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Your Lip Gloss Is Poppin’: How Much Are Lip Fillers And More Top Questions Answered

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Recently, many people have been considering lip injections, but what are lip fillers, exactly? And, more importantly, are they right for you? To help you decide, we created this guide to frequently asked questions—like, how big do your lips get? And do lip fillers hurt? Our staff photographer Kelsey braved the needle to find out the truth about this cosmetic treatment. Click below to learn more:

So, exactly what are lip fillers anyway? 

There are two types of lip fillers you could get, Restylane or Juvéderm. (Read more about the different formulations in our Juvéderm guide and Restylane guide). Both contain hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is actually a substance that naturally exists in the human body. It helps add moisture, softness, and volume to the skin. 

Kelsey got Restylane Silk, which uses smooth, small hyaluronic acid particles for a more understated plumping effect.

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Kelsey’s lip injections before and after

How Much Are Lip Fillers?

How much your lip fillers cost is going to be determined by several different factors. First, which type of filler you choose (Restylane or Juvéderm) and then how much filler you use. While Restylane can cost between $400 and $800 per syringe, Juvéderm costs an average of $550 per syringe. One syringe can be suitable for targeting lines around the lips, but most procedures will require two or more syringes for your desired results.

How big do your lips get?

That depends on the type of filler you get. It also depends on what your lips look like naturally. Because Kelsey got a more subtle filler and because she started out with what most people would consider being fairly full lips, her results were more understated.

Which lip filler should I get?

According to Kelsey’s doctor, go with Restylane for a more natural result and Juvéderm for a more noticeable result.

“Juvéderm is more voluminous. . . . Restylane Silk, the way they described it to me, is sort of thinner. It looks more natural,” Kelsey says.

Kelsey adds that with her Restylane injections, “nobody that I know of really said anything. It’s kind of like if you already have kind of blonde hair and then you go blonder, people don’t notice that much even though you do.”

She liked the result but says that because she prefers a more attention-grabbing look, she would go with Juvéderm in the future.

Is getting lip injections scary?

Kelsey wasn’t nervous about getting them done, calling herself “a try-anything-once kind of person.” She always just assumed that if she wasn’t happy with the results, they’d simply disappear on their own. If they were really bad, she could get her filler dissolved.

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Search “lip injections” on Instagram for more realistic photos of what you want (instead of looking at celebrities).

Does it hurt?

Kelsey may have put on a brave face for our video team (watch here) but “it hurt a little more than I let on in the video,” she admits. She was quick to add that it certainly wasn’t awful, “but if you go in there expecting it not to feel like anything, you’re crazy.”

So, what does getting lip fillers feel like?

“It’s a really weird feeling … . It was like you could feel medicine release into you from a shot or something,” she explains. “The part that hurts is when [the doctor] would stick [the syringe] in, and kind of wiggle it.”

Customers who have had Botox or something similar might not find the sensation so strange, but total newbies should keep this in mind so they’re not caught off guard once the needle is out.

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What’s the recovery period like?

This is another one that’s hard to give an across-the-board answer to because it’s going to vary quite a bit from patient to patient. In Kelsey’s case, her recovery time was minimal.

“I planned to stay home and ice my lips for the night,” but to her surprise, the pain after the procedure was almost nonexistent. She didn’t even suffer any bruising, though she did note a bit of redness at the injection sites.

For more information about common side effects, read the Restylane safety information here and the Juvéderm safety information here.

How long do lip injections last?

Kelsey’s doctor said they’d last around six to nine months—and Restylane more or less agrees, saying their Silk fillers last approximately six months. But for Kelsey, the results faded a little sooner. “I would say they probably lasted more like four to five,” she says.

How long lip injections last depends on the individual. For instance, if you have a faster metabolism, your lip injections might disappear sooner. Or if you have very full lips like Kelsey and use a softer filler, your filler may appear to fade faster than a thicker filler used in thinner lips.

“So if I was gonna do it again, and I was gonna pay like $600 to do it, I would go big or go home.”

Any final tips for getting lip injections?

“I brought in pictures, I would recommend doing that,” Kelsey says. This helps the doctor plan exactly where to do the injections without losing sight of your ideal lip shape (rounder and fuller or a pronounced cupid’s bow).

Would you do it again?

This was the one question Kelsey was the most eager to answer, and her answer was simple: a resounding, emphatic yes. She liked her results, though she did add: “If I was gonna do it again, and I was gonna pay like $600 to do it, I would go big or go home.”

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