last.

What are Dermal Fillers?

Face and lip fillers are injectable gels that are used to fill in wrinkles and give volume and definition to places like your lips, cheeks or jawline.

Fillers come in various densities (thicknesses), which influences the area where they are used, like creating symmetry, smoothing wrinkles, or accentuating certain preferable facial features.

Dermal fillers are temporary, as they are formed from hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance found in your body. Hyaluronic acid, or HA, binds to water in your skin and integrates with your own facial tissue, which is why you get such natural-looking results when using it.

A fully qualified practitioner must administer dermal fillers in a clinical setting as they are injectable.

In a simple procedure, an anaesthetic cream is used to numb the chosen area, and the doctor or nurse then injects small amounts of the HA filler, where you have chosen to have more volume, increased definition or a redefined shape.

To learn more about the process, read our blog here and to find out about how you can help your healing with simple aftercare tips, read here.

Where Can I Have Dermal Fillers?

You can have dermal fillers in different parts of your face, around the eyes, cheeks, mouth and jawline, as well as lip fillers to enhance your lip shape.

Here are some of the places people opt to have fillers:

Tear troughs – these are the lines underneath your eyes that can make you look tired. There is commonly a loss of volume and elasticity of the skin here, and fillers can often rectify this.

Naso-labial Folds – you will call these your smile or laughter lines as the term refers to the skin folds that run from the corners of your mouth up to your nose. Filling out these folds offers a rejuvenated look.

Mouth Corners – The corners of your mouth can droop, giving you an appearance of being unhappy. A small amount of filler applied to the corners of your lips can counteract this.

Marionette Lines – This is the term for the lines that run from the corners of your mouth downwards to your chin. Fillers are good for making these less prominent.

Cheeks – Ageing causes loss of collagen and subcutaneous fat, the fat that runs underneath the skin and gives it its plump appearance. When cheeks lose their fat, they can appear hollow, making you look tired. Fillers can be used to enhance your cheeks to return to a more natural look.

Chin Augmentation – Fillers can be used as a non-permanent alternative to surgical chin implants as they can help redefine your jawline.

Smokers Lines – around your mouth can be drastically reduced and smoothed with a small amount of HA filler.

Nose – Surprisingly, dermal fillers can be used to straighten out any lumps or bumps on your nose by injecting the HA to rectify any anomalies in the bridge of the nose or even improve a crooked line.

Some of these processes rely on the clinician’s expertise, and you should be absolutely confident in the experience and ability of your practitioner before you have any of these treatments.

Here at DestinationSkin, we are more than happy to help answer any questions you may have about any of these procedures; we have your best interests and safety at heart.

How Permanent Are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are not permanent because enzymes naturally break down the HA in the body over time.

How long they last will depend on a few different factors.

  • The quality of the filler used is a significant contributing factor in the lifespan of your treatment.
  • The density (thickness) of the filler used. Thicker fillers are used for effects like cheek or jawline enhancement, whereas thinner fillers are used for wrinkles or fine lines.
  • The amount of filler injected can also affect how long-lasting the effects are.
  • Your body process. Some people’s bodies break down the HA quicker than others.

Thinner fillers, used for smoothing away fine lines and wrinkles or tear troughs, tend to last 6 to 9 months. Thicker fillers used for cheek, chin or nose augmentation can last for about 2 years. Most high-quality fillers can be expected to last for at least a year.

Our experts at DestinationSkin will be able to advise you on the types of fillers we use for each procedure and how long they are likely to last.

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