Can you make injectables last longer once they’ve been injected? In most cases, you will not be able to personally make your results last longer thanks to some life hack or another. But there are some decisions you make that will factor into just how long you might expect your injectable to last–especially when it comes to dermal filler injections.
Is it Possible to Make Injectables Last Longer?
Part of the appeal of most cosmetic injectables is that they’re temporary. They last for a few months, dissipate, and then it’s like you never had them. It’s a great way to get a temporary boost or simply experiment with a new look. But let’s say you want those dermal filler injections to last longer. Is that something you can do? Can you make your injectables last longer?
The answer to that question tends to be complicated. In most cases, no, you are not going to be able to make your injectables last longer. It’s just not something you’ll have much control over.
But there are some choices you can make that will have an impact on how long your injectable will last. Many patients do try to get as much out of their injectables as they can, so you certainly won’t be the first person to ask your surgeon about the possibility of making those results last longer. These are questions you’ll certainly want to ask during your consultation with your surgeon–and the more answers you get up front, the better prepared you’ll be to make good decisions.
How Long Do Injectables Last?
One of the questions that patients typically ask when they’re considering a cosmetic treatment is this: how long do injectables last? It’s a good thing to know. You can prepare for the time when your results might start to wane. Likewise, if you want maintenance injections to keep your results visible, you can plan those out.
There are a couple of variables that will dramatically impact how long your injectable will last:
- The brand of injectable: Which type of injectable you receive will have a significant impact on the durability. A dermal filler will typically last longer than Botox, for example. But there is a great deal of variability within dermal fillers. There are some that last twelve months. Others, such as Bellafill, market themselves as being effectively permanent.
- The target of the injectable: Some areas of the body will break down an injectable faster than others. The lips, for example, break down injectable fillers relatively quickly because your lips are often moving. The more an area of your face moves, the faster the filler will break down and disappear. So where you get your dermal filler injection placed is of critical importance.
For most patients, the duration of the results are not a primary concern. They’d rather the results appear closer to the patients’ expectations. The difference between 12 and 14 months isn’t quite as important as the difference between results you’re happy with and results that you feel are mediocre.
Once the Injections Are Made, Can I Make Results Last Longer?
Once your dermal fillers have been injected, there’s not a whole lot you can do to make them last longer. And you probably shouldn’t put all that much energy into trying, either. At that point, your best bet is to simply sit back and enjoy your results! Once those results start to wane, you can always schedule a follow up appointment to ensure your wrinkles stay away.
One thing you can do, however, is make your results go away more quickly. Most dermal fillers are based on a chemical called hyaluronic acid. It’s naturally found in your body already, so it’s great for fillers because it’s easy enough to for your body to figure out what to do with it.
But the other benefit of hyaluronic acid-based fillers is that you can “melt” it away. A quick injection of a substance called hyaluronidase and your dermal filler results can dissolve for good. This isn’t going to be a great option for everyone, obviously–almost all people are going to want to keep their dermal filler results around! But in those rare instances where you want to eliminate your dermal filler results sooner, hyaluronidase is a nice option to have in your back pocket.
When Should I Schedule My Next Appointment?
So, you want to keep your results going and want to know when to schedule a maintenance injection? This can sometimes be a tricky dance–you don’t want your results to wane too much, but you also don’t to go in too early.
The best way to figure out the optimal timing is to talk to your plastic or cosmetic surgeon–someone familiar with your specific filler regimen and the exact dermal filler you’re being treated with. Can you make your injectables last longer? Not necessarily–but knowing more about how long they last can set you up to make good decisions about the kinds of results you want.
About the Author: Dan Voltz has been writing about plastic and cosmetic surgery for over four years. He’s constantly in touch with surgeons to ensure he has the latest and most up to date information possible.