What is Lip Filler?

Lip Filler is a Cosmetic Augmentation
The procedure of getting lip filler is a form of cosmetic augmentation. The procedure is minimally invasive and the recovery time is about a week.

Lip filler (injectable dermal filler) is injected into lips at key areas in and around the mouth to create a plump, fuller looking lip and reduce fine lines.

The procedure can range between $500 – $2000 dollars depending on the physician and the type of injection being done.

Compared to Lip Blushing, the semi-permanent makeup option, the objective of Lip Filler is to create a plumper lip via injections of fat, sugar, minerals or other polymer-based materials. Lip blushing is an injection of pigment meant to create the ‘appearance’ of fuller lips. Lip blushing does not change the overall size or shape of the lips as lip filler does.

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The Different Types of Fillers
Originally collagen was used as the sole injectable filler in lip augmentations. Hyaluronic acid was not approved for dermal injections until 2017. Thanks to developing technologies in the cosmetic industry there is an array of different types of dermal filler available to suit specific needs.

Here are some the FDA approved dermal filler ingredients used in lip augmentation:

  • Collagen – Lasting about 3 – 4 months, collagen is the most temporary ingredient for lip fillers. The filler is made from purified collagen, an abundant naturally occuring protein.

  • Hyaluronic Acid Fillers – Lasts about 6 – 12 months. Hyaluronic acid is a polysaccharide (sugar) found in the body’s tissue, skin and cartilage.

  • Calcium hydroxylapatite – A mineral found in the bones and teeth. Injections using calcium hydroxylapatite last for approximately 18 months.

  • Poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) – A man-made polymer that is able to be broken down by the body. Injections of PLLA are done over a series of months with results lasting up to 2 years.

  • Polymethylmethacrylate beads (PMMA microspheres) – PMMA is a permanent material and is not absorbed by the body. Unlike PLLA, Polymethylmethacrylate beads, are a non-biodegradeable, man-made polymer. When used in Lip augmentation PMMA is injected with a combination of collagen in a “gel-like” solution.

For a full list of FDA approved dermal fillers and unapproved fillers to be mindful of, check out Dermal Fillers Approved by the Center for Devices and Radiological Health

Are Lip Fillers Safe?
The cosmetic procedure of Lip augmentation is generally a safe and quick procedure. As a client it is imperative that you research your physician and have consultation about what your desired outcome is. There is always a risk factor with any form of cosmetic augmentation. Just because the filler ingredient is approved by the FDA does not mean you will not experience any type of reaction or side effect to injections.

Here are some the common side effects you may experience post-procedure as per Radiance by WebMD

  • Bleeding from the injection sites
  • Swelling and bruising
  • Redness and tenderness at the site of the injection
  • Reactivation of cold sores or fever blisters (herpes simplex) of the lips or area surrounding the lips

What do you think about lip fillers? Would you have your lips done?

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