Wrinkle fillers can be a great way to get rid of lines and refresh your skin, but there’s one important question you need to ask before having this treatment. How much will it really cost to get wrinkle fillers and to maintain the effects?
Cost of a Single Wrinkle Filler Treatment
In order to work out the long-term cost of wrinkle fillers, we first need to know how much it will cost to have a single treatment session. Unfortunately, there is no straightforward answer to this question as it can depend on several factors.
The cost of your wrinkle filler treatment will be affected by:
- The type of dermal filler that is used
- How much dermal filler needs to be injected
- Which part of your face or body is being treated
- The clinic that you choose for the treatment
As a general guide, you can expect to pay the following amounts for your dermal fillers:
- £250 to £280 per syringe of Juvederm filler
- £240 per 1ml syringe of Restylane filler
The amount of filler that is required for your treatment will depend on how many wrinkles you want to have filled and how deep the lines are. A typical treatment will use 1-3 syringes of filler. So, a single treatment session is likely to cost at least £240 to £750. However, there may be additional costs if you are having extra treatments alongside the dermal fillers. You may also be offered a discount on the fillers when you are using more than one syringe. You’ll get a more accurate quote during your initial consultation at the clinic.
What Will It Cost to Maintain the Effects?
Dermal fillers aren’t permanent, so if you want to maintain the effects, you will need to return to the clinic for top-up treatments. It is important to be aware of the longer-term costs of maintaining your fillers so that you can make an informed choice about the treatment.
How long the dermal fillers last and how often you need top-ups will depend on:
- The type of filler that was used
- Where the filler was injected
- How quickly your body breaks the filler down
Some dermal fillers will only remain in your body for about six months, but others can last for up to two years. On average, you should expect most wrinkle fillers to last for about 12-18 months.
In order to maintain the best results, you should arrange a top-up treatment before the effects have disappeared completely. As a general rule, it is a good idea to time your top-up treatment for halfway through the maximum lifetime of the product. For example, if the filler can last for up to 12 months then you should have top-up treatments every six months to maintain the effects. If the filler can last for 18 months, then you will only need top-up treatments every nine months.
Each of these treatments should cost around £240 to £750. Over the course of a year, you may need 1-2 treatment sessions to maintain the effects. The cost will therefore range between about £240 and £1500 a year.
Non-surgical vs. Surgical Treatments
The cost of dermal filler treatments is much lower than for the surgical alternatives. However, it is important to be aware that the costs can add up if you keep having wrinkle fillers injected in order to maintain the effects. It is important to consider the long-term costs when comparing these treatments.
A facelift can achieve similar effects to dermal fillers, but with longer-lasting results. Is it cheaper to have this one-off treatment than to keep paying for wrinkle fillers?
The average cost of a facelift in the UK is about £10,000. This includes the cost of a private cosmetic surgeon and the hospital stay, but not the time off work you’ll need to recover. Although the surgery is irreversible, it doesn’t mean that the effects will last forever. Since your skin will still be subject to the ageing process, new wrinkles can still develop and your skin can continue to lose its elasticity. The effects of a facelift will usually last for about 5-7 years.
If you choose to tackle your wrinkles with dermal fillers instead, then you could spend anywhere between £1680 and £10,500 over the same time period of 7 years. The costs of wrinkle fillers can therefore be much lower than for a surgical facelift, even when you are paying for repeated treatments. However, if you need lots of dermal fillers at each treatment session, the costs can add up over the years so that you may be spending about the same amount as you would on cosmetic surgery. Even so, it can still be a good idea to choose the non-surgical treatment option over cosmetic surgery such as a facelift.
Other Benefits of Wrinkle Fillers
The costs of dermal fillers are generally much lower than for a facelift. However, even if your filler treatments are more expensive because you need more injections, there can still be some good reasons to choose wrinkle fillers over cosmetic surgery. The cost of the treatment is important, but it is not the only factor that you should consider when choosing the best option for you. Other benefits of dermal fillers that you might want to think about include:
- No downtime for dermal fillers
- Lower risk of side effects
- No need for an operation with general anaesthetic, incisions and scarring
- Results aren’t permanent, so you can change your mind
- Filler can be added gradually over multiple treatment sessions, so you can decide how much of a change you want to make
- Treatment can be adjusted as your skin ages or if your preferences change over time
If you want to know exactly how much it will cost to get wrinkle fillers, then you should arrange a consultation at the Dermadoc clinic. You’ll get an honest and upfront quote for your care as well as personalised advice on your treatment options.