Fillers for Lips: What You Should Know
More patients are asking about lip injections with dermal fillers like JUVÉDERM® at my Fort Worth practice than ever before, and I’m not the only doctor to notice the trend. The treatment continues to grow in popularity every year as patients get inspired by celebrity results and feel empowered to give cosmetic procedures a try.
Dermal fillers as a whole are giving patients less invasive ways to contour their features without the need to commit long term—and lip injections are a great example. If you’re considering the med spa procedure yourself, here is some helpful information about how the treatment works, what the experience is really like, and what you should know before you book an appointment.
How Lip Fillers Work
Injectable lip augmentation involves the injection of a dermal filler into or around the lips to create a fuller appearance. These fillers are often made of hyaluronic acid (HA), a hydrating substance found naturally in the body. It works to provide volume under the skin and deliver an added shine to the treated area.
Several formulations of fillers exist, and 2 of the most popular options used in the lips are JUVÉDERM and Restylane®. Different products tend to work best for different purposes and your doctor can help you choose the right option for your specific goals.
What to Expect
During your appointment, you’ll receive a series of injections delivered through a fine needle or microcannula. Any discomfort is typically managed by lidocaine, a numbing agent often incorporated into the filler itself. You’ll be able to see a change right away, though your lips may appear overfilled and slightly red due to typical swelling. This should subside within a day or 2, at which point your results will start taking shape.
Lip fillers typically last a year or less since the lips experience quite a bit of movement, which causes the product to break down at a faster rate. To maintain your results, touch-up appointments every few months will likely be necessary.
What You Should Know
A few other considerations to keep in mind as you move forward with the lip filler process:
- Start small. If you aren’t sure exactly how much volume you would like to add your lips, starting with less will allow you to add more if needed and give your lips time to adjust to the new shape.
- Communication is important. Being honest about your goals and concerns helps us make sure you get the best possible results.
- HA fillers are reversible. If you want to change your results, we can inject a dissolving agent at any time. It may take up to 2 days to work completely.
- Expertise is key. Getting lip injections from an unqualified injector increases your risk of infection, bruising, and other complications. As a board-certified plastic surgeon, I oversee an injection team that has the experience and anatomical knowledge necessary to deliver injections in a safe and effective manner.
If you would like to learn more about lip injections at our Fort Worth practice, contact us online or call (817) 228-4315 to request a consultation.