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Lip Filler FAQ: 7 Things You Should Know

Whether you’re considering lip injections for the first time or you have already joined the legions of lip filler devotees, you may have lip filler questions. In this blog post, I’ll be answering top questions about lip augmentation with filler so that you can proceed with confidence.

Before & After Lip Augmentation Case 1210 Front View in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, & Lafayette, Louisiana
JUVEDERM Lip Filler Before and After Pictures by Weiler Plastic Surgery Group
Before & After Lip Augmentation Case 616 Front View in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, & Lafayette, Louisiana
JUVEDERM Lip Filler Before and After Pictures by Weiler Plastic Surgery Group
Before & After Lip Augmentation Case 1156 Front View in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, & Lafayette, Louisiana
JUVEDERM Lip Filler Before and After Pictures by Weiler Plastic Surgery Group
Before & After Lip Augmentation Case 1146 Front View in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, & Lafayette, Louisiana
JUVEDERM Lip Filler Before and After Pictures by Weiler Plastic Surgery Group

1. What is lip filler made of?

Modern lip fillers are primarily made of hyaluronic acid (HA), a naturally occurring substance in the body that helps retain moisture and create volume. Brands like JUVÉDERM® and Restylane® use HA for their fillers, offering a safe and effective way to enhance the lips.

Some older fillers used to plump the lips with collagen (first bovine, then human), but HA fillers are now the preferred choice due to their natural look and feel, as well as their reversibility.

2. How much lip filler do I need?

The amount of lip filler you need depends on your desired outcome and the current state of your lips. Typically, most patients start with up to one syringe of filler (about 1 ml of product) to get a natural-looking enhancement without looking overdone.

It is better to have too little filler than too much, so many providers favor a more conservative approach—with the understanding that you can come back for a touch-up if you decide that you still want more.

Your injector assesses your lips and recommends the best amount for achieving your aesthetic goals.

3. Can lip filler create different shapes?

Yes, there are different techniques and shapes that can be achieved with lip fillers. The most common shapes include “heart-shaped,” which accentuates the Cupid’s bow, or the center of the upper lip, and “puffy,” which focuses on adding pillowy volume to both lips.

Your provider can tailor the filler to create the look you desire, whether it’s a subtle enhancement or a more dramatic transformation.

Before & After Lip Augmentation Case 1155 Front View in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, & Lafayette, Louisiana
Restylane Lip Filler Before and After Pictures by Weiler Plastic Surgery Group
Before & After Lip Augmentation Case 1043 Front View in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, & Lafayette, Louisiana
Restylane Lip Filler Before and After Pictures by Weiler Plastic Surgery Group
Before & After Restylane® Case 816 Front View in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, & Lafayette, Louisiana
Restylane Lip Filler Before and After Pictures by Weiler Plastic Surgery Group
Before & After Lip Augmentation Case 1267 Front View in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, & Lafayette, Louisiana
Restylane Lip Filler Before and After Pictures by Weiler Plastic Surgery Group

4. What is lip filler migration?

Lip filler migration occurs when the filler moves from the intended area to surrounding tissues. This can result in unevenness or a “duck-like” appearance. Migration can be caused by improper injection techniques, excessive movement of the lips post-injection, or overfilling.

To avoid complications or unsatisfactory results, it’s important that you choose an experienced and qualified injector.

5. How do I massage lip filler lumps?

It’s normal to experience some lumps and bumps immediately after getting lip fillers. These usually settle on their own within a week or two. However, if you notice persistent lumps, gentle massage can help smooth them out.

Your provider will give you specific instructions on how to massage lip filler lumps safely. Typically, this involves using clean hands to gently press and roll the lumps with your fingers. If this doesn’t correct the issue, consult your provider, as your lips might need professional adjustment.

6. Can lip filler be dissolved?

Yes, most lip fillers can be dissolved if you are unhappy with the results or experience complications. Hyaluronic acid fillers can be dissolved using an enzyme called hyaluronidase. This enzyme breaks down the HA, allowing it to be absorbed by the body.

7. How long does lip filler last?

The longevity of lip fillers depends on several factors, including the type of filler used, your metabolism, and how much filler was injected. Generally, lip fillers last between 6 to 12 months. Your body gradually absorbs the filler over time, so booking a maintenance session when your results start wearing off is a great way to keep your lips looking their best.

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