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Dermal Fillers

What Are Russian Lip Fillers

Russian lip fillers are cosmetic products injected in small volumes around the lip tissues to increase volumes and adjust shape and symmetry. This article discusses the Russian technique and how it differs from traditional lip fillers. 

Dermal fillers give different results based on their administration techniques, quality, and the area in which they are injected. Different techniques are used to achieve full plump lips. For instance, the Russian lip filler technique works the same way as traditional lip fillers but offers additional benefits. However, unlike traditional lip fillers, Russian fillers involve injecting the lips with small amounts of the product around the lip tissues to achieve the desired results. 

What are Russian Lip Fillers 

Russian lips are named after the heart-shaped lips of traditional nesting Russian Dolls. The technique leaves one with cupid bow lips shaped into a heart with more volume near the center. The technique fills the lips and makes them plump more naturally. 

Type of Filler Used

Russian lip fillers use the same filler as standard lip fillers. Dong, Gantz& Goldenberg (2016) mentioned that Hyaluronic acid fillers are mostly used in the Russian technique. The main difference is the amount of filler used and the injection method. 

Can I Get Russian Lip Fillers

Russian lip fillers are an excellent choice if one wants to add volume to their lips and achieve a more modern look. The technique adds plumpness and height to the lips without worrying about filler migration. This technique creates an illusion of fuller and defines balanced-out lips with the perfect heart-shaped pout. The patients should, however, discuss with their cosmetic doctor their goals and expectations during the consultation to get the best advice. 

How to Achieve the Russian Lip 

This style uses formulated hyaluronic acid injections with a different technique that adds height and plumpness to the lips. The technique involves injecting tiny filler drops around the lip tissues to create a heart-shaped look. The filler is injected in multiple points and directed vertically rather than horizontally, as with other fillers. Ghasemi& Akbari (2022) explained that the technique focuses on the base of the lip, causing a lift to the outer edge. Instead of causing wider volume, the Russian lip filler technique increases the volume at the center, leaving the sides of your lips in their normal size. 

Recovery after Russian Lip Filler

The Russian lip filler technique may cause more bruising and swelling. Van Dyke et al. (2010) explained that bruising and swelling from hyaluronic acid-derived dermal fillers subsides after a day. Results last six months to a year, depending on the type of filler used. 

How Long Does Russian Lip Filler Last?

The Russian lip filler effects last as long as others; this takes six months to a year. Like other fillers, this treatment is not permanent, and one requires touch-ups to maintain the look. 

How is the Russian Lip Technique Different?

The injection technique of the Russian lip technique is different from the standard fillers. The Russian-based method involves tiny drops of the filler in multiple injection points. On the contrary, standard filler techniques focus on injecting more filler through a few injection points. Ghasemi& Akbari (2022) mentioned that in the Russian lip filler technique, a cosmetic doctor uses a smaller syringe than one used for the traditional technique. The Russian lip fillers are injected vertically from the lip base. In contrast, standard lip fillers are injected horizontally from the lip border. Because the Russian lip filler uses tiny drops into several injection points, achieving the look takes more time than normal. The technique focuses more on increasing the height of the lips by lifting the lips than adding excessive volume. Traditional lip fillers take less time and may not be as expensive as Russian fillers. Since the Russian filler involves using more product and time, one is expected to pay more than the standard. 

Can One Get the Russian Lip Filler While on Other Fillers?

Though the Russian lip filler looks best on virgin lips, one can get the treatment if they have had lip fillers in the past. The cosmetic doctor will assess the lips and advise if they need to dissolve the previous lip filler. Funt& Pavicic (2013) pointed out that Hyaluronidase is used to dissolve dermal filler through a painless injection; this prevents the previous filler from getting in the way of the Russian technique’s capacity to lift the lips. Dissolving is unnecessary if one has had a Russian lip filler and needs a retouch or add-up. 

Where Can One Get Russian Lip Filler?

It is vital to note that the technique used in Russian Fillers is more complex and requires skills, experience, and high knowledge of the lips’ anatomy. It is, therefore, important to get the procedure done by a qualified cosmetic doctor. Ghasemi& Akbari (2022) pointed out that there can be a risk of asymmetry, bulging, infection, lumpy lips, and tissue death when injected by an inexperienced person. One should do extensive research on the cosmetic doctors in their area to find a practitioner with experience in the Russian Filler technique. 


There are different filler techniques on the lips that produce different results. Russian Lip fillers have been on trend to achieve a more modern and naturally plump lips look. This look mimics the Russian Doll’s heart-shaped lips. Though the techniques use the same fillers as the standard ones, the difference is in the amount and injection method. The Russian Lip filler technique focuses on the center of the lips, injects vertically, and takes more time to heal. It also uses multiple injection points of tiny drops of the filler. The result is a Russian doll-like yet natural-looking lip. If you are considering the procedure, look for a professional and experienced practitioner. 


Dong, J., Gantz, M., & Goldenberg, G. (2016). Efficacy and safety of new dermal fillers. Cutis, 98(5), 309-313.

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

Ghasemi, S., & Akbari, Z. (2022). Lip Augmentation. Dental Clinics, 66(3), 431-442.

Van Dyke, S., Hays, G. P., Caglia, A. E., & Caglia, M. (2010). Severe acute local reactions to a hyaluronic acid-derived dermal filler. The Journal of clinical and aesthetic dermatology, 3(5), 32.

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