If you’ve decided you’re ready to finally try lip filler, but have no idea what to expect–you’ve come to the right place. 

The rise in lip filler injection popularity amongst younger generations has taken the industry by storm. What was once a treatment reserved for those who have seen changes in their faces, has now shifted to be a sought out treatment inspired by influencers and A-listers alike.  And I’ve seen it first hand–across all four of my locations in Chilliwack, Langley, Nanaimo and Parksville, BC. There has been a sharp influx of questions about lip filler injections from my patients. The most important thing to understand is that cosmetic injections are your choice. I don’t believe anyone needs cosmetic injections (whether it be filler or botox); however, I am happy to be able to offer choices that help you feel more confident.  My work as a cosmetic injector errs on the side of natural. I believe in creating plans that can be built upon and sustainable for the future. If you’re looking for someone to give you two syringes of lip filler on your first go, I am probably not the right fit for you. 

What are lip injections? 

Lip injections, also known as lip fillers, are used for lip augmentation. While all lip fillers differ slightly, most of the formulas offered today contain hyaluronic acid to help increase volume of the lips semi-permanently (lasting anywhere from four to nine months). Though lip fillers are a wonderful tool for adding volume and achieving those plumper lips you desire, they can also be used to help with shape and structure of the lips.  For example, the below patient came to me looking for more symmetry in her top lip. By modifying the injection site, lip filler can help correct this while preserving a natural appearance. 

If you’re finally considering getting lip filler, here are six things you should know first:

1. Follow the pre and post care.

Prior to your lip filler treatment, please avoid blood thinners; everything from painkillers (aspirin), fish oil, vitamin E and alcohol. Thinner blood will make the treatment area more prone to bruising and bleeding. After your treatment, you’ll want to avoid any activities that increase blood flow to the face as this can cause additional swelling. This could include working out, getting a massage or facial, doing headstands, etc. During this rest period, drink plenty of water and have an ice pack on hand if needed. Just like with any treatment you’re considering adding  into your regimen, it is always recommended you consult your family doctor. 

2. They can be fixed!

I’ve had many patients come to see me after being unhappy with their results from other injectors. Do not panic—we can actually dissolve your unwanted filler and reinject in as little as two weeks. I am very thankful that this patient allowed me to share her photos and experience. This is a correction transformation that was required after the patient’s filler from another doctor migrated. To correct and treat this, I used enzyme. Regardless of who has done your previous work, I am happy to work with any patient to ensure they feel confident and secure in their results. For more patient transformations, click here. 

3. Not all lip filler brands are created equal.

I personally trust and love the results I can achieve with Revanesse Kiss, but make sure you do your research and ask your injector questions about the products they use. Revanesse Kiss is a HA gel known for its shaping and volumizing capabilities. When compared to Juvederm and other leading brands, Revanesse particles are noticeably smoother and rounder, which allows particles to be accepted by the body better and slows the breaking down process allowing for longer lasting results. I also prefer Revanesse Kiss because it is the only line of cross-linked HA dermal fillers that is made in Canada. Compared to other leading brands, patients who use Revanesse report 51% less swelling, which means you get to see your true results faster. Revanesse Kiss also recently increased their syringe size to 1.2 ml (without increasing prices) so just one more reason to love it. 

4. Settle down!

When your lips are first injected they will not look like the final result. They’ll likely be firm and slightly swollen, so give them a day or so to settle down. Avoiding exercise and using ice packs can significantly help bring the swelling down leading you to your true results faster. If you are unhappy with your filler (wanting more volume or less), I recommend waiting at least two weeks (as all swelling will subside by then) before any follow-up treatments. 

5. Slow down too.

Personally, I choose to err on the side of subtle rather than significant. Lip fillers are not permanent, but can be layered. With most lip fillers typically lasting between 4 and 9 months, you can spread out your injections for gradual change that give the aesthetic you desire without having that “filler” look.

6. Filler isn’t forever.

Tacking on to my last point, keep in mind that if you’re looking for the Kylie look, it’s going to mean an investment. Lip fillers last between 4 and 9 months (this is completely dependent on the individual’s natural breaking down processes) and cost between $300 and $1000 per visit. While inspiration photos are great, remember that fillers are made to enhance your natural beauty and can be used to target specific areas that you’d like to focus on. 

Lip Filler FAQs 

How long does swelling after lip filler last?

For the first 24 hours after your lip filler treatment, you can expect some tightness and swelling of the lips. Along with avoiding any activities that cause blood flow to the face (exercise, facials, massages, etc.), ice packs can be used to diminish the swelling. While most swelling should go down within 72 hours of your treatment, it typically takes two weeks for all swelling to subside revealing your true results. 

How much does lip filler cost?

The cost of lip filler will vary slightly based on your cosmetic injection provider; however, if you choose to go with me, it will be $300 for a half syringe (0.6ml) and $550 for a full syringe of Revanesse Kiss. I also offer a “share with a friend” promotion so you and your friend can split a full syringe during the same appointment ($250 each for a half syringe), contact me for details. 

Do I need a half or full syringe?

This is a common question, especially for those just starting to use injectables and lip augmentation. No one wants to leave their appointment looking overdone or unnatural, but most of my patients are surprised how subtle half vial results are. For reference, this transformation is after a half vial and the patient has come for a half vial top up every 3 to 4 months (this being her third time).  To put it into perspective, a full vial is equal to 1.2 ml of product or approximately one fifth of a teaspoon, so when halved again, the amount of product is quite minor. Opting for a half vial is a very common place to first test the waters with lip filler, but you may be left feeling you “didn’t get enough” once swelling subsides.  Once your desired results are achieved, a half vial can maintain results beautifully (keeping in mind that lip filler lasts 4-6 months on average).  There is no right, one answer when it comes to choosing a half or full vial for lip augmentation. The “right” amount is based on your lip anatomy and physiology. I usually recommend to my patients who are on the fence to start with a half and come back in one to two  months for another half for a gradual build. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Do lip injections hurt?

Most of my patients describe the discomfort from lip filler injections as minor; however, this is completely dependent on an individual’s pain tolerance. Personally, when I receive lip filler, it feels like a brief pinch and completely manageable. Depending on the amount of filler injected, discomfort can increase slightly. Post-treatment, swelling, slight discomfort and possible itchiness is common and should subside dramatically after 24 hours. 

What are the risks involved with lip filler?

Like with any treatment, there are risks involved when getting lip filler. Bleeding and bruising from the injection site and the reactivation of cold sores are not uncommon reactions post treatment. Like with any treatment you are considering adding to your regime, always consult your family doctor. 

If I stop lip filler, will my lips look worse than they did before?

A common misconception when it comes to lip fillers is that your lips will actually look worse than they did if you stop–this is not true. However, because you will be used to seeing yourself with plumper lips, it can feel as if they look worse but rest assured, your lips will return to their normal state. 

How can I make my lip filler last longer?

Unfortunately, you don’t really control this–your body does. While lip fillers typically last between four and nine months, the actual length is dependent on a wide variety of factors that impact how your body will break down the substance. Lip fillers typically don’t last as long as fillers in other areas of your face as the lips experience the most movement. Talking, eating, kissing and laughing can all contribute to the formula breaking down quicker in the body.  You can control small habits that may help maintain your lip filler results (such as sleep on your face and being gentle with your lip care routine), but the best option is stick to your top up appointments. 

Ready to try lip fillers?

For more information on lip fillers in the Chilliwack and Vancouver Island areas or to book your appointment with Dr. Heather Iverson, click hereThe content on this site is for informational or educational purposes only and does not substitute individualized, professional medical advice. Before starting any new treatment, always consult your family doctor.