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Dermal fillers have become an increasingly popular non-surgical solution for enhancing facial features and reducing signs of aging. However, one common question that arises among patients is, “What happens when you stop getting fillers?” Understanding the effects of discontinuing filler treatments can help you make informed decisions about your aesthetic journey. In this blog post, we’ll explore what happens to your skin and appearance when you stop receiving dermal fillers, the longevity of fillers, and how to maintain your results.

What Are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are injectable substances used to add volume, smooth wrinkles, and enhance facial contours. The most commonly used fillers are hyaluronic acid-based, which is a substance naturally found in the skin that helps retain moisture and elasticity. Other types of fillers include calcium hydroxylapatite, poly-L-lactic acid, and polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) beads. Each type of filler has different properties and longevity.

Immediate Effects After Stopping Fillers

When you decide to stop getting fillers, the immediate effect is simply that you won’t receive any more injections. This cessation means your face will no longer benefit from the temporary volumizing and smoothing effects provided by the filler. Here’s what you can expect:

Gradual Dissipation

  1. Natural Breakdown: Dermal fillers are designed to be temporary. Hyaluronic acid fillers, for example, are gradually broken down by the body’s natural processes over time. This means that the enhancements they provide will slowly diminish.
  2. Time Frame: The rate at which fillers dissolve varies depending on the type of filler used, the area treated, and individual metabolic factors. Hyaluronic acid fillers typically last between 6 to 18 months. Other fillers like Sculptra (poly-L-lactic acid) stimulate collagen production and can last up to two years.

Changes in Appearance

As the fillers gradually dissipate, your face will begin to return to its pre-treatment state. Here are some changes you might notice:

Loss of Volume

  1. Volume Reduction: Areas that were volumized by the filler, such as the cheeks, lips, or under-eye hollows, will lose their enhanced fullness. This can result in a return of the hollow or sunken appearance that the fillers initially corrected.
  2. Wrinkle Reappearance: As the filler volume decreases, wrinkles and fine lines that were smoothed out by the filler will start to reappear. These include nasolabial folds, marionette lines, and other creases.

Skin Condition

  1. Skin Elasticity: Fillers, especially hyaluronic acid fillers, can improve skin hydration and elasticity. When you stop getting fillers, your skin may lose some of this benefit, potentially leading to a less hydrated appearance.
  2. Collagen Production: Some fillers, like Sculptra, stimulate collagen production. If you discontinue these treatments, the boost in collagen production will gradually decline, and your skin may revert to its natural aging process.

Psychological and Emotional Considerations

Discontinuing filler treatments can also have psychological and emotional impacts. Many patients enjoy the youthful appearance that fillers provide and may feel less confident as their enhancements fade. It’s essential to be prepared for these changes and have a plan to address them if necessary.

Managing the Transition

If you decide to stop getting fillers, there are several ways to manage the transition and maintain a youthful appearance:

Skincare Routine

  1. Advanced Skincare: Invest in high-quality skincare products that promote collagen production, hydration, and skin health. Ingredients like retinoids, peptides, and antioxidants can help maintain your skin’s appearance.
  2. Professional Treatments: Consider non-invasive treatments such as microneedling, laser therapy, or chemical peels to enhance skin texture and stimulate collagen production.

Healthy Lifestyle

  1. Nutrition: A balanced diet rich in vitamins and antioxidants supports overall skin health. Foods high in vitamins C and E, as well as omega-3 fatty acids, can promote a youthful complexion.
  2. Hydration: Staying well-hydrated helps maintain skin elasticity and volume. Aim to drink plenty of water throughout the day.
  3. Sun Protection: Protecting your skin from UV damage is crucial. Regularly use broad-spectrum sunscreen to prevent premature aging.

Alternative Treatments

  1. Non-Filler Options: There are numerous non-filler treatments available that can help maintain your desired look. Botox, for example, can reduce dynamic wrinkles, while ultrasound and radiofrequency treatments can tighten the skin.
  2. Consultation with a Professional: Discuss with your aesthetic provider about alternative treatments that can help you achieve your goals without the use of fillers.


Deciding to stop getting dermal fillers is a personal choice that depends on various factors, including your aesthetic goals, lifestyle, and preferences. Understanding what happens when you discontinue fillers can help you make informed decisions and prepare for the changes in your appearance. By adopting a proactive approach with a robust skincare routine, a healthy lifestyle, and exploring alternative treatments, you can continue to enjoy a youthful and vibrant look even without fillers.

At Arbrea Labs, we’re committed to providing you with the knowledge and tools to navigate your aesthetic journey confidently. Whether you’re considering fillers for the first time or planning to discontinue them, we’re here to support you with expert insights and advanced visualization tools to help you achieve your desired results.