Lip Fillers vs. Lip Injections: Understanding the Difference

The terms “lip fillers” and “lip injections” are often used interchangeably in casual conversation, but they can refer to slightly different treatments or aspects of cosmetic treatments aimed at enhancing lip volume and shape. Understanding the nuances between them can help clarify the options for those seeking lip augmentation.

What Are Lip Fillers?

Lip fillers are a cosmetic treatment designed to add volume, shape, and structure to the lips. The most commonly used lip fillers are based on hyaluronic acid (HA), a natural substance found in the body that helps retain moisture and adds volume. 

HA fillers are popular due to their effectiveness, relatively long-lasting results, and lower risk of complications. Other fillers, though less commonly used for the lips, can include collagen or fat injections, each with its own set of characteristics and duration of effect.

Benefits of Using HA Fillers for the Lips

  • Control Over Lip Volume: The amount of substance injected can be adjusted to meet the patient’s desired volume.
  • Gradual Pace of Treatment: Injections can be administered gradually over different sessions until the desired outcome is achieved.
  • Bumps Dissolve Easily: Any lumps and bumps created by the movement of the lips can be dissolved easily.
  • Less Bruising: There tends to be less swelling and bruising than other dermal fillers.
  • Lasting Results: Though not permanent, HA fillers can last from six months to a year before naturally breaking down.
  • Allergic Reactions Are Unlikely: Because HA is a substance naturally found in the body, allergic reactions are rare.

What Are Lip Injections?

The term “lip injections” can broadly refer to any treatment where a substance is injected into the lips to enhance their volume, shape, or both. This includes lip fillers, such as HA fillers, but can also encompass materials like Botox or fat transferred from another body part. In some contexts, “lip injections” might refer to the technique or process of injecting, rather than the material used.

Botox® for the Lips

While not a filler, Botox can be injected around the lips to relax muscles, subtly enhancing the lip border, or reducing wrinkles. It doesn’t add volume but can affect the lip’s appearance and dynamics. Patients seeking a more defined lip edge without increased fullness often consider this option.

Fat Transfer 

Fat transfer involves taking fat from another part of the body, purifying it, and then injecting it into the lips. It’s a more invasive procedure, but it can offer a more natural and long-lasting result than other fillers. This method is ideal for those looking for significant volume enhancement with the added benefit of utilizing natural body fat.

Choosing Between Lip Fillers and Lip Injections

When deciding between lip fillers and other lip injections, consider the desired outcome, the longevity of results, potential risks, and personal preferences for the type of material used. Consulting with a qualified professional specializing in cosmetic treatments can provide guidance tailored to individual needs and expectations. They can explain the differences in detail, offer advice based on your specific facial structure and aesthetic goals, and recommend the most appropriate treatment plan.

Which Lip Treatments Do We Provide?

If you’re exploring lip treatments, we provide several options from Revanesse®, JUVÉDERM®, and Restylane®. Brands like Revanesse and JUVÉDERM and products such as Restylane Kysse and Restylane Silk have established themselves as leading choices in the aesthetic industry. 

Revanesse Versa™

Revanesse Versa is a hyaluronic acid dermal filler designed to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles and creases, including those around the mouth and lips. Its unique selling point is the remarkably homogeneous filler. This means it’s processed in a way that ensures the particles are uniquely spherical and uniform, providing smooth, natural-looking results with less swelling compared to other fillers.

Revanesse Lips™

Specially formulated for lip augmentation, Revanesse Lips enhances the volume, shape, and texture of the lips, providing a natural look and feel. This product is for those seeking precise lip contouring and volumization, offering a balanced and symmetrical look tailored to your desired aesthetic.


JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA is part of the JUVÉDERM family of fillers, known for its smooth, gel-like consistency. VOLBELLA is specifically designed for lip augmentation and correcting perioral lines (often called “lipstick lines” around the mouth). Its Vycross® technology allows for a softer, more natural feel, making it an excellent choice for subtle enhancements and smoothing fine lines.


JUVÉDERM Ultra offers a slightly thicker formulation than VOLBELLA, making it suitable for adding more volume to the lips and addressing deeper creases around the mouth. It’s designed for those who desire a more pronounced plumpness while achieving a natural-looking result.

Restylane Kysse

Restylane Kysse is a part of the Restylane family, which uses XpresHAn Technology™ to create a flexible gel that integrates into the tissue smoothly. Kysse enhances lip volume and color while maintaining natural movement and expressions. It’s an excellent option for individuals seeking to achieve volume and improve lip texture.

Restylane Silk

Restylane Silk was the first filler specifically approved by the FDA for lip augmentation and smoothing wrinkles around the mouth. Its smaller, smoother hyaluronic acid particles are designed for precise lip shaping and line control, making it ideal for subtle enhancements and detailed shaping.

Achieve Your Perfect Pout With Lip Fillers in Cape May Court House & South Jersey, NJ

At South Jersey Aesthetics, we pride ourselves on offering a wide range of lip filler options for our patients in Cape May Court House and South Jersey, NJ. Whether you’re seeking a subtle enhancement or a more dramatic transformation, we are here to guide you through the process with precision and care. During your visit, we’ll discuss your desires, evaluate your lip anatomy, and recommend the best lip filler product to achieve your desired results. Contact us online or call (609) 846-5115 for a consultation with us.

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