What Are Lip Fillers? Here's Everything You Need To Know
January 8, 2016
Lip fillers are two words we all heard time and time again in 2015. When I think of lip fillers I automatically picture Kylie Jenner’s famous pout in my head. Thanks to Kylie and other celebrities, the entire world became obsessed with having full lips. There’s no shame in wanting fuller lips, but people are very quick to judge those who choose to change their bodies in any way. In case you are interested in getting lip fillers or just want to know what they are, keep on reading.
Temporary lip fillers are extremely popular and are exactly what Kylie Jenner finally admitted to getting in an episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians. If you aren’t fully committed to lip implants, which can last years, lip injections last about six to nine months and the process needs to be repeated to maintain the look.
There are many different types of fillers, but the two most common ones are collagen and hyaluronic acid fillers. However, collagen isn’t used as much these days because the other ways are “safer and last longer” according to WebMD. The most popular hyaluronic acid fillers are called Restylane and Juvederm. These types of fillers are basically like a sugar gel that the body breaks down.
The benefits of using hyaluronic acid fillers are the fact they are predictable and feel soft to the touch. Plus, if there’s an issue when injected (like a lump) there is a medication that actually dissolves the material. That is kind of comforting to know if you’re thinking about going through with this procedure!
While lip fillers are overall considered safe, it’s the injection process that poses the most risk. If you go to an inexperienced doctor, they may be using an improper injection technique and that can cause problems. The most common side effects of lip injections are bruising, swelling, redness, tenderness and bleeding from the injection site. You can also experience lumps or parts of your lips not being the same size, and some people may have allergic reactions.
For the actual procedure, a topical numbing agent is usually applied to ease any discomfort. After all, a needle is going into your lips. After the injections, you should be able to see results right away. Most people require one to two syringes, which vary in cost depending on where you live, but you can expect to shell out upwards of $500. Also, it’s important to note that most insurance companies do not cover cosmetic procedures.
The good thing about lip fillers is that they are temporary and once the filler is absorbed into your body, your lips will go back to normal. The only thing you have to commit to is getting your lips injected every six to nine months…and spending a decent amount of money each time.
If you’re considering lip fillers, be sure to do your research and go to a reputable doctor who knows what they are doing.