How Long Do Fillers Take to Settle? | Glow Aesthetic Center (2023)

When you get your dermal filler treatment from Glow Aesthetic Center, you might see more plumpness in the treated area soon after your appointment. However, this is usually mostly minor swelling from the injections, and it is completely normal and safe. In reality, fillers take up to four weeks to “settle,” according toHealthline. Different types of fillers can settle more quickly, and your lifestyle and similar factors can also affect the amount of time it takes to settle. The good news is that your dermal fillers will continue to provide you with that fuller, more vibrant look for anywhere fromsix monthstotwo years, depending on the kind of filler you receive.

Fillers are available to help treat loss of volume and plumpness, smooth out wrinkles, get rid of age lines and crow’s feet, and more. Areas that most clients seek dermal fillers for include:

  • Under the eyes
  • Backs of hands
  • Buttocks
  • Lips
  • Cheeks
  • Chin
  • Sides of the mouth (the “laugh line” areas)

If you are tired of the wrinkles and age lines that come with age, the problem might be a loss of soft tissue volume below the skin. As we get older, hormonal changes in our bodies naturally decrease the production of important proteins like collagen and other compounds involved in retaining our skin’s plumpness, structure, and moisture retention. Dermal fillers can help you recapture the look of your youth.

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Schedule a consultation with the staff at Glow Aesthetic Center today by calling(818) 905-8815. We are also available online via the contact form on our website.

Enjoying Your Results for Longer

Though it might take up to four weeks for your dermal fillers to achieve the desired results, those results can last a long time. For most hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers, such as Juvéderm Ultra XC, you should schedule a touch-up session in about six months. For others that use active ingredients like Poly-L-lactic acid, your results can last up totwo years. Regardless of the kind of filler you use, there are several ways to help boost your fillers’ longevity.


Water: it does a body good. It’s always a good idea to drink plenty of water after any treatment, as this can help your body with the recovery process. This is especially true when you use hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers, since HA helps you retain moisture in your skin.

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Discuss Painkillers with Our Staff

You might experience minor discomfort at the filler injection sites. While some painkillers are safe to use, manycommon painkillershave blood-thinning properties that can interfere with your body’s ability to heal properly. They may also be dangerous if you take them during these filler treatments. These include:

  • NSAIDs, such asibuprofen
  • Aspirin

Taking the wrong kind of painkiller may affect your results and can cause complications, so it’s important to take notice of the active ingredient. In most cases, acetaminophen-based painkillers (like Tylenol) are the safest. Though, if you are a heavy drinker of alcohol, acetaminophen can also cause complications. Check with our medical staff before you leave regarding which painkillers you should use (if you even need any at all).

Protect Yourself from the Sun

The negative effects of the sun’s ultraviolet rays on our skin have been extensively documented. In fact, even theDepartment of Health and Human Serviceshas an official webpage on strategies to use to avoid the damage the sun’s rays can cause. Part of the cause of wrinkles, age lines, and other issues treated by fillers is the sun’s UV light, so it’s especially important to protect yourself from these rays after you get filler treatments. Some steps you can take include:

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  • Wear a wide-brimmed sun hat when going out.
  • Slather yourself with 30 SPF sunscreen, at a minimum.
  • Avoid outdoor activities during the brightest/hottest parts of the day.

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Why Fillers Take a While to Settle

Different fillers work in different ways, but there are several common reasons why they can take time to settle into place and yield the consistent results you’re looking for. First on this list are the immediate aftereffects of your treatment.

Bruising and Swelling Recovery Time

You may experience some minor bruising and swelling around the site of your filler injections. This is totally normal, but it will take up to a week or so for the swelling to subside and for your skin to return to its new normal.

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The Filler’s Work

Fillers usually consist of active ingredients suspended in gel. While the gel can provide some structure and plumpness underneath the top layers of your skin, the real work is done over time by the active ingredients. It can take a few weeks for these ingredients to break down and integrate themselves into your skin’s infrastructure. For example, hyaluronic acid fillers take some time to bind to the water molecules in your skin. Once they do, however, they will plumpen the injected area significantly, leaving you with the results you wanted.

Contact Glow Aesthetic Center for Your Filler Treatment

Everyone deserves to look as young, vibrant, and healthy as they feel. At Glow Aesthetic Center, we make those dreams happen by offering dermal fillers for a variety of body areas. If you have sagging skin, deep facial wrinkles, or just sense a drop in volume in your lips or butt, our dermal filler services can be just what the doctor ordered — literally! Led by Dr. Homan Siman, our staff has years of experience helping clients recapture their confidence and truly glow from the inside out.

