9th December 2022

How To Make Your Filler Last Longer in 2023

Last Modified: December 13, 2022

It's no secret that your face changes over the years. As you age, your skin loses elasticity. Wrinkles and fine lines begin to form, and facial volume dwindles.

These changes can leave you with sunken cheeks, a tired sad looking appearance, and less confidence.

The good news is that you do not have to put up with any of that. All thanks to dermal fillers which have become one of the most sought-after cosmetic treatments around in the UK.

One question we get very often is, how can I make my fillers last longer?

With a custom skin analysis, we can create a personalized filler treatment plan that will enhance your natural beauty and provide numerous other benefits:

Eliminate lines and wrinkles: Wrinkles form when ageing skin begins to sag. Nasolabial folds are the lines that form around your nose and mouth. together with marionette lines, smile lines, and parenthesis lines, they are often deep-set and hard to miss.

Hyaluronic acid fillers are used to restore volume beneath the surface of the skin to fill in these wrinkles

Plump thin lips: It's not uncommon for lips to become thinner over the years. Loss of volume and changes in skin texture can cause lips to look less than their best, even creating vertical lip lines that make you look and feel older. Dermal fillers can plump up your lips, giving them more youthful fullness and eliminating the wrinkles that can cause lipstick drift.

Lift deflated cheeks: Just like your lips, your cheeks lose volume over time. Sagging, crepey skin and diminished facial fat can lead to sunken cheeks and a permanently tired appearance. Some dermal fillers are specifically designed to restore volume to your cheeks. The filler adds volume beneath the skin's surface to lift your cheeks and give you a younger, fresher appearance.

And that's just the beginning. Dermal fillers are fully customizable and versatile, which allows them to address many other cosmetic concerns.

Best of all, hyaluronic acid fillers provide natural-looking and immediate results with no downtime. If you are bothered by the signs of ageing, dermal fillers might just be the answer for you.

What if you already, knew this and are considering or have already gotten your filler treatment?

There's just one problem:

Short fillers longevity! Dermal fillers are not permanent. Even worse, imagine walking into your injector's office and leaving after 30 minutes feeling sculpted and glowing. Only to come back a few months later for the exact same treatment!

Yes, even if we all love the effect filler gives our lips, jawline, or cheeks, the injectable will eventually dissolve and you'll be back to square one. Regular maintenance is a must - and it's not always good for your beauty budget

Luckily, there are some ways to extend the life of your lip fillers (or any other type of filler), so you can extend the time between your appointments and hopefully save a few pounds in the process.

5 Steps To Making Your Fillers Last Longer

First: Metabolism

The longevity of fillers depends on many factors, e.g. type and amount, but most importantly your metabolism. This affects how long fillers last in your body.

You can give 2 people the same amount of fillers in the exact same spot and one person will metabolise within three months, while the other person will be great and happy after two years.

It's not fair, but it is what it is. this is why your friend's lip filler may last longer than yours or vice versa.

That being said, your filler longevity does not depend 100% on your metabolism.

While you can not guarantee where on the spectrum your filler's longevity lies, there are a few things to keep in mind if you want to extend the time between filler treatments.

Second: Location

The location of the treatment is crucial to the longevity of a filler. Since movement on the face cannot be avoided, it is inevitable that the filler will degrade over time. However, certain areas of the face are less prone to regular and aggressive movement.

For example, can you remember the last time you intentionally moved your tear troughs? How about your mouth? The answer to the first question is probably "no", while the answer to the second question is a definite "yes".

Because we use our mouths more often than any other facial feature, lip fillers tend to last the shortest time, while tear-trough fillers can last a few years.

However, that does not mean lip fillers (or fillers in other areas with a lot of movement) will fade suddenly or drastically. Regardless of where you get your filler, it will still gradually dissolve.

Think of it like an ice cube. It melts over time - not suddenly and unexpectedly.

In the same way, fillers do not disappear immediately, but degrade over time, becoming smaller and smaller until they are no longer there.

As for fillers for the eye area, softer fillers are usually used because the skin around the eyes is naturally thinner. Since you do not move this area as much, they last longer than lip injections.

Third: Pressure

In the days following a filler injection, try not to press on the treatment area. If you put too much pressure on the areas where you have had the filler injected, this can affect the settling of the filler and its durability.

For example, if you wear glasses that sit heavily on your nose, this can interfere with a non-surgical rhinoplasty. If you sleep on your side or stomach, you risk shortening the life of the fillers in your cheeks and jawline

But do not worry too much about everyday movements. Applying make-up or blowing your nose will not dramatically alter the injectables. Instead, use your recent injection as an excuse to buy a new pair of lightweight glasses!

Fourth: Consistency

One of the best ways to get long-lasting effects from fillers? Get more filler. Regular maintenance will ensure that the filler lasts and continues to look striking, with little to no fluctuation in your appearance. . It's like getting your hair dyed regularly to maintain its colour.

Some people have fillers put in very frequently and in very tiny amounts because they do not want any change in their appearance.

Others are a little more lax and do not mind starting from scratch. After all, that is one of the main selling points of fillers (especially HA fillers).

If you do not like the way you look, give it a few months and the result will have faded.

Of course, the cost of regular treatment is a little higher, so make sure you know your finances before signing up for more treatments.

Fifth: Future Innovations

There is some good news, especially for people with higher metabolisms that do not allow for long-lasting lip fillers or other treatments like Botox. Thanks to ongoing research, fillers with greater longevity might be in our future.

It is not inconceivable that in the course of our lives we could have a procedure like a non-surgical nose job or chin augmentation once every five years instead of once every eight to sixteen months.

Researchers are striving to one day develop a filler that is not only dissolvable, safe and natural but also does not require a maintenance appointment 1-3 times a year.

This is the way the industry is going. Exciting times lie ahead!

But the future is just that: the future.

So let us come back to the present. More important than clinical trial results is what you see and experience in your own face.

Ultimately, everything about non-surgical cosmetics - including filler injectables is about feeling confident or being the best version of yourself.

If you achieve that, then that's all that matters.

Post Reviewed by: Dr Baldeep Farmah
Medically Reviewed on: 9th December 2022
Dr Baldeep Farmah is the Medical Director and lead Doctor of Dr Aesthetica, a Medical Aesthetic Clinic.

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