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What Should You Know About Lip Injections and Fillers?

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December 01, 2021 | Botox and Lip Fillers, Medical Spa Info & Tips
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Do you want fuller lips? Liners, lipsticks, and glosses won’t provide a permanent, or dramatic, change. But lip injections and fillers will. If you want to plump your pout, take a look at what you need to know before getting lip augmentation.

Are All Lip Fillers the Same?

While lip injections all augment the area and create a fuller look, fillers aren’t all the same. Many lip injections are hyaluronic acid-containing fillers. This type of filler can plump the skin and is used for a few different purposes. Along with lip augmentation, hyaluronic fillers can also help to smooth wrinkles, face folds, and fine lines in the eye, mouth, or mid-face areas.

Hyaluronic fillers are available under several different brand names. Talk to your cosmetic medical provider about the types of fillers for lip augmentations, the benefits,
and the potential risks before you choose one. Even though hyaluronic fillers are common and popular, these aren’t the only options. Collagen, Poly-L-lactic acid, and
Polyalkylimide can also plump thin lips.

Are Lip Fillers Permanent?

Injectables will last longer than lip-plumping beauty products or lipsticks and glosses that give the illusion of fuller lips. But lip fillers are not permanent. Over time, the body absorbs hyaluronic acid fillers. This means you will eventually need another injection.

If you aren’t completely satisfied with the look of your first injection, you can ask the doctor to make a change the next time around. Fillers can last anywhere from three months to a year or more, depending on the type, brand, use, and your body.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, hyaluronic acid gel fillers can last up to 12 months. Collagen fillers may last for two to three months. Poly-L-lactic acid has a longer lifespan of one to three years.

Even though your lips may thin over time, hyaluronic acid fillers can help the body to make more collagen. Collagen plumps the lips naturally. The more collagen your body can produce, the fuller your lips will become. While filler-related collagen stimulation won’t create the same look as a fresh injection, it can extend the time you need in between treatments.

Are Lip Fillers Popular?

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), in 2020 doctors and cosmetic providers performed 2,619,650 hyaluronic acid injection procedures. These include all brands of the filler and all types of uses (including lip injections and wrinkle, fine line, and other similar treatments).

The ASPS’s statistics also include more than 134,000 polylactic acid filler procedures in 2020. Injectable fillers are much more popular than the surgical option. In 2020, there were only 34,236 surgical lip augmentations, according to the ASPS’s report.

What Results Can You Expect?

Are you not happy with the shape and fullness of your mouth? Instead, do you like the look of a pop star, actor, or other star? Before you print out pictures of celebrity pouts to bring into the doctor’s office, consider what you really want and learn more about the results you can expect.

While you can use a picture of someone else for reference, your results may not end up like theirs. Your face shape and fullness (and other facial features) will impact the look of your new, plumper lips.

Talk to your doctor about what you can expect from each type of filler, how your face shape and features will look with different degrees of lip fullness, and the ways to achieve a natural level of plumpness that is also noticeable.

Is Lip Augmentation Painful?

Again, lip fillers are a non-surgical way to achieve a plump pout. Even though you won’t need incisions or stitches, you may find the injections uncomfortable. The doctor can minimize this discomfort with a topical anesthetic. Some people may need an additional anesthetic injection in the lip area to reduce sensation during the procedure. You shouldn’t feel pain during the filler injections after the anesthetic takes effect.

Will Fillers Provide Immediate Pout Plumpness?

You won’t need to wait to see noticeable results from a hyaluronic acid lip filler augmentation treatment. This procedure provides immediate results. But the injections can cause some swelling and redness or red spots at the injection sites. The swollen look you notice after the treatment isn’t the end result. Initial swelling should subside, leaving you with full but not dramatically swollen lips.

Is There a Recovery Time?

This non-surgical procedure won’t require significant downtime after the treatment. Even though the doctor will give you a topical numbing agent, you won’t need general sedation or anesthesia. Without general anesthesia, you can drive yourself home from the procedure and return to your day. If you have concerns about discomfort after the treatment, ask a friend or family member to drive you to your appointment.

Along with swelling and redness, you may have some bruising. You may also have some difficulty smiling or moving your mouth in certain ways after the treatment.

Your doctor will provide you with post-treatment directions. Follow these exactly to decrease healing time and post-treatment risks.

Are you ready to change your look with lip injections? Contact Capitis Medical & Aesthetics for more information.

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