Four Facts about Lip Filler Longevity

It’s no secret that lip fillers are a popular procedure these days – and for good reason. The primary ingredient in Restylane® and Juvederm® fillers, two popular lines of fillers, contain hyaluronic acid as the primary ingredient for plumping and shaping the lips. Since hyaluronic acid is produced naturally within the skin, it works well as a lip filler thanks to its ability to attract and retain water. The result? Plump, soft lips. Moreover, these fillers are temporary, reversible and when administered correctly, natural-looking.

With so many options available, are there any fillers that claim to last the longest? Surprisingly, there are multiple factors that influence a filler’s longevity. Here’s what you should know:

1) Your metabolism determines how long your lip filler will last.

This mechanism regulates how quickly you can break down calories – and break down a lip filler. So, if you have a fast metabolism, your filler will likely break down quickly. But there is a solution: your provider can experiment with different injectables to see which one works best for your biology.

2) Mouth movements break down lip filler.

Hyaluronic acid is held together by bonds and constant movement will cause these bonds to eventually break down. So, how much you move your lips – like talking or chewing – directly correlates to how quickly your lip filler will break down.

3) Lip filler longevity claims are actually estimates.

While most lip fillers claim to last a year, that doesn’t mean the amount of filler injected on day one will be the same as on day 365. Products lose their volume over time and regardless of the product used, it’s normal for lip-filler patients once or twice during the year for a minor touch up. If more filler is injected in the first place, then it will generally last longer because there is a greater amount of filler for the body to break down.

4) Getting regular injections can help results last longer.

It isn’t uncommon for first-time users to see their fillers breakdown the quickest, while repeat injections create longer-lasting results. Some experts believe that repeat use leads to a patient forming more protective collagen around the filler. Therefore, a patient receives the temporary swell from the hyaluronic acid, along with the long-term pump of new collagen growth.

At Robinson Facial Plastic Surgery, Dr. Burke Robinson, Michelle Giglio, PA-C, Madison Holmes, FNP-C and Ivette Ballara, RN, BSN, are recognized experts in administering injectables. Our team has an assortment of lip fillers that may work for you including Restylane®, Restylane® Refyne, Restylane® Defyne, Restylane® Silk, Restylane® Kysse, Juvederm®, Juvederm® Volbella, and Juvederm® Vollure. These injectable fillers are administered to the lips using a very fine needle, restoring lost volume and the appearance of vertical lip lines for a more youthful appearance.

Ready to explore lip filler? Contact us for a consultation today 770-667-3090.