Schedule your filler treatment by calling our office at(818) 905-8815or filling out our online contact form. We look forward to restoring your natural glow!

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How long does filler take to fully settle? ›

That said, these injectable treatments take some time to integrate into your tissues, and it's normal for your dermal filler to take up to two weeks to fully settle into your face.

How long does it take for filler to settle and not be bumpy? ›

Generally, any lumps or bumps that appear after fillers will disappear on their own within one to two weeks. Give the treatment a couple of weeks to improve, applying ice regularly.

Do fillers look better after 2 weeks? ›

Final Results. This filler works naturally, much like the hyaluronic acid your body already produces. Because it works this way, it takes two to three weeks to fully settle into your skin. This means that while you'll see an immediate improvement, you won't see your final results right away.

How long does it take for filler injection sites to heal? ›

Short Recovery and Few Restrictions

The full recovery time from dermal filler treatment varies patient to patient. Generally, recovery lasts one to two days. Most patients are available to return to their normal activities immediately after treatment.

Do fillers feel hard at first? ›

If it is your first time getting an injectable treatment, you may have many questions about the aftercare and healing process. Lip filler may cause the treatment area to feel swollen, hard, or lumpy at first, but this is all part of the healing process, and the fillers will soften and settle over time.

Do fillers look better after a week? ›

Even as the hyaluronic acid is processed by your body, healthy collagen and elastin grow at a more significant rate. This means you will see initial improvement nearly immediately. They will improve over six to eight weeks.

Do fillers go down after a few days? ›

How long does swelling usually last? Swelling subsides, typically, within a few days. It's most apparent 24 to 72 hours after treatment before starting to subside gradually. Very occasionally, swelling can last from several days to four weeks.

Will my filler smooth out? ›

The filler can take several weeks to soften and settle into your skin. This means that patients won't see the ultimate results of their treatment immediately. Although individual results will vary, many people achieve the full effect within two weeks after receiving their injections.

How long does it take for filler to flatten? ›

In reality, fillers take up to four weeks to “settle,” according to Healthline. Different types of fillers can settle more quickly, and your lifestyle and similar factors can also affect the amount of time it takes to settle.

Why does my filler look uneven? ›

Swelling – After undergoing fillers, it is normal for the lips area to look uneven due to swelling. This is normal and does not necessarily mean that something has gone wrong. It is also important to note that the lips have a lot of nerve endings and are more sensitive than other areas of the body.

Why do fillers take 2 weeks to settle? ›

Once injected into the skin, they begin to break down and integrate into dermal tissue, binding to water molecules and hydrating the skin from the inside out. This process can take several days, and in some cases weeks, but the result is natural, plumper looking skin.

Do fillers get bigger after a few days? ›

One thing to be aware of is that lip fillers can sometimes get bigger after a few days. This is usually because the filler has not yet settled into the skin. It is important to go back and have your technician adjust the fillers if they seem too big. Otherwise, they may start to sag over time.

Can filler move if you touch it? ›

Although extremely rare, dermal fillers are able to migrate within the skin if consistent and adequate pressure is applied to them. For this reason, we advise patients not to get a facial, massage (on the treated skin), or microdermabrasion for the first two weeks following their filler injections.

What if I slept on my side after fillers? ›

Can I Sleep On My Side After I Get Fillers? Try to sleep on your back for 24-48 hours after filler injections. After that, you can safely sleep on your side without worrying that the filler will move with gravity.

How can I speed up healing after fillers? ›

While you can return to normal activities immediately, skip your daily trip to the gym or evening run for a few days. Keeping blood flow to a minimum by avoiding vigorous exercise for two days after Botox or filler treatment can help the damaged blood vessels and capillaries recover faster.

When can I sleep on my side after fillers? ›

Sleep on your back for at least a week. Elevate your head with 2 pillows. Build a pillow fort around your head to keep from rolling over onto your face. Avoid sleeping on your side for a week.

Why does filler feel lumpy at first? ›

The most common cause of lumps after a filler treatment is swelling and bruising from the injections themselves. These should naturally subside within the first week.

Is it normal for fillers to feel lumpy? ›

Lumpiness is very common to feel in your skin in the days after injection of dermal filler into the face, including the upper lip body and the cheeks and the chin area and along wrinkles and folds when injected to lift these. It will usually resolve within a couple of weeks.

