Unless you’re born with naturally voluminous lips (in which case, we’re jealous!), you might have considered lip augmentation before to make your lips plumper and smoother. Even though lip fillers are more popular than ever before thanks to Kylie Jenner, you might have some questions about the procedure, such as: what are lip injections? What do I need to consider before having them? And the most commonly asked question, being, how long do they last? In this article, we take a closer look at this popular way to increase lips size, so we can get some of your most commonly asked questions answered.
So, what are lip fillers anyway, and how do they work? Lip fillers/injections are a great way to give natural plumpness to your lips by way of a hyaluronic acid-based solution, as opposed to lip implants, which involve the deposit of silicone implants.
New York City-based dermatologists, Shereene Idriss, MD, and Lesley Rabach, MD tell us more about lip injections on Cosmopolitan.com:
“Lip augmentation is a cosmetic procedure that helps volumize and enhance your lips with an injectable filler (the most common being hyaluronic acid-based solutions, like Juvéderm or Restylane). Filler is great for adding natural-looking volume, some plumper fullness, and/or evening out your lip shape.”
Before getting lip injections, it’s important to discuss with your certified professional what type of look you’re going for. Bring photos to your consultation to show your Certified Cosmetic Injector (CCI) what you have in mind, so they can recommend the best course of action for you.
Healthline explains why you should be as specific as possible when describing your desired look to your plastic surgeon or CCI:
“Do you want to define the edges of your lips, or do you want to fill them so they appear larger? Knowing the answers to these questions will help you decide what type of filler is best for you. When Tori met with her plastic surgeon, she brought photos of models that had lips she liked. “I tried to stay pretty realistic — I tried to find girls with lips that were similar to mine,” she told Healthline. Tori said she had a naturally thin upper lip. She told her surgeon that she wanted more volume added in order to get more of a “pout.”
Here’s the question you’ve been waiting for: how long do lip fillers last? The answer truly depends on the type of filler and the consistency of the filler used, but can also be affected by your lifestyle choices.
Bridgetown Aesthetics tells us how long lip fillers last, on average:
“If you’re going to invest in lip fillers, you’ll obviously want to know how long that investment will last. Here’s the thing—there’s no exact answer. Results typically last six months to a year, but this varies from patient to patient. Again, a personal consultation can provide the best possible answer to this question, but factors for longevity can include:
Type/material of filler used
Consistency of filler
I’m Ashley Mills, a Registered Practical Nurse & Certified Cosmetic Injector. I started LYFT Medical Aesthetics in Collingwood, ON to help make injectable cosmetic treatments accessible to a wider audience. Contact us to book your free consultation today!