How Much Does Lip Filler Cost?

Last Updated on May 19, 2024
Written by CPA Alec Pow | Content Reviewed by Certified CFA CFA Alexander Popinker

With their plumping, enhancing, and rejuvenating effects, lip fillers have become an increasingly popular cosmetic treatment for achieving fuller, smoother, more youthful-looking lips. But just how much does it cost to get lip injections?

The price for lip fillers can range quite widely based on your location, provider qualifications, the type and amount of filler used, and other factors. Typically, the total cost falls between $400 to $2,000 per treatment session.


  • The total cost per treatment session runs approximately $400 to $2,000+ on average.
  • The geographic location of the provider, expertise, specific filler brand, volume, and office ambiance all impact price.
  • Bruising, swelling, and tenderness are common but temporary side effects.
  • Natural-looking results may last 4-12 months before requiring maintenance touch-ups.
  • Thorough vetting helps identify reputable injectors who prioritize safety and beautiful outcomes.

How Much Does Lip Filler Cost?

The complete costs associated with getting lip injections include:

  • Lip filler product – The hyaluronic acid filler itself ranges from $300 to $800+ per 1 mL syringe. Most patients require 1-2 syringes to achieve their desired look. Syringe price varies based on brand quality and composition.
  • Provider’s fees – The injector’s charges range from $200 to $500+ per treatment session depending on experience and demand. Board-certified dermatologists and plastic surgeons often charge higher prices than other qualified injectors.
  • Anesthesia – Topical numbing cream typically costs $25 to $100 per treatment. Injected nerve block anesthesia is more expensive at $150-$300 but provides deeper numbness.
  • Follow-up touch-up appointments – Usually included free of charge in the initial cost if done within 2 weeks, but later touch-ups to maintain results are an additional cost.
  • Office facility fees – Some practices charge fees for disposable supplies, equipment sterilization, bed usage, and staffing.

The total for a complete initial lip filler procedure session runs $400 to $2,000+, occasionally more depending on all the factors outlined below.

Bridgetown Aesthetics reports that the average cost of lip fillers ranges between $400 and $2,000, depending on the particular filler and treatment used to meet individual needs.

Pure Skin Laser Center states that lip injection prices typically range from $500 to $2,000 per session.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons mentions that the average cost of hyaluronic acid dermal fillers is $794, while the average cost of non-hyaluronic acid dermal fillers is $1,039. The average cost of lip fillers is not explicitly mentioned in this source.

Metropolis Skin Clinic reports that the total lip filler costs, on average, range between $500 and $1,500. Different types of lip fillers have varying prices.

Dr. Trenkle suggests that on average, most people can expect to pay between $500 and $1,000 for every treatment appointment.

Factors That Impact the Price of Lip Fillers

Several key factors affect the total cost of lip injections:

  • Geographic location – Bigger metropolitan areas like Los Angeles, New York City, Miami, and Las Vegas generally have higher prices across the board for lip fillers given their higher costs of living and demand. Smaller towns and rural areas tend to have lower pricing.
  • Experience and reputation of the provider – Board-certified dermatologists and plastic surgeons with years of specialty experience and excellent results often charge more than entry-level injectors. However, their specialized skills and artistic eye may be worth the investment.
  • Type and specific brand of filler – Advanced hyaluronic acid fillers like Juvederm Volbella and Restylane Silk designed for lips and fine lines cost more than basic fillers like Juvederm Ultra. Brands with proven safety records warrant their higher price points.
  • Volume or amount of filler used – The more syringes needed for your individual lip enhancement goals, the higher your total cost will be. The typical range is 1-2 syringes per session.
  • Office environment and ambience – Providers in upscale, luxurious office settings usually charge higher prices compared to more basic, clinical settings. The overhead is higher.
  • Duration of results – More expensive, premium lip fillers that last up to 1 year or longer before absorption have a higher upfront cost but may save money over the long run compared to cheaper fillers requiring touch-ups every 3-6 months.

Lip Filler Procedure: What to Expect

The basic process for getting lip fillers involves:

  • An initial free consultation to thoroughly discuss your cosmetic goals, and options, and develop an individualized lip enhancement treatment plan.
  • Taking photographs and measurements of your lips from multiple angles to assess facial harmony and design a treatment strategy.
  • Applying a topical numbing cream or injected nerve block for anesthesia to maximize your comfort during the injections. This takes 15-30 minutes to take effect.
  • The provider precisely injecting small amounts of filler into targeted areas of your lips and surrounding mouth area. Injection takes 15-30 minutes.
  • Massaging and shaping the smooth distribution of filler for even, natural-looking results and symmetry.
  • A follow-up visit 2-4 weeks later to check your results so far, take new photographs and make any necessary touch-ups or adjustments.

