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Dermal Fillers

How Long Does It Take to Get Lip Fillers?

It takes 30-45 minutes to do lip fillers. Fillers contain hyaluronic acid, polylactic acid, calcium hydroxylapatite, PMMA, and polyalkylimide. Lip fillers do not have downtime and are relatively safe. This article explains how long it will take to get lip fillers, the side effects and side effects of these fillers.

People choose to get lip fillers to plump thin lips or reconstruct a scar. Age can also lead to having faint lip lines due to volume loss and wrinkles. When the collagen is less,a protein found in connective tissues, skin, tendons, and cartilage, is produced, the skin loses its structure and elasticity leading to wrinkles and sagging. Plastic surgery is another method one can use to reconstruct the lips. This article will explain lip fillers and how long the lip filler procedure will take.

What are Lip Fillers?

Cosmetic doctors are responsible for performing lip fillers. Deshmukh et al. (2016)stated that lip fillers are gel-like substances injected into the lips for decorative purposes like plumping thin lips and reconstructing an injured lip. Fillers are inexpensive and temporal; they wear out or can be removed by an enzyme injection which dissolves the filler.

Types of Lip Fillers

Hyaluronic Acid

According to Dovedytis et al. (2020), hyaluronic acid is a slippery substance that the body produces mainly in joints, eyes, and skin. It helps the joints move smoothly, keeping the skin flexible and hydrating the body. Hyaluronic acid is used as a lipfiller to redefine lip border. It is also used to treat scars and cheek depressions and improve volume.

Polylactic Acid

According to Christen & Vercesi (2020), polylactic is a biodegradable that can stimulate collagen production. It dissolves into the body after injection. Polylactic acid works best on the lower part of the face, like the lips, cheeks, and chin. Polylactic acid filler plumps thin lips and treats deep nasolabial folds. One will need at least three months of treatment to achieve the anticipated results and six more weeks to see the full effect.

Calcium Hydroxyapatite (CaHa)

According to Shirshakova et al. (2020), calcium hydroxylapatite is found in human bones and enamel to promote bone growth. CaHa is a biocompatible filler that is biosynthetically produced to reduce allergic reactions. CaHa filler is used to treat deep wrinkles, increase facial fullness, plump thin lips, and enhance chin lines.


According to Karthik & Mohan (2017), polyalkaylimide is a temporal filler used to treat facial wasting, treat deep wrinkles, and enhance cheekbones. Unlike other fillers, polyalkylimide does not react with the body; a collagen layer forms around it over time. Single injections can deliver a huge volume.

Polymethyl-Methacrylate microspheres (PMMA)

PMMA is a more permanent solution for deep wrinkles than collagen replacement therapy. PMMA lasts longer than the other fillers; thus, the cosmetic doctor will inject volumes until the desired results are achieved.

Lip Fillers Procedure

The cosmetic doctor will start by assessing the face and mapping the area to be treated; this will be to determine the final results. The mapped area is cleaned, and a topical anaesthetic will be applied to numb it. The process is not painful, but one will feel discomfort mildly. The aesthetic practitioner will inject the lips with the filler of one’s choice. The lip filler process takes 30-45 minutes, depending on the number of injections.

Side Effects and Precautions

Lip fillers are safe with minor side effects when done right by a cosmetic doctor. Common minor side effects are swelling, pain, and bruising. Lip filler complications include infections on the injection point, fractured or blocked blood vessels, and discolouration, but they occur on rare occasions. Fillers should be done in a hospital with a qualified cosmetic doctor.

Cost of Lip Fillers

The cost of lip fillers depends on the type of filler, cosmetic doctor qualification and location, the area to be treated, and the number of syringes needed. The average cost of dermal filler ranges from £600 to £1000. Dermal fillers are also expensive because medical covers do not cover cosmetic procedures.

Benefits of Lip Fillers

Collagen Production

Collagen helps in marinating the skin structure and elasticity. Using lip fillers like polylactic acid triggers collagen production, improving the volume and facial fullness and reducing wrinkles, giving you a youthful look.

Enhancing Facial Features

Lip fillers can help enhance facial features like lip lines and borders affected by ageing or injury. 

No Downtime

The effect of lip fillers is immediate; unlike other procedures that take months to heal, one will notice the effect of lip fillers immediately after the cosmetic doctor is done. The impact of polylactic acid takes longer because collagen has to be produced.

Minimal Risks

Lip fillers are considered safe because they are minimally invasive. When done with a qualified person,one will have minor and anticipated side effects like swelling and bruising.

FAQs about Lip Fillers

What Should I Do After Lip Fillers?

The aesthetic doctor may prescribe some pain medication or anti-inflammatory drugs to ease the minimal swelling and pain. Do not massage your lips unless told to do so, and you should also avoid applying lipstick for at least 48 hours.

Use soft cleaning agents when washing your face for a week.

Can I Have a Natural Look with Lip Fillers?

If onedoesn’t overdo the filling, they can look naturally with lip fillers. Try to maintain the filling around the average lip size.

How Often Should I Redo Lip Fillers?

Depending on the choice of lip filler,one can redo lip fillers after some months. One can also remove lip fillers with an enzyme injection. Polylactic acid can last for a year, while PMMA lasts for around two years.

Where Can I Do Lip Fillers?

Lip fillers are done in a hospital with a qualified aesthetician. Even though lip fillers are safe, complications that require medical attention can occur.


It takes 30-45minutes to do lip fillers. Lip fillers are used to plump thin lips, redefine lip lines and borders or reconstruct scars on lips due to accidents or a congenital condition. Lip fillers also contribute to face fullness and improve volume, treating contours and deep wrinkles. When polylactic acid is used, it helps trigger the collagen production and is crucial to skin structure and elasticity, givingone a youthful look. Lip fillers are generally safe and should be done by a qualified person in a hospital. Lip fillers can last a year or more, depending on the filler you have used.


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