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Question: Do lips go back to their original size and shape once the filler is gone or is there a risk of even greater volume loss?
Answer: So you’ve been getting lip injections for years and are ready for a more natural look. Or maybe you just want to get them once, along with extensions and a personal trainer, for your wedding. Perhaps you’re headed to a war-torn region for a year of volunteer work (how admirable!) and won’t have access to your dermatologist. Whatever the case may be, it’s worth considering what will happen to your pout once the plumpness wears off.
“If the filler is not permanent, such as Restylane Silk or Juvederm, the lips will return to their original shape,” says Dr. Howard Sobel, founder of DDF Skincare. “If the filler is permanent, such as Silicon 1000, they’ll stay the same.” Dr. Dennis Gross, New York City dermatologist, agrees, and explains that because hyaluronic acid is naturally-occurring in our bodies, hyaluronic acid-based fillers are easily metabolized by our system: “It’s not something that happens overnight. On average, fillers are supposed to last six to nine months, but as the lips are more mobile on a daily basis, it could sometimes be a little less. Over the months after the filler is injected, lips will slowly decrease in fullness before taking on their original shape and they won’t be ‘dis-formed’ at all.” But—there’s always a but—that’s assuming the filler has been injected correctly. “Injecting both the body of the lip and the vermillion is key to customisation and the most natural-looking results. It’s also crucial for the doctor to massage and mold the filler to prevent misshapen lips,” says Gross, so make sure you do your research and be specific about the exact result you’re after.