Two Tips For Making Your Dermal Fillers Last Longer

Posted on: 5 October 2017

When you want to smooth out the wrinkles in your skin, getting dermal filler injections is a good way to address the problem. Unfortunately, these fillers breakdown after a period of time—anywhere from 6 to 18 months—and must be redone to achieve the same effect. A common question people have after getting dermal fillers is if there's any way to prolong the results. Here are two things you can do to maximize the lifespan of your cosmetic procedure:

Wear Sun Protection

While the sun is necessary for sustaining life on this little blue rock, soaking in too much of its rays can be harmful to a person's health and, most especially, his or skin. Not only can the sun's rays cause wrinkles in a number of ways, the ultraviolet radiation can accelerate the degradation of dermal fillers. Therefore, it's essential you use sun protection whenever you're outside to minimize the damage from the sunshine.

If you can, avoid going outside during peak UV hours, which is between 10AM to 3PM (11AM to 4PM during Daylight Savings time). When you do go outside, be sure to wear a high-quality sunblock—or makeup that contains SPF—and shield your face using a wide-brimmed hat.

Additionally, you should avoid using tanning beds, because they use the same type of radiation found in the sun's rays. If you still want to use this equipment, try to shield your face as much as possible.

Reduce Skin Manipulation

Another thing you want to avoid is manipulating your skin. Handling your skin too much or roughly can lead to problems. For instance, consistently stretching the skin can lead to lines and wrinkles. The oil and bacteria from your fingers may get into your pores and cause you to break out. Excess manipulation may also cause the dermal filler to misshapen or result in inflammation that may induce the body to break down the material faster.

Be gentle with your skin whenever you touch it, and minimize the use of abrasive products. For instance, many people like to use a facial massager to help clean their face and stimulate blood flow. However, the vibrations or massaging action from the instrument may dislodge your dermal filler or cause other problems. It's best to minimize your use of this type of product or change to a different one altogether.

To learn more about dermal fillers or get more tips for making your fillers last longer, contact a cosmetic doctor like those at Amani Med Spa