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How to Plump Lips Without Fillers

Filler’s popularity is growing annually, with over a million people in The UK opting to benefit from the treatment. However, there are other ways to increase the lips’ volume. The article explains how an individual can plump lips without filler treatment.

Plump, full lips are having a trending moment. Nowadays, people can’t open any social media platform without seeing lip-plumping memes and videos. The influence of celebrities with supple lips left many wondering how to make their lips plump. In cosmetic clinics, lip filler treatments are more popular to enhance the lips’ volume, butother innovative and non-invasive ways exist. Whether using lipsticks or balm, trying lip liners, or opting for new aesthetic procedures, one can quickly restore their youthful lip volume through a hand of a cosmetic practitioner or in their bathroom.

The Relation Between Fillers and Plump Lips

According to Demosthenous & Nestor (2017), lip fillers are non-surgical cosmetic procedures injected into the lip tissues to increase or restore lip volume. Some patients are genetically born with thin lips, while others, age can massively reduce their lip volume; hence over million people in the UK annually opt for lip filler treatments. Filler treatments are quick and provide plump lips that look and feel natural. Furthermore, most celebrities have joined the filler regime because their cosmetic procedures have no or minimal complications and side effects that go down within a few days. As a person ages, their body tissues gradually decrease the production of proteins and fats that help the skin stay firm and plump. Therefore, most lip fillers introduce the lossof natural substances like hyaluronic acid and collagen into individual lip tissues. For instance, hyaluronic acid attracts water 1000 times its weight to increase lip size. In comparison, collagen helps maintain lip structure and supports the endo-production of hyaluronic and salicylic acid. Some lip fillers contain biodegradable materials like poly-l-lactic acid that boost the production of collagen and hyaluronic acid for at least 6 to 12 months, depending on the patient’s body metabolism, the concentration of the filler, and also the amount injected.

What Are Other Ways to Plump Your Lips?

Using Exfoliated Cosmetic Products

One can apply lipsticks, lotion, or creams that contain exfoliate active ingredients like salicylic acid that help to cleanse chapped lips. Dead cells on the surface of the lips can make them appear dry and chapped. According to Suvachittanont et al. (2013), exfoliating removes the accumulating dead cells, making the lips appear softer and more hydrated. As a bonus, exfoliant cosmetic products are also popular in increasing blood circulation in the lip tissues making them look naturally full or plump. If someone doesn’t have the exfoliating products, they can rub their lips with a soft toothbrush to cleanse the accumulating dead cells.

Massaging Your Lips Daily

Gently massaging the lips increases blood circulation in the lips. The idea is better than the old trick of gently biting the lips to make them look plumper and redder. Increased circulation means that the lip volume will have a transient increase. Individuals can use their index fingers to massage their lips. The massage tool is popular for increasing blood circulation in lips and boosting the production of collagen essential to maintain lips’ shape and structure. According to Kiviluoma & Leena (2013), the tool is shaped like a fine nib making it ideal for gentle strokes on the lip’s barcode lines. 

Sucking Lips up with a Suction Device

For individuals interested in visible and pronounced results, suction devices can help give them a short-term illusion of plum lips. They provide a bee-stung appearance that lasts 6 hours, depending on the sucking period and lip structures. The innovative device creates a vacuum between lip tissues, increasing blood flow and making lips look naturally full. The suction devices are safe and used differently depending on the instructions labelled by the manufacturers. They are commonly glided across the lips surface to gently realize a sucking motion that immediately makes lips look pout.

Trying Botox Injectable Lip Flip

Botox is a popular cosmetic brand that generally produces products that can help boost one’s facial appearance by removing wrinkles and deep-rooted fine lines and restoring youthful lip volume. Lip flipping is a popular cosmetic procedure involving injecting botulinum toxin into the lip muscles to force them to relax. After injections, the toxin prevents the lip lines from contracting; therefore,lips will maintain their volume when they laugh or smile. Also, they promote the natural production of hyaluronic acid and collagen. The injections are affordable, rangingfrom £100 to £350 depending on the clinic cost, cosmetic doctor qualification, and the concentration of the injected toxin.Their result usually lasts for a few months ( 3 to 5 months) depending on the following factors:

  • Patient’s body metabolism
  • The type and concentration of Botox toxin
  • The potency of botulinum toxin
  • How skilled is the cosmetic doctor
  • Patient immunity strength

Lip Blushing and Laser Lifting

Lip blushing involves using a cosmetic tattooing machine that injects water-based ink into the lip tissues to add pigmentation to the lip of the skin and create an allusion of plumpness. This ink contains biodegradable ingredients that are safe for body health and also support the production of hyaluronic acid to attract more body fluids to the lips. Loyo et al. (2022) explained that lips laser lifting is a cosmetic procedure that stimulates collagen production to rejuvenate lips. The process is painless and quick, and it can make your lips appear plump for six weeks to 3 months, depending on your body chemistry. In addition, lip laser also treats treat sunburn on your lips, making them appear smoother.

FAQs about Fillers

What Is the Difference Between Lip Fillers and Botulinum Toxin Injections?

Both are injectable cosmetic procedures that are used to rejuvenate and plump lips. However, they work differently. Lip fillers inject natural substances and biodegradable ingredients that increase the volume of your lips without relaxing lip muscles. On the other hand, the Botulinum toxin relaxes lips muscles after injections preventing any lip muscle contractions.

Can Drinking a Lot of Water Make My Lips Plump? 

Body hydration does not only work for internal tissues but also helps the lips to stay moisturized. Therefore, drinking alot of water will leave the lips appearing plumper.


Lip filler injections are the most popular ways to boost lip volume. The cosmetic procedure is quick, accompanied by minimal side effects like bruising and itchy lips that wear off within 24 hours. If one doesn’t opt for injections, there are other ways to improve their lip volume: regularly massaging the lips with a gua sha tool, applying to exfoliate makeup, laser lifting, brushing, and sucking your lips with suction devices. You can try botulinum toxin injections with the same plump lip effects as lip fillers.


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Suvachittanont, S., & Pookingdao, W. (2013). Development of Porous Spherical Cellulose Bead Production from Corn Cob as an Exfoliating Agent for Cosmetic Industries. Journal of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering7(12), 1156.

Barbara Santini