Lip plumping injections have started rising in popularity in the past two decades, with more or less desirable results. Initial lip augmentation procedures were shabbier and the results often looked unnatural, unfortunately. Since then, the research progress of recent years has made this type of injections much more reliable and therefore widely popular. Here is everything you need to know, in a nutshell.
Types of Lip Augmentation Procedures
- Fat injections – an older method, not very reliable results.
- Lip implants – an older and more invasive method, not recommendable today.
- Collagen lip filler injections – a safe lip injection, not very invasive, but with less reliable results compared with today’s substances.
- Hyaluronic acid lip filler injections – a safe lip injection, not invasive at all and with stable and reliable results.
Basically, when it comes to modern day lip augmentation procedures, injections with a hyaluronic acid-based filler are the safest and most advanced. The main substance (the hyaluronic acid) is one naturally occurring in the body. Its role is to help with retaining moisture levels within tissues and so on. You may have noticed that a lot of skin care products (creams, serums etc.) currently on the market contain it as well.
So, lip augmentation procedures consisting in hyaluronic acid injections are perfectly safe, effective, and non-invasive. There are several filler formulas on the market, all of them having about the same effects. Their formula is usually one consisting of the main active substance and lidocaine (an anaesthetic). The effects of these injections typically last for 6 months. Then, you will need to redo the procedure, if you wish to maintain the effect. Usually, the hyaluronic acid lip injections cost is somewhere between $500 and $600.
Common Issues, Precautions and Risks
The good news is that there are virtually no side effects of lip augmentation procedures. This is true for as long as you choose the injections with a hyaluronic acid filler. The only precautions you should take are these:
- If you are allergic to lidocaine or any other anaesthetic, make sure you discuss this with the doctor who will administer the injections.
- Make sure you take time off from work, 1 day or 2 of home rest may be required, since there will be a light swelling of the lips.
- Alternatively, you could also schedule the lip augmentation procedure at the beginning of a weekend.
- Verify that the reviews of the clinic you plan to go to are really good, and don’t be fooled by unusually low prices.
- Also be careful when choosing the desired lip enhancing effect (from a catalogue of options the clinic will present to you), so you will get exactly what you want.
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