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How long do lip fillers last?

Face and lip fillers are something people are avidly exploring and benefitting from. The filler substances are injected directly into your lips to add volume and fullness – especially useful for those who have lost that plump and full look in their lips due to the effects of ageing.

A female undergoing a lip filler procedure

How long do lip fillers last, anyway?

Lip fillers are not permanent, and the duration they last squarely depends on the quality and type of filler, as well as the site of the injection. Although some varieties can last more than a year, most lip fillers tend to last 6-12 months.

Restylane and Juvaderm, for instance, tend to last up to 6 months, while Volbella may last up to 12 months and Vollure, up to 18 months.

Lip fillers have hyaluronic acid (HA) as the main compound. Skin experts reveal that HA injections taken every six months can signal the skin to produce more collagen and elastin, creating natural plumpness and fullness in the lips.

What is the procedure for lip fillers?

The first step to getting a lip filler is to schedule an appointment with a certified skin consultant or plastic surgeon. Lip fillers are relatively safe products, and nearly everyone is a suitable candidate.

On the day of your appointment, your consultant will apply a mild anaesthetic on your lips and on the inside lining of your mouth to numb the top and bottom lips properly. Once your lips are numb enough, the filler will be injected directly into your lips. You may feel a mild stinging-like sensation which is to be expected, as it’s just the filler doing its work!

What happens after the procedure?

There may be a little bit of swelling in and around the lips right after the procedure. In addition, you may notice small red spots due to the needles being injected into your lips. Mild bruising around the lips may be experienced, although it’s not common in every patient. Your lips might also feel a bit ‘different’ and somewhat insensitive to touch right after the procedure. This, again, is normal due to the presence of the filler’s solution in your lips.

Are there any risks involved in getting lip fillers?

Lip fillers are relatively safe for everyone and can be safely administered to people of all ages, and not just those who are over the age of 30, suffering from “flat”, wrinkled up or dull-looking lips.

However, risks may arise if the procedure is not done by a certified professional, done carelessly or incorrectly, or where the wrong type of filler is used. These risks include:

  • Scarring

  • Infection

  • Lumpy appearance under the lips, which can only be corrected via surgery

  • Blocked facial blood vessels which can lead to tissue death and cause permanent blindness

  • The filler shifting away from the treated area, causing a lump that may need to be removed via surgery

At Fairview Aesthetics and Beauty, our skin consultant will ensure that only the correct type of filler is injected into your lips. We guarantee quality results every time.

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