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How To Avoid The Trout Pout When Getting Lip Fillers


The dream of luscious lips can quickly go south and end with the dreaded Trout Pout. It’s important to know exactly what to do when getting the fillers since it has a life span of up to 12 months and nobody wants a fish face that long.

Nearly 3.5 million people get soft tissue fillers each year. It’s the second-most requested minimally invasive procedure behind Botox. Whether you are a first-timer or a pro, there are steps you need to take to avoid Trout Pout.


There’s science behind how to make the most aesthetically pleasing lips possible. Different ethnic groups have different upper and lower lip sizes, so there isn’t a “one filler fixes all” solution. Trout Pout happens when the upper lip is overfilled and doesn’t fit that ideal ratio.


Before you focus on your lips, use your head. Ask the right questions and you’ll have a smile that looks fashionable instead of fishy.

  1. Is the injector certified? The American Academy of Facial Esthetics has strict guidelines for those who perform facial fillers. They need to be a doctor, physician’s assistant, nurse, or other medical professional before they can do cosmetic injections. Even dentists are jumping onboard the filler phenomenon.
  2. Have you seen their work? Ask for visual examples of the work they’ve done on other people. This will give you an idea of their experience on top of the training.
  3. Consider your specific features. Age, ethnicity, and genetics all play a role in the perfect limp plump. Everything from the size of your chin to the symmetry of your face to the natural plump of your lips plays a role. You can’t get an Angelina Jolie look if your natural features don’t mesh with them.
  4. Be clear and specific about what you want. Let the injector know exactly what you want. There’s a difference between plump, volume, and definition. Visuals are good to show and your specific desires should be honored. Do you want to focus on the lips themselves, or the borders of the lips? Do you want fullness or do you want to reduce the appearance of wrinkles around the lips?

Be sure to explain any medical conditions you have like diabetes, immune system disorders, boot clotting disorders, pregnancy, and breastfeeding can all impact whether you can get the injectable.

Don’t go overboard on your first injection

You can always add more later, but you can’t reduce what’s already been injected. It’s best to build up the perfect lips in a series of injections instead of going all-out on the first one. Make sure you tell your injector that you want to avoid Trout Pout.

These are soft tissue fillers and just 1 mg in a syringe is enough to give a subtle plump.

There will be swelling and possibly brushing in the first few days, increasing the lip look up to 30%, so don’t judge the appearance until a week or so after.

The Science of Trout Pout

Trout Pout happens when the injections are put in the wrong section of the vermilion borders of your mouth. Injections that go into the very edge of those borders are what cause the uplift in the lip that defines the Trout Pout.

Some celebrities rock the Trout Pout proudly, but that doesn’t mean it’s the best look for them or you.

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