Evidence Basedcheckmark

Temporary Lip Fillers

Temporary lip fillers like Juvederm, autologous fat transfer, and autologen provide alternatives for those who want fuller lips without having permanent lip implants placed. Temporary lip augmentation injections typically last about 6 months. The injection procedure is minimally invasive and typically only requires a half hour to complete. Temporary filler can cost between $500-$2,000 per lip depending on which filler is selected and desired fullness.

Temporary Lip Fillers

Try on Temporary 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

$500 - $2000

Before & After Images by Provider

profile picture

The Specifics


What are temporary lip fillers?

Temporary lip fillers — such as lip implants with autologen, lip implants with fat transfer, and hyaluronic acid-based fillers (think: Juvederm®, and Restylane®) — are injections of synthetic or natural materials into the upper lip and/or lower lip to enhance lip volume, shape, and size.

  • Hyaluronic Acid-Based Lip Fillers: Commercial formulations include Juvederm® and Restylane®. Hyaluronic acid functions by replenishing moisture content plumping the skin and creating fuller lips with more lip volume.
  • Lip Implants with Autologen: Collagen harvested from a previous cosmetic procedure is injected into the lip with no risk of rejection.
  • Lip Implants with Fat Transfer: A candidate’s own fat is harvested via liposuction and injected into the lip. This procedure carries no risk of rejection.

The Anatomy of the Lip

Female lip anatomy infographic

These procedures provide immediate results, typically last about six months, and are reversible. Lip fillers have little downtime and most patients recover fully within one week. The type of filler most appropriate for an individual patient can be determined with a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon.

What cosmetic concerns does a temporary lip filler procedure treat?

  1. Lip Shape: A temporary lip filler can refine, define, and contour the shape of the lip to enhance overall lip appearance, symmetry, and proportion to other facial features.
  2. Lip Size: Temporary lip fillers can be used to augment the volume of the upper lip and/or lower lip.

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

The ideal candidate for a temporary lip filler does not require a surgical procedure to achieve their desired lip shape and/or lip size. These injectables are best for those seeking temporary subtle refinement of lip fullness, projection, or eversion. Temporary lip fillers are not recommended for candidates requiring more involved corrections, or women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

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

Most candidates experience full recovery from temporary lip fillers within five to seven days. Mild swelling, redness, and tenderness usually resolves within a few days, and ice packs can be used to reduce swelling in the first 24 hours. Most patients resume normal activities following the procedure with limitations on strenuous activity for the first day.

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

Possible side effects from a temporary lip filler include pain, bruising, asymmetry, and nodule formation. A less common and more severe complication is intravascular injection leading to skin necrosis.

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


A temporary lip filler procedure provides immediately noticeable, short term improvements to lip shape and/or lip size. Results typically last six months and require regular maintenance treatments to maintain the desired aesthetic.

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

The average cost of a temporary lip filler is $500 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 surgeryimmediate resultsreversible

Cons

temporarymultiple treatmentsasymmetry

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


Temporary fillers can provide increased lip volume for approximately 6 months. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after temporary lip fillers.

The Takeaway


Temporary lip fillers are a type of lip injection typically lasting six months. These injectables can be composed of hyaluronic acid-based fillers like Juvederm® and Restylane® or lip implants with autologen or fat transfer. The type of filler used is dependent upon the individual candidate. Temporary lip fillers have little downtime with most patients fully recovering within one week.
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
text-me-the-app

AEDITOR

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

appStore