What You Should Know About Lip Augmentation First Before Going Through It
The rise of ladies wanting to plump their lips with temporary lip fillers has skyrocketed.
13:08 03 February 2021
Thanks to celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, or many Instagram models, lip fillers are certainly not taboo nowadays, but getting them is still a big deal and there are many things to know before making the decision. This article will answer every possible question you might have about the topic. If you consider going under the knife or a needle, you need to do your research and know all the facts. Let’s dive into it!
What Are Lip Fillers Made Of?
Well, most professionals use Hyaluronic Acid (HA) or Collagen-based fillers that are injected into the lip in order to increase size and volume.
HA fillers don’t only plump your lips directly, but they also trap the water within the lips for a more natural look. The great thing about it is that hyaluronic acid is a substance found in your body anyway, so you won’t be injecting anything potentially dangerous. These fillers can improve your appearance by adding shape, volume, and structure to your lips. The effect usually lasts for six months and after that, you will need more injections to keep the volume.
There are several hyaluronic acid fillers out there and many of them may seem quite similar to a beginner. So, how can you choose the best product for yourself? In a world of lip fillers, the biggest dilemma is often Juvéderm vs Restylane, so let’s try exploring these two options. Both products contain hyaluronic acid, but each has a different job. Restylane is used for lip augmentation and lip lines, so it’s great if you want to get rid of wrinkles and fine lines around the mouth while changing the shape of your lips. Juvederm gives more volume to the lips and reduces deep vertical lines above your top lip (smoker’s lines).
There are many benefits of HA fillers including:
- Better control over lip volume
- The injections can be given gradually until the results are achieved
- Bumps dissolve easily
- Less bruising
- Long-lasting results, but not permanent
- Allergic reactions are unlikely
A collagen is also a trendy option when it comes to lip fillers, and it is considered to be the industry leader in lip augmentation. Collagen injections are non-surgical procedures that can add volume to your lips and the effect can last for months.
The procedure lasts about 10 minutes and it doesn’t require general anesthesia because the discomfort is minimal. Collagen fillers are also not permanent because the body metabolizes collagen eventually.
What Can You Expect During The Procedure?
Most injectable lip augmentations are performed very quickly at your doctor’s office. The only exception is fat injections because the procedure requires liposuction of a small area of your body to remove the fat.
A local or topical numbing agent will be applied before the injections, to ease discomfort. Sometimes your doctor will decide to go with a nerve block injection instead, to completely numb the lips. This injection is similar to the anesthetic you get at the dentist. Experts recommend holding ice to the lips before the procedure to help numb the area and prevent swelling and bruising.
The areas to be injected will be carefully marked, and the doctor will use very fine needles to inject the substance you choose. Make sure you put ice on your lips after the injection but don’t press it firmly. This will control swelling and ease any discomfort. Avoid using lipstick or other lip products immediately after the procedure. You will feel the difference right away, but it may take a few days for your lips to heal, so they can feel completely natural.
How Much Does It Cost?
The price varies depending on the type of procedure, how much material is required, doctor’s experience, and the area you live in. Total costs are usually between $500 and $2000. You should know that most health insurance plans don’t cover cosmetic surgery or even the complications associated with it, so make sure you plan your budget ahead.
Finding A Right Doctor
Several specialists can perform lip augmentation, including dermatologists, plastic surgeons, and cosmetic facial surgeons. Make sure you find a qualified and experienced doctor whom you trust because these procedures can pose some risks. When you are making a decision, ask about his/her education and training and check if they are members of the medical association. Also, looking at some before-after photos of patients can be a great idea. If you are not impressed with the results, consider a second option.
Now that you know everything about lip augmentation you can go into the process relaxed and stress-free. If you are still unsure about the product you need, please consult with a specialist. Whether you are trying to balance your facial proportions, look younger, or look stunning for an important event, make sure you do your research and find the best option for your needs