Beginner’s Guide to Lip Filler

Fuller, well-defined lips have long been synonymous with beauty and youth – and thanks to advancements in cosmetic treatments, achieving that perfect pout is now within reach. Chernoff Cosmetic Surgery’s minimally invasive lip filler treatments offer volume, shape, and structure with every session. If you’re new to the procedure, welcome! Here’s Dr. Chernoff’s beginner’s guide to lip filler with everything you need to know about your next treatment. 

Understand Lip Fillers & How They Work

Lip fillers are made of hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally occurring substance in our bodies. This substance plays a pivotal role in retaining moisture in our bodies by working to keep the skin hydrated and plump, and when used as a filler, hyaluronic acid acts as a volumizer that enhances the lips by adding shape, structure, and volume.

There are two key advantages of lip fillers that make them a popular choice for many Chernoff Plastic Surgery patients. 



The beauty of hyaluronic acid-based fillers lies in their adaptability. Our providers can easily control the amount that they inject into the skin, which allows for a more customized approach, be it a subtle enhancement or a more dramatic transformation. 



While other facial enhancement techniques may require surgery, which could involve more permanent alterations, lip fillers can give you optimal results using non-invasive methods. This gives our patients an easier recovery period and the option to reverse treatments if desired. 

What to Expect from the Procedure

When prepping for your first lip filler appointment, it’s important to be well-informed about the process. Here’s a step-by-step guide on what to anticipate during a lip filler session:

  1. Consultation 

Before any procedure at Chernoff Plastic Surgery, you’ll meet with an expertly trained provider for a thorough consultation. This time allows our team to assess your candidacy for the procedure, answer your questions, and determine the best approach to meet your needs. 

  1. Injection

Using a fine needle, we’ll carefully inject the hyaluronic acid filler into targeted areas of the lips to determine the shape, symmetry, and volume of the final result. This step typically takes 15-20 minutes, depending on your desired outcome and individual needs.

  1. Massaging

Post-injection, we may gently massage the lips to distribute the filler evenly. Doing so can help us identify any minor inconsistencies and ensure that your filler gives you a smoother and more natural look overall. 

  1. Aftercare & Results

Once the procedure is complete, you might notice some swelling, redness, or slight bruising. This is entirely normal and should subside within a few days. Feel free to apply a cold compress to reduce the swelling, and be sure to follow all of your provider’s aftercare instructions for aftercare. 

The beauty of lip fillers is that the results are almost immediate. Within just a few days, your lips should appear fuller, more defined, and beautifully shaped than ever before. 

Beginner's Guide to Lip Filler

Lip Fillers FAQs

How long does lip filler last? 

You can typically expect the effects of hyaluronic acid-based fillers to last between 6 to 12 months. However, it is important to understand that the exact estimate can vary based on individual factors like metabolism, the specific type of filler used, and lifestyle habits. 

Because of these factors, we recommend scheduling periodic touch-ups to maintain your desired volume and shape for the long term. 


What side effects can I expect? 

It is common for patients to experience immediate side effects like swelling, redness, and tenderness at the injection site. These effects are typically mild and subside within a few days. 

It’s critical to your final results that you follow all aftercare instructions provided by the Chernoff Cosmetic Surgery team and report any prolonged or severe side effects. 


Am I a good candidate for lip fillers? 

Getting lip fillers can be a transformative procedure, but they’re not suitable for everyone. Determining if you’re an ideal candidate involves considering both your physical health and your aesthetic goals.

  • Aesthetic Goals: Ideal candidates are usually looking to enhance the volume, shape, or symmetry of their lips. Whether you’re looking for a subtle enhancement or a more pronounced change, it’s essential to have realistic expectations and communicate openly with your cosmetic professional.
  • Health Considerations: It is best to avoid getting lip fillers if you have any active skin infections, cold sores, or certain allergies. If you have a history of severe allergies, especially to lidocaine or other filler components, you should exercise caution and talk with Dr. Chernoff before moving forward.
  • Previous Procedures: If you’ve had any prior lip surgeries or treatments, be sure to discuss these with your practitioner, as they might influence the outcome or approach of the filler procedure.
  • Lifestyle and Medications: Some medications and supplements can increase the risk of bruising. It’s essential to provide a full medical history to Dr. Chernoff during your consultation.

Beginner's Guide to Lip Filler

Learn More About Lip Fillers at Chernoff Plastic Surgery 

Remember: cosmetic procedures like lip fillers require a blend of art and professional experience to provide you with a final result that not only adds volume but also complements your overall facial aesthetics. With over 20 years of experience and three board certifications, Dr. Chernoff is the most trusted cosmetic professional in Santa Rosa – and there’s no better provider for your lip filler treatment! 

Call our team to schedule your consultation and move forward with your lip filler procedure today!