When you have lip injections done, your doctor injects a hyaluronic acid gel into your lips. This gel replaces fat and soft tissue that are lost due to the normal processes of aging, plumping up your lips in the process. For most people, their only exposure to these fillers is when they see images in tabloid magazines of celebrities with huge, overly-plumped lips; however, most peoples’ experiences with lip injections are a far cry from those photos. Before you schedule that appointment with your doctor for lip injections, here are a few things you should keep in mind.
There are options besides hyaluronic acid
Hyaluronic acid (Juvederm, Restylane, and similar) are the most popular and longest lasting options for lip injections. However, there are a few other options available to you, depending on your specific needs. You can choose to have collagen injected, however it requires you to have four weeks’ worth of allergy tests due to it being extracted from bovine hides. You can even have fat harvested from other parts of your body and injected into your lips, but due to your body reabsorbing the injected fat this tends to be a short-lived fix.
You can control how much is injected
When you choose a hyaluronic acid filler, you can choose how full you want your lips to be. This prevents the huge ‘duck lips’ that can result when too much is injected. During the procedure, you can see your lips and determine how much filler you would like them to contain.
It’s not ridiculously expensive
Most people think procedures like lip injections are as pricey as standard plastic surgery procedures. However, most lip injections in doctors’ offices cost roughly about $600. Keep in mind you get what you pay for; don’t cut corners when it comes to procedures performed on your face.
They are not considered surgery
Ever wonder why lip injections are simply done in a doctor’s office with a topical anesthetic? This is because they are not considered surgery due to the fact that fillers are injected and not implanted.
It does have risks
No medical procedure is without risks. Side effects of lip injections range from redness and bruising to lumps and asymmetrical features. This is why it is so important to choose a doctor whom you can trust to perform the procedure.