How Long Do Dermal Fillers Take to Dissolve?
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Plastic surgery has lately been on everyone’s mind. Following the trends set by celebrities such as Kylie Jenner, people are more likely to have body modifications done before learning the basics. Dermal fillers, like most things in life, do not last forever. You can maintain your post-filler appearance by maintaining a regular touch-up schedule, but if left alone, your filler will eventually disappear. That’s both good and bad news: it means you’ll need more injections to maintain your results, but it also means you won’t be stuck with changes that didn’t turn out exactly how you expected.
Before you get your first filler injection, you might want to know how soon you’ll see results, how long they’ll last, and how long it takes for fillers to dissolve in case you don’t like them.
First, Your fillers need to settle..
‘Fillers’ is an expression used when hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the human body. How long would it take them to settle and for you to see the results?
Although there are some exceptions, most dermal fillers settle or show their full results after 2-3 weeks. It takes time for the filler to break down, integrate with the surrounding tissue, and hydrate the skin.
Different brands of fillers take different amounts of time to show their final results:
- Juvederm and Restylane fillers typically show their final results within two weeks.
- Radiesse & Stylage fillers require one to two weeks to settle.
- Sculptra takes 4-6 weeks to show results, but it also lasts longer than other fillers.
After the filler is injected, some patients may experience swelling and minor bruising, but don’t worry, this should go away within a few days to a week!
Should I Wait for my Fillers to Dissolve Naturally?
Different fillers tend to dissolve naturally at different rates. Most hyaluronic acid fillers used in the lips, jawline, and cheeks, such as Juvederm and Restylane, dissolve after 6 to 12 months. Sculptra can deliver results that can last for up to two years.
Some synthetic lip fillers last longer than a year, but we generally do not recommend them. Fillers do not always stay exactly where they are placed over time due to the nature of lip anatomy. Maintaining the patient’s desired appearance is difficult unless the filler is temporary and easy to replace.
Remember that fillers are frequently marketed as lasting till the last drop is dissolved. After 6-9 months with most fillers, patients begin to notice volume loss again. Before they are fully dissolved, we recommend touching up and layering the product to maintain your look!
What are some of the Reasons People get their Fillers Dissolved?
- Lumps & Bumps:
Unfortunately, the dips and lips are the areas where we observe the most lumps and bumps. Because the skin is so thin and harsh here, the tear trough is physically unique and more complex. The lips appear to differ from patient to patient due to the strong muscular function of the area and tissue changes. At 3D Lifestyle, we work hard to ensure that the results are smooth and consistent.
Some other reasons include:
- Rashes, swelling, itching and bruising
- An infection
- The filler moving away from the intended treatment area over time
Can Fillers be dissolved Before they Naturally wear off?
One of the pros of fillers over cosmetic surgery is that you can make adjustments. Cosmetic medicine is not an exact science, and even the most skilled practitioners’ patients may occasionally be dissatisfied with their final outcomes.
In case you don’t like the way your filler looks and want to get rid of it, a qualified medical expert will be able to dissolve it. Many popular fillers can easily be dissolved or reduced in size. Sculptra is the only exception, as the end outcome is collagen, and it can not be reversed. Radiesse is also not reversible because it is composed of calcium rather than hyaluronic acid.
The hyaluronidase enzyme, which starts working nearly immediately, can degrade hyaluronic acid fillers like Juvederm. Many people experience little swelling or bruising following these injections, so you may not notice the full effect for another 2-3 days.
Although, like fillers themselves, hyaluronidase is typically safe to use, it is not without risk. Before injecting the face, it is recommended to perform a patch test on the arm to confirm the patient is not allergic.
Can I Reduce Fillers Partially?
Absolutely! To get rid of a little extra, you don’t have to dissolve all of your filler material! Our aesthetician can inject small amounts of enzyme into a temporary dermal filler to partially dissolve it.
You may be able to improve your post-filler appearance without needing any extra injections. Mild concerns, such as modest asymmetry, are frequently resolved by massaging the affected area. However, you should never massage unless you are instructed to!
Is it Possible to Keep My Appearance Longer?
If you want to maintain the look you got with a filler, you can schedule touch-up sessions to have more filler injected anytime it starts to break down. Although fillers are just temporary, your appearance does not have to be.
Make an appointment with 3D Lifestyle MedSpa to get started with your first dermal filler or to make improvements to your post-filler appearance. Our med spa in Etobicoke is staffed by highly qualified master nurse injectors that excel at delivering great results.
Book yourself a FREE consultation and find out more about Fillers with 3D Lifestyle today!