When they’re done well injectables can smooth out lines and creases, and erase the premature signs of ageing – but finding out how long do anti wrinkle injections last is highly advisable, because they certainly aren’t a permanent solution. How long your fillers last will depend on a few different factors: what they are made from, where they’re injected, who’s doing them and of course, how your body responds to them.
The Benefits Of Anti Wrinkle Injections
Fillers and injectables are the latest in anti ageing skincare and for good reason – when they are well done they look natural, are minimally invasive and offer you all the benefits without the downtime associated with traditional facelifts and cosmetic surgeries.
On the flipside though, they don’t last forever, and the trick to longevity is knowing how long they’ll last so you can maintain your look effortlessly. So how long do anti wrinkle injections last and how often do you need a top up?
On average, you can expect around three to four months of youthful-looking skin, but of course, these effects depend on where you have fillers, the types of filler you have, and how quickly your body absorbs it. The depth of your wrinkles, your biological age and your lifestyle habits (such as whether you are a smoker or not) will also influence how long your anti wrinkle injections last.
Different Types Of Anti Wrinkle Treatment
Dermal fillers are used for the treatment of static wrinkles, which are formed by gravity and ageing. Most dermal fillers contain hyaluronic acid and their job is to replenish the stores of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid that ageing skin is lacking.
The results of dermal fillers are usually noticeable straight after a treatment – or at least once any swelling has subsided. Dermal fillers are expected to
- Plump up lines, creases and wrinkles
- Improve facial volume (especially in cheeks and lips)
- Plump up depressed scars
On average hyaluronic dermal fillers can be expected to last for anything between six and 18 months. Typically dermal fillers that are used to enhance lips or improve the contours of nasolabial folds tend to be reabsorbed much faster.
When fillers make use of your own body fat you may have longer lasting effects – for as long as two years after injection.
The most famous neurotoxin in the market is Botox®. Botox is a derivative of the Botulinum toxin and it works by relaxing the muscles that are used when you make different facial expressions like smiling and frowning. It’s used for what are known as dynamic wrinkles and the end-result is smoother, younger looking skin.
Neurotoxins like Botox are ideal for preventing wrinkles from forming in the first place and can be used on early ageing skin as young as 30. Botox is a popular anti wrinkle treatment for the top half of the face, particularly in the brow, crow’s feet around the eyes, the area between the brows (the glabella) and the forehead.
Neurotoxins may take up to two weeks to show your desired result after being injected.
How To Make The Effects Of Anti Wrinkle Injections Last?
Everyone’s body is different but there may be some measures you can take to help your anti wrinkle treatment last even longer.
Make sure you work with a reputable, qualified and experienced practitioner
Even though there may be beauticians offering the treatments it’s always best to work with a trained surgeon who has a lot of experience. Remember that the best work is imperceptible to the naked eye. You want to look better but you don’t want people to know what you have had done.
Have a thorough consultation first
Don’t get injectables or fillers on your first meeting with your surgeon. First have a consultation and get the feedback before you move forward with treatment. Request a treatment plan so you know exactly what to expect, the extent of work that needs to be done and when you will have to return for top up treatment. This gives you the opportunity to plan financially for the upkeep too.
Make sure you attend your consultation with questions and ask your surgeon for detailed answers. Find out what the risk factors are and what the chances of complications and side effects are.
Consider a second opinion
It’s not always the best course of action to work with the first surgeon you consult with either. Consider getting a second opinion and compare opinions.
Sleep on it
Give yourself enough time to think about it and don’t feel rushed or pressured into moving forward- even if you have wanted injectables for a while. Think about your timelines too. If you opt for Botox it may take a week or two for your results to show and you may only have the result for three months before you need a top up treatment.
Consider your lifestyle factors
If you are a smoker it would make sense to quit sooner rather than later, as the effects of smoking can counter the effects of your anti wrinkle treatment. Are you getting enough exercise, hydration, sleep and healthy nutrition? These factors all contribute youthful skin and a healthy glow and addressing all aspects of your lifestyle can enhance the effects of your anti wrinkle treatment.
If you have specific questions about how long do anti wrinkle injections last, your next step would be to book a consultation so your skin can be assessed. Please contact us for a confidential appointment: (02) 8599 7161.