Are you looking for a way to turn back the clock on aging? Dermal fillers have become a popular solution for those looking to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and loss of volume in the face. But before you jump on board with this cosmetic treatment, you likely have a few questions about dermal fillers and how long they last.
What Are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are injectable substances used to add volume and smooth out wrinkles and fine lines in the skin. They’re often made of a synthetic form of hyaluronic acid—a naturally occurring substance in the body that helps keep the skin hydrated and plump.
Are Dermal Fillers Permanent?
No, dermal fillers aren’t permanent. The longevity of dermal fillers varies depending on the type of filler used and the area being treated. Generally, hyaluronic acid-based fillers like those in the Juvéderm line last 6 months to 2 years (see the table below).
The lifespan of the filler can also depend on the amount injected, the patient’s age, and the location of the injection. In areas of the face that experience more movement, such as the lips or nasolabial folds, the filler may break down more quickly than in areas with less movement, such as the temples.
The body eventually breaks down and absorbs the filler, gradually diminishing its effects. Touch-up treatments will allow you to maintain your results.
|Filler||What It Treats||How Long It Lasts|
|Juvéderm & Juvéderm XC||Mild to moderate lines, nasolabial folds||Up to 1 year|
|Juvéderm Ultra Plus XC||Moderate to severe lines, marionette folds, nasolabial folds||Up to 1 year|
|Juvéderm Vollure®||Severe lines and folds, smile lines||Up to 18 months|
|Juvéderm Volbella® XC||Lipstick lines, lip augmentation||Up to 1 year|
|Juvéderm Voluma® XC||Add cheek volume and contour, augment the chin||Up to 2 years in the cheeks |
Up to 1 year in the chin
What Facial Areas Can Dermal Fillers Treat?
Dermal fillers can be used to treat a variety of areas on the face, including:
- Lips. Fillers can be injected into the lips to add volume and create a fuller, more lush appearance.
- Cheeks. Fillers can add volume to the cheeks, which helps lift and contour the face.
- Nasolabial folds. Nasolabial folds are deep creases that run from the nose to the corners of the mouth. Fillers smooth out these lines by filling them in.
- Marionette lines. These lines run from the corners of the mouth to the chin. Fillers reduce their appearance, creating a smoother, more lifted look.
- Under the eyes. Fillers can fill in hollows and reduce the appearance of dark circles under the eyes.
- Temples. Fillers can add volume to the temples, which helps restore a more youthful appearance.
- Chin. If you’re concerned about a receding or “weak” chin, fillers can augment it for a balanced profile.
What Are the Risks of Dermal Fillers?
As with any cosmetic treatment, certain risks are associated with dermal fillers. These can include:
- Swelling or bruising
- Allergic reaction
- Granulomas (small lumps under the skin)
These risks are relatively rare, however. Most people who receive dermal filler injections experience only minor side effects, such as redness or mild discomfort at the injection site.
To minimize the risk of complications, choose a qualified, experienced provider. Following all pre- and post-injection instructions is essential to ensure the best possible outcome.
Many patients combine BOTOX® Cosmetic with dermal fillers for optimal anti-aging effects.