Dermal fillers are a safe and easy way to plump up your lips, smooth out pesky wrinkles, and restore the youthful contours of your face. Unfortunately, the miraculous effects of dermal fillers are not permanent. Results can last anywhere from a few weeks to a couple of years, depending on the formula, but eventually, your body will begin to break the fillers down and you’ll need to refresh in order to maintain your results.
Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to maximize the effects of your injectable dermal fillers. Whether you’ve used Juvederm, Radiesse, Restylene, or another treatment, here are some tips for maintaining the gorgeous, youthful results.
- Eat healthy
What you eat impacts every part of your body, from your heart to your brain to your skin. Processed foods, excess sugar, and alcohol can contribute to dehydration and inflammation in your system, which in turn can have a negative effect on your skin. To keep your complexion glowing and your skin soft, opt for healthy foods like fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean cuts of protein. And don’t forget to drink plenty of water
- Minimize stress
If you’ve ever had a stress-related breakout, you know how hard tension and worry can be on your skin. When you’re stressed out, your body releases cortisol, which can wreak havoc on your complexion – and on your fillers. Sometimes in life, stress is unavoidable, so try to find an effective way to manage it. Start a meditation practice, take up yoga, or simply commit to regular self-care.
- Wear sunscreen
It’s always important to protect your skin from harmful ultraviolet rays, but if you’ve got dermal fillers, you’ve got an extra reason to slather on the SPF: UV rays can speed up the degradation process of certain fillers, effectively shortening their lifespan. Slow down the aging process by using a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher every day. Try to limit the time you spend outdoors while the sun is at is strongest, and if you do have to be outside, wear a wide-brimmed hat.
- Exercise moderately
Staying active is crucial to staying healthy, but overdoing it can affect the look of your dermal fillers. How long your fillers last depend on your metabolism; work out too much, and your body will run through fillers at a faster rate. This is not an excuse to stay sedentary, but when you do work out, make a conscious effort not to squint or scowl, and if you’re exercising outdoors, shade your eyes with sunglasses.
- Pamper your skin
Fillers smooth your skin from the inside out, and you can enhance their effects by caring for your skin’s surface. Using a high-quality moisturizer is key to keeping skin soft and supple. In addition, there are several skin care products designed with fillers in mind, helping to relax your facial muscles and keep injectables in place.
- Maintain your treatments
Because of their temporary nature, it’s almost always necessary to renew your dermal filler treatments at regular intervals. To avoid any changes in your appearance, it can be helpful to schedule your follow-up treatments before the effects of your last treatment have worn off. Treatment frequency depends on your individual aesthetic goals and the type of injectable filler you’re using, so speak with your cosmetic service provider about setting up a schedule that works for you.
Maintain your dermal fillers at San Diego Cosmetic Laser Clinic
At San Diego Cosmetic Laser Clinic, we offer all the latest, high-quality dermal fillers to help you maintain your beauty and age with grace. As one of the leading medical skin care providers in San Diego, Dr. Parvin Mani will design a safe, effective, non-invasive treatment plan to meet your cosmetic goals. All injections are administered in the comfort of our San Diego clinic, and can usually be completed in under a half-hour.
Call us at (619) 583-7555 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Mani today.