Treating the Lips
The lips are one of the most popular areas for dermal filler injections. Lip enhancement injections can leave you with luscious lips and a more substantial pout. If you have always wished that your lips were more noticeable, this treatment may be right for you. During the treatment, soft tissue fillers are injected into the lips to increase their volume.
Who is suitable to have this treatment?
If you wish that your lips were fuller and better defined, you may be a candidate for lip enhancement. Lip enhancement injections are suitable for most healthy adults.
What to Expect
Lip enhancement injections are delivered during a visit to our office lasting less than an hour. The soft tissue filler, in the form of gel, is delivered through a thin needle into the lips. The process utilises multiple small injections so the dermal filler is distributed evenly.
Several types of dermal filler can be used for this treatment, all formulated to enhance the volume of the lips by filling in the skin. After the filler has been injected, it increases lip volume by working from inside the body. Some results are visible immediately following treatment; others may become visible over the coming weeks, depending on the type of filler used.
After lip injections, patients can return to work and other activities immediately. For a few days following treatment, avoid rubbing or touching your lips, which can move the injected filler.
Following lip enhancement, patients usually notice a subtle increase in their lip volume. When performed correctly, the results of this treatment should be a noticeable, natural-looking enhancement that is not overly obvious. This effect is temporary. The results usually last between six months and 8 months. Over time, the body absorbs the filler, and your lips return to their pre-treatment appearance. Many patients undergo periodic lip injections to maintain their enhanced appearance.
Possible Risks and Complications
After lip enhancement, many patients experience mild swelling, redness, or bruising. These side effects usually go away within a couple of days, and they can be camouflaged with make-up. More serious side effects are rare, but may include allergic reactions or infection. The injected material can also migrate, resulting in lumps or bumps underneath the skin. Usually, massaging the skin redistributes the filler, reducing the effect. In other cases, as the body gradually absorbs the filler over the coming weeks, the bumps become smoother.
One of the risks of lip enhancement is an “overdone” look that can occur when too much filler is injected. Overly plump lips may take on an infamous “duck face” appearance. A skilled and experienced practitioner can avoid this through careful injection of the dermal filler.
Rough Costs Involved
The cost of lip enhancement depends a great deal on the amount of filler needed to achieve the desired effect. Prices begin at $480 for 1mL of dermal filler. Some patients, including those with particularly thin lips or those looking for an especially dramatic increase in lip volume, may need more than 1mL of dermal filler.