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How Do Lip Fillers Work?

Fat and collagen are very important to keeping your facial structure looking fresh and youthful, which includes your lips. These are what give your lips a voluminous and fuller appearance. However, you will experience the loss of fat and collagen around your face including your lips as you age, making your skin and lips more susceptible to thinning out and sagging, ultimately altering their shape. To counter this loss of fat and collagen, lip filler treatments can be injected directly onto your lips to give them more structure. 

Additionally, lip filler treatment can be used by people who simply have naturally thin lips to achieve a fuller lip. In the exact same manner, lip fillers can be injected directly onto the lips and instantly boost their size and lip volume. Overall, lip fillers are a safe and minimally invasive treatment that can quickly increase your lip volume and give you plumper lips. 

Are Lip Fillers FDA Approved?

Many lip fillers in the market are FDA approved to be used in different cosmetic procedures. This means that in general, most lip filler injection treatments should be safe for most patients. However, this only applies to injectable filler and injection procedures. According to the FDA, needleless lip fillers may cause severe and permanent damage to your lips despite seeming like a good treatment. 

While most lip fillers and other lip injections were previously collagen-based, these days the FDA-approved hyaluronic-acid lip fillers such as Restylane Kysse (Galderma) seem to be the more popular option. With the different manufacturers of lip fillers and their differing formulas, you should inform your doctor about any allergies or past reactions to any particular lip filler brand. If you do get an adverse reaction from your lip filler treatment, contact your doctor or plastic surgeon immediately to have them removed. 

Difference Between Dissolving and Non-Dissolving Lip Fillers

Lip fillers are a common temporary cosmetic enhancement that will often disappear after 6-12 months. The hyaluronic acid filler solution will often simply be metabolized by your body’s natural processes and slowly dissolve with time. If you prefer to keep up the appearance of fuller lips, you’ll need to book another lip enhancement treatment once you notice a decline in volume.

While dissolving lip fillers are the most common type of lip filler injection, the FDA has just recently approved a non-absorbable lip filler that can’t be metabolized or absorbed by your body. Depending on what you hope to achieve with your lip filler treatment, you may want to choose one over the other. 

1. Absorbable and Dissolving Lip Fillers

As mentioned earlier most lip fillers fall under the category of dissolving dermal fillers. This means that regardless of the lip filler brand or manufacturer, the injected solution will be absorbed by your body, effectively causing it to dissolve and naturally removing your lip filler. 

If you notice that your lip fillers are almost gone, you can book another appointment before they completely dissolve to maintain your preferred appearance. 

There are many benefits to having dissolving and absorbable lip fillers over otherwise more permanent treatments. Having lip fillers that dissolve naturally means that any bumps that you may see on your lips due to the injection can be easily dissolved and absorbed into the skin. 

They also last a pretty long time between 6 to 12 months but they don’t cause a permanent change to your natural face. Additionally, most dissolving lip fillers are hyaluronic- acid-based which is naturally produced in the body reducing the chances of an allergic or adverse reaction to the treatment. 

However, it’s important to note that while dissolving lip fillers are mainly hyaluronic acids there are other ingredients mixed in to help you achieve a fuller lip. In some cases, these ingredients aren’t as easily absorbed by the body and can be left on your lips after the rest of the filler has been absorbed. If this occurs, you’ll need to have them professionally removed before getting another round of lip fillers. 

2. ArteFill Lip Filler

Unlike absorbable and dissolving Lip Fillers, ArteFill Lip Filler treatment was designed to be a non-absorbable lip filler that has been shown to have lasting results for at least 5 years. The filler itself is also hyaluronic based but has been shown to have cleaned microspheres of polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) that’s suspended in a bovine collagen solution. 

With the addition of PMMA and other factors, ArteFill lip fillers can’t be metabolized by your body and will remain there until physically removed. Originally used for deep wrinkles and fine lines, ArteFill was not originally suitable for the lips due to the thinner skin found in the area. 

However, dermatologists have found ArteFill to be a suitable lip filler only as long as it’s administered by a medical professional. With Artefill lip filler not being absorbable by the body, if lumps or bumps appear you will need to physically buff the lumps out through a dermabrasion procedure. 

