Ever since Kylie Jenner’s plump, luscious lips filled our Instagram feeds, lip fillers have become one of the most popular cosmetic procedures within the aesthetic and beauty industry. According to statistics released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, more than 27,000 lip procedures took place in the U.S in 2015, with a lip procedure being performed every 20 minutes! Since 2015, more and more people have shown an interest in achieving the perfect pout and the phrase ‘lip fillers’ has become one of the most googled beauty terms in the UK. Everybody loves lips!
Perhaps this growing interest in lip filler is a result of the new and innovate ways that beauty gurus have come up with in order to achieve the look of full and luscious lips. Whilst in previous years, actual silicone was injected into a person’s lips, in today’s world fillers are usually made of hyaluronic acid. Though the mention of the word ‘acid’ might be enough to put anybody off of lip fillers, hyaluronic acid is actually one of the most effective molecules used within a load of beauty products we use every day! Hyaluronic acid is a gel-like, water-holding molecule produced by our own bodies (yay! It’s completely natural!) that helps to keep skin plumped and hydrated. You can find this beautiful stuff in lots of beauty products such as moisturisers, face serums, anti-ageing creams and now lip filler.
What are the benefits of Hyaluronic lip fillers and what are the results you can achieve?
So getting hyaluronic acid based lip fillers can essentially give your lips the shape and volume you’ve always dreamed of. Rather than spending hours in front of the mirror with lip liner and lipstick trying to “create” a full and puckered pout, the use of hyaluronic lip fillers means that you can wake up every morning with naturally beautiful lips.
Listed below are a number of reasons why anybody considering getting lip fillers should choose an injector who uses hyaluronic acid:
It gives you control over the amount of lip volume you want to achieve. The amount of substance that is injected into your lip can be controlled by the injector. This means that you can get as much or as little volume in your lips as you would like!
Gradual build of filler. Most injectors who use hyaluronic acid would suggest that you gradually inject small amounts of filler over a certain period of time. This means that you never go overboard and end up looking like Donald Duck – not a good look girl.
Lumps and bumps are treated easily. As long as you choose the right technician with an advanced knowledge about filler injections, any unwanted lumps that appear in the treated area can be dealt with easily and quickly.
Less intense bruising. Though the amount of bruising and swelling you might face varies from person to person, hyaluronic filler often creates less bruising than other types of dermal filler.
Reasonably long-lasting results. Because hyaluronic acid is something our bodies produce naturally, when we use it to enhance a feature on somebody’s face, it does not last forever and will break down over time. Lip fillers, therefore, are far from permanent. For many, this means that they have to get fillers injected semi-regularly in order to sustain the plumpness of their lips. For others who aren’t happy with their filler, the fact that it gradually leaves the injected area over time is a great thing as it means that you don’t have to live with them for long! On top of the fact that hyaluronic lip filler is never permanent, if something were to go seriously wrong during a procedure, your aesthetician can easily inject another substance that effectively dissolves the filler and can correct any mistakes. Sounds good right?
What are the possible side effects and risks associated with having lip filler injections?
Despite the fact that getting lip fillers is usually a safe and easy procedure, there are some possible side effects and risks that you must consider before booking in for a lip filler appointment.
Listed below are some of the side effects you may experience after having hyaluronic acid fillers. Most of these side effects are temporary and should only last a few days:
- Bleeding from the affected site.
- Swelling and bruising (the amount of swelling and bruising that occurs will vary from person to person).
- Redness and tenderness at the site of the injection.
- Irritation of cold sores or blisters on the lips or around the mouth area.
- Lumps in the lips.
More severe side effects are rare but have been known to occur. If you experience any of the side effects listed below, then contact both your doctor and aesthetician immediately:
- Excessive and prolonged swelling that lasts longer than a week.
- Appearance of mouth ulcers, scarring, or stiffening of the lip.
- Allergic reaction. This could include an increased redness of the area, swelling or itching around the lips.
One of the rare and more serious complications you need to be aware of when getting hyaluronic acid lip fillers is the possibility of suffering from a vascular occlusion. A vascular occlusion can result from an accidental injection of hyaluronic filler into an artery, or compression of the artery from surrounding areas. If not treated immediately and effectively, vascular occlusion can rapidly progress to tissue necrosis (the premature death of skin cells). Though vascular occlusion can sometimes occur after a filler injection, your technician should be medically trained to treat the area and effectively prevent tissue necrosis. To counter the occlusion, your injector can use an intradermal injection of a product called hyaluronidase, a protein enzyme that can break down the existence of hyaluronic acid. Therefore, as long as you choose the right technician with an advanced knowledge of the medical procedure that can counter a vascular occlusion, this rare side effect can easily be resolved.
What is involved during the aftercare of hyaluronic acid lip fillers?
Many people suffer with bruising and/or swelling after getting lip filler injections. This is completely normal and should subside within a few days following the procedure. However, there are a few handy tricks you can try that can help with reducing the appearance of swelling and bruising on and around the injected area:
- Use a hot compress. Soak a clean cloth in very hot water before wringing it out to get rid of any excess and/or dripping water. Lay the cloth over the face so that the heat and steam can access your lips and rest of your face. Repeat this action several times, ideally every two hours.
- Apply Arnica cream and/or aloe vera gel. You can buy both of these products at most local pharmacists. Applying them to the affected area can help with inflammation. Apply generously!
What else can you do to keep your new lips looking as lovely as possible?
Most of the aftercare involved in making sure your lips stay looking lush is just sitting back and relaxing until the area heals by itself. However, there a few things that you should avoid during the first couple of weeks after having your procedure:
- Make sure you drink a lot of water and keep your sugar levels high (which can involve eating lots of choccy…oops) immediately after your procedure and during the first couple of days following the treatment.
- Avoid touching the treated area for at least six hours after the procedure.
- Leave the lips to settle for 48 hours after the procedure. After this time, massage the area gently once a day for the next five days.
- Sleep on your back the night of your procedure to avoid affecting the healing process.
- Do not expose the affected area to intense heat (for example, sunbeds or sunbathing) or extreme cold for at least a week.
- Avoid strenuous exercise for at least a week in order to avoid the risk of getting any form of infection.
- Avoid alcohol for at least two days after the procedure as drinking too much can increase the possibility of bruising and swelling.
So there you are! Everything you need to know about getting Lip Fillers!
Want to have beautiful lips created by some of the industry’s leading injectors? Book today with GgBrows to receive an amazing service by medically trained staff who are dedicated to keeping you safe and healthy. Don’t believe how good your lips can look? Check out our Instagram to see lots of pretty pictures of luscious lips.