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Does Your Metabolism Affect How Long Your Dermal Fillers Last For?

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We’ve always been told the benefits of speeding up our metabolism to improve our overall health — almost all of the tips to have a healthy-looking body point at speeding up metabolism. However, that’s not the case for dermal fillers, as speeding up metabolism is said these results are visible.

So does your metabolism affect how long your dermal fillers last for? A fast metabolism is said to reduce the lifespan of your facial fillers faster. This means that you might want to slow down on some exercise or dietary plans to balance it with how long your dermal fillers would last.

What It Means for Fillers to “Metabolize”

Dermal fillers are injected to your skin to primarily enhance or augment the treatment site as well as stimulate collagen production and remove fine lines and wrinkles in turn. It’s a given fact that dermal filler injection procedures are temporary solutions to your fine lines and wrinkles, as its effects are expected to dissipate sooner or later, depending on how your body metabolizes the fillers.

So what does it mean for fillers to metabolize? This is related to how long your fillers will last depending on your metabolic capability. This means that your metabolism, among others, determines the lifespan of your injectable filler treatments by dissolving it and eventually excreting these substances.

1. How Your Metabolism Affects the Lifespan of Fillers

There are numerous ways to achieve longer-lasting dermal fillers, but the biggest factor that affects the longevity of fillers is your metabolism. The contents of dermal fillers are filled with active ingredients that are naturally occurring to the body, which allows the body to metabolize these substances. This is why the effects of dermal fillers wear off overtime.

What happens is that the active ingredients in your fillers are broken down by the metabolism and excreted by your body. This generally occurs over a period of 6 or 9 months to a couple of years. It really depends on how fast your metabolic process is. This is why treatment plans vary from person to person, to allow all of our patients to achieve best results from their dermal filler procedure.

Aside from your own metabolic process, the active ingredients itself, as well as the amount of filler injected and location of the treatment area contributes to how long it will be metabolized by your body.

2. Factors that Affect Metabolism of Dermal Fillers

Before you look into the aftercare habits to achieve a longer-lasting result from your dermal filler injections, you should first take note of how to affect the biggest factor that affects how dermal fillers are metabolized: your own metabolism. Taking your metabolism into consideration helps you achieve the best result from your dermal filler procedure.

a. Formulation of Fillers

Some injectable dermal fillers metabolize longer than other fillers. It depends on the active ingredient in the type of filler. The best type of injectable dermal filler are hyaluronic acid (HA) filler injectables because of the characteristics of its components that are claimed to be much safer than other dermal filler active ingredients.

However, these tend to metabolize faster than other types of injectable dermal fillers such as Radiesse (moderate to severe nasolabial fold), Sculptra Aesthetic (cheek or midface filler) and Kybella (chin filler) which use calcium hydroxylapatite, poly-L lactic acid and deoxycholic acid respectively.

But if you are to choose between hyaluronic acid fillers and other injectable treatments such as neurotoxins, HA filler lasts longer than the latter. One example of neurotoxins are Botox injections and lipotropic injections. In Botox treatment procedures, the longevity of this treatment may be adjusted depending on the amount of substance injected in the treatment area, but it tends to feel stiff for a long period of time.

Despite this, hyaluronic acid fillers are still a good choice as compared with other fillers and injectable treatments. Hyaluronic acid filler treatment still lasts longer than neurotoxins such as Botox treatment procedures (e.g, brow lift). For Botox injections to last longer, more injections will be applied to your face so you need to sacrifice having stiff facial muscles for a longer period of time.

HA fillers result in natural-looking muscle contraction activity in the face than other injectable treatments. This is because it stimulates the natural collagen production within your skin. Hyaluronic acid dermal filler treatment procedures include Restylane and Juvederm injections. Most of these filler treatment procedures act as lip filler, cheek filler, and other filler treatment procedures that address the nasolabial fold on your face.

Even each hyaluronic acid dermal filler treatment gets metabolized differently. Below is a table that shows how fast each HA fillers gets metabolized by your body:

Type of HA FillerProcedureLongevity
RestylaneRestylane Silk (lip filler)6 months
Restylane Lyft (cheek filler)6 months
Restylane Refyne (mild nasolabial fold)1 year
Restylane Defyne (moderate to severe nasolabial fold)1 year
Restylane Kysse (lip filler)1 to 3 years
Restylane Contour (cheek filler)9 months to 1 year
JuvedermJuvederm Ultra XC (lip filler)1 year
Juvederm Volbella XC (lip filler)1 to 2 years
Juvederm Voluma XC (cheek filler)1 to 2 years
Juvederm Vollure XC (moderate to severe nasolabial fold)1 to 2 years

b. Your Own Metabolism

Your lifestyle and habits that stimulate your metabolism affects how your body metabolizes dermal fillers. So if you think that you have a relatively fast metabolism, then you might want to expect more frequent touch-ups than those with slower ones.

What Makes Fillers Metabolize Faster

Dermal filler treatment is a cosmetic procedure that has temporary results. The period that it is metabolized depends on your own metabolism, aftercare, and health choices.

1. Increased Exercise

There’s this trade off between having a healthy lifestyle and having healthy-looking skin with dermal fillers. Because your body tends to metabolize fillers faster when you do extensive exercise routines.

Doctors suggest that you don’t give up exercise as your actual health should always be prioritized over your aesthetic needs. Regular exercise is still recommended, but it should be done in moderation.

Aside from exercise, eating foods that are rich in amino acids improves muscle mass retention, as well as your performance during your exercise sessions. But when it comes to choosing between developing a healthy lifestyle and achieving your aesthetic needs, doctors advise that you prioritize the former. Touch-ups are available if your fillers eventually fade so you don’t have to worry about choosing between your health and your looks.

2. Reduced Stress

Keep calm to reduce your aging process. Stress affects the aging process, as well as how your body breaks down different substances so you might want to manage the stressful things that keep bothering you.

3. Weight Maintenance

Dietary habits to stimulate your metabolism speeds up how your body breaks down the substances in your dermal filler. The usual foods eaten during dietary periods are those which are rich in amino acids, which regulate the body’s metabolic process. This causes dermal filler injections to dissolve faster, requiring a shorter interval of your dermal filler treatment touch-ups.

4. Healthy Choices and Habits

Your lifestyle affects how you metabolize your dermal fillers. Unhealthy habits such as lack of sleep, smoking, and excessive alcohol, are some factors that have an impact on how your body metabolizes dermal fillers.

Although some healthy choices such as taking vitamin injections negatively affect the metabolism of your dermal fillers, doctors recommend for you to choose generally healthy options and just opt for some touch-ups with your plastic surgeon later on.

Treatments Offered at Dr. Lanna Aesthetics

Our team of experts provide a wide range of services involving cosmetic surgery and treatment procedures. We are one of the most sought-after aesthetic teams in NYC delivering safe cosmetic procedure services. Some of which are the following:

  • Plastic surgery (e.g, breast augmentation)
  • Acne treatment
  • Laser treatment (e.g, laser hair removal, laser skin resurfacing)
  • Botox cosmetic procedures (e.g, brow lift)
  • Other cosmetic injectables (e.g, Lipotropic injections, lip injection treatments)
  • Dermal filler injections (e.g, cheek filler, lip filler)

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