When it comes to aesthetic treatments, one of the gold standards is dermal fillers. For people who want to restore and replenish skin volume, dermal fillers are a good option because they work with the body to increase moisture and proteins in your skin that restore youthful suppleness. But how long do these filler treatments last? At River Region Dermatology and Laser in Montgomery, AL we know that patients who want to fight against natural aging want to use treatments that last a long time.
How Long Do Different Dermal Fillers Last?
In general, you can expect some fillers to last for six months and others to last for up to a year or more. Some factors may contribute to the longevity of your treatment, such as the degree of volume loss in your skin and where fillers are used.
At our clinic, the filters we use include Juvederm, Restylane, and Belotero. Each of these fillers is formulated with hyaluronic acid, a natural sugar molecule that is found in the skin and is responsible for binding moisture to cells. When hyaluronic acid-based fillers are injected into the skin, they attract water to hollow areas to restore skin volume.
Juvederm is one of the most popular filler options for people. Formulated with lidocaine, this filler can drastically improve the appearance of crow’s feet, forehead wrinkles, marionette lines, and nasolabial folds. Juvederm comes in many different formulations that are tailored to various areas of the face, such as the mid-face or the lips.
Restylane is another filler that is popular across the globe. This filler is most appropriate for moderate to severe skin laxity, wrinkles, and other volume loss in the face. Some formulas can also be used to restore the volume of the lips or can be used on the back of the hands. Restylane is a good option for patients who want to make drastic improvements in skin volume.
Belotero is a newer filler that uses a proprietary cohesive polydensified matrix to integrate into skin tissue and restore volume in a natural-looking way. The formula of this filler is thinner and most appropriate for subtly restoring the loss of skin volume. This treatment can sometimes produce results for longer than six months and is most appropriate for those who have very small fine lines.
What Can You Expect From Treatment?
Overall, your treatment process will be very simple. Filler treatments are performed by making several tiny injections into targeted areas of the face, particularly in areas where lost volume has caused hollowness, skin sagging, fine lines, and wrinkles. Your treatment appointments will usually take 20 to 30 minutes and you will be able to return to your normal daily schedule after your appointment is complete.
These treatments are very comfortable because, in addition to some fillers being formulated with lidocaine, we can also ensure your comfort by exploring options such as topical numbing creams to prepare your skin for treatment. Topical numbing cream is usually only effective for about 20 minutes, which is an ideal time frame for filler treatments.
What Should You Do Before Treatment?
About one week before your treatment, you should temporarily discontinue any blood-thinning supplements and medications you may be taking unless otherwise instructed by your regular physician. Blood-thinning supplements and medications can include aspirin, Ginkgo, and vitamin E. You may also want to consider avoiding retinol and other chemicals or acids on the face at least two to three days before your appointment to avoid skin irritation.
What Should You Do After Treatment?
After your treatment, the most important thing you can do is avoid touching your face in any area that has been treated. You should not rub, massage, or roughly scrub your face.
For some, it’s ideal to sleep with your head elevated, as well as avoid any strenuous exercise. You should do your best to avoid direct heat, including from sunlight, hot water, steam, excessive sweating, saunas, and hot tubs. Excessive heat can cause inflammation in the skin that may interfere with the development of your results.
Are You a Good Candidate?
Most people are good candidates for fillers, particularly fillers that are formulated with hyaluronic acid. Because hyaluronic acid is found naturally in your skin, it can be considered a hypoallergenic product since it is very unlikely to cause any allergic reaction. Fillers can be used by people of all skin types and skin tones, and this treatment can also be used at any age.
Some people like to use these treatments or volume restoration while others may like to use this treatment to contour the face to achieve a specific aesthetic goal. You may not be able to use these treatments if you are pregnant or if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in the product formulas.
Rejuvenate Your Skin
If you want to restore and rejuvenate your skin, then you may want to consider a dermal filler treatment. Products such as Juvederm, Restylane, and Belotero are excellent options to restore skin volume. Contact us at River Region Dermatology and Laser in Montgomery, AL today to schedule your initial treatment.