Lip Plumping: How Do Lip Fillers Work?

Lips Filler Injection for Lip Plumping

Over the past decade, lip fillers have gained massive popularity among cosmetic procedure enthusiasts. Fuller lips have always been appealing, but lip fillers serve a bigger purpose than just aesthetics. Lip fillers are a safe and optimized treatment for patients who want to achieve fuller lips as well as improve their facial symmetry and correct a variety of lip-related issues, such as downward-pulled lip corners.  

When it comes to lip fillers, many wonder what the procedure itself entails, the benefits that stem from it, as well as its side effects, costs, and results’ duration.

To give you a clearer idea, here is everything you wanted to know about lip filler treatments.

Where are Lip Fillers Injected?

Lip plumping is a delicate process, so it is crucial to have the necessary information before you take the chair. The most popular treatment area in lip plumping is the cupid’s bow, perfect for lip augmentation. Other areas that can be plumped with lip fillers are the vermilion borders, which help define the lip shape more precisely. 

In terms of patient preference, the most in-demand lip filler treatment area is the upper lip. Why? Because this area shows the first signs of volume loss in the lips, especially as we age. That said, the lower lips are typically fuller than the upper lips, which gives fillers a great role in balancing out the bottom and top lip appearance and volume. 

What are Lip Fillers?

Lip fillers are made of Hyaluronic Acid (HA), an FDA-approved substance also naturally found in your body. This ingredient is quite helpful because it can handle its own weight in water up to 1,000 times. Hyaluronic acid is present in our bodies from birth, but as we age, its production is diminished. This loss of hyaluronic acid can be compensated for with the use of HA lip fillers, which can plump up the lips and restore their natural texture.  

Essential Lip Filler Information

Hyaluronic acid is a temporary and biocompatible filler and when used as a lip filler treatment, it does not cause side effects nor contraindications. 

A lip filler session typically lasts around 20 minutes. From the very first treatment, some patients can see immediate results, whilst others will need an additional touch-up session a few weeks after the initial sessions. The treatment results vary depending on each patient, and can approximately last between 4 to 8 months.

The treatment is beneficial for every person who wants to boost their self-confidence and feel and look younger. Although the process is safe, there can be slight redness, swelling, or cruising around the lips, which will fade away in a week. Other than these, there are no major precaution measures to keep in mind following a lip filler treatment and patients can immediately return to their daily activities. 

In most cases, lip filler treatments require only one session per year. However, depending on the particular case, some patients might need two consecutive sessions to get full results. Following the initial treatment, patients can opt to repeat the procedure every six months.

Things to Know Before Getting Lip Fillers

Wide Palette of Professionals

A lip filler treatment can only be performed by an experienced and aesthetic medicine physician or a dermatologist with extensive practice in the field. Before you proceed with the treatment, ensure you choose a professional who has done the treatment before and knows the ins and outs of working with delicate lip skin. 

Your Lips Won’t Become Saggy

Using lip fillers has many people fearing their lips will become saggy after the filler has worn out or even post-treatment. However, when done by a skin specialist, your lips will not turn to an asymmetric shape nor sag as a result, as the Hyaluronic Acid used in the process firms the tissue around the lips and regenerates it. Even if you decide to stop using lip fillers, instead of becoming saggy, your lips will return to their natural shape. 

Instant Effects

Following a lip filler treatment, you will notice results immediately. Don’t worry about any swelling in your lips post-treatment, as it is expected and will retract in a few hours. Following a lip filler treatment, you can immediately notice the difference but keep in mind that the filler will still take time to adjust to your skin, so even better results can be expected in the upcoming weeks. 

Fillers Don’t Hurt

You may have heard the notion that lip fillers hurt, but that is absolutely not the case. Lip fillers can be slightly uncomfortable during treatment, but the sensation is far from painful and lasts temporarily. For prevention, you can always ask your skin specialist to numb your lips with an anesthetic before the treatment starts. 

Lip Fillers aren’t Permanent

Lip fillers are not a permanent solution to keeping your lips full and juicy, but it is the finest alternative available on the market. If you are not interested in getting a follow-up appointment and treatment, you don’t have to, but if you care to maintain the perkiness of your lips, you can schedule a second treatment anywhere from 4 to 6 months following the initial procedure. 

Fillers are Reversible

If you are not satisfied with your lips or simply dislike the effect, you can ask your aesthetic medicine physician to dissolve the HA filler with hyaluronidase and get your lips back to normal. 

Amount and Price

Usually, 0.5ml – 1ml of filler is enough to achieve a natural look, but it all depends on the patient’s preferences and the professional evaluation. Lip filler treatments can cost between $500 and $1000, depending on the patients’ needs and their location.

Dr. Carol Eisenstat

Dr. Carol Eisenstat

is a highly trained and skilled board-certified anesthesiologist with a passion for facial aesthetics. She completed an accelerated 7-year combined Bachelor of Science – Medical Doctor program from CUNY – Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education and SUNY-Stony Brook University. Her education was achieved with high honors and she graduated with Magna Cum Laude distinction.

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