Dermal Fillers

How Long Do Lip Fillers Take to Do?

One of the common dermal treatments done today is lip fillers. Reasons for lip fillers vary from beauty enhancement to volume addition. People opt for fillers because the procedure is painless, fast, and has almost immediate results. One of the most asked questions is how long the lip fillers take to do. Read through this article to find out. 

Lip fillers are temporary procedures done to enhance the volume of the lips. Most patients opt for lip fillers since lips tend to lose volume as one age. Lip fillers are a temporary procedure that offers quick results than surgery. The treatment uses dermal fillers injected into the tissues around the lips to achieve the desired outcome. The cosmetic procedure is a non-invasive treatment that lasts between 15 and 60 minutes, depending on the number of injections needed.

Why People Get Lip Fillers

It is a personal decision to get lip fillers. Most clients with thin lips get lip fillers to increase the side of their lips. Age makes the size of the lips get smaller and thinner. The fillers add volume to the lips to restore the patient’s youthful appearance. Fillers are also used to reduce wrinkles and smile lines. Genetics, accidents, and sun damage can reduce the lips’ volume and necessitate lip fillers.

Types of Lip Fillers

Different dermal fillers are used to fill and add volume to the lips. The most common type of dermal filler used is hyaluronic acid-based; they are good for temporary lip fillers because they are easily reversible. Other lip fillers include collagen lip fillers, Permanent Silicone fillers, and fat transfer lip fillers.

How Long Do Lip Procedures Take?

The procedure is short, and the results can be seen immediately. The procedure for a first-time client can take up to an hour. Less time is needed for a returning customer. The procedure involves consultation with a practitioner to discuss the treatment and care. The lip-filling can take more time, depending on the procedure. 

Lip Filler Procedure 

Before the Procedure

It is advised to get the operation done by an experienced and certified health provider. In a session before the treatment, your doctor will discuss your general health conditions and expectations. They will also assess the shape of your face and desired afterlook. The cosmetic doctor will examine, measure, and take pictures of your face and lips for record keeping. It is also important to discuss risk factors or any allergies one might have. The consultation will help address issues that might cause complications after the treatment. One such issue is if one has experienced cold sores. The cosmetic doctor will prescribe antiviral medications before the procedure.  

During the Lip Filling 

During the lip filling, a topical anesthetic cream is applied on the lips to numb the senses and prevent them from hurting, causing discomfort to the patient. Another option is a nerve block injection. After the lips are numb, which takes about 15 to 30 minutes, the cosmetic doctor will inject the lip filler using a thin needle into the intended part of the lip. The injection depends on the technique used and the desired outcome. The cosmetic practitioner could inject regions such as the edges of the vermillion border, Cupid’s bow (curve in the center of the upper lip), and the oral commissures, which are the corners of the mouth. The process is manageable due to the anesthetic, but one may feel a pinching sensation, and eyes might water. 

After the Lip Filling

The doctor may gently massage the lips to absorb the filler. Before releasing the client, a good practitioner spends a few minutes monitoring the lips for possible side effects.

In most cases, the lips may be swollen, bruised, and sensitive for a day or two after the procedure. However, the swelling goes away after a short while. The doctor may schedule a follow-up appointment to observe the improvement. To make the lips heal faster, the cosmetic doctor might advise avoiding using some products for at least a day. One should also abstain from touching or puckering the lips and be extra cautious when brushing the teeth to prevent unnecessary pressure on the lips.

Different Techniques Used

There are different techniques used in the lip filler procedure to produce different results. These techniques are classic lips filler, Russian lips filler, and Paris lips filler which uses different amounts and points of injections to produce different looks. Injection types also include linear and lip tenting. During the meeting before the procedure, one can tell the doctor the looks they wish to allow them to choose which technique to use. Ghasemi& Akbari (2022) pointed out that a technique like the Russian lip filler involves making multiple injections using small filler drops; this takes more time than the traditional filler technique, and the patient may need to know the procedure before it begins. 

Risks and Complications 

Lip fillers are generally safe and pose low-risk complications. Stojanovič&Majdič (2019) noted that some side effects might include bleeding and pain at the injection point. Discoloration and tenderness might also occur. Some patients may get infections and cold sores. When discussed before the treatment, cosmetic doctors can use medications to prevent cold sores. In some approaches, the lips may end up asymmetrical. Haneke (2015) noted that, when done incorrectly, dermal procedures may compromise the patient’s eye-sight; when the filler is injected into an artery, it blocks the blood flow to the eye tissues. To avoid such intricacies, one must get the procedure done by a professional.  

 FAQs about Lip Fillers

How Long Should Lip Fillers Last?

Lip fillers last between 6 and 12 months, depending on the aftercare and the patient’s age and metabolism.

Who Cannot Get a Filler Treatment?

The fillers are generally safe for patients with sound physical and mental health. Pregnant women and children below 18 years are not allowed to have the procedure.

Can Lip Fillers Migrate?

Dermal fillers are susceptible to pressure; they can migrate when subjected to pressure before they heal completely. 


 It is common to get lip fillers to make the lips fuller and plumper. One needs to get the procedure done by a professional for the best results. Lip fillers are temporary and require less time to perform. The procedure involves a consultation with the doctor to discuss the expectations and health history before a procedure that takes 15 to 60 minutes. The cosmetic doctor then discusses aftercare tips or schedules a follow-up meeting. Lip fillers are fast, safe, low-risk procedures to enhance one’s looks. 


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Ghasemi, S., & Akbari, Z. (2022). Lip Augmentation. Dental Clinics, 66(3), 431-442.

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Stojanovič, L., &Majdič, N. (2019). Effectiveness and safety of hyaluronic acid fillers used to enhance overall lip fullness: a systematic review of clinical studies. Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, 18(2), 436-443.

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