Lip fillers are all the rage, haven’t you heard? Of course you have, but you probably also have a ton of questions about the general experience of getting lip fillers. You may also be wondering about the difference between lip injections and lip implants, which is a common question we hear and a hot topic right now online. To help you better understand your options, continue reading for a quick breakdown of the basics of lip fillers, common curiosities and misconceptions about the treatment and what you can expect from the experience.
So what kind of filler are people injecting into their lips? Hyaluronic Acid! You may or may not have heard of this powerful natural substance, but hyaluronic acid is a common ingredient in countless skin care products including your everyday moisturizer, hydrating lip plumper or hydrating face mask. Aestheticians love hyaluronic acid because it’s naturally found in the dermis and has the phenomenal ability to hold up to 1000 times its molecular weight in water. When used as a dermal filler, hyaluronic acid is a safe choice to boost the volume and shape the structure of your lips. The bonus? Because hyaluronic acid is naturally found in the body, it will also naturally dissolve and be absorbed by the body over time. If you have any fears or discomforts about putting chemicals in your body, hyaluronic acid could be your new best friend.
Maybe you’re wondering, how much time is there in between treatments? Your mileage may vary on this one, but most people will enjoy the results of their lip fillers for anywhere from 4 to 12 months. It all depends on how fast your body metabolizes the filler and how many treatments you have done before. One of our clients found that over the course of several years, her body got more and more used to the treatment and the fillers would dissolve slower each time. The length of time filler lasts depends on the bonds inside the filler, as well as how often you use your lips for everyday things like talking and eating.
Often times people want their lips to look fuller, more even, to have a specific shape or they recognize that it’s trendy to have nice, plump lips. Perhaps you have a top lip that is slightly uneven or you aren’t in love with the proportions of your lips in comparison to the rest of your face. Lip fillers are a simple way to add to your look and increase your natural beauty so you can feel more confident in your everyday life.
We chatted with one of our clients about her experience getting lip fillers for the first time and what motivated her to get lip fillers. From her perspective, getting lip fillers wasn’t about becoming more attractive to someone else, but about making herself feel good in her own skin. “I did it to make me feel good, to make me feel confident not wearing makeup, meeting new people or being photographed,” she explained.
Trying something new can of course be scary, but that is no reason not to do it. “I was a little nervous because of the needle,” she recalled. “But the numbing cream helps a lot and all of the injectors are super knowledgeable and gentle. I did a lot of research to pick someone who had the right credentials, knew what they were doing and had good before and after photos. I had a positive experience all around.”
You know when you can’t tell whether or not a person has had work done, but they look undeniably amazing? Achieving that subtle but alluring look is one of the main goals a lot of people have when it comes to lip fillers. And it’s totally possible when you work with a qualified medical aesthetics professional.
You can choose from e a number of common dermal fillers for your lip filler treatment. From Restylane and Juvederm, to Belotero or Prevelle Silk, there are plenty of options to choose from. An experienced, trusted injector can walk you through your options. They will also do a thorough analysis of your proportions, assessing your face and finding the ideal look for you so that you can fall in love with your new lips. Your injector can also advise you about the best possible lip filler aftercare to ensure that you have a positive experience.
Whether you’re looking for added fullness or you want to regain some of the youthful fullness your lips had 20 or 30 years ago, lip fillers are an amazing treatment option with minimal pain or downtime. You may even be surprised who on your friend list has already fallen in love with getting lip fillers on a regular basis. Our youngest patient was 18 and our oldest patient was 92. They both absolutely loved her new lips!
Looking for more insight about lip filler injections? Check out our previous blog about answering a number of frequently asked questions about lip fillers at MRC or book a consultation today with one of our expert injectors.
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