Why the lip filler standard is too much

Article medically reviewed by Dr. Gavin Chan (MBBS, cosmetic physician, liposuctionist)

Dr. Gavin Chan

Templestowe Lower and Berwick Clinics

Dr. Gavin Chan has a background in intensive care, anaesthesia, and emergency medicine. Since 2004, Dr. Chan has provided cosmetic procedures, including anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, liposuction, fat transfer, skin needling, and laser treatments. He is a doctor trainer for various dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections.
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With lips being widely regarded as a symbol of your sensuality, it makes sense that augmenting them with dermal filler would be a good thing. But according to Dr Gavin (MBBS, Cosmetic Physician, Liposuctionist) if lips have too much dermal filler treatment they may no longer suit your face. He asks, “Why are cosmetic practitioners filling lips with dermal filler, then refilling them after 6 months when they know it doesn’t look good?” 

Perhaps the answer lies with guidelines provided by some dermal filler manufacturers that indicate dermal filler lasts for 6 months and that 1mL of dermal filler should be used for the lips. Dr Gavin Chan explains, “if cosmetic practitioners and patients believe that dermal fillers last for about 6 months and if they come in 1mL syringes, it’s highly likely the patient will want to have all of the 1mL filler injected into their lip area every 6 months.” 


How long does lip filler last?

If you’ve been getting your lips filled every 6 months or so, you may want to reconsider this regime. Last year Dr Gavin Chan and Dr Mobin Master used MRI scans to determine how long dermal fillers actually last in your body. They discovered that dermal fillers last a lot longer than the 6 to 18 months manufacturers suggest. In some patient’s dermal filler can last for up to a decade and can even migrate to other areas of your face. 

Dr Gavin Chan explains, “when dermal filler is injected into the vermillion (the red part) of your lip, it’s a very small space and is subject to muscle contractions when you talk, chew and smile. This lip filler can migrate out your lip area into the area above your lip. When this happens, you’ll think the lip filler has gone, and probably want to get some more. But this is not the solution. The lip filler hasn’t gone, it’s just hiding above your lip.”

Based on the MRI scan studies, Dr Gavin Chan believes, “the frequency of lip filler injections should be several years apart, not 6 months apart. While 1mL dermal filler seems to be the standard amount that most cosmetic practitioners inject into lips, it’s way too much.” Find out more about this groundbreaking MRI dermal filler study.


Why some celebrities are having their lip dermal filler dissolved

Dr Gavin Chan explains that over the last year or so, a new trend has developed where celebrities and influencers have been getting their lip filler dissolved. Iraqi-American businesswoman, Huda Kattan had all her lip filler dissolved recently as did social media influencer Alana Arbucci. The reversal of lip fillers can be achieved using an enzyme called hyaluronidase which catalyses the breakdown of the dermal filler. When this is undertaken by a highly trained and experienced cosmetic doctor or nurse, your lips will look more natural and in proportion to your face again. In terms of the amount of dermal filler used during your lip treatment, it’s important to note that big lips aren’t always better. Find out more about Dr Gavin Chan’s 6 S’s of creating attractive lips with dermal filler.


How to get the best lip filler for you

When it comes to getting lip filler treatment, Dr Gavin Chan cautions against using the entire 1mL of dermal filler in your lip area. Instead, ask the cosmetic practitioner to use some of the 1mL of filler in your lips and the rest in other areas of your face. Dr Gavin Chan notes, “when this approach to dermal filler treatment is taken, you’ll have less issues with the migration of dermal filler to above your lip line. By using the smallest amount of filler possible in your lips, the cosmetic practitioner will be able to achieve a balance in proportion between your upper and lower lip and also between your lips and the rest of your face. See how Dr Gavin Chan only uses 1mL filler for the entire face. 

It’s important to note that having dermal filler treatment to enlarge your lips may not suit the balance and proportion of your face. When cosmetic practitioners and patients exercise their aesthetic judgement instead of following what society is saying is normal to inject into your lips, the outcome will be natural and balanced looking. As Dr Gavin Chan says, “remember with all cosmetic procedures if you can tell that something’s been done it’s not a good treatment.” 

Since 2005 Dr. Gavin Chan and his team of highly trained and experienced cosmetic doctors and nurses have been treating patient’s lips using dermal fillers. In the surrounds of their modern medical clinics, they’ll discuss the most appropriate treatment solution for you. To book your dermal filler lip treatment, call our helpful and friendly customer service team today 1300 863 824.

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