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Dermal Fillers

How Long to Wait Between Lip Fillers

Lip fillers enhance one’s appearance by making the lips plump and hydrated. Some patients may need touch-ups after filler procedures. This article explains lip fillers, their use, and how long patients should wait between lip fillers.

Fillers have gained popularity in recent years. There are various types of filler procedures, including lip fillers. Lip fillers are gel-like compounds injected into the lip tissues to enhance appearance, eliminate wrinkles, and restore lip size. Lip fillers make the lips hydrated, plump, and smooth. The procedureis done by a cosmetic doctor or aesthetic practitioner, who numbs the lips before performing the procedure. Lip fillers are injected into the muscles. Patients who want to do more touch-ups after their first lip filler session are advised to wait for 2-4 weeks. This will give the previous filler to settle and heal.

What are Lip Fillers?

Lip fillers are injectable compounds injected into the lip muscles or tissues. They add volume to the lips, making them plump, hydrated, and smooth. Cosmetic doctors or aesthetic practitioners perform lip fillers. In the UK, fillers are legalfor patients with 21 years and above. A client does not need to exhibit any qualification to open a clinic or administer aesthetic procedures. Therefore, there are a lot of quack aestheticians in the UK.

Lip filler procedures have several side effects, including swelling, bruising, and bleeding. They subside within a short period. Incorrect lip filling can have adverse complications for a patient. When the blood vessels are interfered with, the patient can have complications such as excessive bleeding or blindness. Therefore, it is essential to check on the cosmetic practitioner. Patients may wish to have lip filler procedures for various reasons. However, it is highly recommended not to perform lip filler procedures due to peer pressure.

WhyLip Fillers?

Patients opt for lip fillers for various reasons, including:

Correction of Lips

Each patient has varying lips formation. Correcting the lips may help the patient enhance their appearance. Aubry et al. (2022) showed that patients coulduse lip fillers to help with asymmetrical lips that may affect their facial appearance.

Patients can also enhance their appearance by making their lips plump. The study above also showed that lip fillers add plumpness to the lips by increasing the volume.

Smoothen Wrinkles

Wrinkles are a form of aging. While aging, wrinkles can form on the sides of the mouth. The lips will get rid of the wrinkles by spreading the skin. Volume loss can make the skin saggy and loose, leading to wrinkling. Van Longhem et al. (2021) showed that lip fillers could erase wrinkles on the mouth’s sides by adding volume to the lips. The study above also noted that lip fillers enhance plumpness, smoothness, and hydration.

Restoring the Lips

The lips become thin or small as one age. Therefore, lip fillers can be used to restore the lips to the previous lip size.

How are Lip Fillers Done?

Cosmetic doctors do lip fillers. A cosmetic doctor injects a numbing substance. This will ease the process and minimize discomfort. The cosmetic doctor injects the required amounts of the filler under the skin until the desired look is achieved. Before undergoing a lip filler procedure, ensure you consult a cosmetic doctor to ascertain the safety of the products. The cosmetic doctor will analyze your lips and test if the patient has allergies.

Most cosmetic doctors use numbing cream or a nerve block to the lips. This will prevent any pain during the process.

The lip-filling procedure takes a short time and has no downtime. Therefore, patients can go back to their day-to-day activities after lip fillers. Beleznay et al. (2014) explained that patients could experience bleeding, swelling, bruising, and redness after the filler treatments. However, these side effects are short-lived and fade within a few days.

How Long Should One Wait Between Lip Fillers

According to Artzi et al. (2020), patients are advised to wait 2-4 weeks before undergoing another lip filler treatment. Waiting between fillers enables the patient to nurse the previous procedure and ensures the filler settles incorrectly.

What to Avoid After Lip Fillers

Patients respond to filler treatments differently. After the filler procedures, patients are advised to avoid the following;

Strenuous Activities orExercises

Exercises have health benefits for the human body. However, excessive exercise can affect lip fillers. Strenuous activities and exercises can make a patient sweat. The sweat may go to the lips, and this may cause infections in the lips. Urdiales-Gálvezet al.( 2018)advised patients toavoid strenuous exercises 24-48 hours after lip filler treatments.


Alcohol is a vasodilator and a blood thinner. A patient’s alcohol dilates the blood vessels, which may affect the filler treatment. Swelling and bleeding may prolong since the blood vessels are wide and the blood flow is high.

Applying Pressure to the Lips

Patients are advised to avoid putting pressure on the lips after filler treatment. The pressure can distort the fillers and make them not settle appropriately, leading to bumps on the lips.

Side Effects of Lip Fillers

The common side effects of lip filler treatments include;

  • Bleeding
  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Redness

These side effects are not evident in all patients. However, they fade away within a short time. According to Funt& Pavicic (2013), lip filler procedures done wrongly can also lead to some complications, such as asymmetry, blindness, or excess bleeding. Patients are advised to consult their cosmetic doctors in case of such complications and ensure they have the filler procedures done by a renowned or qualified aesthetic practitioner.

FAQs about Lip Fillers

Can Lip Fillers Go Wrong?

Yes, they can interfere with the blood vessels, leading to adverse complications such as blindness if the cosmetic doctor performing the procedure is quack. Also, wrong filler injections can lead to asymmetrical lips.

Can Lip Fillers Make You Look Natural?

Yes. Correct lip filler treatments can look natural.


Lip fillers are compounds injected beneath the lip tissues to make the lips plump. Cosmetic doctors or aesthetic practitioners mainly perform lip fillers. Patients have various reasons to go for lip filler treatments, including restoring lip size and enhancing appearance. Some patients may need extra lip fillers. Therefore, they are advised to return to their aestheticians 2-4 weeks after their previous procedure. Patients should ensure they seek lip treatment from qualified aestheticians to avoid complications.


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Beleznay, K., Humphrey, S., Carruthers, J. D., & Carruthers, A. (2014). Vascular compromise from soft tissue augmentation: experience with 12 cases and recommendations for optimal outcomes. The Clinical and aesthetic dermatology Journal, 7(9), 37.

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

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