Dermal Fillers

How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last on Lips?

Many factors determine how long dermal fillers will last on lips. This article discusses how long fillers last on lips, including; how to make fillers last longer, other parts of the face where dermal fillers can be performed, and factors affecting the longevity of dermal fillers.

Dermal fillers are nonsurgical cosmetic procedures that restore volume by plumping wrinkles and smooth lines. Dermal fillers on the lips are called lip fillers, enhancing the lips. Treatment lasts 6 to 12 months, depending on the type of filler, the amount injected metabolism and the clinic where the patient doesthe procedure. Fillers give a youthful and natural look to the lips. Patients can go for a touch-up to keep the lips plump for a long period.

Factors Affecting Longevity of Dermal Fillers in Lips

How long lip filler last depend on the following factors:

Type of Filler

Different types of fillers have different ingredients. They include hyaluronic acid, collagen, calcium hydroxyapatite, and poly-l-lactic acid fillers. Barati et al. (2020) suggested that lip fillers don’t last for the same period when injected into the lips, although most last between 6- 12 months.

Amount Injected

Leone et al. (2017)stated that a large amount of lip filler takes more time to dissolve than a small amount.A cosmetic doctor should advise on the amount to inject under the skin of the lips. Large amounts of lip fillers may cause lumps. Funt& Pavicic (2013)suggested that touching up lip fillers  after a few months is encouraged

Patients Metabolism

Active patients have a high metabolism dissolving the product faster than those with low metabolism. Patients with high metabolism require more touch-ups than those with low metabolism. Younger patients dissolve the fillers more quickly than older ones.

Area Visited

The type of clinic for filler procedures is a factor determining longevity. Clinics out of town are likely to give diluted products that have overstayed. Cosmetic doctors are likely to be as inexperienced as those in town. However, if treatment is more diluted, it will dissolve faster.

Lip Damage

Damaged lips need more fillers and time to give plumpness. The lips require more touch up over time to achieve the goal required.


How the filler is placed is an important factor. A filler stays for a long time if injected at the right place and correct depth. According toRohrich et al. (2019), lip fillers should not be injected deeply under the skin or near the surface because it could cause complications.

How to Make Lip Fillers Last Longer

Below are ways to care for fillers to make them last;

Follow the Aftercare Advice

A cosmetic doctor gives instructions on what to do before, during, and after the procedure for efficient healing. Lip fillers have side effects, and cosmetic doctors give instructions on how to avoid them. Anido et al. (2021) revealed that patients should avoid drinking alcohol, smoking, and strenuous exercises after lip filler treatment to reduce swelling.

Avoid too Much Sunlight

Limiting time in the sun will reduce the breaking down of the fillers. According to Holcomb et al. (2022), too many UV rays burn the area injected with fillers causing itchiness and irritation. Apply SPF lip care to help protect the lips from too much burning.

Minimize Stress

Bukhari et al. (2018) discovered that stress could cause an increase in the production of cortisol hormones, which causes the filler to break down quicker than expected. Stress is not good for a patient’s health. Try different ways of managing stress to make  the lip fillers  last longer

Eat Healthy

Overall health is a determinant of how long lip fillers will stay. Junk food can cause inflammation in the body. This could cause the breakdown of fillers quicker. Plenty of water and fruits keep the body hydrated and lips moisturized, which is required for healing.

Go for Touch-Ups

Topping up lip filler before the previous dissolve helps the lips to stay plump. Staying without a top-up can return lips to their original state. The treatment lasts longer because the lips will stay plump.

Parts of the Face to Have Dermal Fillers

Other places on the face  where fillers can be done include;


Cheeks sag over time because of less collagen production. Sharad (2022) stated that cheek fillers are injected to bring back volume.


Lipko-Godlewska et al. (2021) showed that face fillers on the forehead help fill in lines which brings a natural look.

Chin and Nose

Dermal fillers change the shape of the chin and give a poky nose. They give a more defined jawline giving a younger look.

Smile Lines

Smile lines are lines that appear when customers smile. De Maio (2021) suggested that fillers are used to reduce the visibility of smile lines by adding volume around the area.

Frequently Asked Questions about Dermal Fillers

Do Lip Fillers Hurt?

Lip fillers do not hurt because a cosmetic doctor applies numbing cream before the procedure. Even without the numbing cream, a little discomfort is felt, but it goes away after the injection.

Are Lip Fillers Permanent?

Lip fillers are not permanent. Most fillers last between 6 to 12 months, depending on the type, although top-up can be done. Silicone is a good option if you want a long-term solution because it is semi-permanent and lasts longer.

Are Lip Fillers Bad for You?

Lip fillers are not bad because they are non-invasive and quick, and the recovery time needed is less. They are safe if performed by an experienced cosmetic doctor. They have minimal side effects, which is an advantage. Lip fillers do not damage lips even after the treatment has dissolved.


Dermal fillers on lips are great if patients wish to add volume to the lips. The procedure is fast and easy with less recovery time. Lip fillers have few side effects, although it is advisable to have the procedure done by a qualified cosmetic doctor. Before having the procedure, visit the clinic for consultation with the cosmetic doctor to examine you; let the doctor know a patient’s expectation for great results. Follow every medical expert’s guidelines to allow for a smooth recovery after the treatment. Research and be aware of the advantages and disadvantages of having lip filler before to ensure you fully understand what you are getting into.


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