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Are Dermal Fillers Safe For Lips?

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In most cases, the dermal fillers used for lip enhancement treatments are quite safe. Most are primarily composed of hyaluronic acid, which is naturally produced by the body and can thus be safely reabsorbed—this of course also means that the benefits of a dermal filler treatment for the lips will be temporary, typically lasting anywhere from six months to one year depending on the type used and the patient’s unique anatomy and goals.

It’s safe to say that having fuller, plump lips is an attractive trait for many people, as it conveys health and youthfulness. If your lips are thin due to your genetic makeup or simply as a result of the natural aging process (the lips do get thinner over time—what you were born with won’t always be what you have), dermal fillers are a popular and remarkably safe way to enhance them. Both natural and synthetic fillers can be used, such as Restylane, Juvederm or lipoinjection (fat transfers). Thousands of Canadians have had satisfying lip enhancement treatments with these kinds of cosmetic options.

Things to Consider Before Having Lip Enhancement Through Dermal Fillers

It’s worth noting that the recovery time for most lip enhancements using dermal fillers is remarkably fast—usually only requiring one day of recovery, during which time the lips may be puffy from the injection entry point. However, lip enhancement with dermal fillers is not a permanent alteration to your appearance—typically only lasting six to twelve months. Of course, patients may choose to simply have the treatment performed again when the effects begin to wear off, though some patients like the new look of fuller, plumper lips that they choose to have lip implants, though this is significantly less common than the use of fillers and implants are very difficult to remove.

While lip enhancement through dermal fillers is generally very safe, patients should be aware that an asymmetrical appearance of the lips is possible (one side may be more full or plump than the other). In these cases, another treatment is typically administered to smooth and even out the appearance of the lips.

Formulating a Treatment Plan for Lip Enhancement

When you meet with your plastic surgeon or medical professional trained in the use of dermal filler application, you’ll be able to ask all of the questions that you may have. Additionally, you can find out which kind of dermal filler will likely be best for your unique anatomy and aesthetic goals for your lips, and how long you can typically expect the treatment to last. At this point, you may wish to consider a regular treatment plan for your lips to maintain their fuller appearance. Visits every six months or once yearly may be necessary or desirable depending if you wanted to maintain your fuller lips.

What Happens During an Appointment?

While you will receive the specific instructions necessary for you during your initial consultation, you’ll more than likely not have to undergo any form of special preparation for the treatment. This isn’t like surgery where you have to fast or stop smoking prior to treatment.

The specialist you’re working with will prepare your lips, which only takes a few minutes. He or she may use a topical numbing cream to reduce discomfort during the injections. At this time, the injections will begin to add the desired amount of volume to your lips. In most cases, this will take under one hour and the swelling should subside in a day or so, leaving you with fuller, plumper lips to enjoy.

An experienced injector will be able to enhance the volume and projection of your lips while maintaining a natural appearance. The “Duck Lip” has never been a good look and is a sign of a botched experience. Please ensure that your specialist has adequate experience with injecting lips prior to trusting them with your face.