How Long Do Lip Fillers Typically Last?

While reality star Kylie Jenner is often credited with bringing lip fillers into the mainstream, she is far from the only celebrity to flaunt this trend. Furthermore, you don't have to be an A-lister to plump up your lips. According to statistics from The Aesthetic Society, the injection of neurotoxins — think Botox — made up 33% of all non-surgical procedures in 2021. That year, more than 3.4 million women sought out neurotoxin injections, and it was the most popular non-surgical procedure across all age groups.

These days, Botox isn't the only type of lip filler you can get, per Self. As board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Melissa Doft tells the outlet, many doctors are now using hyaluronic acid-based fillers in lips as well, like Juvederm. "Hyaluronic acid is a sugar that's naturally occurring in the body and attracts and holds onto water, creating the appearance of fuller lips," Dr. Doft told Self. 

Additionally, hyaluronic acid can vary in its physical characteristics, according to board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Samuel Lin. For this reason, different fillers have different effects — and longevity. That being said, how long can you expect your plumped-up lips to last once you've received your injections? Furthermore, what should you know before you go into the clinic for that needle? Here is everything you need to know about what you'll get for your money when you decide to receive lip fillers.

How long you can expect lip fillers to last

As the Cleveland Clinic explains, lip fillers generally last between 12 and 18 months, but this is dependent on the patient's metabolism. For example, younger patients with faster metabolisms may see the effects of their fillers diminish more quickly.

Healthline notes that some products on the market, such as Juvaderm and Restylane, can have a lifespan of as short as six months. Some of the newer injectables now available, including Vollure and Volbella, last a minimum of 12 months. The injectable you choose to go with will ultimately depend on what you are trying to achieve. While some patients might make lip size their top priority, others may want a more natural look. Your plastic surgeon can help you align your options with your goals.

To maintain your plump pout, facial plastic surgery clinic Faces recommends avoiding putting stress or pressure on your lips. This means sleeping on your back, rather than on the side of your face, and avoiding aggressive scrubbing during your skincare routine. It's important to note, however, that there are some factors responsible for the breakdown of fillers that are out of our control. These include eating, talking, kissing, and breathing — all parts of everyday life. As your fillers naturally recede over time, the easiest way to keep your pout looking plump is to schedule follow-up filler treatments. Your plastic surgeon can inform you of the optimal time to return.

Understanding lip filler risks and aftercare

You might be bursting with excitement once the time comes to receive your lip fillers, but it's important to understand the risks and aftercare. Healthline notes that some people experience allergic reactions to lip filler ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid. It is also possible to develop inflamed tissue within the skin, but it can often be dissolved. One less common side effect is blocked blood vessels, but this can be reversed if identified immediately.

Once you receive your lip fillers, your doctor may provide you with ice to reduce swelling and monitor you afterward for any side effects, per the Cleveland Clinic. Dizziness, nausea, and bleeding may occur after the procedure. After you have been discharged, you can expect your lips to feel bruised and sensitive to the touch. You might also notice swelling, but this typically subsides within 24 to 48 hours after the injections.

To support your body as it heals, Healthline recommends avoiding strenuous exercise for at least 24 hours and staying hydrated. Sleeping with your head elevated can also help reduce swelling. Try not to sleep on either side of your face as you heal. For pain, follow your doctor's recommendation for an over-the-counter treatment, such as Tylenol. Finally, avoid lipstick, lip balm, and other makeup on your lips for 24 hours after the procedure. If your swelling does not subside within a week or you notice other unusual symptoms, such as lumps, contact your doctor as soon as possible.