Lip fillers are one way to create the temporary appearance of fuller lips. Several fillers are specially formulated for the enhancement of lips. They vary by the type of enhancement they offer and their longevity.
Before scheduling a lip-filler appointment, consider your desired outcome. Do you want to have fuller lips or a more defined lip line? Maybe vertical lines around your mouth are your reason for seeking lip fillers.
Before you can know whether a filler is right for you, it’s important to understand the choices available. Most fillers are made of hyaluronic acid. This injectable gel retains moisture in the skin and adds volume. Several different brands of hyaluronic acid fillers are available. The time between touchups varies with the specific filler. Since hyaluronic acid stimulates collagen production, some patients report repeat procedures have increased their time between touchups.
Because hyaluronic acid is made from a molecule found in the skin, allergic reactions are rare. Small lumps can happen if hyaluronic acid’s not injected deep enough, but are easily dissolved. Rarely, injectables can block a small blood vessel. Fortunately, this complication becomes apparent immediately and is easily remedied.
Your doctor may apply a numbing cream to your lips. Depending on the filler, you could be given a skin test to rule out allergies. Should you react, you’ll be offered a different filler.