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Dermal Fillers

How Long Do Lip Fillers Take to Do?

Lip fillers are among the most popular dermal fillers used today. They add fullness to your lips and help you achieve natural plumpness. Let us find out how long lip fillers take to work. 

Lip filler treatment is one of the most popular non-surgical aesthetic treatments that are turning the tide in the cosmetic industry. Studies indicate that over 51% of women between the age of 16 and 30 would consider aesthetic treatments now or later. However, suppose you are considering getting a lip filler injection; you must be sure that you get the procedure performed by a board-certified surgeon or cosmetic doctor for quality and satisfactory results. Remember, like any other medical procedure; real risks should be considered before treatment. 

What Are Lip Fillers?         

Lip fillers are injectable substances that add fullness to your lips and help you achieve natural plumpness. The dermal fillers mostly consist of hyaluronic acid (HA), a substance that occurs naturally in the body. Hyaluronic acid is found in connective tissues and plays a major role in collagen production, keeping your skin hydrated, and wound healing, among other body functions. Lip fillers offer an instant solution to enhance your lips. Since they are temporary, they are suitable for patients who want to enhance their appearance without a permanent commitment. Apart from adding fullness to the lips, the fillers can also smooth out fine lines around your lip area and give you a more defined cupid’s bow. They can also correct lip asymmetries, such as uneven lips. 

How Long Do Lip Fillers Take to Show Results?

Whether you are getting lip fillers to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, plump up lips, or tighten up sagging skin around the lip area, you can notice the results right after the procedure. While results may vary across patients, most of them notice their results within the first 2 days after the lip filler injection. Lip fillers are temporary and cannot be a one-time solution to your problems. To maintain your results, you must schedule regular sessions with your aesthetician. The results of a single lip injection will last for 6 months. Depending on your type of filler, some lip fillers may last up to 9 months. That means, for a year, you may need 1 or 2 lip filler injections to maintain the look that you want. 

What Are the Benefits of Lip Fillers?

According to Czumbel et al. 2021, lip augmentation with injectable hyaluronic acid is an effective method to increase lip fullness for at least 6 months. Besides, lip fillers are safe with mild side effects that usually disappear within a few days.

Lip fillers can facilitate the production of collagen and elastin, which helps you achieve a youthful look. According to Cabral et al. 2020, dermal fillers minimize the effects of signs of aging, such as wrinkles, restoring skin elasticity, and reducing rough-textured skin. 

Other Benefits of Lip Fillers

  • Lip fillers are not permanent; they are reversible if you do not like the results.
  • Lip filler treatments have a wider range of applications; the patient can choose to add lip volume, reshape, or enhance natural plumpness.
  • The procedure is quick, usually less than 60 minutes.
  • They improve your natural appearance. 

How to Care for Your Lips after Fillers

Avoid Makeup

Avoid wearing makeup on your lips for 24 hours after having your lip filler injection. The pressure and touching involved when applying makeup can disintegrate the filler and migrate it to other parts of your face. Makeup can also pass through the prick marks caused by the injection during the procedure and cause an infection. Ensure you stay makeup-free for a day to fasten the healing process. 

Stay Hydrated         

After the procedure, ensure you drink plenty of water to keep your lips hydrated. Hyaluronic acid in most lip fillers becomes effective by attracting water stored in the body tissues. HA holds water and makes your lips look full and plump. Drinking more water keeps your skin hydrated and improves the effectiveness of your filler. 

Avoid Intense Workout

Avoid intense workouts or strenuous activity 48 hours after lip filler injection (Keramidas, 2021). Instead, you can engage in a light workout, like walking. An intense workout may increase your heart rate and blood pressure, increasing the risk of prolonged swelling and bruising. 

Sleep on Your Back           

Sleep on your back with your head elevated for the first two nights following your lip filler injection. You can add an extra pillow to keep your head elevated. Sleeping on your face may add pressure to your lips and prevent the filler from settling properly. Besides, sleeping on your back helps minimize swelling and bruising. 

Avoid Blood Thinning Medication

You may experience pain after the lip filler injection and want to use pain-relieving medications. Consult with your cosmetic doctor on the medications to use. Blood thinning medications may make the swelling and bruising worse. Instead, you can use Tylenol or any other medication your cosmetic doctor recommends. 

Avoid Too Much Heat

Exposure to too much heat, such as saunas, hot showers, and hot tubs, among others, may worsen swelling. They should be avoided for at least 48 hours after the lip filler injection to allow the filler to set in properly. 


Lip fillers can be a great way to enhance your labial features and maintain a youthful look. You will notice the results of the lip filler injection immediately after the procedure. The final results may show after 2 to 3 weeks, depending on the type of filler you choose. Remember, fillers need time to settle in properly and produce their effects. The instant results may result from initial swelling, which subsides within 3 to 5 days. The major advantage of lip fillers is that they are not permanent; you can reverse the treatment if you dislike the results. 


Cabral, L. R. B., Teixeira, L. N., Gimenez, R. P., Demasi, A. P. D., de Brito Junior, R. B., de Araújo, V. C., & Martinez, E. F. (2020). Effect of hyaluronic acid and poly-l-lactic acid dermal fillers on collagen synthesis: An in vitro and in vivo study. Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology13, 701.

Czumbel, L. M., Farkasdi, S., Gede, N., Mikó, A., Csupor, D., Lukács, A. …&Varga, G. (2021). Hyaluronic acid is effective dermal filler for lip augmentation: a meta-analysis. Frontiers in surgery8, 681028.

Keramidas, E., Rodopoulou, S., &Gavala, M. I. (2021). A safe and effective lip augmentation method: The step-by-step Φ (Phi) technique. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Global Open9(2).

Marie Salbuvik