Dermal fillers are used to reverse common signs of aging, such as wrinkles and lines, as well as to add additional volumes in various parts of the face and body. This cosmetic procedure adds a youthful, dewy appearance and aims an improvement in self-confidence level. If you have never used dermal fillers before, you probably have many questions about this cosmetic procedure, one of the most frequently asked questions being: WHAT HAPPENS WHEN DERMAL FILLERS WEAR OFF? Let me be straight with you right away. Yes, they do, sooner or later, unless you choose a permanent filler. But this is a completely different story, and we will not discuss this type of fillers today. Though, knowing what types of fillers exist out there is useful for every person, willing to use them. It helps make an informed and conscious choice. So, you can be offered dermal fillers, which contain the following main ingredient:
- Hyaluronic acid (Juvederm, Restylane), which is a substance, naturally produced by our bodies.
- Polylactic acid (Sculptra) refers to synthetic fillers, while still remaining biodegradable.
- Polyalkylimide (Aquamid) is a semi-permanent formulation, though biocompatible.
- Calcium hydroxylapatite (Radiesse) is another natural substance that our body produces, which is produced biosynthetically.
- Polymethyl-methacrylate microspheres (Bellafill) is a more permanent product, though being classified as semi-permanent.
- Fat, namely your own fat injections, which is harvested from your body, purified and injected into the required areas.
WHY ARE DERMAL FILLERS RESULTS TEMPORARYInjectable cosmetic fillers contain Hyaluronic Acid or Calcium hydroxylapatite, both of which come in the form of a gel-like substance, which is injected into places under the skin that have lost volume and smoothness. As already mentioned, both are produced inside our bodies, which means that they are not perceived as a foreign substance. Therefore, soft-tissue fillers are metabolized by our bodies over time. And this means that the treatment results are reversible. Bottom line, while the relatively short life span of dermal fillers is their main drawback, the possibility of cancelling the changes without any serious interventions is one of their main advantages.
HOW LONG DO DERMAL FILLERS LASTSo now we know for sure that the fillers concerned will not stay in our system forever. And you need to keep in mind that the period of their “stay” differs from person to person. So what affects the longevity? The duration of the fillers results is influenced by such aspects, as:
- Dermal filler formulation
- Injection site
- Depth of wrinkles
- Amount of gel injected
- Metabolic features of the body