Being all over the media in the recent years, facial fillers have become the go-to cosmetic treatment for anyone who wants to avert the effects of aging. The range of enhancement a facial filler can provide is quite impressive, as it covers almost every area of the face. Facial fillers are also quite an affordable option, often costing much less than a thousand dollars, depending on the specific spot.
However, there still remains the question of how long will the filler work. Are they a permanent solution, or will they only temporarily fix our faces? Well, there is a wide variety of different fillers, all of them working differently. All of these fillers also have a different longevity, which depends not only on the substance used, but also on the area of treatment.
Hyaluronic acid is one of the most common substances used in facial fillers. It occurs naturally in our bodies, reducing the chance of an allergic reaction to a minimum. Do not worry, though, as the hyaluronic acid used in fillers is not extracted from humans, but instead most often from cows. There are two brands providing hyaluronic acid fillers that are FDA-certified: Juvederm and Restylane. Both work in a similar way, though there are differences.
It is hard to tell how long, in general, a hyaluronic acid filler will last. The longevity of the results is often dictated by the substances mixed in with the acid and the area of injection. In general, these types of treatments have a lifetime of around six months to one year. In some cases, the effects might stay up to even two years.
Moreover, research has shown that repeated treatments with hyaluronic acid enhance the natural capability to produce collagen by our bodies. This further reduces wrinkles and creases, and is a long-lasting effect.
An interesting alternative to hyaluronic acid is poly-l-lactic acid, used primarily by Sculptra products, like Sculptra Aesthetic. While it is delivered in the same way, via an injection into a specific area of the face, it works quite differently. Instead of simply filling our faces from beneath, it propels the natural ability to produce collagen by our bodies, filling in the loss of collagen due to age. This produces a much more natural effect, and often of a higher magnitude than hyaluronic acid.
However, due to the way it works, poly-l-lactic does not produce immediate results. The effects of the treatment grow with time, often taking a couple of months to a year to fully show. This is not necessarily a bad thing! The slow progression of the effects gives off a more natural feel to it, and the final results are sure to stay for a much longer period of time. It is not uncommon for the results to stay for two years, and sometimes even longer!
If you are craving more permanent results and do not want to redo a treatment every year or two, you might want to consider getting a fat transfer treatment. The fat used in the procedure is harvested from your own body, often from belly or thighs, and then placed underneath the face. Even though this procedure is much more expensive than regular fillers, it does not require as many follow-up treatments and is safer, as you do not inject any external substances into your skin.
However, due to the nature of body fat, it does not really work for doing miniscule enhancements, as it is simply too soft. It does, on the other side, prove to be a great material for a global rejuvenation of the entire face. The additional bonus is that the results will last forever! Whenever you are happy with the results, those results will stay with you for years to come, and you won’t have to do any follow-ups. However, remember that for the desired effects to truly come out, you still might have to book multiple fat transfers!