How to make your lip filler results last longer
It’s 2020, lip fillers need no introduction. Lip filler has become so popular, so universally sought after, that there were 4 million google searches for lip fillers in the UK alone last year.
Hyaluronic acid (HA), the primary ingredient in both Juvederm and Restylane fillers, is the unanimous favourite for volumising and shaping the lips. HA is produced naturally within the skin and works well as a filler because it attracts and retains water, keeping the lips naturally plump and soft to the touch.
The second we leave the treatment couch with our newly plumped lips, we become prepared to do anything possible to help maintain the results, praying that the volume doesn’t fade over the coming months. Whilst, the longevity of lip filler results varies greatly in each person, there are some tip and tricks that you can try from home to help preserve your enhanced lips.
How long do lip fillers last?
Although you’ll see an immediate boost in volume from any lip filler, the duration of these results can vary greatly, depending on factors such as the product itself and your own metabolism. Hyaluronic acid-based fillers tend to last between six and 9 months in the lips, although some patients report even longer-lasting results.
Many practitioners may advise that fillers will begin to wear off around three to four months following treatment, primarily due to the movement of lips. For this reason, many patients opt for regular maintenance treatments and touch-ups even before their filler has wholly metabolised. The good news is that some filler will remain, so you’ll begin to require less and less at each appointment to achieve the same results.
Get prepared before your appointment
The preparation should start well before you enter the treatment room. The lips are a sensitive area of the face and are far more likely to bruise than other areas. Prior to receiving the injections, it’s advised that patients avoid blood thinners, aspirin and fish oil and if you do bruise Dr Sophie Shotter recommends Hirudoid cream post-procedure.
Drink plenty of water and moisturise your lips to keep them as hydrated as possible. Avoid eating spicy foods that may irritate the delicate skin on the lips and keep touching to an absolute minimum while they heal.
Your lips need a skincare routine too
In between your touch-up treatments, there are plenty of at-home things you can do to help keep your lips as plumped and hydrated. Gently exfoliating the lips with a scrub will help to remove dry skin cells to reveal fresh, healthy-looking lips and allow products to penetrate deeper. Try doing this once every two weeks and regularly use a hydrating lip product that contains hyaluronic acid and peptides to moisturise and visibly smooth the lips.
Hydration is key to maintaining the plumping results of filler – and for this, the HydraFacial Lip Perk is an excellent in-clinic treatment for in between your dermal filler appointments. The replenishing serum plumps, exfoliates and hydrates the lips whilst infusing with nourishing vitamins and peptides to target fines lines and encourage collagen production.
Avoid sun exposure
Whilst it’s always advisable to wear sunscreen daily and limit your time in the sun, you should be even more aware of this after a filler treatment. High exposure to UV rays can cause certain types of filler to breakdown faster, meaning you’ll need more regular treatments to maintain results.
Stick to your top-up appointments
If you want to prevent the size of your lips fluctuating too much, keep on top of a regular maintenance schedule. Usually, a top-up once every six months will help to keep the desired result but do ask your practitioner what they would recommend.
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Disclaimer: Please be aware that results and benefits may vary from patient to patient taking into consideration factors such as age, lifestyle and medical history.