If you decide that you no longer like the appearance of lip fillers or the volume of your lips after a few years, you’ll need to get the ArteFill lip filler removed by your doctor as it’ll not fade away with time. 

Similar to the removal of lumps and bumps from the lip filler, you’ll need to go through a dermabrasion procedure or a tangential shaving treatment to have ArteFill completely removed. 

To avoid permanent scarring from the removal treatment, it’s advisable that you go to a medical professional or skilled dermatologist when the time comes to have your lip injection ArteFill lip filler removed. 

Benefits of Lip FillerSome advantages of getting lip filler injectables include the replacement of lost collagen structures, the increase of lip size and volume, the improvement of lip shape, and getting your results shortly after compared to otherwise traditional treatments for the lips.

Replace Lost Collagen Structures

As you get older, it’s to be expected that your body will produce less collagen. However, with collagen providing structural support in your face and body, it does usually lead to signs of aging and loss of volume in your face and lips. 

To counteract the effects of lower collagen levels in your lips, lip fillers can be injected for structural support. Whether it be collagen lip fillers or hyaluronic acid lip fillers, they’ll help you maintain volume in your lips or achieve plumper and fuller-looking lips. 

Increase Lip Size and Volume

Perhaps the primary benefit of lip fillers is their ability to increase your lip size and make them appear fuller. Bigger and plumper lips are highly sought after nowadays and not everyone has been lucky enough to have them naturally. Lip filler injections help you achieve the look you want for your lips without having to go through largely invasive surgeries or reconstruction. 

Lip filler injections are also customizable to each patient and the size of lips they want. For a more natural appearance, you can ask your doctor to inject minimal amounts of filler. On the other hand, you can ask for additional fillers or have multiple treatments until you get to the lip size you want, especially if you’re achieving a certain look. 

Improve Lip Shape

Aside from boosting the volume of your lips, did you know that lip fillers can also help you achieve a different lip shape? Depending on the placement of the lip injections, you can modify the appearance of your lips according to your specification. 

If you want to soften or intensify the appearance of your cupid’s bow, lip fillers can be injected to the top area of your lip and placed accordingly to alter its appearance. As one of the prominent features on your face, your lips and their shape can really affect the way you look. 

Lip filler injections are an excellent alternative to reconstructive lip surgery while still allowing you to benefit from a fuller lip and achieve your desired look. 

Immediately Improves Your Lips 

While it would take around 4 weeks for the lip fillers to truly settle into your lips, you’ll see immediate results after each session. With every round of injection treatments, you should see a visible improvement to your lips appearance and notice how you are progressively getting fuller lips. 

Although some believe that lip fillers are an illusion that only make your lips look fuller, they’re actually being injected with a solution that makes them plumper and has better volume. You’ll also see that after your lip filler injections, your lip lines have been treated and appear to be smoothed out. 


1. How Often Can I Get Lip Fillers?

It’s safe to get lip fillers anywhere between 12 to 18 months after your last treatment. 

2. Is There Such a Thing As Too Much Lip FIller?

Yes, there’s such a thing as too much lip filler. Overfilling your lips with filler can result in unnatural and artificial looking lips. You can also overstretch your lips skin wherein the excess skin will need to be removed through a surgical procedure.

3. Are Lip Fillers Painful?

Lip fillers may cause some discomfort during the procedure but they shouldn’t cause any severe or unmanageable pain. 

4. What Happens After I Get My Lip Filler Removed?

Whether your lip fillers naturally dissolved or you had them physically removed, after the lip fillers are gone you should see your lips return to their normal size and shape. 

The Best Lip Filler Treatments with Revitalize You MD

Lip filler injections is a minimally invasive treatment that can help you get the fuller and plumper lips you want. Whether your reasoning to get fillers is due to collagen loss or purely cosmetic, you can increase your lip size or change its shape to help you achieve your desired appearance by injecting a filler directly onto your lips. 

Your first lip filler injection treatment will most likely take up to 4 weeks to completely settle but you will see some benefits to your lip volume and lines right away. Depending on which filler you got and your metabolism, your dissolving fillers should last for at least 6 months while Artefill should maintain your lip appearance for up to 5 years. During the consultation, our doctor will advise what type of lip fillers would be best to help you achieve your desired results.


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