Dermal Fillers

How Long Should You Wait Between Lip Fillers?

Are you looking for a long-lasting way to combat aging signs, restore lost volume on your skin, or try to look more youthful without going under the knife? Injectable lip fillers may be the right option for you. Keep reading to learn more about lip fillers, why people get lip fillers, the benefits of lip fillers, how long to wait between lip fillers, aftercare tips, and frequently asked questions on lip filler treatments. 

With an array of anti-wrinkle treatments and dermal fillers popping into the market today, you can get a filler treatment that can help you get that look you have been longing to have. If you wish to have plumper and perfectly defined lips, consider lip augmentation. Lip fillers are non-surgical cosmetic procedures that involve injecting fillers into your lip tissues to increase the size, among other reasons. As people age, especially women, their skin naturally loses fat and collagen. The loss of collagen results in lip thinness and other aging signs around the lip area. Lip fillers work by restoring lost volume and adding fullness to the lips. They also help clients maintain a more youthful appearance. Unlike surgical cosmetic procedures, lip fillers are not permanent. Depending on the type of filler you choose, lip fillers last between 6 and 12 months. 

What Are Lip Fillers?

Lip fillers are among the most popular non-invasive aesthetic treatments performed on the lips or around the lip area. They contain a gel-like substance, mostly hyaluronic acid. The acid is injected into your lip tissues to achieve your desired look. Lip fillers can solve many client concerns, including correcting lip asymmetries, adding or restoring volume to thin lips, and minimizing the appearance of aging signs such as wrinkles and fine lines, among others. 

How Long Should You Wait Between Lip Fillers?

Lip fillers offer long-lasting effects but are not a one-off solution for aging and balancing lip asymmetries, among other issues. Patients must schedule regular sessions with their cosmetic doctors to maintain their results. Lip fillers provide results between 6 and 12 months, depending on the type of filler you choose. Typically, clients receive their top-up injection once every 6 to 9 months. However, you may get fascinated with the immediate results, usually from initial swelling. The final results are less pronounced than the immediate results after the procedure. Some clients may wish to add more filler to achieve the level of fullness they desire. In that case, you will have to wait for at least 4 to 5 weeks for the initial swelling and bruising to go down completely. Besides, fillers need more time to set in properly for optimum results. Adding more filler before the initial swelling subsides may cause other complications (such as lumps) or make future treatments difficult. 

Aftercare Tips for Lip Fillers

  • Avoid intense cardio exercises. They raise your blood pressure and heart rate, increasing the risk of swelling at the injected site.
  • Avoid alcohol and blood thinning medications for 48 hours after the procedure. They worsen bruising.
  • Stay makeup-free for 24 hours to minimize the risk of infection.
  • Ensure you sleep on your back to enable the filler to set in properly. Do not sleep on the side you have had the filler injection.
  • Avoid direct sunlight exposure.
  • Avoid too much heat.

Why Get Lip Fillers?

You can have your lips modified and still maintain a natural look. Many clients get lip fillers to increase the size of their lips, among other reasons, including:

Balance Lip Asymmetries

Lip asymmetries, such as having one lip fuller than the other or having a scar that affects your lip shape, can be corrected with lip fillers (Wollina& Alberto, 2020). The ultimate goal is to make your lips look proportional. 

Smooth out Wrinkles and Fine Lines on the Lips and Mouth Area  

Lip fillers are also rejuvenating options for patients showing signs of aging (Rohrich, 2019). The lip fillers do not cease the aging process. However, they can minimize the appearance of aging signs such as fine lines and wrinkles and give you a youthful appearance. 

Well-Defined Lip Shape and Cupid’s bow

Some patients may not have lip asymmetries or aging signs but rather a weakly defined lip shape. They get lip fillers to sharpen their lip shape and get a more pronounced cupid’s bow (Henderson, 2019). Others opt for lip fillers to get a pouty lip shape. 

What Are the Benefits of Lip Fillers?

Lip Fillers Improve the Appearance of Your Lips

For most clients, the greatest benefit of getting lip fillers is enhancing their lips’ appearance. The appearance of fuller lips and well-defined labial features make you look and feel younger. 

Lip Fillers Provide Natural Fullness

Lip fillers are a great benefit to people with thinner lips. Most lip fillers contain hyaluronic acid (HA), a natural substance found in your body, which traps water molecules to keep your lips hydrated and maintain natural fullness. 

Progression Is Gradual

Lip filler injections can be given over several appointments to produce the best results. Clients who want to modify their lips but are still determining how they will look after fillers get short-lived fillers that need a retouch. 

Lip Fillers Are Generally Safe with Mild Side Effects

Like any other medical procedure, lip filler treatments also have side effects. However, the side effects are mild. Some patients may have allergic reactions to ingredients present in lip fillers. In that case, discussing your allergic reactions with your aesthetician before the initial procedure is vital. It gives your doctor insight into managing and preventing the severity of allergic complications and other side effects. 

Lip Fillers Do Not Require Recovery Time

Another incredible benefit of lip fillers is that you can return to your normal daily routine immediately after the procedure. However, there are aftercare instructions you must follow for optimum results.

Frequently Asked Questions about Lip Fillers           

Are Lip Fillers Painful?

Lip fillers are not painful. You may feel a sharp sensation as the doctor injects the filler into your lips. However, it should not be too painful as the doctor applies a numbing cream before the procedure. 

How Long Do Lip Fillers Last?

The results of lip fillers last for about 6 to 12 months, depending on the type of filler used.  

What Is in Lip Fillers?

Most lip fillers contain hyaluronic acid (HA) as the main ingredient. Ha is a natural substance that is found in our bodies. It helps trap water molecules and keeps your body hydrated. 


Lip fillers are non-surgical cosmetic procedures that give your lips a plump look. Getting lip fillers is non-invasive, fast, and with mild side effects. However, a patient should get the procedure done by a board-certified cosmetic doctor. You may experience swelling and bruising, but they usually disappear within 3 to 5 days. Lip fillers offer long-lasting results, but they are not permanent. Suppose you want to enjoy the results of your lip filler for a long. In that case, schedule top-up sessions with your aesthetician at least once every 6 to 9 months, depending on the type of filler you choose. 


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Rohrich, R. J., Bartlett, E. L., & Dayan, E. (2019). Practical approach and safety of hyaluronic acid fillers. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Global Open, 7(6).

Wollina, U., & Goldman, A. (2020). Lip enhancement and mouth corner lift with fillers and botulinum toxin A. Dermatologic Therapy, 33(6), e14231.

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