Lip injections are a non-surgical procedure. They involve using biological or synthetic components to augment or enhance lips, creating a fuller and more appealing appearance to the mouth and entire face. These are safe procedures as long as they are being conducted by trained professionals.
To learn more about safe and effective lip injections, contact our office today.
Types of Lip Injection Products
While there are a number of products used, the most common are Restylane and Juvederm. What all lip injection products have in common is hyaluronic acid or a similar substance. Hyaluronic acid can be found in the human body, making it a natural solution. When used properly, it increases volume in the lips.
The once go-to collagen has taken a backseat to the newer, safer and more efficient options with effects that last longer. Implants and fat injections are also being used less as results vary and side effects are risky.
Among current products used on a regular basis for lip injections are:
- Belotero Balance
- Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Ultra Plus
- Prevelle Silk
- Restylane, Restylane-L, Restylane Silk
Some of these products contain lidocaine, a local anesthetic. Whichever product utilized, the procedure is the same and provides similar results.
Why Lip Injections?
Men and women alike want a set of fuller lips in order to create a facially enhanced appearance. Individuals with thin lips may hope to establish a more balanced look. Others desire n unique shape and volume, giving the lips a more youthful, refreshed visage. Another patient may be looking for that sexier edge that thick lips can provide.
Things to Keep in Mind
The idea of lip injections and fuller, more voluptuous lips is growing in appeal. They can help balance the face and give it a youthful beauty. But if you are considering lip injections, perform your due diligence and understand what the process entails.
Lip injections are applied via a small needle containing a solution recommended by the clinician. Taking a little under an hour to perform, this is a minimally invasive procedure with little downtime. This means you will be able to return to normal activity immediately after the injections. Lip injections are perfectly safe, but there can be minor stinging, discomfort or throbbing post-procedure. In some cases, the area may be numbed to minimize these affects.
If you are planning lip injections around a special event, it is advised you schedule your procedure well in advance. This is because injections can leave lips with a swollen appearance for up to five days. To be on the safe side, if you do want to look your best for a vacation or wedding, it is highly recommended you get treatment at least two weeks in advance.
If you get a cold sore, rash, or blemish right before an appointment, you will have to reschedule. These conditions risk aggravation from ingredients found in lip injection products.
One of the great things about lip injections to take into account is you are not trapped in the results. Many fillers are not permanent. If you are unhappy with the results, your clinician can use an enzyme that will dissolve the filler and reverse the look.
The biggest reservation most people have about lip injections are the potential complications they have read about, including tissue loss, stiffening, and allergic reactions. The only way to avoid side effects or the kind of overdone and unnatural result we see so often is to use a medical professional who is trained and familiar in all the latest aspects of lip injections.
What You Can Expect From the Procedure
As there can be discomfort, a local or topical numbing agent may be deployed. It is also not unusual to use a nerve blocking agent to completely numb the area. Once the treated area is prepared, the substance will be injected into the lips using fine needles. After, ice may be used to control swelling and ease any discomfort. No firm pressure should be put on the area. You will be asked to avoid any makeup products for one to two days, or until your doctor says it is okay.
If performed correctly, the effects of the injections will be noticeable right away. Once lips have healed, they should feel natural. You should keep an eye out for the rare disorder, including bleeding, bruising, and tenderness in the treated area.
If you are considering lip injections, contact our office today to learn more about your options and to schedule a consultation.