How long do fillers to the lips last? Is it safe?
I am interested in enhancing my lips. Are there any risks involved in the procedure and how often do I have to get it done to sustain full lips? Also would love to know the cost? Thanks so much!
There are really three types of fillers that are used for the lips and many other areas in terms of length of time that they last:
1. Short term fillers. These fillers last up to about a year. They are all made from a naturally occurring sugar, hyaluronic acid (HA), which attracts water, and this results in the added volume. The HA is absorbed by about 12 months and the results disappear. Examples of HA fillers are Juvederm, Restylane, Belotero and many others.
2. Medium term fillers. These include Juvederm Voluma, which is another HA that is structured to last up to 2 years, Sculptra, which is a particulate filler that again attracts water and last 2 years and Radiesse, a synthetic bone paste that is absorbed in 2 years.
3. Long term fillers. There is only one long term filler on the market in the US, Bellafill. It is an interesting dermal filler since it stimulates you to make your own collagen. A syringe of Bellafill consists mostly of the bovine collagen which used to be used for wrinkles but is no longer used since it only last about 3 to 6 months. There is also a small amount of a biostimulant called poly methyl methacrylate (PMMA) that makes you make your own collagen. At six months the filler is really now your own tissue and as a result, the filler will last a long time. The 5 year FDA approval study showed that it will last at least 5 years and we regularly see patients whose Bellafill is still working 9 and 10 years after injection.
The short term fillers are the most frequently used for lip injections and can produce beautiful results. For the woman who knows what she wants or is tired of getting repeated lip injections then Bellafill is a great alternative.
My preference is to use Bellafill in the lips because it works so well. The injector must be cautious and conservative with it as it cannot be taken back. For patients who are uncertain about what to do then Juvederm is an excellent choice since the results are much shorter lived and can be reversed with an injection of a substance called hyaluronidase.
Be very careful when seeing an injector that they have a lot experience with whatever product you chose to have your lips injected with since there is always a potential for complications.
I hope all of that helps.
Dr. Brian Windle has 2 Lip Augmentation before & afters:
Lip enhancement is typically accomplished with an injectable filler, such as Restylane Kysse. Kysse is a new Hyaluronic Acid (HA) filler sppecifically designed to add fullness to the lips. It is a relatively safe procedure when done by a knowable and experienced injector. The most common risks associated with filler is temporary swelling and bruising following the injection. The results typically last 6-9 months or longer before needing to repeat the procedure. The cost of one syringe is approximately $700.
Gregory Pisarski, MD, FACS
Thanks for the question. Lip fillers are safe when performed by an experienced professional. You may have to have them injected twice a year depending on how much you need.
The cost of a syringe is around $700- $800
Dana Khuthaila has 1 Lip Augmentation before & after: