Dermal Fillers

How Long Do Dermal Lip Fillers Last

What is the longevity of dermal lip fillers? This article highlights the longevity of lip fillers and factors determining the filler’s longevity, and questions frequently asked about lip fillers.

Injectable lip fillers are often associated with enhancing lip volume, but they also have many other uses. Lip injections may be more modest depending on the HA filler your anesthetic practitioner uses, making the skin smoother and more moisturized. Presently, three different HA fillers are available for injectable use in the lips. Water solubility, molecular weight, and formulation may all differ amongst hyaluronic acid products. Both the aesthetic and durability implications of these variants are distinct. It is the same basic component, but the proportions and preparation may significantly impact the filler’s efficacy and duration.

What Is the Longevity of Dermal Lip Fillers?

According to Herrmann et al. (2018), the effects of lip fillers usually last between 6 and 12 months. Customers will start to see improvements after a day. After 2–3 weeks, your lip fillers should begin to look natural. The fullness of your lips will then increase. In most cases, the effects will continue for up to eight months. Dermal fillers have varying effects depending on how quickly the body breaks them down. Lip fillers will dissolve more rapidly in younger clients; they are typically more active. Additionally, the longevity of lip fillers depends on your type of filler. 

How Do Lip Injections Feel?

According to Roodbeen et al. (2020), it doesn’t take long to have a filler treatment, often around 30 minutes. Since the lips are so sensitive, your doctor may want to numb the region first. Lidocaine is often used for fillings to reduce any initial pain. It is vital to remember that there are better indicators of the eventual outcome than the initial appearance of your lips after filler injections. Minor swelling will be seen immediately, a little more will appear in the next several hours, and a lot more will appear the next day. Seeing how large their lips seem might be frightening for some patients who worry that they went too far with their treatment. Relax throughout the first phases of lip filler swelling if you go through the operation. Since the lips are highly vascular, some swelling (and maybe bruising) is anticipated. Two weeks is the minimum amount of time experts say you should give the fillers to settle down before you can get a good idea of the final effect; the next day or two following your procedure, your lips may feel painful or irritated. According to Mlambo et al. (2022), one should avoid heavy touching or manipulation; this includes avoiding kissing, sipping, using straws, and using lip balm. However, if your discomfort is rising and you also see a lacy, white-and-bluish-looking bruise, you should get medical attention immediately. These symptoms may indicate that the filler was put into or compressed a blood artery, which are serious complications that may lead to tissue death.

How Painful Are Lip Injections?

If your lip injection specialist uses topical numbing lotion on the injection sites before beginning, you should not feel too much discomfort. The cream will reduce the sensation in your lips for a short time; it provides the utmost ease for the customer. Talk to your doctor about your fears of pain and discomfort.

Contradictions of Lip Injections

According to Quan et al. (2021), people rarely develop an allergy to hyaluronic acid, a sugar molecule that occurs on the skin’s surface. Nonetheless, a granuloma may form, or a mass of inflammatory tissue. However, lumps may form if the filler is injected superficially or into the incorrect skin area. Hyaluronidase will break down these clumps. A narrowing of a blood artery is a possible but uncommon adverse effect. A consequence of this is less blood supply to the lip. Even though it may cause permanent harm to your lip tissues, it is straightforward for physicians to notice and quickly reversible with treatment.

Reasons Why Lip Fillers Probably Will Not Cause Lip Stretching

You will only risk permanently stretching your lips with lip fillers if you go to extremes or choose an incompetent injector. If you discontinue getting lip filler injections, your lips will likely shrink to their natural size. Injections are a popular cosmetic choice, and many individuals have them regularly, particularly on their lips. However, sometimes patients opt to stop getting them. Hyaluronic acid (HA) usually degrades when certain conditions exist. When you have lip injections, your body makes more collagen; this protein “scaffolds” the lip tissue under the skin and remains in place when HA has depleted.

For this reason, some people report feeling that their lips continue to appear and feel younger and healthier even after they stop getting injections. When lip filler has an unfavorable effect after injections, it is nearly typical because too much filler was given too rapidly. Lip fillers are most effective when administered slowly and consistently over time.

Frequently Asked Questions on Dermal Fillers

Should I Worry About Looking Fake?

When applied properly, fillers may restore a more youthful appearance while still seeming natural. A filler’s purpose is not to significantly alter a person’s appearance. When performed by a medical professional with considerable training and understanding of facial anatomy, the result only enhances the patient’s natural facial characteristics.

Can I Smoke After a Dermal Filler Injection?   

Smokingmay increase the risk of bacterial infections and cause more severecomplications after fillers. It also slows down the healing process. It isrecommended that you avoid smoking for at least 2 to 3 days after having yourdermal filler injection.


If you want your lip fillers to last longer, keep them from running out. Dermal fillers eventually degrade. The dissolution rate is proportional to the rate at which the body metabolizes the drug—typical lip fillers last from 6 to 12 months. If you still have any filler in your lips after your first session, you should expect them to stay even longer at your second appointment since lip tissue volume decreases slowly. Get in touch with the anesthetic doctor or practitioner who administered your dermal fillers if you are unsatisfied with the outcomes. Follow your doctor’s aftercare instructions for issues like lumpiness, or contact them for moreguidance.


Herrmann, J. L., Hoffmann, R. K., Ward, C. E., Schulman, J. M., & Grekin, R. C. (2018). Biochemistry, physiology, and tissue interactions of contemporary biodegradable injectable dermal fillers. Dermatologic Surgery44, S19-S31.

Mlambo, S. S., Parkar, H., Naude, L., & Cromarty, A. D. (2022). Treatment of acute wounds and injuries: Cuts, bites, bruises and sprains. SA Pharmaceutical Journal89(1), 12-18.

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Roodbeen, R., Vreke, A., Boland, G., Rademakers, J., van den Muijsenbergh, M., Noordman, J., & van Dulmen, S. (2020). Communication and shared decision-making with patients with limited health literacy; helpful strategies, barriers and suggestions for improvement reported by hospital-based palliative care providers. PloS one15(6), e0234926.

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