This is a really common and important question we get asked in the clinic by anyone considering cosmetic injectables. How we look and feel is important, so it’s essential to do your research and speak to a qualified doctor or nurse. High-quality cosmetic injections are not cheap either, so it is important to understand the journey before it begins.
How long the results of cosmetic injectables last depends on many factors, such as the type of treatment, the individual's age, skin and where the treatment is being performed. We’re going to answer this question for two of our most popular treatments in both our Port Macquarie and Kempsey clinics; anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers.
These cosmetic injectables most commonly use the Botulinum toxin, which basically stops our muscles from being overactive. When used to prevent and treat fine lines and wrinkles, these injections are most commonly used around the top half of the face to strategically target certain muscles to relax.
The result is a reduced appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as the prevention of new lines forming.
How long the effects of the toxin last also depends a little on where in the face it is being injected.
Injections into the larger muscles in the forehead and in the jaw will last longer than, say, around the lips and mouth.
Your first round of treatment will generally last anywhere from 3 to 4 months.
Slowly as the muscles start to regain function, lines may start to reappear and to maintain results, the treatment will need to be repeated. It is usually recommended to get your anti-wrinkle injections every 12-14 weeks.
Staying consistent with your treatment schedule will mean better results in the long run. With each treatment, the muscles become shorter and smaller and so less toxin will need to be used to achieve the same result. As this happens, the time gap between treatments can also slowly start to expand.
Dermal fillers are commonly based from hyaluronic acid, which occurs naturally in the skin to hydrate, plump and add volume. As we age, certain areas and structures of the face, particularly the cheeks, lips and jaw, tend to lose their fullness and elasticity, so we need to replace that lost volume.
How long the filler lasts can depend on the type and consistency of the filler itself.
How long the results of dermal fillers vary from person to person, as everyone's body metabolises the filler at a different rate. For example, young, fit people may metabolise the filler faster than someone a little older who exercises less.
For the lips, fillers usually last up to 9-12 months.
However, to maintain your desired look, you may need a couple of touch-ups within that period. It’s also important to note you probably won’t achieve your goals in one go! Slow and subtle is the name of the game.
Other areas of the face, such as the temples, jaw and cheeks, may require fillers that are a little denser in volume, so these will last slightly longer.