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Dermal Fillers

How Often Can I Get Lip Fillers

Lip fillers are one of the popular beauty trends that have replaced the need for surgical procedures. However, since it is temporary, one should receive regular treatment to maintain the desired results. This article discusses lip fillers, how long the results last, and how often one can receive the treatment. 

Lips are one of the defining features of one’s face. For different reasons, clients decide to enhance how their lips appear. The reasons range from adding volume to changing the shape and symmetry of the lips. Surgical lip augmentation, lip implants, or lip lifts have been used to alter and enhance a lip’s appearance, although such procedures are invasive and costly. In contrast, lips fillers are popular treatment people undergo to achieve their desired results. If one is interested in the procedure, one can visit a cosmetic doctor to discuss their options. Lips filler is a temporary procedure that does not require surgery but needs touch-ups to maintain. It is important to know how long the results last and how often one can get treatment before one make the decision.

What are Lip Fillers

Lip fillers are dermal products that add plumpness and volume to the lips. They are commonly made of hyaluronic acid, a natural compound in the body. Bukhari et al.(2018) explained that hyaluronic acid attracts and binds water, making the skin hydrated and plump.

Why Get a Lip Filler

The decision to get lip filler is entirely personal. However, the patient must have good physical and mental before taking the procedure. Most clients get lip fillers to increase the size of their lips. Stojanovič&Majdič (2019) pointed out that as people age, their lips get smaller and thinner. The groove between the upper lip and septum gets longer and flatter, and the distance between the corners of the lips increases. To restore their younger lip size, people opt to get lip fillers. Generally, genetics, smoking, age, and sun damage can cause one to lose volume; hence need to have fillers is multifaceted. 

Lip Filler Procedure

Before the Procedure

One needs to get the procedure done by a professional for better results. Before the treatment, your doctor will discuss your general health conditions and expectations. They will also assess the shape of your face and desired after look. The cosmetic doctor will examine, measure, and take photographs of your face and lips for recording. It is also important to discuss risk factors or any allergies one might have. 

During the Procedure

Commonly, a topical anesthetic is applied on the lips to numb them and prevent the patient from feeling pain and discomfort during the injection. A nerve block injection might also be used as an alternative. After numbing the lip, which takes about 15 to 30 minutes, the doctor will inject the lip filler using a thin needle. The injection area depends on the cosmetic expert’s knowledge of facial anatomy. The procedure is painless due to the anesthetic, but one may observe eyes water or a pinching sensation. 

After the Procedure

The doctor might spend some time after to monitor and ensure you do not have side effects. The lips may be swollen, bruised, and sensitive for two days, although they go away after some time. The doctor will schedule a follow-up appointment to monitor the progress. To help the lips heal faster, one should avoid makeup until completely healed. Also, the patient should refrain from touching or puckering the lips to prevent pressure on the newly-treated lips. 

Benefits of a Lip Filler

In addition to being temporary, one benefit of getting lip filler is that the procedure is reversible. Murray et al. (2021) explained that hyaluronidase enzyme is used to dissolve the filler in case one is unhappy with the look. Lip fillers are generally safe and have a low risk of complications and side effects. In the end, getting lip filler will help you achieve your desired look without surgery. 

Possible Risks of Getting a Lip Filler

Lip fillers are generally safe and pose low-risk complications. Stojanovič&Majdič (2019) observed that some side effects might include bleeding and pain at the injection point. Redness, allergic reactions, cold soreness, and tenderness may also occur in rare cases. In some procedures, the lips may become asymmetrical if not done correctly; vascular compromise is the most severe complication associated with a botched procedure. To avoid such complications, one must get the procedure done by an experienced professional.  

How Long Do Lip Fillers Last

Lip fillers are not permanent. Depending on the type of filler used, they can last six to 12 months. It is wise to discuss with your cosmetic doctor before the procedure to know the type of filler used and how long it can last. Other factors like body metabolism, age, and lifestyle behavior may affect the filler duration. 

How Often Can One Get Lip Fillers

To maintain the look, one needs to go for routine maintenance appointments. Since fillers last differently, your cosmetic doctor will advise on how soon you get touch-up treatments. One can also get their lip fillers redone when they are not satisfied with the initial procedure or may need some corrections. 

FAQs about Lip Fillers

Can I Reverse Lip Filler Immediately After the Injection?

Yes! Lip fillers are reversible with a painless enzyme injection. Fillers like hyaluronic acid easily dissolve under the injection without any complication.

Can a Lip Filler Make Me Blind?

Though rare, lip filler injections may block vascular arteries, making the patient blind. One should get treatment from a reputable practitioner to avoid such complications.


Lip Fillers are one of the common beauty procedures these days. Getting lip fillers is a personal decision meant to increase the size of the lips and make them plumper. It can also enhance facial symmetry and make the patient look younger and more attractive. The procedure is easy and has low risks. Discussing one’s expectations and desired looks is vital to the treatment. Lip fillers are temporary and can last from 6 to 12 months; follow-up appointments are necessary to maintain the look. One can discuss and schedule with their doctor how often they should go for appointments.  


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Ksenia Sobchak