Dermal fillers are an excellent choice for people who are interested in smoothing out the skin or adding a little volume. Not to be confused with Botox, dermal fillers work to smooth out the skin by filling in hollow areas. Botox, on the other hand, works to freeze muscles to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
While dermal fillers can absolutely provide beautiful results, the treatment is not considered permanent. Understandably, people want to know exactly often you need to touch up your dermal fillers. Not only does this information allow you to plan ahead, but it can ensure that you have realistic expectations.
So how often do you need to touch up your dermal fillers? The short answer to this question is: It depends.
Much of the answer rests in what type of dermal filler you select, as well as the target area. Let's take a look at some of the most popular dermal fillers and the expected time in between touch-ups.
Types of Fillers & Touch Up Timeline
Restylane is one of the most popular brands of fillers available on the market. This particular type is ideal for adding volume to temples, cheeks, folds and marionette lines. Research indicates that the amount of filler injected as well as the location site will determine how long you should wait in between treatments. For example, if injecting in the nasolabial wrinkles (the crevices between that run along the corners of your nose to the top of your lips) usually require additional injections between six to twelve months. However, if injected around the lips, results typically last between three to six months.
Juvederm is an excellent choice for patients who want to reduce the appearance of deep lines such as folds or marionette wrinkles. Like Restylane, the results depend on the amount of filler injected as well as the targeted treatment areas. Patients should expect to need a touch up between 3-12 months depending on the severity of the treatment site.
Voluma is considered a high-quality filler that is injected in the deeper layer of the skin to correct deeper lines and wrinkles. Plastic surgeons indicate that most patients require additional fills between one and a half and two years after their initial treatment. It is noted that individuals who are more active may need a top-off faster than those that live a less active lifestyle.
Radiesse is often used as an all-over face treatment for wrinkles and deep folds in the face. The injection is made up of two parts including calcium and a carrier gel. The calcium component usually lasts for about one year while the carrier gel is usually reabsorbed after about six months. As the gel reduces over time, patients may notice a need for additional fillers.
If you are looking to schedule your first set of dermal fillers or simply seeking a trusted source for a filler touch-up, contact the Advanced Plastic Surgery Center and schedule your nurse consultation.