Dermal Fillers

 How Long Should Lip Fillers Last

Individuals wishing for plump lips that appear natural should try lip filler injections. They offer great results that last for a few months, depending on various factors explained in the blog. The article explains what lip fillers are and further elaborateson how long fillers last on your lips.

Lip fillers are the most famous way to restore or add volume to the lips. They are minimally invasive and have no or little downtown compared to lip implants or surgery. This cosmetic treatment involves injecting one of the filler ingredients into the lip tissues to make them look more plump, fresh, and youthful. As one age, the facial tissues lose collagen and hyaluronic acid naturally. Asa result, the face starts appearing thinner and saggy, including the lips. Therefore, lip fillers work by replacing the lost collagen and skin acid. But the article explains long these beneficial effects last after lip treatment.

What Are Lip Fillers?

According to Demosthenous & Nesto (2017), lip fillers are cosmetic procedures that are popular in restoring or increasing the volume of a patient’s lips. They are injected into the lip tissues to introduce natural materials like hyaluronic acid or boost collagen production that help provide your lips with a plump, sensual, youthful, and natural look. Unlike lip implants, filler injections are accompanied by no or minimal complications that are easily treated and reversed. The common side effect of lip filler injections is bruising, but the effect wears off 2 to 3 days after the injection. Moreover, lip fillers are quick; within a few days, the filler materials are set and quickly settle for the plump lips. Furthermore, qualified cosmetic injectors provide patients with aftercare tips that significantly shorten the recovery period from soft fillers’ adverse effects. Ghasemi et al. (2022) highlighted the following precautions to adhereto after lip filler injections:

  • Avoid alcohol and blood thinner medications like aspirin and vitamin E supplements for 48 hours after the lip augmentation.
  • Stay hydrated
  • Avoid applying lipsticks or other cosmetic products for 24 hours after the injection.
  • Sleep elevated
  • Don’t practise vigorous exercises like weight lifting for at least 48hours

Nonetheless, you may wonder why people try lip filler injections. As people age, their lips’ volume tends to diminish, while others are genetically born with thin lips. In addition, chronic weather and body disorders may contribute to premature facial ageing signs,including thin lips. So,one can restore their lip volume by joining the injectable lip filler’s regime.

Understanding How Long Fillers Last on Your Lips

Like any medication or treatment, each patient has a different onset time and longevity of cosmetic procedures. Lip injections are not exceptional; they provide a temporal result that dissipates with time. Lip tissues gradually absorb the materials or natural ingredients contained in the fillers until there are no more signs of plump lips accompanying the treatment. Typically, most filler regime clients report that lip fillers’ effects start to wear off 4 to 12 months after the last treatment. The following are things that affect the longevity of lip filler treatment:

The Type of Lip Filler

There are different categories of lip fillers in cosmetic clinics. Each type differs in the lasting period and how it interacts with lip tissues after the injections. In UK clinics, the three common types of lip fillers include:

Hyaluronic Acid (Ha) Fillers

Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance produced by the body’s glands to hydrate and improve skin complexity. HA fillers tend to introduce the substance that attracts body water 1000 times its weight to plump lips.Cozumel et al. (2021) stated that HA fillers are affordable and last for approximately 4 to 8 months, depending on other factors.

Collagen Stimulators

Poly-l-lactic acid is a biodegradable substance injected into the lip tissues to induce collagen production. The proteins tend to improve lip skin firmness and remove bumps making them appear plumper. They last slightly longer than HA fillers (6-10 months)

CaHa Fillers

Calcium hydroxyapatite is a natural substance in human bones and joints. They are mostly used to treat hallowing cheeks to remove deep-rooted wrinkles and fine lines apart from restoring their volume. They can also be injected into lip tissues to support the natural production of hyaluronic acid and collagen that aid plump lips. The primary lasts 8 to 12 months, depending on other factors explained.

The Concentration of the Lip Filler

Like other supplements or medications, the more concentrated the injectable filler is, the longer it will take to dissolve fully. The potency of the filler depends on the volume size oneadds to thin lips andtheir physical health.

Professionality of the Cosmetic Doctor

How skilled the cosmetic practitioner is can affect how long the lip filler lasts. They can also affect the complexity of the plump lips depending on their experience. The more qualified and skilled the doctor is the longer filler effects last. One can easily review the reputation of the aesthetic practitioner by analysing customers’ ratings and comments. Always be cautious with a practitioner with poor ratings and negative comments.

Patient’s Body Metabolic Rate

Every person has different body chemistry that affects how they process, absorb, and breakdown medications and supplements. Lip filler materials are also processed the same way as medications. Therefore, the body’s metabolic rate can affect the period required to dissolve lip filler’s ingredients. According to Wong & Tin Hau Sky (2020), young people have a high body metabolic rate compared to seniors; hence lip fillers last less longthan seniors. Additionally, if one has an active lifestyle like going to the gym, they are expected to have an increased body metabolism, and fillers may last less than the estimated timeframe.

Frequent-Asked Questions (FAQs) about Lip Fillers

How Can I Increase the Longevity of Lip Fillers?

Lip fillers are not permanent. Therefore, there are some ways one can improve longevity, and these tricks include:

  • I adhere to cosmetic practitioners’ aftercare tips like avoiding drinking alcohol immediately after treatment, staying hydrated, eating healthier foods, and avoiding vigorous activities.
  • I regularly go for check-ups and maintenance appointments for more tips and precautions.
  • Making use of SPF (sun protection factors) like sunscreen balms
  • Making use of other natural and organic skincare products like Arnica gel

How Long Do Lip Fillers Take to Settle?

Injectable lip fillers are quick and provide an immediate result compared to other lip augmentation cosmetic procedures. They take approximately a week to settle, depending on the recovery period from common mild side effects like bruising associated with lip injections.


Lip fillers are injections done on lip tissues to give the lips anaturally plump look that feels real. The cosmetic procedure is very quick,with minimal or no side effects or complications. However, lip fillers have immediate results lasting 4 to 12 months, compared to implants that last permanently, depending on various factors. These factors include the type of filler material, the concentration of lip fillers, the patient’s body metabolism, and the qualification or skills of the cosmetic practitioner.


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

Czumbel, L. M., Farkasdi, S., Gede, N., Mikó, A., Csupor, D., Lukács, A., … & Varga, G. (2021). Hyaluronic acid is an effective dermal filler for lip augmentation: a meta-analysis—frontiers in surgery, 8, 681028.

Wong, T. H. S. (2020). A revision and summary of injectable fillers. Journal of Cosmetic Medicine, 4(1), 7-11.

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