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What Happens When Lip Fillers Wear Off?

My Surgery Guide
Nov 5, 2021

Non-permanent lip fillers are, as the name would suggest, temporary. Once you get non-permanent lip fillers, usually hyaluronic acid, it will take about six to nine months for your lips to return to their normal size.

But what exactly is happening when lip fillers break down? And what are the side effects of getting non-permanent lip fillers over and over again?

In this piece, we’ll talk about why non-permanent lip fillers are temporary, what is happening when they disappear, the risk of wrinkly or droopy lips, and a whole lot more.

Why Did My Lip Fillers Disappear?

If you get non-permanent lip fillers, you should expect them to be gone in about half a year; however, there is always a chance that they last longer or shorter than expected.

Additionally, there are other formulations that may last a year or more. 

However, over time, all non-permanent lip fillers will dissolve. 

These lip fillers will fade because they’re made from something called hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is composed of a sugar molecule that occurs naturally in the body, which means that, given some time, your body can absorb it with ease.

No need to worry — medical professionals around the world recognize this as a safe process, and you can usually get repeat injections every six months.

Will Repeat Lip Fillers Make My Lips Saggy?

This is a common concern among people who get repeat lip fillers. They may have the idea that, once they stop getting lip fillers, their lips will become droopy, requiring them to keep getting lip fillers over and over again.

Thankfully, this is simply not true. Once your non-permanent lip fillers are absorbed by the body, your lips will return to the size and shape they were before your treatment.

Naturally, these treatments will not negate the effects of aging — so if you notice some new wrinkles over years of lip treatments, the blame may be placed on time, not the fillers. 

How Do I Make My Lip Fillers Last Longer?

While non-permanent fillers will always fade eventually, there are a few tricks you can utilize to make them last longer.

First, you can avoid the sun. Exposure to UV rays can increase the rate that some lip fillers break down. To remedy this, protect your lips with SPF daily or wear a hat that will provide shade to your lips — or, ideally, both.

Next, be aware of how much you’re exercising. There is some evidence to suggest that people with high metabolisms will also metabolize their lip fillers more quickly. This doesn’t mean you have to stop exercising; just be aware that living an active lifestyle may mean a shorter time between top-ups.

Additionally, just be mindful of your health. Eating junk food can cause inflammation that, while mostly harmless in the short term, may cause your fillers to break down more quickly. Stress may also cause your fillers to break down — so to get the best longevity out of your fillers, just keep your physical and mental health in check.

The specialist who gave you your fillers will also make specific recommendations you should follow for proper care. These usually involve avoiding exercise and alcohol for a day or two following treatment.

I Changed My Mind — Are Lip Fillers Reversible?

One of the amazing things about non-permanent lip fillers is how easy they are to remove in case someone no longer wants them.

In fact, all that’s required is a simple enzyme injection. Once that’s done, it will take only about two hours for the lips to return to their normal size.

Overall, non-permanent lip fillers are fairly straightforward and low-risk. But before you commit to lip fillers, be sure to talk to your specialist about your specific needs and what you’re looking to get out of lip treatment — a quality specialist will be able to help you with everything you need!

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