For the past few years, one of the biggest trends in beauty has been full, plump lips. Adding volume to the lips smoothes out fine lines and wrinkles in the area and can help a person look more youthful.
Like any other cosmetic procedure, it’s important to do some research before you decide to get fillers in your lips. For starters, you’ll want to find a trained injector who has plenty of experience with fillers and who can help you throughout the process. It’s also important to understand what you’ll get from fillers and what your options are.
How Long do Lip Fillers Last?
The results from lip augmentation with fillers aren’t permanent. That said, it can be difficult to say exactly how long the fillers will last. The duration of the results can vary based on the type of injectable used. Also, your body’s response to the filler can also affect results. For example, people with faster metabolisms might notice their fillers wear off more quickly.
As a general rule, though, fillers typically last anywhere from six months to more than a year and a half. If you’re happy with the results, you can always repeat the treatment. Some people repeat the injections, but try out different fillers to see if they notice a difference in the results.
What Types of Fillers Are Available?
These days, injectable lip fillers are almost always made from hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid typically provides smooth, natural-looking results and minimizes the chance that the lips will end up overfilled or “duck-like.” Some hyaluronic acid fillers are formulated specifically for use in the lips.
Juvederm Volbella is one of these specially-designed fillers. It’s made from hyaluronic acid but contains a lower concentration than other fillers. The reduced concentration means that the filler is more likely to produce more natural-looking results.
Although Volbella is specially formulated for the lips, other HA fillers are also commonly used in lip augmentation. They include Juvederm Vollure, Restylane, and Juvederm Ultra. Your injector can discuss the pros and cons of each option with you and help you choose the one that’s right for you.
Who Shouldn’t Get Lip Fillers?
As with any cosmetic treatment, lip fillers aren’t for everyone. Your overall health can determine whether or not you’re a candidate for lip augmentation. If you have an active infection around the lip area, such as a cold sore, it’s usually a good idea to postpone getting fillers until after the infection has cleared up.
Lip fillers might not be a good option for pregnant women or for people with certain chronic conditions either.
What Happens After the Injection?
What can you expect after getting your fillers? Usually, results are visible immediately. It’s worth noting that your lips might look at a little overfilled at first. That’s perfectly natural and usually occurs as a result of swelling. After a few days or weeks, the swelling will diminish and you’ll have a better sense of your results.
Typically, lip augmentation with fillers only takes a few minutes. You won’t have to take time off from work or spend a lot of time resting up afterward. Usually, people are able to go back to their regular activities right treatment.
What Happens if You Hate the Results?
It happens: You think lip fillers are going to make you happy, but at the end of the day, you find that you really hate the results. If that is the case, you have two options.
You can wait for the fillers to dissipate on their own, which can happen within a few months to a year or so. Or, you can ask the injector to “reverse” the procedure. There’s an injectable that contains an enzyme that dissolves hyaluronic acid. If you really aren’t happy with your results, your injector can use it to get rid of the HA sooner rather than later.
The trained aestheticians at Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique in Houston, Texas, offer lip fillers using a variety of injectables. To learn more about the procedure and your options, call 281-810-9083 to schedule a consultation today.