By Harpreet Thiara (MPharm) Aesthetics Practitioner
Dermal fillers have become increasingly popular over the years, with
many individuals using them as a means to enhance their appearance and achieve a more youthful, plump look.
They are typically used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, add volume to areas such as the cheeks and lips, and even contour the face.
However, one of the most commonly asked questions by individuals looking to use dermal fillers is whether or not they are permanent.
The answer to this question is no, dermal fillers are not permanent. While dermal fillers can provide stunning results for a period of time, they are not a lifelong solution. The result will ultimately depend on the type of filler and the individual's body's response to it. Some fillers last longer than others, with some lasting up to two years while others may only last a few months.
The temporary nature of dermal fillers can be attributed to the way they work. Most fillers contain hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally occurring substance in the body that helps add volume and hydration to the skin.
However, over time, the body metabolises the filler, causing it to gradually disappear.
It's also essential to note that dermal fillers require maintenance to ensure optimal results.
While the filler will eventually dissolve (breaks down) on its own, the results will last longer if touch-up injections are received periodically. In some cases, the more filler that is added over time, the longer the results may last, this is with layers of filler building the results last longer.
Botulinum toxin (bo-tox) or Anti-wrinkle injections last 3-4 months on average with treatments needing repeating to avoid static lines/wrinkles from forming on forehead, frown and crows feet. The anti-wrinkle injections work differently to bind to muscle to prevent repetitive
movements such as frowning causing deep creases/lines. Although anti-wrinkle injections help soften deep creases/lines the injections are best used to prevent static lines from occurring. This helps patients break the habit of repetitive movements, prevents any static lines/creases from forming and helps needing less treatment later on.
In conclusion, dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections are not a permanent solution to aging or enhancing one's appearance. They are shown to last a while especially if higher density (cross-linked chains of hyaluronic acid) to provide a natural refresh and can considerably reverse effects of aging. It is also beneficial that fillers do break down as this means they can be reversed which helps reduce complications risk. Dermal fillers are effective in the short term, the results will ultimately depend on the type of filler and the individual's body's response to it. Maintenance and touch-ups are necessary to make the results last longer and keep the areas looking fresh. It's important for those considering dermal fillers to have realistic expectations and to understand that the effects will eventually break down.