Lip augmentation is a non-surgical or cosmetic procedure that is done to alter the appearance of your lips. Its aim is to make the lips fuller and plumper. Currently, dermal fillers are the most preferred procedure for lip augmentation. When intending to go for this procedure you may want to have more information on how long do lip fillers last or whether it is permanent or temporal. Continue reading to find more.
How long do Lip Fillers Last the First Time
Many people especially women find it beautiful to have big lips, even if they are gifted with nice looking lips, they would still want to make them fuller and plumper.
For over the last few years, lip fillers have become more popular due to the influence of social media and on how nice they appear on celebrities.
Most types of lip fillers are made from Hyaluronic Acid which is a substance that is naturally found in our body. This acid helps to plump out wrinkles on the skin. This is the main reason why many skin care products contain this Hyaluronic Acid.
When fillers are injected to the lips, they plump out the small lines and wrinkles making them fuller and plumber. Fillers are not only used on lips, they can also be used on cheeks to get rid of the lines and wrinkles around the mouth.
How long lip fillers last varies from one person to the other. The highest quality of lip filler last between 9 to 18 months and the thinnest quality can last from 2 to 6 month. However, there are various factors that determine the longevity of lip fillers. Some of them include:
- The Age
Lip fillers last longer in young individuals as compared old ones. This happens because you individual has enough natural Hyaluronic acid in their system that supports the fillers. As we age, this natural acid in our system decreases to make our skin vulnerable to wrinkles and lines.
However, individuals who are 50 years and above are recommended to have an additional treatment around the mouth and on the lower face to support the fillers on the lips.
- The thickness of the Filler
High-quality lip filler brands like Juvederm and Belotero tend to last longer as compared to others. They can also be administered in different thickness.
Thinner lip fellers may last 2 to 6 month and may require enhancement after every three months. On the other hand, intensely high-quality lip fillers can last anywhere from 9 to 18 month.
- The Brand
Larger brands of lip fillers last longer as compared to the small ones. Larger brands happen to spend more money, times, and other resources in conducting research for development and enhancement of their cosmetic products. This provides them with more information to improve their products.
- The Clinic and Doctor
The type of clinic intending to perform this procedure also determine how long it last. A reputable clinic that has highly qualified and experienced practitioners are likely to perform a cosmetic procedure that lasts longer as compared to local and upcoming clinics that lacks experience.
Before booking an appointment, ensure that it is a registered clinic with qualified practitioners. It is also important to request to see the before and after pictures. This will help you to achieve the look that you want.
- Being talker or not
This may sound crazy but it also determines the lifespan of your lip fillers. When your work involves too much talking, then the lip fillers are likely to dissolve fast. On the other hand, when you spend much of your time pulling other facial movements like blowing kisses and pouting can increase the life of the fillers.
- Your Body Immune System
Hyaluronic acid is naturally present in your body but your immune system can still reject the additional that is administered through an injection. This is common in individuals with the weak immune system due to conditions like HIV and aids, diabetes or cancer. This means that the lip fillers are likely to dissolve faster.
How long do Temporary Lip Fillers Last
Temporary lip fillers can be used as an alternative to implants. They are only effective for a certain duration, unlike implants that may stay permanently or until when you decide to remove them. Temporal lip filler injection normally last 6 to 18 months
There are several types of temporal lip fillers, some of them include collagen and hyaluronic acid. Allergic reactions are common with collagen, therefore many people prefer Hyaluronic acid fillers which is found in various brand names like:
- Belotero Balance
- Prevelle Silk
Once the Hyaluronic acid fillers are injected, they support and shape the tissues of your lips. This method has a variety of benefits that include:
- The lip fillers can be given gradually through an injection until when the desired shape is achieved. This can be done through multiple appointments at the clinic.
- The doctor has control over the lip volume. The number of lip fillers being injected can be controlled.
- The side effects i.e. swelling, bruising, and bleeding are less as compared to other dermal lip fillers.
