Full, plump lips are universally desired. Who doesn’t want a supple, kissable pout? While some are naturally gifted in the lip department, others seek a little help from injectable dermal fillers. But how can you actually tell if someone has lip filler?
Dr. Soni and the team at Ethos Spa Skin and Laser Center specialize in providing clients with the safest, most effective customized aesthetic procedures, utilizing the latest advances in non-invasive cosmetic treatments and technologies.
Read on to learn the telltale signs of lip filler and consider scheduling a consultation with us if you’re interested in enhancing your pout.
Lip fillers are designed to add volume and plumpness to the lips. According to a study published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there was an 84% increase in the number of people who underwent lip augmentation between 2019 and 2020.
To know if someone had undergone one, there are several clear visual signs that you can check:
Lip fillers are popular cosmetic treatments that aim to enhance the natural shape and fullness of lips. This table outlines some of the key ways lip fillers can improve on natural lips
|Feature||Natural Lips||Lips with Fillers|
|Volume||Lose volume with age as collagen declines||Fillers replace lost volume|
|Shape||Have asymmetries and variations in shape||Fillers can even out the lips|
|Surface||Develop fine lines and wrinkles||Fillers make lips appear smoother|
|Closure||Compress fully when pressed together||Filler keeps lips slightly parted|
|Maintenance||Require no maintenance||Fillers need repeat treatments every 6-18 months|
While generally safe, lip fillers do carry risks ranging from minor irritation to rare serious reactions. The most common side effects include:
These mild reactions are usually temporary and resolve within a week or two. Contact your provider immediately if you experience any severe side effects like vision changes, extreme pain or swelling, or loss of lip sensation.
Swelling peaks at around 48 hours post-procedure and can last up to 2 weeks. But how can you tell if it’s normal short-term swelling or a problematic reaction?
|Signs of normal swelling||Signs of abnormal swelling|
|Occurs within the first 72 hours||Onset several weeks or months post-injection, and persists longer than 2 weeks|
|Improves with icing and pain medication||Lips feel excessively firm or lumpy|
|Lasts 1-2 weeks gradually decreasing||Asymmetric swelling (one lip more swollen)|
|No excessive firmness or lumps||Flu-like symptoms accompany the swelling|
If swelling seems excessive or arises long after injections, contact Dr. Soni immediately – it may signal an underlying complication.
Lip fillers and their results can last from 3-12 months, depending on the product used, the age of the patient, metabolism, and lifestyle factors. Here are some tips to maintain lip filler results:
Drinking plenty of water and staying hydrated can help maintain your lip filler results. Hydration is key to maintaining the plumping results of filler, and it can also help your body absorb the filler faster, therefore reducing your results
Following your medical provider’s aftercare instructions is crucial to sustaining the effects of your injection. Avoid alcohol or strenuous activity for 24 hours to prevent bruising or bleeding, and take care of your lips from the beginning to give them a chance to look good for longer
Sun exposure can cause your lip fillers to break down faster, so it’s important to avoid too much sun exposure. Use an SPF lip balm every day and keep your face covered with a hat when you’re outside
Stress can cause inflammation in the body, which can cause your dermal fillers to break down more quickly. According to a recent study, stress can cause flares of autoimmune or infectious diseases which can trigger hypersensitivity reactions following a lip filler procedure. Try to control your stress levels to maintain your lip filler results.
Eating a diet of natural, whole foods rich in vitamins, nutrients, and healthy fats, such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and grains, will help your body stay healthy and decrease the breakdown of your lip fillers. Avoid junk foods, which can cause internal inflammation and swelling in our body
Regular appointments are the best way to maintain your desired look and keep your lip filler looking fresh. Getting a top-up every 4-6 months is the best, most reliable way of getting the results you want from your fillers
If your pout has gone from natural to overfilled, removing lip fillers may be on your mind. Getting rid of lip injections is possible, but it requires carefully undoing what was done. Fortunately, several effective options exist to dissolve or surgically excise filler from lips and return to your natural shape:
While lip fillers can plump up a thin pout, overdone injections result in obvious cosmetic work. Our knowledgeable team specializes in natural-looking treatments tailored to your individual needs. We use the latest dermal fillers to softly enhance the lips without an artificial duck lip look. Contact Ethos Spa Skin and Laser Center today to schedule your lip filler consultation with the expertise of Dr. Soni!
Signs of lip filler can include fuller, plumper lips, a more defined lip border, and reduced fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth. Other signs can include asymmetry, lumps or bumps, and an unnatural appearance
The duration of lip filler can vary depending on the type of filler used, but generally, results can last from six months to over a year.
Risks of lip filler can include infection, allergic reaction, and the formation of lumps or bumps. It is important to choose a reputable provider and discuss any concerns with them before undergoing the procedure.
Apply cool compresses, arnica cream, and avoid blood thinners. According to a study in British Journal Dermatology, Topical 20% arnica ointment may be able to reduce bruising more effectively than placebo and more effectively than low-concentration vitamin K formulations.
Bruising should resolve in 1-2 weeks. Promptly icing after injections helps.
Gently massage and apply warm compresses. Wait 1-2 weeks for swelling to subside. Avoid over-manipulating. Get hyaluronidase injections for stubborn lumps. You can discuss the techniques with Dr. Soni and the team of Ethos Spa Skin and Laser Center.