Lip Filler

Lip Filler

What are lip fillers?

Lip fillers are injections that add volume to your lips. They’re a type of dermal filler and consist of synthetic hyaluronic acid, which is a natural substance in your body.

Why get lip fillers

  • Add volume and restore lip plumpness.
  • Correct asymmetry.
  • Reduce wrinkles on your lips and on the sides of your mouth.

Who is a candidate for lip fillers?

To be considered for lip fillers, you should:

  • Be in good physical health.
  • Have realistic expectations.
  • Not have an active oral infection, including canker sores or cold sores.
  • Not be pregnant or breastfeeding.

How long do lip fillers last?

Lip fillers typically last 12 to 18 months. However, it depends on your age and your metabolism.

What happens during a lip filler procedure?

  • A topical numbing anesthetic is applied to your lips to minimize any discomfort.
  • A thin needle is used to inject lip filler into any or all parts of your lips. You may feel a pinching sensation, and your eyes may water. On average, your technician will insert 1 milliliter (mL) of lip filler into your lips, which is about one-fifth of a teaspoon.
  • An ice pack may be applied to your lips throughout the procedure to minimize swelling and bruising.
  • The entire procedure takes from 30 minutes to an hour.

What happens after a lip filler procedure?

  • Your lips may be swollen, sensitive, and bruised. Swelling usually goes away after 24 to 48 hours, but it may take up to a week.
  • Apply an ice pack for up to 10 minutes to reduce inflammation, pain, and swelling.
  • Refrain from touching or puckering your lips, including kissing and sipping from a straw, for 24 hours.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Avoid exercising for 24 hours.
  • Avoid wearing lipstick, lip balm, or any other product on your lips for 24 hours.
  • Avoid eating any messy foods that may cause you to wipe your face or lips for 24 hours.
  • Avoid using drinking straws or smoking for 24 hours.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol for 24 hours, as alcohol thins your blood, which can make bruising on your lips worse.

What are the risks of lip fillers?

Getting lip fillers poses some risks, including:

  • Bleeding and pain at the injection sites.
  • Cold sore reactivation.
  • Discoloration or tenderness.
  • Infection.
  • Tissue death (vascular compromise), which can occur if lip filler is injected into or around an artery.
  • Your lips may be different sizes (asymmetry).
  • The lip filler may bleed into other areas of your face such as the nose (migration).

Are lip fillers permanent?

Lip fillers aren’t permanent. They slowly wear away over time, usually 12 to 18 months after you get them, depending on your metabolism. You may need routine touch-up treatments to maintain your desired look.

When to get lip fillers

If you want your lips filled before a big event, you should schedule the procedure at least two weeks ahead of time to make sure you’re completely recovered.