Evidence Basedcheckmark

Permanent Lip Fillers

There are many candidates that will not require a surgical procedure and only require subtle refinement of lip fullness, projection, and eversion. This group of candidates is ideal for lip filling. For patients that prefer non-invasive procedures over surgical, permanent lip fillers offer candidates an enduring solution for lip volume.

Permanent Lip Fillers

Try on Permanent Lip Fillers Solutions

Our 3D Aesthetic Simulator allows you to ‘try on’ cosmetic procedures and instantly visualize possible results from the palm of your hand — anytime, anywhere, for free.

appStore

The Skinny


Average Recovery

5 days

Permanence

Temporary

Application

Injected

Surgical

No

Cost

$550 - $2000

The Specifics


What are permanent lip fillers?

Permanent lip fillers provide long lasting enhancements to lip appearance for fuller lips and plump lips. Unlike temporary lip fillers (like hyaluronic acid-based Juvederm® and Restylane®) and semi-permanent lip fillers (collagen-stimulating injectables), permanent lip fillers typically contain polymethylmethacrylate microspheres, silicone, or hydrogel polymers that cannot be degraded by the body.

Anatomy of the Lip

Female lip anatomy infographic

Permanent lip fillers are very difficult to reverse or alter once placed, and, therefore, are less commonly performed than temporary or semi-permanent lip filler injections.

What cosmetic concerns does a permanent lip filler procedure treat?

  1. Lip Shape: A permanent lip filler can enhance overall lip appearance, symmetry, and proportion to other facial features by refining, defining, and contouring the shape of lip.
  2. Lip Size: Permanent lip fillers can be used to augment the volume of the upper lip and/or lower lip, and correct the appearance of thin lips.

Who is the ideal candidate for a permanent lip filler procedure?

The ideal candidate for a permanent lip filler does not require a surgical procedure to create their desired lip shape and/or lip size. A permanent lip filler is best for those seeking a more subtle refinement of lip fullness, projection, and/or eversion. Permanent lip fillers are not recommended for candidates requiring intensive corrections, or women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

What is the average recovery associated with a permanent lip filler procedure?

Most patients undergoing a permanent lip filler experience about one day of redness and swelling at the injection site, which can be lessened through the use of cool compresses. Mild limitations on strenuous activity should be taken for the first 24 hours following the injection, and patients should sleep with an elevated head of bed. Patients usually are entirely recovered within seven days.

What are the potential side effects of a permanent lip filler procedure?

Less common side effects from a permanent lip filler include pain, bruising, asymmetry, and nodule formation. A potential and severe complication is intravascular injection leading to skin necrosis. Severe allergic reactions can occur.

What can someone expect from the results of a permanent lip filler procedure?

The results of permanent lip fillers are, as the name implies, permanent. Patients usually require successive sessions spaced by two to three months to create their ideal aesthetic. These sessions are spaced to avoid overfilling and excessive lip volume augmentation. A surgical procedure will be required to reverse the results of this procedure.

What is the average cost of a permanent lip filler procedure?

The average cost of a permanent lip filler is $550 to $2,000 per lip. The actual cost of the procedure will vary by location, board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon, and individual candidate needs.

Pros

no surgeryrelatively long lasting

Cons

difficult to reversedifficult to removegranuloma formationnodule formationasymmetrymultiple treatments

Invasiveness Score

mildmoderatesevere
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10

Invasiveness is graded based on factors such as anesthesia practices, incisions, and recovery notes common to this procedure.

What to Expect


Permanent fillers provide patients with enduring lip volume. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after semi-permanent lip fillers.

The Takeaway


Permanent lip fillers create full lips and plump lips through injections of non-degradable synthetic materials into the upper lip and/or bottom lip. These lip fillers have minimal associated downtime. Permanent lip fillers require multiple sessions over months to create the ideal aesthetic.

Is this article helpful?

To learn more about our content creation practices, visit our Editorial Process page.

Source List

+

AEDIT uses only high-quality sources, including peer-reviewed studies, to support the facts within our articles. Read our editorial process to learn more about how we fact-check and keep our content accurate, reliable, and trustworthy.

  1. Luthra, A. “Shaping Lips with Fillers.” J Cutan Aesthet Surg. v.8(3); Jul-Sep 2015.; 2015-07-01
  2. Spiegel, J H, and O L Spiegel. “Lip Lifting: Not Just Fullness-Everything You Need to Know about Lifting and Creating Youthful, Beautiful Lips.” Facial Plastic Surg. , 3 Apr. 2019, pp. 129–133.; 2019-04-03
text-me-the-app

AEDITOR

‘Try on’ aesthetic procedures and instantly visualize possible results with The AEDITOR, our patented 3D aesthetic simulator.

appStore