10 Myths About Lip Fillers Debunked

If you are in the market for lip fillers, then welcome to the club! Because this club consists of roughly 4.3 million members in the UK alone!

And that number did not happen overnight. Lip fillers have been around for a while, helping people with thin lips enjoy luscious lips, people with asymmetrical lips enjoy symmetrical lips, and even people with great lips enjoy even bigger and better lips.

Because lip fillers are by far the most sought-after aesthetic procedures today, but be that as it may, there are still a ton of misconceptions about lip fillers out there.

So, let’s break down, discuss, and bust 10 common myths about lip fillers to help put your mind at ease.

But First: Lip Fillers In A Nutshell

Getting lip fillers is a quick and fairly painless procedure where fillers are injected into your lips to add volume to your lips or to contour your lips.

As of 2023, the global market for fillers was valued at approximately $5.5 billion, with projections indicating an annual growth rate of over 10% from 2023 to 2032. Meaning by the end of 2032, this market is expected to surge to an estimated $14.5 billion!

As of January 2021, lip filler procedures topped the list of the most frequently searched aesthetic procedures online in the United Kingdom. The number? Drawing about 40 500 searches each month.

It is safe to say lip fillers are a really big deal.

Types Of Lip Fillers

Now that we know lip fillers are as popular as ever, it is also good to know that there are many different types of lip fillers available.

The fillers that are most in-demand currently are Juvéderma (a hyaluronic acid filler) and Restylane (also a hyaluronic acid filler).

In case you were wondering what hyaluronic acid fillers are, it is simple: hyaluronic acid fillers are the most common lip fillers used globally to plump the lips to give them a fuller appearance, as they are dissolvable, soft, and safe.

Now That You Are In The Loop Let’s Bust Some Lip Filler Myths

Myth #1: Lip Fillers Are Painful

We are starting strong with a very prevalent myth that getting lip fillers is a highly painful experience.

In reality, yes, patients may experience some discomfort, but let it be known that this discomfort is mild, and if it were THAT painful, the statistics may have looked slightly different.


The takeaway is that aesthetic clinics generally use a topical anesthetic to numb the lips before injecting your filler, so you and your pain threshold have nothing to worry about.

Myth #2: Lip Fillers Look Unnatural

Do they?

Not necessarily. Like with most things in life, moderation is key. The outcome heavily depends on your aesthetician’s skill, the products used, and whether you are opting for the Bratz doll look.

Just know that a trained, experienced, and qualified aesthetician who understands facial aesthetics will make it their life’s mission to provide you with natural-looking results.

Myth #3: Lip Fillers Are Permanent

Relax, lip fillers are not permanent. Remember when we said hyaluronic acid is the bee’s knees because it is dissolvable? Well, there you have it. Hyaluronic acid fillers are gradually absorbed by the body, and the effects of your lip injections typically last between 6 to 12 months.

Myth #4: Lip Fillers Can Only Make Lips Bigger

While increasing volume is a common request, lip fillers can do much more. They can be used to balance asymmetrical lips, define your lip edges, smooth out wrinkles around your mouth, and even lift the corners of your mouth. The versatility of lip fillers makes them a tool for both augmentation and correction, and we think that is fabulous.

Myth #5: Any Beauty Practitioner Can Administer Lip Fillers

No. Just no. This misconception can lead to undesirable results or even worse, complications. Administering lip fillers requires detailed anatomical knowledge and training.

Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that you always choose a licensed and certified professional who has extensive experience with fillers.

Myth #6: Lip Fillers Are Only for Women

If you have lips, you qualify for lip fillers.

Yes, while women predominantly seek lip fillers, men are increasingly interested in this treatment as well. Men often seek lip enhancement to correct disproportionate lips, improve symmetry, or subtly increase size.

Needless to say, the approach to lip fillers in men typically focuses on maintaining masculine features while achieving the desired aesthetic improvement.

Myth #7: Lip Fillers Stretch Out Your Skin

Some believe that once you start getting lip fillers, you must continue them forever because they stretch the skin.

Makes sense, however, since hyaluronic acid fillers are temporary and naturally dissolve within the body, when your filler wears off, your lips generally return to their original state.

Regular filler applications will not permanently stretch your lips UNLESS excessively large volumes are used repeatedly.

Myth #8: Recovery From Lip Fillers Takes A Long Time

Recovery from lip fillers is typically quick. While there may be some swelling or bruising immediately after your procedure, these side effects usually subside within a few days.


Many people can return to their normal activities on the same day as their treatment.

Myth #9: Lip Fillers Are Unsafe

As with any medical procedure, there are risks associated with lip fillers, but they are generally considered safe when performed by a qualified professional using quality products. Complications are rare and usually minor when they do occur.

Myth #10: Lip Fillers Are The Same As Lip Implants

While both procedures aim to enhance the lips, they are VERY different. Lip implants are a surgical procedure where synthetic materials are PERMANENTLY inserted to add volume to your lips. In contrast, lip fillers involve injections that TEMPORARILY increase your lip volume and can be adjusted or reversed if desired.

Ending It Off With A Smile

Lip fillers offer everyone who struggles with thin lips (genetically), thin lips (due to aging), asymmetrical, or those who want to enhance their lips’ appearance with a dynamic, quick, safe, easy, zero downtime solution.

Just remember the key to satisfactory results lies in moderation, professional expertise, and clear communication of your aesthetic goals.

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