What Lip Injections last the longest? How long does it take to heal? (photos)

I've been looking all over for the answer to some questions I have about getting lip injections and I can't seem to find a clear, simple answer. Maybe someone here will be able to help. What lasts the longest? How long does it take to heal? When can I use product on my lips again? How much does it cost? I want my lips as full as the picture. Is that realistic?

Doctor Answers 15

Fillers and fat-grafting are two good options

It is a good idea to go to a board certified plastic surgeon for an in person consultation. Every person's lips are different. Results vary based on the shape of your lips and the amount of filler that can be injected at one time.
On average 1-2 syringes are usually needed to achieve desired results. I do lip injections on a regular basis. Fillers that hold up well in the lips are Juvederm and Restylane, both are HA filler. These options can last 6 months to a year.  The area may bruise up to a week.  We offer all patients arnica to help speed the healing process.  

Another option that you can go with is fat grafting.  This would be a permanent result.  The procedure can be done in office under local anesthesia (shot of numbing medication to the areas) and takes about an hour. Fat is harvested from another location (such as the abdomen), purified and then injected into the lips. About 10-30% of the injected fat will be reabsorbed by the body. As with any injection, bruising can sometimes occur. Most people can usually return to work the next day. Although your lips will be swollen for approximately 2 weeks. This can range from $1500.00 to $2500.00.  

Washington DC Plastic Surgeon
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Lip Augmentation with Injections- Everything you want to know in 30 seconds!

Lip enhancement with dermal fillers has become one of the most popular in-office treatments for individuals in their 20s-40s, due to its safety and high patient satisfaction. Products most successfully used are made of hyaluronic acid, including Restylane, Restylane Silk, Juvederm, and Belotero. (Products to AVOID in the lips are Radiesse, Sculptra, Silikon, or Bellafill.) 1-2cc are typically used, depending upon your anatomy and goals. Most individuals utilize about 65% in their upper lip and 35% in their lower lip, but this is quite variable depending upon your anatomy and goals. Fillers can be used to help define the red lip / white lip border (called the vermilion border), smooth any vertical lip lines at the vermilion border, or simply to plump the red lip itself.

Injections are done in the office with topical numbing pretreatment. Swelling always occurs, occasionally can be dramatic, but typically resolves within 2-3 days. Clear your social calendar for a day or 2 if its your very first time getting injections. Depending upon the product used, duration of benefit can be 4 months to 12 months, and cost per cc can range from $500-700 per cc. If you get cold sores, tell your doctor in advance so that you can start an antiviral 3-4 days BEFORE your injections to prevent an outbreak. And avoid aspirin, ibuprofen, and fish oils for 10 days before your injections to limit bruising. Good luck!  -Randolph Capone, MD, FACS

Randolph Capone, MD, FACS
Baltimore Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Lip Injections

Restylane® Silk is expected to last 6 months up to 1 year, however this will vary from patient to patient. Juvaderm Ultra and Utlra Plus are also great options for lip augmentation that lasts 9-12 months on most patient.
Some studies show a collagen stimulatory effect that may allow longer lasting in certain individuals.

#RestylaneSilk   #JuvedermUltra   #JuvedermUltraPlus

Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 154 reviews

Lip Enhancements with fillers.

Lip fillers such as restylane or juvederm ($550/syringe and often 2 syringes needed-lasts up to 6 months) are really the only practical choices other than going to the more permanent implants ($1500-2000/lip implant) which I recommend doing after you decide the size you like. Lip implants are easy to put in and easy to remove if you ever decide that is what you want. Sincerely, David Hansen,MD

David Hansen, MD
Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
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Lip Injections and Longevity

Resylane, Juvederm, Volbella, and Beloero are all used in the lips.  The longevity depends on how much product is used but Juvederm and Volbella tend to last the longest.  Please consult an expert in facial injections for the best cosmetic results. Best, Dr. Green

Michele S. Green, MD
New York Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 76 reviews

Permanent lip injections

Liquid siilicone injections will last forever. Often, their results look like the picture you sent. However, it is an off label use of a medical product made for other purposes. They are best given incrementally (repeated injections)  rather than an all at once procedure . The total cost is likely less than repeated injections of commonly used fillers. The result cannot readily be reversed if the result is unsatisfactory. Silicone implants can give permanent results and can be removed if desired. 

Sheldon S. Kabaker, MD FACS
San Francisco Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Lip augmentation with fillers

Thank you for your question. In my opinion, low g prime or viscosity hyaluronic acid like volbella works very well for lip augmentation. It is very precise and provides natural results. Most patients need 1 to 2 syringes to get the desired outcome. It should last you at least 6 months.

I hope this helps. Best wishes. Dr Salameh (plastic surgeon, Bowling Green, KY)

Bernard S. Salameh, MD
Bowling Green Physician
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Lip Filler

Fillers such as Juvederm are used to add natural volume to thinner lips. Most patients respond very well with 1 syringe of Juvederm, however, some require more for their optimal lip volume and shape. The results from lip filler generally last 6-12 months depending on the product and amount used. Starting with a consultation with a qualified physician in your area is a great first step. All the best. 

Samuel Hetz, MSc, MD
Ottawa Physician
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Lip enhancement

It is always the best option to get a consultation, before you commit to getting anything done. What might be right for you, might not be right for someone else. Fillers can start at $499 and up depending on what you want. I have significant experience working with lip enhancers and they are a safe and effective treatment when applied by a trained professional. While it takes about 2 days for the swelling to go down, the results are long-lasting. Most clients need 1-2 syringes for a dramatic effect, but some require more. This depends on the amount of product you need to achieve your desired lip volume. Lip augmentation requires a great deal of precision and skill and can really alter the balance of your face when done poorly. If you have questions or concerns, it is recommended that you contact your provider as soon as possible! Best of luck!

Justin Harper, MD
Columbus Physician
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Lip Augmentation

Restylane® Silk is expected to last 6 months up to 1 year, however this will vary from patient to patient. Juvaderm Ultra and Utlra Plus are also great options for lip augmentation that lasts 9-12 months on most patient.
Some studies show a collagen stimulatory effect that may allow longer lasting in certain individuals.

#RestylaneSilk   #lipaugmentation   #Restylanetreatments

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 109 reviews

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