Lip augmentation is a cosmetic procedure that can give you fuller, plumper lips. An injectable dermal filler is the most commonly used method of lip augmentation.

There are many types of dermal fillers that can be injected in your lips and around your mouth, but the most common fillers today are products that contain substances similar to hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in the body that helps increase volume in your lips. These types of dermal fillers are sometimes called “hyaluronic acid fillers.”

Uses of Hyaluronic Acid Fillers

Hyaluronic acid fillers can improve the appearance of your lips by adding:

  • Shape
  • Structure
  • Volume

The effects typically last six months. After that, more injections are needed to keep the volume of your lips. There are several hyaluronic acid fillers on the market:

  • Restylane, Restylane-L, Restylane Silk
  • Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Ultra Plus
  • Belotero Balance
  • HylaForm
  • Elevess
  • Prevelle Silk
  • Captique

All of these products are injected the same way and give you similar results – and some contain lidocaine, a local anaesthetic.

Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid Fillers

Once injected the gel in the filler supports and shapes the tissues of the lips. The benefits of using hyaluronic acid fillers include:

Control over lip volume –  The amount of substance injected can be controlled, so the doctor has better control over how much lip volume is created.

Gradual pace of treatment –  The injections can be given gradually during different appointments until the desired results are achieved.

Bumps dissolve easily –  Any lumps and bumps created by movement of the lips can be dissolved easily.

Less bruising –  There may be less bruising and swelling compared to other dermal fillers.

Reasonably lasting results – The results are reasonably long-lasting, but not permanent.

Allergic reaction unlikely – Because hyaluronic acid fillers are made from substances similar to those found in the body, they are unlikely to cause an allergic reaction. But if you are allergic to lidocaine, tell your doctor or specialist nurse before being treated.

If you have ever had a cold sore (oral herpes) any time in the past, you should tell the specialist before undergoing the procedure. If you have any known allergies or are allergic to lidocaine, tell your specialist before undergoing the procedure. Also, make sure to mention about any medications you are taking, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs and herbal supplements.

Finding the Right Doctor or Specialist Nurse

There are several specialists who can perform lip augmentation, including:

  • Plastic surgeons
  • Dermatologists
  • Cosmetic facial surgeons
  • Specialists Nurses

The most important thing is to find a specialist who is qualified and experienced in giving injections and one whom you trust. Don’t go to just anyone. Lip augmentation poses real risks, especially if the person giving the injection is inexperienced.

Only a qualified professional will be able to perform the procedure safely & successfully – and only a professional will be able to give you the correct advice for pre and post procedure.


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