How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last?

If you’re on a quest to look younger without going under the knife, dermal fillers may be the right option for you.  Dermal fillers have become immensely popular as a safe, non-invasive alternative to surgery.  One of the questions frequently asked about dermal fillers is – How long do dermal fillers last? 

What Are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are cosmetic injectables that add volume to the skin and rejuvenate the face.  Fillers can smooth fine lines and wrinkles, soften creases, and restore volume in areas where fatty tissue has diminished.   They can therefore be used to augment the lips, contour the cheeks, and refine the chin.   Dermal fillers leave the face looking plumper, smoother, and more youthful.

How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last?

Hyaluronic acid (HA) based fillers are the most widely used today, and most patients can enjoy the results of these fillers anywhere from 6-18 months.  The duration of action varies depending on the area of injection and the specific properties of the filler.  HA is a naturally occurring molecule in the body that helps to plump and moisturize the skin.

HA fillers break down gradually over time and the particles are naturally absorbed by the body.  Therefore, the speed with which the body metabolizes the dermal filler will impact how long it lasts.

Other dermal fillers such as those made of calcium hydroxyapatite (CaHA) last about 12 months.  There are also fillers made from poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) that work by stimulating the production of collagen in the body.  The effects of PLLA fillers become apparent over time and can last up to 2 years.

Would you like to learn more about dermal fillers?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area. 

If you are in the greater Vancouver BC area, Yaletown Laser Centre is our featured practice. 

You can reach them at www.yaletownlaser.com, or by calling (604) 256-9646.

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