Lip fillers have become increasingly popular in recent years. Fillers work by injecting naturally-occurring substances like hyaluronic acid directly into the lips to reshape and enhance them. As it become more common, a number of myths and misconceptions have arisen alongside this spike in demand.
Those considering lip fillers may worry about issues like pain and complications, but lip fillers are very safe and typically pain-free. If you are considering lip fillers, we will separate fact from fiction below.
Are Lip Fillers Painful?
No. Pain is one of the most common concerns for those considering lip filler, but the procedure should not be painful if you work with a qualified practitioner.
Prior to the procedure, your practitioner will apply a topical numbing cream to your lips. This ensures you feel little to no pain while getting fillers.
Some patients may experience mild soreness for a day or two, but this is uncommon. If you do experience discomfort, it can easily be managed with at-home treatments like ice packs and over-the-counter painkillers.
Do Lip Fillers Make Your Lips Sag?
As with pain, this should not be a risk factor if you are working with a qualified practitioner who is using safe and effective dermal fillers. The majority of lip fillers are made using hyaluronic acid, which stimulates collagen production in the body. This makes your lips fuller and plumper and should not cause sagging.
Some patients worry lip filler will cause lip sagging over time as the filler dissolves. Lip fillers are not permanent, but hyaluronic acid and similar substances will be naturally re-absorbed by the skin’s outermost layer. Your lips should not start to sag due to this process.
Are Lip Fillers Permanent?
Returning to the above point, no. Lip fillers are not permanent and can last as little as three months or as long as 18 months. A lot depends on the specific type of filler, how your body reacts to it, and your overall lifestyle.
Following your practitioner’s aftercare instructions closely can help fillers last longer. Your practitioner can give you advice specific to your needs, but common instructions include avoiding alcohol and exercise for 24 hours after treatment.
A good skincare routine that limits sun exposure can help your fillers last longer. Wearing lip balm with a high SPF protects your skin from harmful UV rays that can potentially break down your fillers more quickly.
While fillers are not permanent, many people see this as a plus. If you are unhappy with your results, they will fade with time, as opposed to more invasive and permanent treatments. In addition as we age, our faces change and the needs of your lips will also change. The temporary nature of lips fillers gives us the opportunity to fine tune the results as our needs change with age.
Will Fillers Give Me “Duck Lips?”
Fillers have a reputation for giving people unnaturally large lips, often referred to as “duck lips.” Some people do end up unhappy with their results and feel their lips look unnatural, but this is often the result of working with an inexperienced practitioner.
FDA-approved fillers administered by a practitioner with a background in dermal fillers typically do not result in “duck lips.” Lip fillers are designed to enhance the volume and shape of your lips without looking overdone.
Lip fillers are not for everyone, however, which is why it is important to weigh pros and cons carefully when considering fillers. If you end up unhappy with your results, remember that lip fillers are not permanent. Your lips should return to their natural size and shape over time. In addition, an enzyme can be injected into your lips to dissolve the filler if a more timely correction is desired.
Do Lip Fillers Come With A Lengthy Recovery Period?
A major plus side of lip filler is that recovery is minimal. Treatment takes no longer than 20 minutes and you can resume the majority of your daily activities immediately.
As previously mentioned, your practitioner may have specific aftercare advice for you, but any changes to your routine are minimal. Most patients can resume normal activities within 24 to 48 hours.
Although you can resume activities almost immediately, you may notice some soreness for several days. This soreness should be mild and should not stop you from enjoying your normal activities.
Are Lip Fillers Safe?
Yes. Lip fillers are FDA approved and considered very safe. You may experience mild bruising and swelling near the injection site, but this should clear up on its own in a day or two.
In very rare cases, more serious complications may occur such as stiffening of the lips, infection, lumps, or severe and prolonged swelling. If you notice any concerning symptoms following treatment, contact your practitioner right away. Even more serious side effects, such as vascular occlusion, are treatable with prompt medical intervention. Even more reason to go to a qualified practitioner because those poorly trained may not know how to treat this rare but possible complication.
The Bottom Line
Many people associate lip filler with intense pain and unnatural-looking lips, but these are common misconceptions. When administered correctly, lip fillers are a pain-free, non-invasive means to make your lips look fuller. The majority of patients end up happy with their final results.
At BLUSH Beverly Hills, we have extensive experience with lip fillers and similar treatments. Reach out here to book a consultation.