Temporary side effects like swelling, bruising, redness, and tenderness are common after lip fillers but subside within 7-14 days as you heal. See your final results fully at the 2-week mark once the swelling dissipates.

You might also like our articles on the cost of inner lip tattoos, lip lifts, or facelift procedures.

Side Effects and Longevity Factors

As with any cosmetic procedure, potential side effects and risks exist:

  • Mild to moderate swelling, bruising, pain, and redness that lasts up to 1 week after injections before subsiding. Using cold compresses helps.
  • Uneven lip results, asymmetry or wrinkles around the lip. Skillful providers can often correct this at the touch-up visit through additional strategic injections.
  • Granulomas – a rare localized allergic reaction that forms hard, visible nodules under the skin. Hyaluronidase injections can dissolve and treat them.
  • Vascular compromise from compression or filler migration can cause tissue death but is extremely rare with reputable providers.

When properly injected by an expert, high-quality lip fillers integrated into the right injection planes can last beautifully for anywhere from 4 months up to 1 year for premium fillers before being naturally absorbed and metabolized by the body.

Maintenance touch-up visits every 6-12 months are advised to maintain your preferred plumpness and contour. Touch-ups utilize less filler as a top-up, reducing costs.

Tips for Selecting the Right Provider

Choosing an experienced, reputable specialist is key to achieving gorgeous, youthful, natural-looking results from your lip filler procedure. Be sure to:

  • Verify medical credentials like board certification, medical license, hospital affiliations, and specialty training. No “bargain” injectors.
  • Look at before and after photos in their portfolio to evaluate their personal aesthetic style, technique, and actual client outcomes.
  • Read online reviews highlighting satisfaction, quality of service, professionalism, bedside manner, and overall patient experience.
  • Ask how many years they’ve performed lip filler injectors specifically and the number of monthly procedures they conduct. Look for extensive expertise.
  • Make sure they use only FDA-approved dermal fillers from reputable brands like Juvederm and Restylane family.

Getting multiple quotes from different practices can help you compare pricing. However, choose your provider based on more than just price alone. Your safety and desired results are priceless.

Planning Ahead for Ongoing Lip Filler Maintenance

Lip Filler Before and AfterSince lip filler injections are not permanent, you’ll need periodic maintenance touch-ups every 6-12 months once your initial results absorb over time. Plan for this recurring expense. Maintenance sessions utilize less filler as a top-up, making them quicker and more affordable than the original treatment.

Regularly maintaining your lips prevents losing your coveted filler results.

Payment and Financing Options

If the total cost seems too high, many practices offer financing and budget-friendly options:

  • Extended payment plans over 6-12 months through the provider
  • Credit cards with intro 0% financing offers
  • Third-party medical financing companies like CareCredit
  • Specials and discounts for combo treatments
  • Rewards for referrals and loyalty programs
  • Negotiating package pricing for multiple syringes

Discuss payment solutions ahead of time so you can smoothly afford this beneficial aesthetic investment. Payment should never be an obstacle to enhancing your natural beauty.

Final Words

With proper planning and budgeting, expertly injected lip fillers administered by an outstanding provider represent a worthwhile investment into your self-confidence and appearance. Focus your decision more on quality than the lowest price.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does injectable lip filler treatment last?

With a quality hyaluronic acid filler product precisely injected into the right tissue planes, beautiful lip filler results often last anywhere from 6 months to 1 year for many patients.

However, your natural lip shape and structure, rate of filler absorption by the body, and amount of filler used impact individual longevity. Most providers recommend maintenance touch-up appointments within 9-12 months to sustain your desired look.

How much is 0.5 ml of lip filler?

One half-milliliter syringe of a standard or basic lip filler product typically costs $150 to $300+ per syringe depending on the brand. More advanced hyaluronic acid fillers specialized for lips and fine lines like Restylane Silk or Juvederm Volbella run closer to $300 to $500+ for a half syringe.

Multi-syringe discounts at some practices may bring the per-syringe cost down.

Can you feel lip filler when kissing?

No, a smooth, even result is the goal. Properly and precisely injected lip filler should not leave any palpable nodules, uneven texture, or bumps that are visible or able to be felt by the patient or their partner.

Your enhanced lips should look and feel natural, undetectable, yet beautifully volumized. Any firmness or irregularities likely indicate a suboptimal injection technique requiring correction.

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