This is a common question our patients ask when considering lip fillers, and the answer is that it depends on the filler. Some hyaluronic acid (HA) lip fillers, such as JUVÉDERM® Ultra Plus and Restylane® Refyne™, can last anywhere from 6 to 12 months, gradually broken down by the body as time goes on.
It’s important to talk to your provider about the longevity and expected results before choosing a lip filler. This post will dive into how long different brands of fillers typically last and what you can do to maintain your results.
What Affects Your Lip Fillers’ Longevity?
Let’s look into some factors that affect how long a filler will last.
The Formulation of the Filler
Hyaluronic acid lip fillers last the longest and are the most durable. Generally, thicker filler gels like JUVÉDERM Ultra last longer than thinner, less viscous fillers.
Your Natural Metabolism
If you have a faster metabolism, you will break down the HA particles in your lip filler sooner. This is why some filler manufacturers use a process called cross-linking to create a gel that will last longer in the body.
Exposure To UV Rays
Your provider will advise you to protect your lips with an SPF lip balm after your filler treatment. Ultraviolet radiation in sunlight can interfere with your results and degrade HA fillers. To maintain your lip filler results, staying away from sunbathing, tanning beds, and intense heat for at least 2 weeks after your treatment is a good idea.
How Long Do Lip Fillers Last?
Since so many variables are at play, there is no exact science on how long fillers last. However, here’s what you can generally expect from different lip fillers:
- JUVÉDERM Ultra and Ultra Plus – Lasts 6 months to 1 year.
- JUVÉDERM VOLLURE™ – Lasts up to 18 months.
- JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA® – Lasts up to 1 year.
- Restylane Refyne and Defyne – Lasts up to 1 year.
- BELOTERO BALANCE® – Lasts up to 6 months.
How Long Does Swelling Last After Lip Fillers?
You can expect the swelling on your lips to last for a day or two. Apply an ice pack when needed and refrain from strenuous activities during this time to keep swelling to a minimum. You should see a decrease in swelling after day 2, and it should be almost completely gone after 2 weeks.
Are Lip Fillers Painful?
Fillers such as JUVÉDERM and Restylane have lidocaine added to minimize discomfort. People who undergo lip injections at our med spa typically experience a slight pinch or brief discomfort. If you feel apprehensive about your filler injections, your provider can apply a numbing agent to your lips before the treatment.
Tips To Help Your Lip Fillers Last Longer
Here are some things you can do to get the best results from your lip filler treatment. If you prefer a subtle change to your lips and are not ready for lip fillers, you can also try a lip flip with BOTOX®.
Follow Your Provider’s Aftercare Instructions
Some of your provider’s aftercare instructions may include not putting pressure on your lips and postponing strenuous activities for at least 24 hours. Follow their instructions closely so your lips can heal without complications. Since getting lip fillers is a relatively simple procedure with minimal downtime, you may be tempted to jump back into your exercise routine. Resist that temptation, and give yourself a day off at the gym.
Schedule Maintenance Treatments
The easiest way to maintain your lip filler results is to schedule regular follow-up treatments. The time frame for a touch-up appointment will not be the same for everyone, so it’s important to pay attention to signs that your dermal filler is breaking down. Your provider can advise you on the best time to schedule your maintenance treatment.
Maintain a Healthy Diet
You may wonder how your diet is connected to your lip filler results. Some evidence suggests inflammation may cause your body to break down filler more rapidly. For that reason, it’s best to cut out foods that are highly processed, high in refined sugar, or fried to deter inflammation.
While indulging yourself occasionally is OK, you should try to fill your plate with lean protein, healthy fats, fruits, and vegetables. This will help you maintain your filler results and give your skin a healthy glow.
It’s natural to feel a little overwhelmed with all there is to learn about lip fillers. Your provider can help you navigate the world of fillers, advising you about your best options and ensuring you are satisfied with your choice. To learn more about lip augmentation with fillers, request a consultation or call us at (512) 244-1439 to schedule an appointment.