Lip Filler: A Basic Guide

Over the past decade or so, lip filler – a bit like the Brazilian butt lift trend – has become increasingly popular. In fact, VICE UK’s Snapchat audience revealed that lip fillers are now being increasingly commonplace, with over half of the 51,000 respondents in the UK (59%) saying that they view lip fillers as comparable to getting a haircut or manicure.

There are many motivations for those who opt to get lip filler. The most common motivation tends to be to achieve a ‘fuller’ look, or to enhance the shape of the lips. Other reasons may be to amend any asymmetry, or to restore the fullness that an older client may have had when they were younger. It is also well desired as it is a non-invasive treatment that doesn’t require a scalpel, stitches, or scarring – nor is it permanent.

Those thinking about getting lip filler often have lots of questions surrounding the procedure – that’s why we here at Dr John are here to establish a basic guide for those interested.

The Preparation

Within the few days leading up to getting lip fillers, it is important to avoid anti-inflammatory medication, such as aspirin or ibuprofen. On top of this, you should avoid smoking and drinking alcohol (if possible), and using dietary supplements (for example, St John’s Wort; fish oil or vitamin E). These soften the blood and can render your lips and the skin around your lips more susceptible to bruising or swelling.


After the procedure, there is likely to be some swelling. You can reduce this by using an ice pack wrapped in a towel or a cold compress. Do ensure to wrap anything that is very cold in a cloth, as you don’t want the pack to stick to your lips and cause you any further discomfort.

It may also help to elevate your head when sleeping. You can do this by using more pillows than usual. Sleeping elevated will help to minimise blood flow to the lips and reduce the overall swelling and lessen bruising.

Herbal remedies are useful, too. Arnica is great and is known for being an excellent reliever of aches and bruises. Bromelain may be worth looking into, as well.

Do also make efforts to avoid makeup for 24 hours if possible.

How Long Do Fillers Last?

How long fillers last is entirely dependent on the client themselves, but the usual timescale for them tends to be anywhere between 6 to 18 months. Fillers tend to metabolise quickly in patients that are younger, physically active or have a high metabolism. The amount of filler you have had injected also factors in.

The Procedure Itself

Lip fillers tend to take around less than an hour – this includes both the consultation, and the treatment. The procedure itself takes around 15 to 20 minutes – which is why they are often referred to as a ‘lunchtime procedure’. During that hour, the practitioner will analyse your lips and ask you what type of results you’re seeking. After the injections, you will be able to see immediate volume, and if you aren’t happy with the results, your doctor will likely be able to dissolve them for you.

Do They Hurt?

This is usually the burning question for most clients, but unfortunately there is not a universal answer to this, as everybody’s pain threshold varies. Of course, pretending that needles to the lips aren’t going to hurt at all would be disingenuous. However, most doctors will apply a very effective numbing cream before injecting, which many clients do find to be helpful and make the experience more pleasant.

Finally, Are They Safe?

In short – yes. Lip fillers are safe as long as they are performed by an experienced and qualified practitioner.

Do you have any questions about lip fillers? Contact us here, today!


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