The Zoe Report recently published an article entitled “Here’s How to Help Your Injectable Filler Last Longer” discussing all the ways to limit the constant upkeep of temporary fillers. Injectable fillers offer patients a wide range of noninvasive cosmetic enhancements, with one major downside - they can only last so long. Filler longevity ultimately depends on the metabolism of the patient. "You can give 10 people the same recipe of fillers in the exact same location, and one person will metabolize that right away in three months, and the other person will be great and happy after two years. So there’s some variability. It’s not fair, but it is what it is,” Dr. Devgan says.
There are some tips to help lengthen the life of fillers: location and reducing pressure to the area. When it comes to location, active areas like the mouth and jaw are going to contribute to the fillers breaking down faster than, say, the cheek or tear trough area. Similarly, reducing pressure to the filler site can also prevent premature breaking down. For example, wearing heavy glasses after a nonsurgical rhinoplasty can add unnecessary pressure to the filler, reducing the lasting effects.
"It’s not inconceivable that in our lifetimes we could do a procedure like a nonsurgical rhinoplasty and do it once every five years instead of once every eight to sixteen months," Dr. Devgan adds. Thanks to current research, the lifespan of safe, dissolvable fillers is ever-evolving. "[That's] where the industry is headed. We want to preserve the attributes of the current fillers that we have ... The disadvantages are that they don’t last forever. So if we can square the circle, then we would be in a very cool place." Read the full article here.