Dermal fillers are rising in popularity and people seek them out for aesthetic purposes. This can include enhancing features, adding volume to the face, filling lines and wrinkles and achieving a more youthful complexion.
Dermal fillers have lasting effects, but they are not permanent. The body breaks them down and they can also be dissolved with intervention via special treatment.
The length of time dermal fillers last will vary from person to person according to the type of dermal filler used, where it has been injected and other factors such as UV exposure, skincare regime and skin quality.
Our unique bodily function and physiological makeup also affect the speed at which fillers break down. Some people naturally break them down faster than others, which may be influenced by metabolism. This means that people who exercise more frequently may also break the filler down faster.
Areas of greater mobility, such as the lips, tend to break down more quickly than less mobile areas like the nose and tear troughs.
So, Just How Long Do Jawline Fillers Last?
Dermal fillers in the jawline generally last between 6-18 months, depending on the genetic, lifestyle and physiological factors and there are many things we can do to help increase the duration.
Demand for jawline filler is growing as people seek treatments to address the perceived imbalance of the lower half of the face, in comparison to the mid-upper face.
What is Dermal Filler?
Dermal filler injections are made from hyaluronic acid, a sugar which occurs naturally in the body. Hyaluronic acid is renowned for its ability to attract water, which is why it’s so hydrating and volumising. Our body is constantly making and breaking down hyaluronic acid. However, as we age, we tend to lose more than we make, resulting in skin dehydration and loss of volume – or aged skin.
Dermal fillers are made from synthetic hyaluronic acid and come in varying sizes – the smaller the sizes the lighter the molecular weight meaning it can penetrate deeper into the skin. The bigger molecules have a higher molecular weight and therefore sit closer to the surface of the skin.
How Does Dermal Filler Work?
Dermal filler works by giving the skin’s natural supply of hyaluronic acid a boost, adding volume to the skin and revitalising it – plumping the skin from the inside out. The dermal filler replaces lost fat in the skin to smooth lines and re-volumise hollow areas. The dermal filler injections consist of a gel substance which is administered in a relatively quick procedure, taking only around 30 minutes.
What Different Areas Can Dermal Filler Be Applied to?
Some of the most common areas of the face for dermal fillers include:
- Chin and jawline – this can improve the patient’s profile by adding definition and contours while addressing the ageing of the lower half of the face.
- Nose – this treatment has been coined “non-surgical rhinoplasty”.
- Lips – a volumizing treatment to plump the lips, either subtly enhancing or evening texture and symmetry. Some people may opt for a fuller effect which has been popularised by many celebrities.
- Cheeks – volume loss is very common as we age so dermal filler can help to address this hollowing effect by restoring a youthful appearance.
- Marionette lines and nasolabial folds – filling lines and addressing lost volume to rejuvenate the appearance and restore balance.
- Scars – many people seek dermal filler to lessen the appearance of scars, particularly addressing any uneven textures on the face.
- Hands – a popular treatment for people wanting to rejuvenate their hands.
What Other Procedures Can Take Place Along with Jawline Fillers?
It is perfectly safe and extremely common for people to have dermal fillers and wrinkle-relaxing injections such as Botox in the same treatment. It is always best to speak with your doctor about your concerns so a bespoke treatment can be devised to achieve your aesthetic goals.
Are There Other Filler Options to Support the Lasting Power and/or Aesthetic of Jawline Filler?
- Hyaluronic acid fillers: These are popular choices for jawline fillers as they provide a natural-looking result and can last for up to 18 months. Additionally, hyaluronic acid fillers can be dissolved if necessary.
- Profhilo: This filler is made of calcium hydroxyapatite microspheres suspended in a gel. This can last up to 12-18 months and has been shown to stimulate collagen production, which can help maintain the filler’s results over time.
- Sculptra: This filler is made of poly-L-lactic acid and can help add volume to the jawline while also stimulating collagen production. Sculptra results can last up to two years or longer.
Are There People Who Should Avoid Jawline Filler for Medical Reasons?
Patients must discuss any health conditions or medical concerns with their practitioner before undertaking any non-surgical treatment or injectables. Dermal fillers are not suitable for people with blood disorders and certain allergies.
Patients with the following risk factors should avoid dermal fillers:
- Inflamed skin including active acne, hives or a rash
- Allergy to any of the ingredients
- Pregnant or breastfeeding
- Susceptible to scarring – keloid or overgrowth of scar tissue
What You Can Expect When Getting Jawline Filler
Jawline filler is a relatively quick, non-surgical procedure taking no longer than 30 minutes to administer. A topical numbing cream will be used before the treatment to reduce pain and discomfort; however, it is normal to still feel slight pinching and stinging. After the procedure, there may be some bruising and swelling which shouldn’t last more than a couple of days, but the effects will be immediate. Your doctor may recommend no exercise or physical activity for 24 hours post-procedure.
Are Jawline Dermal Fillers Reversible?
Fillers that are formulated with hyaluronic acid are dissolvable with a product called hyaluronidase. If you are not happy with your results or if you have lumps or asymmetry, your doctor will be able to deliver this.
When to See a Doctor After Dermal Fillers in the Jawline
Whilst dermal fillers are normally very safe, it is important to contact your doctor if you experience any of the following side effects after the treatment:
- Rash or an itchy, allergic reaction
- Fever or other signs of an infection
- Swelling, bruising or redness that is still persistent after a week
- Bumps near the injection site
- Lopsided appearance lasting a week post-treatment
How to Choose The Right Doctor For Jawline Fillers
When choosing a doctor for dermal filler or any other injectable treatment, it’s imperative to do your research to ensure the doctor is fully qualified and experienced in performing the treatment. Ensure the clinic is reputable and research the products that are being used. It’s always advisable to read patient reviews, look at before and after results from patients, try to speak with some or even better, ask for referrals.
For further information on dermal fillers at Wimpole Aesthetics, contact us.