How To Make Your Fillers Last Longer

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Have you ever gotten facial fillers only to feel like their effects faded away too quickly? Fillers are designed to be temporary, but they're one of the most popular cosmetic procedures on the market because of the diverse benefits they offer. So be sure to get the most out of your fillers by following a few simple rules that will give you the most from your investment.

Sticking with a physician with the education and skill to give you the best result is the most important way to ensure you get a quality product. As an injector I prefer to educate my patients on what product I'm using so they can set realistic expectations for how long results will last. Bargain hunting for filler is a risky game, so be cautious if you see unbeatable prices because you may not be getting the product you think.  

Before getting your filler, it is best to avoid fish oil, Vitamin E and gingko biloba for one week. And if your doctor approves, you should also stop taking aspirin, ibuprofen, or similar products for one week prior to reduce your chances of bruising (make sure you get the solid green light from your primary physician first, though). During the week before your fillers, add some spinach, kale, and celery to your diet because they will boost your levels of Vitamin K (which reduces bruising). After getting your filler, make sure you don't rub the treated areas for the first 24-48 hours, and avoid vigorous exercise during this time. And try sleeping on your back to prevent putting pressure on the treated area for the first night or two.

A quality skincare routine is a great way to give your skin the extra vitamin and moisture boost it needs to stay youthful, but you could take it a step further to enhance your results. A natural ointment called arnica will help keep bruising at bay, and using Vitamin C will help strengthen your skin and build it up. Hyaluronic acid should also be used to moisturize skin because it will maximize plumpness and moisture absorption. Also, be sure to use sunscreen and avoid extreme heat because it can degrade your fillers.

Certain lifestyle habits can contribute to the degradation of dermal fillers, so making a few changes can optimize your results (and your health!):

  • Avoid alcohol consumption and smoking (or other tobacco products)
  • Drink a lot of water and get enough sleep
  • Avoid stress
  • Avoid extended sun exposure and wear sunscreen

We have patients that practice a rigorous exercise routine and they have noticed their fillers seem to fade quickly. Your metabolism also plays a part in the treatment, and generally a faster metabolism will see results that fade more quickly. While it is true that routine strenuous exercise can have an impact on how long fillers last, we still encourage you to continue with your preferred level of exercise. Just be sure to keep your face protected from the sun, avoid drastic facial movements like excessive squinting, and clean off sweat thoroughly when you're done. And if you follow the other steps closely, you'll still have a wonderful result with your injections. 

This depends mostly on your desired result and the instructions you follow, but most fillers are FDA-approved to last for about one year. Filler results usually start to slightly dissipate at around six months, with a full return to baseline after one year. For that reason, I recommend one initial treatment for full correction with follow up appointments every six months to maintain results. The initial appointment will set a foundation for how the patient wants to look, which means a little more filler product is used during this treatment. During the six month follow up treatments, less filler is needed since that foundation is still there, and most patients prefer this because their appearance doesn't drastically change like it would if they waited a full year. 

Facial fillers have earned their reputation as one of the most effective anti-aging procedures you can get without downtime, and the results speak for themselves. Schedule an appointment in my office today to try fillers today by calling 561-805-9399 or emailing

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Posted by Supriya Dermatology | Sarah Kubrick