Does massaging filler break it down? ›

You should massage after having injectable filler in areas where the skin is thinner, such as the lips or lower eyelids, but massaging too much and in other areas could actually break down the filler, resulting in less volume.

Can you overdo fillers? ›

However, the use of too much filler results in overly puffy cheeks which look unnatural and inappropriate for their age. The pursuit of the “apple cheeks” have also contributed to this syndrome. Overfilling in the cheeks and under the eyes obliterates the natural lid-cheek junction.

Do fillers look uneven at first? ›

The swelling that can often occur after Lip Fillers can cause the lips to look a little uneven for a short time. This doesn't necessarily mean that anything has gone wrong and it may just take a little time for the product to fully settle and for residual swelling to subside.

Does filler shift in your face? ›

While it is possible for fillers to migrate, this side effect is extremely rare and can be avoided by choosing a qualified injector. Though filler migration is very uncommon, its likelihood increases when fillers are performed by an inexperienced or underqualified injector.

Does drinking water help fillers? ›

Drink plenty of water. HA based fillers such as Juvederm work by using the water naturally stored in our tissues, by drinking plenty of water after having a dermal filler treatment it helps the filler hold its chaos and last for longer.

How long is face swollen after fillers? ›

Swelling will reach its peak at around 24-72 hours after treatment, at which point, it will begin to gradually subside. Occasionally, swelling can last for 1-4 weeks, but this isn't as common. Most people do see an improvement within 3 days.

Can filler move after 2 days? ›

In rare cases, facial fillers like Juvederm can migrate to another site of your face within a few days of your injections. This happens when the filler moves before it has fully bonded with your facial tissue.

What does too much filler look like? ›

When you have had too much filler, then you may appear to have a bulging forehead, an overly pointy and sharp chin, and overly protruding cheekbones. Furthermore, the filler can stretch and weigh down your skin over time, which is known as filler fatigue.

Should you massage lumps after fillers? ›

Whilst it is somewhat normal to feel small lumps, depending on how thick the filler used was), if they feel one lump in particular, they can gently massage it in between their finger and their thumb, over a period of time, and it will help to “break down” the lump.

Can filler move after 4 weeks? ›

It is not likely that the filler products would move if you wait at least a few days before pressing really hard on the areas and having extractions. The hyaluronic acid fillers settle nicely into the skin, and once any swelling goes down, it would be pretty unusual for anyone to be able to displace them.

How do you know if filler has gone wrong? ›

If you think your fillers have gone wrong and if you have any of the following symptoms, CONSULT A MEDICALLY QUALIFIED PERSON NOW: Severe pain. Blanching of the skin and/or white spots. Mottled skin.

Can fillers be adjusted? ›

Good news: a skilled plastic surgeon can often correct or improve the results of filler treatment. The exact technique used depends on the problem and its severity. For example, if fillers produce some lumps or asymmetrical results, sometimes it is helpful to gently massage the treated area.

Is it normal for filler to be bumpy? ›

It is perfectly normal to have a lump or bump after getting filler. Here's a quick guide. Typically, within a day or two, you might feel an irregularity in some areas where the skin is thinner, such as the lips or the lower eyelids.

Why does my filler feel bumpy? ›

The most common cause of lumps after a filler treatment is swelling and bruising from the injections themselves. These should naturally subside within the first week.

Is it normal for filler to be lumpy at first? ›

Lumpiness is very common to feel in your skin in the days after injection of dermal filler into the face, including the upper lip body and the cheeks and the chin area and along wrinkles and folds when injected to lift these. It will usually resolve within a couple of weeks.

Why is my filler still lumpy? ›

Not to worry though, lumps following a filler treatment are completely normal. The lumps you may experience are often caused by swelling and bruising of the treated area. We would not recommend massaging or using force to reduce the lumps yourself, as this may impact your final results.

How do I stop lumpy fillers? ›

The best way to prevent lumps from filler is to use the appropriate product at the appropriate layer (depth), using the appropriate technique. Ensure you know when to massage and when to mould and what is acceptable post-procedure.

Can cheek filler look uneven at first? ›

It is not uncommon to experience a small degree of asymmetry immediately post-treatment due to the potential for swelling and bruising. Juvederm can take up to 4 weeks to integrate, so it is best to wait and review in 2-4 weeks with your Injector at which point you will have a better idea of the final result.


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