Dermal Fillers FAQ

How long will dermal fillers like Restylane and Juvederm last?

In most cases dermal fillers will last 4-6 months but this effectiveness period will depend on skin type the area treated and the speed with which the body metabolizes the filler material. Some dermal fillers will last up to 12 months. You SoCal Eye doctor will outline expectations for ‘touch up’ after the first treatment but expect 1-2 touch ups per year.

How long do these fillers take to work?

Procedures last 15 -30 minutes and the effects of fillers are visible almost immediately but best results are often experienced 2-3 days later after the treatments have ‘settled’ into their final condition and form. Patients will be able to realize the most significant changes almost instantly and feel great after the numbing agent has worn off.

What do the filler treatments feel like?  Are dermal fillers painful?

A topical skin anesthetic is applied shortly before the treatment begins to provide localized numbing and ensure comfort during the course of injections. The series of injections are painless but some patients may feel a slight stinging or burning sensation as the filler is injected. For lip augmentation injections a nerve block is sometimes used. Mild bruising, swelling or puffiness may be experienced immediately after the procedure. This will dissipate quickly as will any mild discomfort from the procedure.

What are the Restrictions for Dermal Fillers?
  • Do not use Dermal Fillers if you are pregnant or breast feeding because these products have not been tested for safety in pregnancy or nursing.
  • Those who use anti-inflammatory drugs. Ibuprofen and Aspirin should be avoided for 1 week before and 2 days after as these can cause bleeding or increased bruising at the injection site.
What are the side effects of dermal fillers?
  • Cold Sores. Dermal fillers may trigger an outbreak for treatments around the mouth if you’ve previously had cold sores.
  • Swelling/Bruising. In most cases swelling and bruising is minimal but some patients do experience swelling, redness, pain, itching, discoloration and that can last up to 72 hours after the procedure. This is more common for lip augmentations.