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Dermal Fillers

How to Know If Lip Fillers Have Gone Wrong

Lip fillers are gaining popularity and use. It’s no secret that celebrities love utilizing lip enhancement procedures to complete their look. There have also been claims that people go from being “hairy” to having full lips with these procedures. This article explains how one can know if lip fillers have gone wrong.

Regardless of whether onehas heard about lip fillers before, there is one thing everyone always wants to know when it comes to lip enhancement. If a person decides to get some lip fillers, they may wonder what to look for when they are done. Although most people don’t have any problems with it and feel great about their choice, some may encounter problems that aren’t so nice.

Lips Look Swollen and Puffy

To keep the lips from looking swollen and puffy after a filler treatment, one should be sure that the cosmetic doctor has used the right amount of filler. They can also ensure that the cosmetic doctor washes their hands before applying the filler to the lips. If it is not done properly, it can lead to infection. When swelling is noticed in the lips after getting a lip filler treatment, it is time to get a second opinion on what went wrong with the procedure. One must ensure that the cosmetic doctor who did the procedure has been trained well by someone who knows what they are doing. There are also other ways of knowing if lip fillers have gone wrong. For instance, when patients complain about pain when they eat or drink something acidic or sweet, this indicates that lip fillers may have gone wrong. Individuals should also check with their cosmetic doctor about how long it takes for lip fillers to fall off after their injection during

Pain or Bleeding After the Procedure

When an individual experiences any pain and bleeding symptoms after having a lip filler, they might have experienced a “lip bleed.” This type of reaction to cosmetic treatment results in blood coming out of an individual’s mouth. It can occur in either men or women and is usually temporary, lasting up to six weeks. Many patients experience lip bleeds after having a lip filler procedure done. Sometimes the injection site becomes red, swollen, and tender for several days following the injection. Other times, there may be no signs until days or weeks later when the patient notices that blood is coming from their mouth.

Lumpy Lips

Lumpy lips are a sign that the lip filler has gone wrong. The problem is that lip fillers are not designed to last. They’re meant to be temporary fillers, meaning they must be injected into the skin quickly after injecting your regular filler. When an individual doesn’t get enough filler or injects it too deeply into your lips, they can end up with lumps. If you do this over time, the lumps will become permanent and require surgery.

Uneven Lips

There are different types of uneven lips:

Intermittent Swelling

According to Cavallieri et al. (2017), intermittent swelling happens when one side of the lips is bigger than the other, creating an asymmetrical look. One may also see some redness in these areas. This could happen immediately following the procedure or weeks later if they didn’t wait long enough between procedures.

Severe Swelling

This unevenness can occur if too much filler is used in one area instead of evenly spreading throughout both sides of the lips. It could also be caused by more than one week between treatments or if you had a second operation during that time frame.The most important thing to do when dealing with swollen lips after lip injections is to keep them hydrated and protected from direct sunlight, wind, and cold temperatures until they fully heal (which could take several weeks).

Lip Tissue Necrosis

According to Ozturk et al. (2013), lip tissue necrosis is an extreme complication of lip filler injections. It happens most often when the cosmetic doctor injects a substance that is too thick. The result is that the filler either breaks down into pieces or leaks out of the injection port. The first sign of this complication is usually a small bump on the outer side of the lip or the upper lip, where one has injected filler. One may also see blood if there is an injury to the tissue during the injection.If you experience any of these signs, contact the cosmetic doctor immediately. They should do a biopsy before injecting more filler to find out what type of filler was injected and how much was used.

Frequently Asked Questions about Lip Fillers

Are Lip Fillers Painful?

Lip filling is a pain-free procedure. The cosmetic doctor will apply a numbing cream to reduce sensitivity during the procedure. However, you may still experience slight discomfort that may subside within a short period.

When Will My Lips Look Normal after Getting Lip Fillers?

The duration taken for lip fillers to settle varies amongst patients. However, you should expect to see the final results after 4 weeks. If you are concerned about the shape or general appearance of your lips, consult your cosmetic doctor.

What If I am Unhappy with My Lip Fillers?

If you experience any irregularity, persistent lumps, or bumps after the fillers heal, consult your cosmetic doctor for corrective action. The doctor may partially or completely dissolve the fillers.


Lips injected with too much filler appear larger, lumpier, and distorted. Lips can also take on a doughy texture if injected with too much product. The most reliable way to tell if one has been injected with too much filler is to compare one’s lips to those of others who have not yet had the procedure. Some lip fillers are just not suited for all types of patients.


Cavallieri, F. A., de Almeida Balassiano, L. K., de Bastos, J. T., da Fontoura, G. H. M., & de Almeida, A. T. (2017). Persistent, intermitent delayed swelling PIDS: late adverse reaction to hyaluronic acid fillers. CEP22440, 040.

Ozturk, C. N., Li, Y., Tung, R., Parker, L., Piliang, M. P., & Zins, J. E. (2013). Complications following injection of soft-tissue fillers. Aesthetic surgery journal33(6), 862-877.

Julia Davis