- The bumps created by lip movement can dissolve easily.
Apart from the above two methods, you can also get a temporally fuller lip through fat transfer. It is long lasting than collagen and Hyaluronic acid but not permanent.
This method involves getting a small amount of fat from other parts of your body and place it on the lips through a surgical incision.
All the above methods are not free from side effects, you may experience swelling, bleeding and bruising. Fortunately, the above side effects normally disappear rapidly.
How long does Juvederm Lip Filler Last
Many people use Juvederm to get fuller and plumper lips. However, it can also be used for other purposes like clearing acne scars, lifting the cheeks, filling a loose or sagging skin, changing the appearance of the nose, and treatment of certain medical conditions like lipodystrophy.
Juvederm is administered directly to the lips through an injection. How long it lasts varies from one person to the other.
According to RealSelf, Benjamin Barankin, MD, FRCPC had the following review: “I generally prefer Juvederm filler in the lips, although I have used others with good success too. Juvederm is a bit softer and more natural feeling.
I find most patients get about 6 months, and some even get 9-12 months, depending on how quickly their body metabolizes the filler. Most commonly, people have swelling for about 2 days, and there is a risk of bruising which lasts about 1 week.
Pain is minimized by using a filler that has an anesthetic in it, and by injection technique from an expert injector. Otherwise, using a numbing cream or ice packs can also be helpful”.
Juvederm is safe and approved in FDA as a Hyaluronic acid that has a history of safety. This is seconded by Dr. Stephen Goldstein, an Englewood, Colo., plastic surgeon in Realself Q&A who say, “I’ve been using Juvederm successfully in my private practice for a few years, and my patients are very satisfied with their results.
I suggest you set a consultation appointment with a board-certified plastic surgeon to talk about your options and concerns. Your physician should be well versed in the benefits and potential complications associated with Juvederm.”
How long do Dermal Lip Fillers Last
According to Johnson C. Lee, MD Plastic Surgery in Realself Reviews noted that “Fillers last anywhere between 4-10 months for most first timer patients in my experience.
It depends on various factors including the amount injected, the type of filler injected, and the amount of activity or motion typically performed by the patient’s perioral muscles.
Risks can be found on each type’s website, but in general common risks include but are not limited to pain, bruising, and swelling. More rare but serious risks include granulomas, infections, nodules, and vascular occlusion leading to tissue death. Pain can be minimized by having local anesthetic injected or topically placed on the lips.
Many fillers also include an anesthetic within the filler. It is important to have an in-office consultation with an injector who is experienced and can safely inject your lips but is also prepared to treat any complications that may arise. Hope this helps!”
How long does Lip Filler Swelling Last
It is common and normal to develop small bumps or lump the first week after lip fillers injection. The bumps are usually temporal and normally go away on their own. However, if the bumps are persistence, you can make an appointment with your injector to massage them off. It is not recommended to massage them by yourself.
The injection can also result in bruising which may last up to two weeks. Bruising normally go away gradually. However, there are various things you can do to speed up the recovery process.
They include refraining from alcohol, blood thinner medicines, vitamin E, fish oil, and NSAID drugs for two weeks before going for lip enhancement procedure.
More Sources and References:
- How long do lip fillers last on first timers? https://www.realself.com/question/beverly-hills-ca-long-lip-fillers-timers-risks-minimizing-pain
- Why I get lip fillers: http://metro.co.uk/2017/11/08/why-i-get-lip-fillers-7062525/
- Lip augmentation: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lip_augmentation
- What are temporary lip fillers? https://www.bustle.com/articles/81580-what-are-temporary-lip-fillers-heres-what-you-should-know-about-the-injections-behind-kylie-jenners
- Temporary lip enhancement: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-71216/Temporary-lip-enhancement.html
- Lip augmentation with Juvederm: https://www.drjaliman.com/lip-augmentation-juvederm.html