Dermal Fillers

How Long for Lips to Settle After Fillers

Dermal fillers require time to settle in the skin before their patient can enjoy their effects. This article looks into the lip filler treatment, aftercare tips, and how long it takes for the swelling to go down. 

Lip fillers are injected into the lip tissues to give them a plumper and fuller appearance. It is common for the lips to feel plump and uncomfortable after getting filler. However, once the filler has settled, your lips should feel smooth and supple. If you have just had lip filler treatment or thinking about it, you may wonder how long it takes for the lips to settle. The duration is a function of multiple aftercare practices, often a cosmetic practitioner gives.

Lip Fillers

Lip fillers are a dermal injectable that adds plumpness and volume to the lips. The most common type of dermal filler used is Hyaluronic acid-based. Bukhari et al.(2018) explained that Hyaluronic Acid draws and binds water, keeping the skin hydrated and plump.

Why Get a Lip Filler

The decision to get lip filler is personal. Most patients get lip fillers to boost the size of their lips. Stojanovič&Majdič (2019) explained that as one ages, the size of their lips gets smaller and thinner. The groove between the upper lip and septum gets more prolonged and flatter, and the distance between the corners of the lips grows. To revive their younger lip size, people get lip fillers. Wrinkles may form on the sides of the mouth and become apparent when one laughs or smiles. Lip fillers can smooth out wrinkles and fine lines. Genes, smoking, age, and sun damage can cause one to lose the volume of the lips leading one to take the dermal procedure. 

How Long Does It Take for Lip Filler to Settle?

Lip Filler treatment is fast and initial differences manifest immediately despite minor swelling. Lip fillers set into the skin fast after injections, and change can be seen. The doctor will spend some time observing the patient and ensure that no adverse reactions occur. Swelling and bruising are common after the injection making one feel awkward and uncomfortable. However, the swelling and bruising go down within one or two weeks; fillers would have settled in and results seen. It takes two weeks for most filler to settle. Most doctors schedule an appointment after two weeks to assess the treatment development. The doctor can adjust or address any issue that may arise. 

Lip Filler Aftercare

One must take care of the lips to get a quick and smooth recovery. Avoid applying heavy makeup or products that aggravate swelling and bruising. The cosmetic doctor advises against alcohol and blood thinners; such products may increase bruising and swelling. Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. They should also avoid high temperatures.

FAQs about Lip Fillers

How Long Do Lip Fillers Last? 

Fillers are not permanent; their duration in the skin depends on the type of compound used. Dermal fillers last as long as the filler is in the system. Funt& Pavicic (2013) explained that highly biodegradable fillers, such as hyaluronic acid-based fillers, are quickly broken down and absorbed into the skin, making them temporary. These fillers last from six months to a year, depending on the area and amount of filler used. Hyaluronic fillers are reversible, making them a suitable option for the lips. Patients may need touch-ups to maintain the fillers. 

Funt& Pavicic (2013) pointed out that semi-permanent fillers are denser than temporary ones; the body takes longer to break them down and absorb them. Fillers such as poly-L-lactic acid last 12 to 18 months. However, these fillers are not reversible and are used on specific body parts, such as nasolabial folds; they are not used on the lips.

How Long After Lip Fillers Can You Get More? 

The patient can decide to get more filler on their lips for several reasons. If one is unsatisfied with the initial results, one could add more. During consultations with a cosmetic doctor, the patient can raise concerns or dissatisfaction with the immediate results. However, since there can be bruising and swelling after the injection, it is not easy to tell how the outcome will be. It takes roughly two weeks for the swelling to go down and for the filler to settle. One can then gauge how the lip filler is and if they are satisfied with the look. If they need to get more, they can consult their doctor. If one is okay with the lip filler outcome, they do not need more immediately. 

Lip fillers are temporary and need touch-ups to maintain. Depending on the type of filler, they can last six months to a year. The patient should discuss with their cosmetic doctor before getting the filler to know how often they may need a touch-up.


Lips are one of the most visible facial features; keeping them in a good state is important. Most patients go for lip fillers that take the lip procedure for cosmetic purposes. These dermal fillers are injected into the skin to make them more plump and smooth. The procedure is fast, and the results are immediate. However, the injection could make the lips swollen and bruised, which can be uncomfortable. Swelling and bruising should disappear within two days or a week after the treatment. Patients must observe proper aftercare to sustain the fillers until their stated duration elapses.


Bukhari, S. N. A., Roswandi, N. L., Waqas, M., Habib, H., Hussain, F., Khan, S., … & Hussain, Z. (2018). Hyaluronic acid, a promising skin rejuvenating biomedicine: A review of recent updates and pre-clinical and clinical investigations on cosmetic and nutricosmetic effects. International journal of biological macromolecules, 120, 1682-1695.

Funt, D., & Pavicic, T. (2013). Dermal fillers in aesthetics: an overview of adverse events and treatment approaches. Clinical, cosmetic and investigational dermatology, 6, 295.

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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