The following Lip Augmentation (Lip Filler) questions are asked by real people like you. The answers are provided by board-certified doctors or qualified medical providers who meet our exacting standards.


One huge benefit of lip fillers is that they can plump out small, thin lips which are lacking in volume. As we age, our lips – like the rest of our face – start to lose their youthful plumpness, so lip fillers can help restore lost volume. But this treatment can also be used to make the lips more even, change their shape and give them definition.

The treatment is short, usually taking around 15 minutes for the lip filler injections to be administered. If numbing cream is used, this will need to stay on the lips for roughly 20 minutes before the injecting begins to make sure it takes full effect.

As with most treatments where injections are involved, typical side effects of lip fillers include slight swelling, redness, tenderness and bleeding around the points where the needle or cannula was inserted. But, these should only last for a few days.

If you’re prone to cold sores, you may also experience an outbreak after lip fillers. Taking antiviral medication before the treatment can help reduce this likelihood, though.

In rare instances, more serious complications can occur, with lip filler risks including occlusion. This is where filler is accidentally injected into a blood vessel, which can lead to tissue loss. With a medically qualified practitioner, though, risks like these are drastically reduced.

The lip area is quite sensitive so the treatment might be a bit uncomfortable. But any discomfort experienced should only be minimal. Either a numbing cream or local anaesthetic will likely be applied before the treatment to help reduce pain and lots of fillers contain lidocaine – an anaesthetic that will numb the lips throughout the procedure.

If you’re allergic to any of the ingredients in hyaluronic acid lip fillers, you will not be able to go ahead with the treatment. Also, if the skin in the lip area is swollen, damaged or infected, lip injections should not be administered.

Lip fillers are also not recommended if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.

Because hyaluronic acid is the main substance found in lip fillers, if you don’t like your lip filler results, they can be dissolved with the enzyme hyaluronidase. After this enzyme has been injected, your lips will regain their former shape.

With hyaluronic acid lip fillers, results will typically last for 6-12 months before they’ll need a top-up. Different people will metabolise filler at different speeds, though, so it can vary from person to person. Longevity can also depend on the brand of lip filler used.

People get lip injections to enhance their natural beauty, balance their facial symmetry, boost their self-confidence and restore volume loss to aging.

Whether you want a more natural look or a dramatic change to your look, the minimally invasive procedure will more than likely achieve the look you are going for.

Plus, you can always get them dissolved in the rare case that you’re unhappy with the results.

It’s possible that some slight bruising will happen afterwards (which makes sense), but it’s nothing a little lipstick can’t hide. Try to refrain from touching your lips, limit your alcohol intake, use ice afterwards, and follow any other advice from your provider.

Allergies to hyaluronic acid fillers are very rare. Hyaluronic acid is a basic building block of skin. It’s found in our joints and connective tissue naturally, so it is very rare for someone to have a reaction to the filler itself. Numbing agents can be applied topically and are in the filler itself. Rarely, individuals may have an allergic reaction to these numbing agents.

Swelling and bruising are the most common side effects of lip augmentation.

You can eat whatever you want, but salty foods and alcohol will may your lips swell even more in the first few days after injection. Sipping through a straw and smoking are not recommended for a few days after your lip injections.

Lip augmentation with an implant is reversible; that is to say, the implant can be removed during a subsequent surgery. Lip augmentation with most injectables is temporary, so the effects disappear on their own with time. Permanent injectables are more difficult to remove, so keep this in mind when making your decision.

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