Over time, your lips can start to lose their plumpness and fullness. Fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth become more pronounced. Aging, genetics, and sun exposure all contribute to thinning lips. If you desire smoother, fuller lips with a defined lip line, our lip fillers can help.
At Ethos Spa, we offer temporary dermal filler injections to add subtle volume to your lips. Our expert aestheticians use the latest techniques to customize your enhancement and achieve beautiful, natural-looking results.
What sets our lip filler treatments apart?
Our experienced aestheticians only use FDA-cleared dermal fillers and advanced injection techniques for predictable, gorgeous outcomes. Your comfort and safety are our top priorities.
We’ll make sure you’re informed and comfortable every step of your lip filler treatment. Our goal is your complete satisfaction.
If you’re considering lip fillers for the first time, you likely have many questions about what to expect before, during, and after the procedure. This FAQ guide will provide detailed answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we receive about our temporary lip filler treatments.
Whether you want to learn about the process, results, or safety precautions, we aim to give you all the information you need to determine if our lip fillers are the right choice for you.
Temporary lip fillers are injectable cosmetic treatments that add volume and fullness to the lips.
They contain hyaluronic acid, which is a substance that occurs naturally in the body. When injected into the lips by a skilled provider, the hyaluronic acid fillers plump up the lips to make them look smoother, fuller and more defined.
Temporary lip fillers are also non-surgical— they’re non-permanent treatments that can quickly enhance the shape and appearance of lips without significant downtime. They offer a reversible cosmetic solution for those who want to subtly or dramatically amplify their pout temporarily.
Before getting lip fillers, there are a few things you should do to prepare:
Most providers recommend waiting at least 6 months between lip filler treatments. While touch-up appointments may be scheduled after 2-4 weeks if necessary, allowing at least 6 months between full lip filler treatments gives your lips adequate time to heal and adjust to the filler.
Before lip filler injections, your lips will look their normal size and shape, perhaps with some natural asymmetry, lines or thinning from aging. The provider will assess your lips’ structure and volume loss to determine the appropriate amount and placement of filler.
After the injections, your lips will likely appear slightly red, swollen and bruised from the injections. This dissipates within a few days.
Once settled, your lips will look noticeably smoother, fuller and more defined. The difference can range from a subtle enhancement to a dramatically plumped pout depending on how much filler is used and your personal goals.
Lip fillers can take 2-4 weeks to fully settle into their final shape after an initial injection treatment.
Although most of the swelling resolves within 3-5 days, it takes 2 weeks for all the filler material to stabilize evenly under the skin. Small residual swelling and minor bruising may still be present at the 2 week mark.
By 4 weeks, the lips have completely settled into their enhanced size and contour. This is why providers recommend waiting at least 4 weeks for a touch-up if needed, as it allows the initial filler to integrate and achieve the optimal look.
Although lip fillers typically last 6-12 months, everyone metabolizes filler at different rates. Waiting at least 6 months provides a buffer to allow complete absorption of the product so you can better assess how long it lasted and how much you may need at your next appointment.
If you stop getting lip filler injections, your lips will gradually return to their original size, shape and structure. The hyaluronic acid filler is not permanent, so it will be naturally absorbed and metabolized by your body over time.
Full absorption generally takes 6-12 months, but can vary per individual.
Your lips will likely not return to their exact pre-filler appearance as the injections can stimulate slight collagen production. But the fullness and definition added by the filler will be lost without maintenance injections, typically reverting to how your lips looked before.
In the first 24 hours after lip filler injections, your lips will likely feel tender, swollen and bruised. Using a cold compress can help minimize swelling. The provider may recommend massaging the lips to evenly distribute the filler.
Avoid strenuous activity for a day to reduce swelling. Your lips may feel numb or tingly as the numbing agent wears off. Oral discomfort medications like acetaminophen or ibuprofen can help relieve soreness.
The main difference between temporary and permanent lip fillers is the longevity of results. Temporary fillers contain hyaluronic acid that gets naturally absorbed by the body over 6-12 months.
Permanent fillers use PMMA or silicone particles that do not get broken down and remain in the lips indefinitely.
While permanent fillers don’t require repeat injections, they have higher risks like irreversible complications. Temporary fillers are safer with lower incidence of side effects. They allow you to preview potential results before committing to permanency.
Temporary fillers also enable adjustment of the quantities and locations with subsequent touch-ups to optimize the look. Permanent fillers don’t allow for adjustments once injected.
The most common types of lip fillers are the hyaluronic acid dermal fillers Juvederm, Restylane and Belotero. Each has a different density and molecular structure.
Juvederm adds the most volume for the deepest wrinkles and lines while Restylane is moderately dense for more superficial smoothing. Belotero has the lightest density and is best for fine lines around lips. Juvéderm and Restylane last about 6-12 months on average while Belotero may only last 3-6 months.
Providers also use their own custom blends to achieve desired effects. The differences come down to the thickness, spreadability, and longevity of the filler material used to create a personalized lip enhancement.
Yes, lip fillers can also be injected along the lip lines around the mouth, into fine lines on the face, and even in some cases into cheeks or hands for volume restoration.
Lip fillers can also accentuate the cheeks, refine facial contours or replenish volume loss in the hands. The same dermal filler products used in the lips can improve wrinkles, lines and depressions in many areas of the face and body.
If our temporary lip filler treatments seem like a good solution for amplifying your pout and boosting your confidence, don’t wait – contact Ethos Spa today to schedule your consultation!