Why Lip Fillers?
Fuller, plumper lips are popular right now. However, over time, collagen production slows down and our lips begin to lose their fullness. Lip augmentations can restore volume in the lips, creating younger looking lips that have more shape, structure, and plumpness.
Lip Fillers in The Past
Traditionally, lip implants and fat injections were used to enhance the lips. These procedures were costly and risky. Today, most lip augmentations are achieved through lip fillers – dermal fillers that contain hyaluronic acid or similar ingredients. Hyaluronic acid increases the volume in the lips naturally.
Many of the dermal fillers available on the market for wrinkle reduction can also be used for lip augmentation.
The most common fillers used for the lips are:
• Restylane, Restylane-L, Restylane Silk – Restylane is made specifically for the lips, as it contains smaller particles than other fillers.
• Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Ultra XC – Juvederm is designed for thinner skin, particularly around the nose and mouth, and can be used to enhance the lips.
• Juvederm Voluma XC – This type of Juvederm lasts a little longer and includes lidocaine, which helps with the pain associated with injections.
Perlane – Perlance is made by the same manufacturer as Restylane and is the thicker of the two. It is used for more pronounced results. Some people find that it is longer lasting than Restylane.
What Type of Lip Filler Is Right For Me?
The type of filler right for you depends on the amount of plump you are looking for along with your physician’s preferences. Though they’re all very similar, each offers slightly different benefits. Some offer smoother results, some are thicker than others, and some add definition. Differences include their concentrations, gel hardness, and cohesiveness.
Benefits of Lip Fillers
Your physician has complete control over the amount of substance injected, so your lips can be as subtle or dramatic as you would like, and you can also gradually build up to your desired results. Any lumps or bumps created by movement will dissolve easily and there is less bruising and swelling associated with hyaluronic acid. And because hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance, the risk of an allergic reaction is minimal.
Risks With Lip Fillers
Side effects associated with lip fillers are rare, but can include prolonged swelling or bruising, lip asymmetry, lumps or irregularities, infection, ulceration, or stiffening of the lip. Hyaluronic acid poses minimal risks, and results are long lasting but ultimately temporary – so if you are unhappy with your lips, the filler will eventually fade.
Costs of Lip Fillers
The cost of lip fillers depends on the amount of filler you require, and can range from $500-$1,500. Results from lip augmentation last approximately 6 months to one year.
If you’re unhappy with the shape or size of your lips due to age or genetics, lip fillers are a great way to enhance their volume. Many women use lip fillers to achieve a more youthful look.