When considering injectable treatments, one of the key things you may be wondering is how long you can expect your filler results to last.
It all depends on what type of filler you’re receiving: dermal filler made from hyaluronic acid (HA) or biostimulatory filler, namely, Sculptra or Radiesse, which are each unique.
We’ll explore the differences in how long these fillers last and their unique characteristics so you have a better idea of which treatment may be right for you.
What are Hyaluronic Acid Dermal Fillers?
Hyaluronic Acid (HA) Dermal Fillers are made of hyaluronic acid (HA), a substance found naturally in the body. HA helps your skin stay hydrated and volumized. When used as a filler, HA injections restore volume, diminish wrinkles, and add contour to the face. Common HA filler brands include Juvéderm and Restylane.
How long do hyaluronic acid-based fillers last?
Most HA fillers last for approximately 1 to 2 years with optimal treatment. The exact longevity of your HA filler will depend on the brand and product used, as well as how your body processes the filler over time.
Below, we’ll review the general longevity of fillers in different facial areas.
How long do cheek fillers last?
HA-based cheek fillers typically offer results that last between 1 to 2 years. This duration can vary based on the brand and formulation used and individual factors like metabolism. Some patients may require touch-up treatments to maintain their desired look.
How long do chin fillers last?
HA-based chin fillers typically last between 1 to 2 years. As with other areas, individual factors can influence how long the results endure. Annual touch-ups may be required for sustained chin enhancement.
How long do jawline fillers last?
HA jawline fillers provide results that last approximately one year. The longevity may depend on factors such as the specific filler product and an individual’s metabolic rate. Yearly maintenance sessions may be necessary to achieve that contoured jawline we all love.
How long do under eye fillers last?
HA under eye fillers typically maintain their effects for around one year with optimal treatment. Regular follow-up appointments are recommended to keep the undereye area refreshed.
To keep your undereyes looking their brightest, we also recommend using a medical-grade eye cream, like Alastin Restorative Eye Treatment, to boost hydration and support rejuvenation. Use in the morning and evening for best results.
What are Biostimulatory Fillers?
Biostimulatory fillers, or collagen-stimulating fillers, are a category of dermal fillers designed to help rejuvenate the face by stimulating the body’s natural collagen production.
Unlike HA fillers that provide immediate volume, biostimulatory fillers like Sculptra and Radiesse work under the skin’s surface to promote new collagen growth. Collagen is a vital protein for maintaining skin’s elasticity, structure, and youthfulness. As we age, collagen production naturally declines, leading to wrinkles and volume loss.
Biostimulatory fillers are excellent options for patients who want long-lasting results that develop gradually. They provide a subtle, rejuvenated look that continues to improve over several months, providing gradual results. Now, we’ll explore Sculptra and Radiesse in more detail to understand their unique attributes.
What is Sculptra?
Sculptra is a biostimulatory filler made of poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA). This unique substance stimulates collagen production in the skin, resulting in a gradual and natural improvement in facial volume and contours.
Sculptra is often used in the cheeks and temples, and to treat marionette lines. We can also use Sculptra in the neck and decollete area to reduce skin laxity. Often, a series of Sculptra treatments is recommended to achieve the best results.
How long does Sculptra last?
Sculptra offers a distinct advantage in terms of longevity. Its effects can last up to 2 years or more. This extended duration is due to its collagen-stimulating properties, which work beneath the skin’s surface over time, creating a more gradual but long-lasting improvement.
What is Radiesse?
Radiesse is another biostimulatory filler. It’s made of calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) microspheres suspended in a gel. This filler not only provides immediate volume but also stimulates the production of collagen, further enhancing its longevity.
We use Radiesse in the jawline, neck, abdomen, and knees. Like with Sculptra, we often inject Radiesse in a series of treatments to achieve the best results.
How long does Radiesse last?
Radiesse typically offers results that last around 12 to 18 months. The calcium hydroxylapatite microspheres stimulate collagen production, contributing to the filler’s longevity.
Key Filler Differences
- Composition: HA fillers consist of hyaluronic acid (HA), Sculptra is composed of poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), and Radiesse contains calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) microspheres.
- Mechanism of Action: HA fillers provide immediate volume, Sculptra stimulates collagen production over time, and Radiesse combines immediate volume with long-term collagen stimulation.
- Duration: Sculptra and Radiesse tend to offer longer-lasting results compared to many HA fillers. Sculptra lasts up to two or more years, and Radiesse lasts 12 to 18 months. .
- Treatment Frequency: HA fillers may require more frequent touch-up sessions (think annually), whereas Sculptra and Radiesse offer longer-lasting, yet subtler, outcomes over a series of initial treatments.
Which filler is right for me?
Now that you’re familiar with the differences between HA fillers and biostimulatory fillers (Sculptra and Radiesse), you may be wondering how you’ll know which filler is right for you. That’s where your trusted injector comes in!
Schedule a Consultation with a reputable, experienced injector to learn more about what filler best meets your needs. Cult Aesthetics team is here to help with all things injectables! Schedule a Consultation at our Atlanta, Georgia, office to receive a personalized filler treatment plan.
Best Skincare Products to Pair with Filler
When it comes to getting the most bang for your buck with filler, having a solid skincare regime on deck is key. Here are a few of our must-have products to keep your skin nourished as your filler does its job:
Best for Cleansing: Revision Gentle Foaming Cleanser
We love Revision’s Gentle Foaming Cleanser because of the soothing, effective cleanse it provides. Ingredients like allantoin and aloe vera hydrate, smooth, and calm post-treatment skin as the rich velvety foam removes oil and daily debris.
Best for Hydrating: 24/7 Barrier Balance Cream
24/7 Barrier Balance Cream is a super-hydrator containing Age Repair Defensins®, natural healing molecules that help your body generate new, youthful skin cells. Defensins also even skin texture and protect the skin’s moisture barrier balance. Niacinamide and hyaluronic acid boost skin’s moisture retention and soothe redness.
Best for Protecting: Eryfotona Ageless SPF 50
Dare we say we’ve found the perfect tinted SPF? Eryfotona Ageless is a tinted mineral sunscreen that shields skin from the sun’s UV rays and helps banish existing signs of aging.
Eryphotona contains zinc oxide for ultimate sun protection, vitamin E for antioxidant benefits, and DNA Repairsomes® (enzymes derived from plankton) to repair existing photodamage.
The Verdict on Filler Longevity
The choice between HA-based dermal fillers, Sculptra, and Radiesse depends on your specific cosmetic goals and preferences.
HA fillers are ideal for those seeking immediate volumizing and contouring results, while Sculptra and Radiesse offer the advantage of longer-lasting anti-aging effects due to their collagen-stimulating properties.
Consult with a skilled practitioner to determine the best filler option for your desired outcome. Ultimately, the right filler choice will help you achieve your desired results while aligning with your aesthetic goals and timeframe.