Do Lip Fillers Permanently Stretch Your Lips?
According to survey data collected by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, lip filler procedures are among the fastest-growing non-surgical cosmetic treatments. In fact, cosmetic lip enhancement is completed about every 20 minutes in the U.S. When it comes to cosmetic treatment trends, it would be quite fair to say that we are entering the era of plump, sexy lips. At our cosmetic dermatology and laser practice in New Orleans, LA, we think it’s pretty easy to understand why. A beautiful set of sensual, full lips is simply something that will never go out of style.
Even with the popularity and increasing presence of lip fillers on Instagram influencer feeds, many myths still exist. In this post, we’ll shed some light on one of the most common questions we get from patients who want to know if lip fillers are a right for them – will lip fillers permanently stretch out your lips?
Why Lip Fillers Likely Won’t Stretch Your Lips
Unless you go to extremes with lip fillers or choose a very unskilled injector, your lips won’t be permanently stretched. This means that if you choose to stop having lip filling injections, your lips will likely return to their normal proportions.
Depending on the active ingredients and brand, dermal fillers typically last between six months and three years. Many people choose to have regular injections, especially in their lips, but things may change and a patient may decide to stop injections. When they do, the hyaluronic acid (HA)—the main ingredient in most lip fillers used for its ability to draw in and retain moisture—will naturally break down. However, your body also increases the production of collagen in response to lip injections. This protein provides a sort of “scaffolding” beneath the surface of the lips, and it stays in place even when the HA is gone. For this reason, your lips may look and feel more youthful and healthier long after stopping injections.
When lips are affected negatively after injections have stopped, it’s almost always the result of too much volume of filler being injected too quickly. When it comes to lip fillers, it’s the same as with many other things in life: slow and steady gives better outcomes.
Want to Learn More About Fillers for Facial Rejuvenation?
Who you choose to do your lip filler injections matters a great deal. An experienced injector and artistically-minded team of medical professionals will develop a skillful treatment plan that can make the difference between a natural look and one that appears fake and “overdone.” If you’re considering lip fillers or other injectable treatments, contact Dr. Donofrio and Dr. Coleman for a consultation at Être Cosmetic Dermatology & Laser Center.