Recently, I stumbled across an article dealing with a common complaint about dermal fillers. The complaint is a simple one: these products don’t last as long as they should.
It isn’t an unfounded complaint. There’s a reason I’ve heard it many times in the past.
At Aesthetic + Wellness, we use dermal fillers that advertise a range of longevity from 6 months to 2 years. It’s not rare for our clients to have to come back for a re-treatment before the listed lifespan of the product.
So what’s going on?
First things first: What exactly are dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers are gels made from hyaluronic acid.
Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in the body and forms an important part of your skin’s support structure — or “matrix.”
By attracting water molecules, hyaluronic acid helps keep your skin hydrated. It also acts as a natural shock absorber and promotes the production of collagen — another essential component in your skin’s matrix.
The problem is, skin ages and loses hyaluronic acid. It gets loose, thin, and dehydrated. The result? Folds and wrinkles around your nose and mouth.
We begin losing as much as a teaspoon of volume from our faces starting around age 25. By the age of 50, we’ve lost 25 teaspoons.
And it shows.
It shows in the hollowing of the eyes, the flattening and sagging of the cheeks, the pronounced nasolabial fold and marionette lines — in thinning lips, sagging jowls, and more.
Collagen injections used to be the most popular way of counteracting those kinds of aging effects. Recently, however, aesthetic professionals have started using dermal fillers with sterile, synthetic, non-animal based versions of hyaluronic acid.
These new fillers last longer than collagen, have fewer side effects, and are much safer.
But do dermal fillers really work?
We’ve been using dermal fillers with our clients for over 12 years now. The transformations I see never cease to amaze me. The results are beautiful, natural, and clock-reversing. It’s always a pleasure to give the gift of gorgeous, full, luscious lips.
The treatment is soft and subtle while gently erasing years from the face. It lifts and contours in an altogether beautiful and natural way.
Dermal fillers are a great option for anyone looking to restore the youthful contours of their face, replace lost volume, enhance their lips, or sculpt their cheeks, chin, and jawline.
So why do people say it doesn’t last as long as it should?
To be honest, the lifespan estimates you see for different types of dermal fillers can be a bit misleading.
One syringe of filler is equivalent to 1/5 of a teaspoon of volume. With 25 teaspoons of volume loss, the average 50-year-old would need 125 syringes of filler to replace their full volume. Obviously, that’s completely unreasonable.
The great news is that with strategic placement and efficient use of the product, we can work our magic with far, far less product.
Most of my clients will get between just three and six syringes at an initial treatment. That’s because we don’t want to overdo in the beginning. We don’t want to go straight from 0–60. It’s usually wiser to take a more gradual approach.
Still, this does have an effect on the longevity of the treatment. If we were able to do a very robust treatment, the product would last it’s listed lifespan without question.
When we take things a little slower, however, we’re sacrificing some of the longevity. We know that going in, and we try to make that clear to all of our clients.
So early on in the process, dermal fillers often don’t last as long as they say they will. It’s okay. Rome wasn’t built in a day.
That’s why more frequent treatments are needed to reach the results you’re aiming for over time. It’s much easier on the budget and builds your look naturally — rather than through a dramatic change all at once.
So don’t be worried by complaints that dermal fillers don’t last long enough. Sometimes you have to walk before you can run — and the final product will be all the better for it.
Would you like to reinvigorate your lips and breathe fresh youth into your skin?
We’d love to hear from you!
Give us a call at 615–714–8419 to schedule a free consultation or just to ask some questions.
At Aesthetic Center of Murfreesboro, we’re always happy to answer questions and point you in the right direction.