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Lip Fillers: How Long Do They Last

Lip fillers are a subset of dermal fillers used to modify the appearance and volume of the lips. This article highlights what lip fillers are, the lip-filling process, and how long the fillers last.

If you want fuller and more attractive lips, consider lip fillers. Cosmetic products are perfect for increasing the volume of the lips. They are injected into the lips and take less time to heal. As people age, their faces become saggy because of losing fats and collagen. The sagginess makes someone look old and unattractive. Injecting lip fillers restores the stray fat and collagen, making the lips plumper. Before getting lip filler, the most important thing to do is decide whether you want to increase the size or whether you want to cover your gums. Another key thing is that your expectations should be achievable and reasonable.

What Are Lip Fillers?

According to Adel (2021), lip fillers are administered on the lips to increase their size, making them more attractive. To proceed with the lip-filling process, you should be physically fit and free from any infection, such as a sore throat.

The Lip-Filling Process

If you are certain that you want to get lip filler, you should begin by booking a consulting session with a qualified cosmetic practitioner. The cosmetic expert will help you decide on a suitable filler for you. The practitioner will begin by testing a small amount to determine your sensitivity to that filler. If there are any reactions, they will choose a different type of filler for you. The lip-filling process lasts about thirty minutes. The cosmetic expert will begin numbing your lips with topical creams to suppress pain during the injection. When the lips lose sensation completely, the expert will administer the filler to the tissues under your lips. You may experience a piercing sensation, although it is relatively painless. After the filling, you may notice lumps or bumps in the injected area.

How Long Do Lip Fillers Last?

Lip fillers are short-termed. According to Czumbel et al. (2021), lip fillers may last up to twelve months, although factors such as metabolism determine their longevity. High body metabolisms will break down the fillers more quickly, making them short-lived. In contrast, slow metabolism will make the fillers last the expected period. If you need your lip fillers to last long, you can schedule check-ups to maintain them.

How to Increase the Longevity of Lip Fillers

It is a big disappointment that lip fillers are not permanent. The lip filler’s type and constituents are the great determinants of the period you will enjoy your results. How your body reacts to lip filler will also determine how long the results will last. The various ways that you could help increase your lip’s longevity are:

Go to a Skilled and Qualified Cosmetic Doctor

The most important thing while looking for ways of maximizing the longevity of your effects is to go to a highly skilled doctor who is familiar with matters concerning lip fillers. According to Rowland et al. (2020), fillers have become very popular, and you may meet several providers who do the process at an affordable price but with low quality. 

Healthy Diet

You should eat healthy fruits and vegetables since they facilitate healing. It would help if you drank much water, especially while using hyaluronic acid filler, since it absorbs water that moisturizes the skin. 

Reduce Stress

Stress reduces the longevity of the fillers. Elevated hormone stress may facilitate the breaking down of the fillers, making the short-lived.

Frequent Check-Ups

If you want your lip fillers to last for a long time, maintain them through regular injections. It is easier to maintain lip fillers than waiting for them to break down and begin the whole treatment procedure afresh. The check-up period will be determined by the type of filler you are using; consider going for check-ups after six months to make your look last longer.

Do Not Over-Exercise

According to Sahan&Funda (2018), you should exercise moderately for the first twenty-four hours after injecting lip filler. Strenuous physical exercise may activate your body, make you sweat, and infect the bruised lips before fully healing. Over-exercising may increase the breaking down of calories and the fillers; the quicker the fillers are broken down, the earlier they fade and become less attractive. If you already have an exercise session, you should keep up with the session since working out is better than being inactive. Get psychologically prepared for another lip-filling procedure soon.

FAQS About Lip Fillers

Can I Fly After Having Lip Fillers?

The health care workers approve that you should fly seven days after having lip fillers since taking a flight much earlier will worsen the bruises and swelling due to the air pressure inside a plane.

Will I Have Any Complications After Taking the Lip Filler Injection?

A few side effects may occur immediately or after some days of having your lip fillers done, including swelling, bruising, and the injected part becoming red. The side effects last for a short period. They should not stress you much, but you should communicate with your doctor when the effects persist.

Will My Lips Feel Different with Lip Fillers?

Swelling is very common with lip fillers, but after the swelling fades off, your lips should feel normal if the lip-filling process is perfectly done. Once you get a skilled cosmetic doctor, you should not worry about your lips being exaggerated or wrongly done; they will be perfect since lip fillers are harmless.


Lip fillers are injected into the lips to make them plump and attractive. If you want to get lip filler, you should start by consulting a cosmetic doctor to help you choose the appropriate filler. Notably, the lip fillers are short-termed. Still, there are several ways to increase the longevity of lip fillers; these include eating a healthy diet, reducing or avoiding stress, going for frequent check-ups, and avoiding strenuous physical exercise.


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Ksenia Sobchak