Nobody likes aging. Our face gets filled with wrinkles, laugh lines, crow’s feet, drooping eyelids, and other signs that tell us that our body is getting older. Recently, more and more people decide to do something about that and go for dermal fillers, which instantly make us look younger without much effort.
However, these results are almost never permanent. Most dermal fillers are only a temporary solution, and even some of them called “permanent” tend to wear off after a couple of years. This is why we have compiled this handy guide, which will tell you which fillers last the longest so you can pick the one that suits you best.
Being both the most popular and the most basic dermal filler, hyaluronic acid is loved by many due to its relatively low cost and immediate effects. However, despite all the praise that hyaluronic acid seems to get, it is a quite a short-term solution. Most hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers, such as Restylane, Belotero, or Juvederm, are said to work for at least six months, sometimes working a bit longer. If you are on a tight budget and are looking only for a short-term solution – go with hyaluronic acid.
Even though Restylane Silk is still based on hyaluronic acid, it is engineered in a way that allows it to last a bit longer than other fillers. It is used mainly to enhance facial feature around the lips, along with lips themselves. The reason for the long-lasting effects of Restylane Silk is that the particles of hyaluronic acid used in the filler are smaller and smoother, allowing them to work for a longer period of time. This prolongs the expected lifetime of the filler to around a year, but it is sometimes a bit shorter than that.
Using a thicker variety of hyaluronic acid gel than other products, Juvederm VOLUMA provides even longer-lasting effects. Moreover, there is no allergy test needed, as the product does not induce an allergic reaction. This filler is used mainly around the area of cheeks, smoothing out laugh lines and creeks on the sides of our faces. The effects of Juvederm VOLUMA are known to last even as long as two years, and most often last something between a year and two, requiring very few treatments to keep the effect up.
Due to the specific nature of the way it works, calcium hydroxyapatite based dermal fillers tend to last a lot longer than most hyaluronic acid ones. That happens because calcium hydroxyapatite does not simply remain underneath our skin to give it more volume, but helps our own bodies produce more collagen. This boost to the collagen production works for a much longer period of time, and continues to work even after the filler has already decayed. The average time of working for calcium hydroxyapatite based dermal fillers is eighteen months, but it could easily go up to two years in some cases.
A relatively new addition to dermal fillers is Sculptra – a filler based on Poly-L-lactic acid. The substance itself is already present in our bodies, mainly in the muscles, and increases in volume whenever we exercise. While Sculptra requires a few more treatments than most of the other alternatives do, the results are also more long-lasting. The procedure itself is quite fast, and does not usually last longer than about twenty minutes. The effects, however, can last even as long as two full years after you finish the treatment. The downside to this method is that the effects are not immediate, but the wait is definitely worth it!