The Lasting Effects of Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are one of the most popular anti-aging treatments in the United States. They are fast, convenient and provide remarkable results. However, dermal fillers don't last forever. Over time, the body will eventually metabolize and break down the main substance that fills wrinkles and fine lines.

The most durable facial filler is Sculptra, as it stimulates collagen production in the body for longer lasting and effective results. Other fillers, such as Restylane and Juvederm, rank close second, depending on patient needs. Some dermal fillers have been studied to last about two years. The three fillers that tend to last the longest are Restylane Lyft, Restylane Defyne, Restylane Refyne, Juvederm, Voluma, Radiesse and Sculptra.

Like any other skin care procedure, individual results may vary. For lines and wrinkles closer to the skin, the doctor may choose a thinner product to fill the contour and soften the skin. These products can be metabolized more quickly and will last 6 to 12 months. In areas of the face with more movement, such as the lips, for example, the constant movement of the muscles breaks down and dissolves the filler at a faster rate, and fillers tend to disappear faster in these more active areas.A great way to prolong fillers is to not subject them to stress or pressure.

Because of this, patients can seek expert facial plastic surgeons who can inject fillers into specific parts of the face to provide the most satisfactory results, while selecting the areas with the least amount of movement. Dermal fillers involve injecting a product, usually hyaluronic acid, into the face to restore or improve facial features. Fillers are also used for liquid rhinoplasty, a non-invasive technique used to improve the appearance and harmony of the nose with the facial anatomy.He also warns his patients who have developed a lump above the lip to dissolve injectable fillers before new filler injections. Restylane-L, Juvederm and Belotero are dermal fillers commonly used for facial wrinkles, asymmetry and volume loss.If you search the Internet, ask other aesthetic doctors who regularly inject fillers, and then ask patients how long the fillers last, the answer is usually the same; 6, 12, or 18 months.

Over time, as facial movement increases in areas such as the lips or cheeks, it causes the filler to break down and dissolve at a faster rate.Most fillers can perform well in this area, but hyaluronic acid fillers can dissolve if accidentally injected into a blood vessel (a rare complication). Some brands of dermal fillers estimate that fillers only last 6 to 12 months.In order to get an accurate assessment of how long dermal fillers will last for each individual patient's needs, Dr. Gavin Chan decided to refer his patients for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to his colleague Dr. Mobin Master (MBBS FRANZCR).

If you're not sure which filler is right for you, your doctor can help answer your questions and guide you in selecting the filling that best fits your desired results.In the past year, Dr. Gavin Chan has discovered something about dermal fillers that has “surprised” him regarding their longevity. When patients come back to him after 3 weeks of receiving a dermal lip filler treatment and say that their dermal filler is “gone” he now knows it hasn't dissolved.That's why he recommends this type of filler if you haven't had a dermal filler before and aren't sure what to expect. Schedule an appointment at Saigal Facial Plastic Surgery to discuss your dermal filler treatment options.

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