How Long do Dermal Fillers Last?


What are Dermal Fillers Used For?

Dermal fillers are popular cosmetic treatments used to enhance facial features, reduce the signs of aging, and restore volume to specific areas of the face. They are commonly used to smooth out wrinkles, plump up the lips, and enhance cheekbones. One important consideration for individuals considering dermal fillers is how long the results will last. The duration of dermal filler effects can vary depending on several factors, including the type of filler used, the treated area, and individual factors such as metabolism and lifestyle choices.

What is a Dermal Filler Made Of?

Dermal fillers consist of various substances, such as hyaluronic acid (HA), calcium hydroxylapatite, and poly-L-lactic acid, among others. Hyaluronic acid fillers are the most widely used because they are biocompatible, meaning they are naturally found in the body, and they provide immediate results. The longevity of dermal fillers primarily depends on the properties of the filler substance and how the body metabolizes it over time.

How Long Does Treatment Usually Last?

The duration of the effects of dermal fillers can vary depending on several factors, including the type of filler used, the concentration of HA, the depth at which it was injected, the area treated, the patient’s age and skin type, and the injection technique used by the practitioner.  Fillers with higher cross-linking and higher molecular weight tend to last longer. For example, thicker hyaluronic acid fillers used for deeper tissue injections, such as those used for cheek augmentation, tend to last longer than thinner fillers used for fine lines and wrinkles. In general, most dermal fillers are temporary and last anywhere from six months to two years. Hyaluronic acid-based fillers, such as Juvederm and Restylane, are among the most popular and typically last around six to twelve months, but some hyaluronic acid fillers have been shown to last up to two years. Other types of dermal fillers, such as calcium hydroxylapatite (Radiesse) and poly-L-lactic acid (Sculptra), can last longer, up to 18-24 months or more, but they may require multiple treatments to achieve the desired results.

What Factors Can Shorten the Effect?

However, it’s important to note that individual metabolism and lifestyle factors can also impact the longevity of dermal fillers. Factors such as smoking, excessive sun exposure, and a high-stress lifestyle can contribute to the breakdown of the filler and may result in a shorter duration of the effects. Additionally, areas of the face that experience more movement, such as the lips, tend to break down the filler faster than areas with less movement, such as the cheeks.

How Can You Make Treatment Last Longer?

In some cases, individuals may choose to undergo touch-up treatments to maintain the desired results. These touch-ups can be performed as the effects of the initial filler start to diminish. By scheduling follow-up appointments with a qualified healthcare professional, individuals can ensure that their results are maintained for an extended period.

Who Can Inject Dermal Fillers?

It’s important to discuss the expected duration of dermal fillers with a qualified healthcare professional during a consultation.  Qualified healthcare professionals who are allowed to inject dermal fillers in Wisconsin include physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and certified nurse injectors. All providers should have undergone extensive specialty training. They can provide personalized information based on the specific filler being used and the treatment area. The healthcare professional can also provide recommendations on lifestyle choices and skincare routines that can help maximize the longevity of the filler.

Are there any options that last longer?

In recent years, there have been advances in the development of longer-lasting dermal fillers. Some manufacturers have introduced products that claim to provide results for up to two years or more. These fillers often have a higher concentration of HA and different cross-linking techniques to slow down the breakdown process. However, it’s important to note that these claims can vary, and the actual duration may still be influenced by individual factors.


In conclusion, the duration of dermal fillers can vary depending on factors such as the type of filler used, the treated area, and individual factors like metabolism and lifestyle choices. On average, hyaluronic acid fillers can last between 6 and 18 months, but this can vary. By consulting with a qualified healthcare professional and following their recommendations, individuals can achieve optimal and long-lasting results from dermal filler treatments.

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