Lip Injections (Lip Fillers)
Lip injections (also known as lip fillers) can be used to plump up, define and soften the lips. The procedure is relatively quick with minor and rare complications. Whilst the results are temporary, there are products and materials which last longer than others and those that are more effective at achieving luscious full lips.
Frequently Asked Questions
Types of Lip Injections
There are a number of varieties of injectables which can be used as lip fillers. Some are synthetic whilst others are extracted directly from your body. Popular lip fillers include:
- Fat Injections – fat can be extracted from other parts of your body and injected into your lips. There is a low risk of rejection since it’s your own body’s material.
- Collagen Injections –collagen is the main protein found in connective tissue and helps to maintain the skin’s youthfulness. Unfortunately, as we age this protein breaks down, causing wrinkles. The injections help to replace your body’s natural collagen. Collagen lip fillers can contain either human collagen, cow collagen (bovine) or a hybrid which contains synthetic materials as well. There is a higher risk of rejection with bovine injections.
- Dermalogen – made from collagen taken from your skin and converted into a high concentration collagen. This formula is injected into your lips and can last longer than normal collagen injections.
- Radiance – this is a synthetic injectable made of bone (calcium hydroxyapatite) suspended in a gel. This procedure is painful for a few minutes after injection; however the results can last for over two years.
- Restylane – another synthetic injection which can last for approximately six months. It’s made from a clear gel that is not derived from animals. The gel is very similar to hyaluronic acid, which naturally occurs in the body.
- Juvederm – similar to Restylane also includes hyaluronic acid, but is a little easier to inject.
Lip Injections Procedure
To reduce the likelihood of an allergic reaction, some lip fillers may require a skin test prior to your first treatment. The injections are usually administered without anaesthetic. However, some products may already contain a local anaesthetic.
The doctor will measure how much filler is required and pencil out the sites of injection (usually at the skin depressions). You may need several injections. Once the sites are marked, the doctor injects tiny needles of the filler into the marked points on the lips, beneath the skin.
After the treatment, lip fillers can make the injected area feel swollen, tender and itchy. You may also have some redness. These side effects usually subside within 3 days but can last for a week.
Lip Injections Risks
Apart from side effects such as swelling, itching and redness, there are other risks and complications which can arise as a result of lip fillers, including:
- Discoloration – this is reversible
- Firmness, bumps and bruising – these usually settle within a week.
- Overfilling – which can be unsightly
- Overaggressive Injections – lumpiness and uneven texture are often the result. Too little can lead to ridges in the lips.
- Uneven lips
- Allergic reaction
- If you are allergic to local anaesthetic then lip injections may not be a wise option.
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