If you’re considering turning back the clock with a cosmetic injectable, you may be wondering how long results last. The truth is that the answer is a bit more complicated than what you may think. Here, Dr. Barrera discusses the factors that affect the longevity of injectables’ results.
Different Products Offer Different Results
The biggest factor affecting how long your results will last is the specific injectable product used. Different injectables have different uses and longevity.
Neuromodulators like Botox and Dysport temporarily relax the facial muscles responsible for dynamic wrinkles, including crow’s feet and forehead furrows. The results of both typically last between three and four months.
Hyaluronic acid fillers add volume to sunken areas of the face, as well as fill in lines and wrinkles. They also draw moisture to the treated area for softer skin and can be used to plump up lips. Juvederm is one brand of hyaluronic acid based fillers. The results of Juvederm injections can last between six months and two years. Restylane, another hyaluronic acid-based filler, offers results lasting between six and 12 months.
Collagen boosters are injectables that add volume to the skin while increasing the body’s natural supply of collagen. Results from injections of Radiesse, a calcium hydroxylapatite filler used to correct nasolabial folds, frown lines and sunken cheeks, typically last two years. Sculptra, a poly-L-lactic acid filler used to fill laugh lines and nasolabial folds, also produces results that last up to two years.
Area of Injection Matters
The results of cosmetic injectables also vary based on the treatment area. Generally speaking, injectables tend to last longer in areas with less movement. Frequent movement (e.g., in the lips) can cause the product to break down and dissolve faster.
Your Metabolism Rate
Two different patients can undergo the same injectable treatment with the same product in the same area, yet experience different duration of results. This is because each person metabolizes the product at a different rate. The body naturally responds to treatment by breaking down the injectable solution over time. Just how quickly this happens depends on the specific product used, the area of injection and the speed of your metabolism.
How to Make Your Injectable Treatment Last
Since all injectable treatments are temporary, the best way to maintain your results for as long as you want is to schedule multiple treatment sessions. Some patients choose to undergo repeat treatments before the effects of the first treatment completely dissolve, while others wait until the results have completely worn off. Dr. Barrera can help you select a treatment schedule that best fits your aesthetic needs and goals. To schedule a personal consultation, please call or email his San Antonio practice today.