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How the Russian Technique Differs from Traditional Lip Fillers

Full, plump lips have always been associated with beauty, youthfulness and sensuality. No wonder lip augmentation has become one of the most popular aesthetic procedures sought by women today.

With advanced dermal fillers and new techniques, you can now achieve gorgeous, natural-looking lips without the risks of surgery. One of the hottest new techniques taking the aesthetic world by storm is the Russian lip filler method.

Keep reading to learn all about how Russian lip fillers compare to traditional fillers, so you can decide which is best for your lips goals.

The Russian Lip Filler Technique

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The Russian lip filler technique is an innovative method of injecting dermal fillers to create fuller, poutier lips. It was pioneered in Russia and aims to enhance the natural shape of the lips with subtle volume increases.

Unlike traditional lip fillers that inject filler evenly across the entire lip, the Russian technique involves strategic vertical injections focused on the middle part of the lips. More filler is placed in the center and less on the outer edges.

This shapes the lips into a natural-looking cupid’s bow, with a fuller, lifted and defined middle section. The technique uses filler almost like scaffolding to support the lip tissues from the inside out.

How Does It Work?

The Russian technique allows the provider to inject hyaluronic acid filler into the lips in a vertical fanning pattern. This means the needle penetrates from the base of the lips moving upwards.

The filler is inserted deep within the lip tissues, starting from just above the lip line and concentrating on the middle part of the lip. It is then “fanned” outwards with decreasing amounts towards the edges of the lips.

This enables a gradual shaping of the lips to create height and fullness focused on the central part. The result is subtly boosted and lifted lips with better definition and improved symmetry between the upper and lower lip. 

Russian Lip Filler vs Normal Lip Fillers

There are a few key differences between the specialized Russian lip filler technique and traditional lip augmentation techniques:

CriteriaRussian Lip FillerNormal Lip Filler
Injection TechniqueVertical fanning focused on central part of lipsLinear injections evenly across lips
Filler PlacementMore filler concentrated centrally, less on edgesEven distribution across lips
Fullness LevelFuller center to accentuate cupid’s bow, avoids duck lipsUniform fullness across lips
Filler Amount Used1-3 ml typicallyLess than 1 ml commonly
Procedure TimeLonger due to technique and more filler usedLess than 30 minutes
ResultsMore natural subtle fullnessOverly plump, protruding lips

What to Expect During a Russian Lip Filler Procedure

The entire procedure takes 30-60 minutes depending on the amount of filler injected. Here is a step-by-step overview of what you can expect when getting Russian lip fillers:

  1. Consultation – Your provider will evaluate your lips, goals and medical history. They will recommend a treatment plan and filler amounts.
  2. Numbing – A topical numbing cream is applied for 15-30 minutes to make the injections comfortable.
  3. Injections – Using a fine needle, the filler is injected into the lips from the base moving upwards. More filler is placed in the center of the lips.
  4. Massage – The provider will gently massage the lips to evenly distribute the filler.
  5. Assessment – Your new lip shape and symmetry is evaluated and touch ups provided if needed.
  6. Aftercare – Avoid strenuous activity for 24 hours post-treatment. Use ice packs and ointments as directed.
  7. Follow up – Additional touch up sessions may be scheduled around 2 weeks later to perfect the results.

Minimal downtime is expected after Russian lip fillers. Some swelling, bruising, pain and redness may occur initially but resolve within a few days.

Pros and Cons of Russian Lip Filler Technique

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Like any cosmetic treatment, the Russian lip filler method has its own unique set of advantages and disadvantages. Here is an overview of the key pros and cons to consider:

Achieves fuller, well-defined lip shape with a subtle lifted lookPotential risk of filler migration due to large volume and placement technique
More natural, youthful appearance compared to normal fillersResults may not suit every patient’s facial features or goals
Long-lasting results of 6-12 months typicallyHigher cost than traditional fillers due to more product used
Enhances cupid’s bow and philtrum definitionRequires more specialized skill and training from the provider
Customizable to each individual’s lip anatomyLifted shape may interfere with lip movement
Less bruising and swelling than normal fillersMore injections required so slightly higher discomfort

Schedule a Consultation at Ethos Aesthetics + Wellness

The key is determining your personal cosmetic goals and choosing an experienced injector you trust for a customized treatment plan.

Dr. Soni provides expert Russian and traditional lip filler treatments designed to beautifully enhance each patient’s natural lip shape. During your private consultation at Ethos Aesthetics + Wellness, Dr. Soni will listen to your wishes and concerns before devising the optimal filler amounts and technique to suit you.

With an artistic eye, precision techniques and advanced filler products, Dr. Soni creates stunning, natural lip augmentation results you will love.

Contact our office today to schedule your Russian or traditional lip filler consultation with Dr. Soni. Discover why Ethos Aesthetics + Wellness is the preferred destination for customized aesthetic treatments provided in a relaxing environment by a caring, dedicated team.


How Long Do Russian Lip Filler Results Last?

Russian lip fillers like Juvederm Volbella and Restylane Kysse provide beautiful lip shaping that lasts 6-12 months. Most patients opt for touch up treatments every 9-12 months to maintain optimal lip fullness and contouring.

Does Russian or Traditional Lip Filler Look More Natural?

Russian lip fillers create a natural lip shape by subtly enhancing contours for a soft, elegant look. The technique focuses on delicate volume placement following natural lip lines, resulting in a gorgeous yet understated enhancement. Russian lip fillers are renowned for providing stunning yet graceful, natural-looking lip shaping.

Is Russian Lip Filler Less Painful Than Normal Fillers?

Yes, many patients find Russian lip fillers less painful since the filler is precisely placed vertically in fewer injections. Use of pain relief tools and anesthesia also enhances comfort during the treatment.

Which Technique Produces the Most Natural Looking Lips?

The Russian lip filler technique produces the most natural looking lips by softly enhancing your existing lip shape rather than dramatically altering it through overfilling. It creates a beautiful, natural-looking dimension.

Should I Get Russian or Normal Lip Fillers?

If you opt for subtle enhancement, the Russian filler technique could be the best for you. However, you also need to consider budget, number of injections required, pain tolerance, and longevity of results. Consult Dr. Soni for the best option to achieve your goals.

Dr. Hardik Soni

MD, Founder/Lead Physician

About Dr. Hardik Soni

Dr. Hardik Soni is the founder and Medical Director of Ethos Aesthetics + Wellness. His primary focus is on minimally invasive and non-invasive cosmetic procedures including botulinum injection (Botox and Dysport), dermal fillers (Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse), laser hair removal, chemical peels, and laser skin rejuvenation. Dr. Soni believes in a more conservative approach and his first goal is education. Clients are able to determine the ideal treatments after discussion with Dr. Soni regarding the expected outcomes, cost, as well as risks.

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