Your clients come to you for filler treatments because they’re a great non-surgical option to add lip volume and smooth fine lines and wrinkles. But like most non-surgical options, the treatment is temporary. The advancements in hyaluronic acid fillers have improved filler lifespan. Most good fillers last anywhere from a few months to a couple years. While all fillers are temporary, there are reasons your treatments may not last as long as expected:
Your client’s metabolism is the number one factor in how long a filler will last. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally-occurring substance in the body, therefore, like many other substances, it will be metabolized over time. You can give 10 clients the same fillers in the same volume in the same location, and they will each metabolize them at different rates. It simply is what it is. Clients with higher metabolic rates will need treatments scheduled sooner than others.
Many new clients who have never had injectables can’t take the full amount of filler in one session. You may need to space out sessions and slowly work up to the full amount of filler. Location is also important here. Make sure your clients understand, full filler or not, that some areas of the face hold fillers longer than others. Areas your clients move regularly, like the lips or mouth, won’t hold filler as long as areas with little movement, like the tear troughs (the crease between the lower eyelid and upper cheek).
Like most treatments, technique matters. Maybe you are an expert at filler treatments, but everyone can make a mistake. And if you are new to filler treatment, you need to be more aware of your treatment technique. Is your product going all the way into the skin? Are you applying to much or too little pressure with the Hyaluron Pen? Pressure and technique take a lot of practice and make a big difference in the longevity of your client’s results.
Immediately after a treatment, your client will see results. But the results are both from the filler and from swelling caused by the Hyaluron Pen. A couple days after treatment, the swelling in your client’s lips will dissipate, leaving a more natural look resulting purely from the filler. If your client prefers the larger look achieved by both the filler and the inflammation, you can see them for a touch up in 2 weeks to pump up the volume. But make sure your clients have realistic expectations going into a treatment.
While you are responsible for the treatment, your clients are responsible for their after care. However, you need to provide your clients with the information they need to best take care of their filler. They need to protect their skin from UV light by avoiding the sun or wearing sunscreen. Moisturizing the skin is important and can extend the life of the fillers. Diet and exercise are also factors. Junk food and processed foods can cause inflammation in the body, which can speed up the rate the body metabolizes hyaluronic acid. Keep your clients informed.
We hope this information has been helpful. If your’e looking to perfect your treatments or get certified, NanoGlow Academy offers the Hyaluron Pen Basic Online Training (now available in Spanish), the Hyaluron Pen Advanced Online Training, and the Hyaluron Pen Masterclass in Orlando, FL and Los Angeles, CA.