Depending on the type of material used in your dermal filler, the effects can last from 6 months to two years. If you choose to opt for semi-permanent or permanent filler, the effects can last up to five years or longer.

It’s important not to confuse dermal fillers with Botox; both procedures involve injections, however, Botox is injected around the eyes in order to prevent the muscle movement which causes wrinkles. In comparison, dermal fillers have a plumping and smoothing effect. Both types of injection work in different manners, hence the combination of botox and dermal filler is often used to produce a much younger-looking face.

Dermal fillers can use collagen, hyaluronic acid, calcium hydroxyapatite, poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) or polymethylmethacrylate beads (PMMA) to create the desired effect. These materials last varying lengths of time:

Collagen: three to four months

Hyaluronic acid: four to six months

Calcium hydroxyapatite: around 18 months

Poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA): injections are given over several months and, as such, last up to two years

Polymethylmethacrylate beads (PMMA): permanent (yet most risky)

Every type of filler has its limitations; i.e. most dermal fillers are not permanent. The results you are looking to achieve can never be guaranteed and the ageing process will still continue elsewhere.

Semi-permanent and ‘permanent’ dermal fillers are used to enhance:

CheeksThe chinThe jawLipsThe nose

They are also very effective in the reduction of wrinkles, lines and furrows.

It’s very important that you invest some time into finding an experienced and reputable practitioner who has the necessary qualifications and works in a clean, safe environment. If you wish to discover more about dermal fillers, the process, the benefits and the results, contact Clear Lines Aesthetics today.