The once most commonly used collagen dermal fillers are being replaced today by hyaluronic acid fillers. Hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers are safer, with fewer serious side effects, and have longer-lasting effects. Injections of HA can improve the shape, structure, and volume or plumpness of the lips.
Which Fillers Give The Best Look?
There are many injectable filler products to choose from, making your decision depend on personal preference, aesthetic need, and safety. Some of the top brands being used for lip augmentation are Juvederm, Restylane, and Perlane.
No More “Trout Pout”: Get Fuller, Natural-Looking Lips
Unnatural-looking, oversized lips are a thing of the past. The newer generation of hyaluronic acid fillers support the tissues and shape of the natural lip. The benefits of using the HA fillers are:
Volume Control: The doctor has more control over the amount injected, therefore better control over final lip volume.
Gradual Treatment Method: Injections are not given all at once, but gradually until the desired results are achieved. HA fillers cause the lips to hydrate, and with additional water become plumper over time, this is why gradual treatments are preferred.
Unlikely Allergic Reaction: HA fillers are made from natural body substances, and are unlikely to cause allergic reactions. Hyaluronic acid fillers also cause less tissue distortion, making your lips look more naturally plump.
Bumps are Dissolved: If lumps or bumps are created during injection, the substances injected can be broken down and dissolved by massaging the lips, or injection of the enzyme hyaluronidase.
Minimal Bruising: Other dermal fillers can cause more swelling and bruising after injection.
Reasonable Length of Result: The effects are immediate and last months, yet are not permanent. Unlike permanent fillers, you will not be trapped with a look that you did not want, and you can increase volume with further injections.
What Happens During The Procedure?
After a thorough consultation and discussion with an experienced, licensed doctor of choice, a local anesthetic is used to numb the area of injection. Very fine needles are used when injecting HA products into the lips at strategic points marked. Ice may be given to control immediate swelling or any discomfort, and the difference in lip volume can be seen immediately.
Most Side Effects Are Minimal
Any side effects experienced following injections of hyaluronic acid fillers are usually minimal, and last only a few days. Some of the side effects that you may experience are:
- Injection site bleeding
- Temporary swelling
- Infection if the needles used are not sanitized, or if area of injection is not kept clean. It is recommended not to use makeup during the first days of injection-site healing.
- Tenderness and redness near injection site
- Lumps or bumps in the lips
- Allergic reaction to anesthetic used, or rare allergic reactions to the HA product injected
- Blood vessel injection happens rarely with an experienced injector, yet can lead to more serious scarring or stiffening of the lip, due to the blockage of blood flow.
- It is important to note that you are not a candidate for lip augmentation if you have an infection, diabetes, lupus, or blood clotting difficulty.
What Is The Cost Of Lip Enhancement Procedures?
The cost of lip augmentation will depend on various factors such as:
Doctor’s experience and fee of injection – You may pay more for a more experienced doctor, but the better the training, the better chance of getting the look that you wanted, with fewer complications.
Type of Procedure and Product Used – Most hyaluronic acid fillers are within the same price range, lasting approximately 6-8 months.
Amount of Product Used – Fillers are priced per syringe, and more than one may be used. It is also important to consider the cost of maintenance every 6-8 months, with additional injections.
Total costs commonly range between $500-$2,000 dollars, depending on the above factors, and which location (state) you are receiving injections. It is also important to know that filler injections are not usually covered by most health insurance plans.