Injectable products like neurotoxins (e.gBotox) and Dermal Fillers are non-surgical treatments and are among the best ways to reverse the sign of aging, make the skin softer, and fill the wrinkles. These treatments yield effective results with minimal risks but the problem is they don’t last long. Some dermal fillers can last for 6-12 months while others can last for 2-5 years and that too in rare cases.
The experts have their say on why fillers wear off early and how we can extend the average lifespan of fillers by following certain tips. In this blog, we will share six tips to maintain the results of fillers for a long time.
Extend Fillers Results With These 6 Tips
Dermal fillers can provide a temporary solution for facial wrinkles and volume loss, but their effects will naturally wear off over time. To make the results last longer, consider the following tips:
- Choose the Right Filler
Consult with a qualified and experienced practitioner to select the most appropriate filler for your needs. Some fillers, like hyaluronic acid-based fillers, are more long-lasting than others.
In some cases, thicker fillers, such as those made from poly-L-lactic acid or calcium hydroxylapatite, tend to last longer than thinner fillers.
- Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle
Adopting a healthy lifestyle can prolong the results of your fillers. This includes maintaining a balanced diet, exercising regularly, staying hydrated, and getting enough sleep. There are several perks of a healthy lifestyle when it comes to extending the life of fillers e.g., maintaining a stable weight helps prevent additional volume loss or gain, which can impact the appearance of fillers.
- Protect your Skin from the Sun
Sun damage can accelerate the breakdown of fillers. Always wear sunscreen with a high SPF, and consider using hats or sunglasses to protect your face from UV rays.
- Avoid Smoking and Excessive Alcohol Consumption
Both smoking and alcohol can have a negative impact on the longevity of your fillers. It would be helpful if you stop using them.
- Skincare Routine
Develop a skincare routine that includes cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing. Using products containing antioxidants, such as vitamins C and E – if prescribed by your healthcare provider – may help protect your skin and maintain filler results.
- Manage Stress
Chronic stress can take a toll on your skin and contribute to the breakdown of fillers. Practice stress management techniques like meditation, yoga, or deep breathing exercises to minimize their impact.
Post-Treatment Care for Fillers
After your treatment, follow any post-treatment instructions provided by your practitioner. This may include avoiding certain activities, using specific skin care products, or sleeping in a particular position. Your practitioner will also provide you with specific aftercare instructions to ensure optimal results and minimize potential side effects. These may include:
- Apply ice or cold packs (wrapped in a cloth or towel) to the treated area to minimize swelling and discomfort.
- Avoid touching or rubbing the treated area for the first few hours after treatment.
- Keep your head elevated for the first few hours post-treatment to reduce swelling.
- Follow any skincare regimen recommended by your practitioner.
- Your practitioner may want to see you for a follow-up appointment.
- Avoid strenuous exercise, heat exposure (saunas, hot tubs), and alcohol consumption for at least 24 hours after treatment.
The specific time frames for each might vary depending on the type of filler used and the individual patient. It would be better to emphasize following the practitioner’s specific aftercare instructions, as they will be tailored to the patient’s needs.