The question people want to know is ‘how long will it last?’.
It’s not as simple to answer as you may think. We all hear the standard 4 to 6 months, but I think we need to understand this a little better.
By now, most of you know that the standard answer by manufacturers is somewhere between 4 and 6 months, but studies tell us that you will still have some of the original hyalauronic acid lingering even a year later. As the ’4 to 6 months’ answer is an attempt to tell you how long you may ‘see’ the results, here’s a bit more informed answer.
It’s affected by how much correction you do.
A single syringe can do wonders when pinpointed to a specific area, whereas a single syringe spread around will minimize its effect everywhere and the desired results won’t appear to last as long.
Also, If you’re like me (late 50s), then a single syringe will certainly do something nice, but with deeper creases and more to treat, even a small amount of dissipation may leave me wanting. On the other hand a 20-something person might feel very happy with the treatment for more than 4 months. And why not? They’re still regenerating dermal cells very quickly, they have great elastine support and frankly, they don’t need much to see what they’d like to see.
So ‘full correction’ means something different to a 25 year old than it does to a 60 year old.
So when I do my treatments I just try to make sure I get enough. Don’t let this be a sales pitch to do more. The intention is to inform you on what to expect and what dermal fillers really can do for you. So, don’t worry, you scan still get there bit by bit.
Of course, most of us have the budget to do 3 or 4 syringes all at once, but I like how our more experienced clients do it. They don’t ‘start over’ every 4 to 6 months – they tweak continually (monthly or bi-monthly). I’ve always felt they get more value when they do less more often. In this way we can focus on specific areas of concern.
Personally, I’ve noticed that I’m pretty happy with my nasal labials for a little longer than my mid-face. I’m always concerned about the ‘droop’ on my upper cheeks, which need more diligence. My nasal labials aren’t nearly as demanding, so when I ‘tweak’, I almost always add filler to my mid face and often skip the nasal labial folds. Everyone is different on this point, because truly, truly, no two faces alike.
So, in summary! Ideally you’d try to get as close to ‘full correction’ as you’re comfortable with (budget wise) on your initial treatment and ‘tweak’ from there.
I agree that 4-6 months is a pretty good answer, but it also begs the question I think the client is really asking, which is, how much will this cost me to keep looking my best.