There's a lot of research involved with getting fillers. We know it takes a while to decide on the treatment and volume you want, which makes it all the more important for your fillers to last, considering the results can begin to fade anywhere upwards of 6 months post-treatment.
Once you've found a clinic and practitioner you're confident with, they would sit you down and set realistic expectations for your results, as well as tell you what can be done to extend your results as long as possible.
Over the past few years, some of our clients have gotten back to us with longevity-related concerns about their treatments that we'd like to talk about:
- "Why has my filler dissolved so quickly?"
- "What can I do to extend the 'wear' of my fillers?"
- "How much filler do I really need to keep my results?"
We understand it can be frustrating when your fillers dissolve quicker than you expected but rest assured there are practical reasons for that, and there are ways to prevent it.
So, if you're wondering why your fillers have disappeared too soon, here's why:
Longevity truly depends from person to person.
This is the biggest gripe our clients have had over the years, and we understand completely. All filler brands guarantee long-lasting results, and they offer the longest possible timespan before the fillers dissolve. But you might be the kind of person whose nose fillers last only two months after getting your initial treatment, while your friend's fillers can last up to six.
Simply put, fillers metabolise in people's bodies differently. If your fillers dissolve after a month, that doesn't mean they didn't "take" or that fillers aren't suited for you. It's just your body functioning normally and "processing" the hyaluronic acid it's been injected with. Fillers can either dissolve extremely quickly or slowly, and that's 100% normal either way.
It depends on the brand of filler used, and for which treatment.
If you've had fillers before, you might be familiar with Juvéderm and Revolax, the two most popular filler brands in the market (and brands we use in our own clinics). But what a lot of people may not know is that there are "subcategories" of filler brands, formulated for different treatments with different consistencies.
For example, Juvéderm alone has 5 different filler types: Juvéderm Voluma® XC, Juvéderm Vollure™ XC, Juvéderm® XC, Juvéderm Volbella®, and XC Juvéderm® Ultra XC. Certain types of Juvéderm are only meant for lips, some are meant for cheeks, and some are meant for fine lines. Because of the differences in the product consistencies, the thicker the filler, the longer they tend to last. This applies to facial contouring treatments in particular, like cheek, jaw, and chin fillers.
If you want to be informed on the exact kind of filler you'll be using, feel free to discuss it with your practitioner and ask for their expert opinion on what brand would be best for your treatment.
Long-lasting results aren't instantaneous.
Fillers are indeed temporary, but that doesn't mean they can't be long-lasting and definitely worth your money. But the truth is that long-lasting results don't happen overnight, and they certainly don't occur after one treatment. It takes patience and commitment to have the results you want, especially if you're going for natural-looking lips (or cheeks, or a jawline, etc.)
Fillers require consistency, but the good thing is you have a practitioner dedicated to helping you with the upkeep, and you'll find that this blog post will have everything you need to know about getting your fillers to last as long as possible.
Ultimately, consistency is the idea. And we're talking about consistency when it comes to multiple factors, not just a matter of getting top-ups regularly, though that is important one a case-to-case basis.
Here's what you have to keep in mind if you want long-lasting fillers:
Be diligent with protecting your skin.
After your initial treatment, your practitioner will advise you to avoid being overly active and exposing yourself to extreme heat for at least 3 days. That includes things like exercising, going to the sauna, or being under the sun without wearing SPF.
It's better to follow these rules even after 3 days because the more you sweat, the more calories you burn, and the more that'll speed up the fillers dissolving. We're not advising you to stop exercising or never leave the house, of course, but we do want you to be careful with rigorous activities. If you're an athlete who requires constant physical activity, we recommend scheduling recurring top-ups.
On top of that, keeping your skincare routine consistent is essential, as well. SPF is absolutely crucial, and you should always reapply SPF when you're outdoors. For example, after getting lip fillers, your lip balm should always be close. If you're unsure about what products you should be using, ask your practitioner for advice, as well.
Make an effort to stress less.
It's easier said than done, but it'll help you in the long run, and not just for the benefit of long-lasting fillers. When you start feeling stressed, your body releases hormones that rapidly enhance the signs of ageing, which is why it's good to pick up destressing habits. Whether it's meditating, getting massages, or going on a digital detox, be sure to make an effort to surround yourself with calm regularly.
This seems more like a general rule, like destressing, but the food and drinks you intake plays a role in how long fillers can last in your body. The reason why staying away from processed, junk food and drinks is that when you don't, it can increase the inflammation in your body and can affect how your body metabolises the filler. Keep it clean when you can, and you'll have a healthy body matched with beautiful, long-lasting treatment results.
Schedule your top-ups accordingly.
Like we mentioned above, top-ups are a case-to-case basis. We usually recommend our clients to schedule a review and top-up with us 2 to 4 weeks after your initial treatment, to see if the fillers have "taken" well into your body and to add a little more if needed. If you look at your treated area and feel as though you don't need a top-up, we still recommend that you schedule a review with your practitioner so they can have a look at your progress. That way, your practitioner can assess how long it'll take before you can schedule your next top-up appointment to maintain your results.