At first, it was a thing for celebrities alone, but now, almost everyone is looking forward to improving their pouts. Plastic surgeons have appreciated an influx of people to alter the look of their lips even for a few months with the available lip fillers.
But what are these fillers, and how does it feel to have strange substances pumped into your face? Are they dangerous, and how long will they last in the body?
What are lip fillers?
Lip filler is a term used to describe hyaluronic acid’s introduction into some parts of the lips at smaller doses to get them to look bigger. Though this substance occurs naturally in the body, everyone tends to lose 1% when they turn 30. This procedure involves an injection with a small needle of a chemical that already exists in your body, though at a lowered level. It does not need glue or other weird additives and adhesives.
Lip filling or augmentation is a cosmetic process and is carried out purely for prosthetic reasons. Its primary aim is to make the lips look fuller, plumper, and better defined.
What is their composition?
Though there are many types of fillers today that can be introduced into your lips and your mouth’s surrounding, most of them have one core ingredient in their products. This substance has similar characteristics like that of Hyaluronic acid. This acid occurs naturally in the body though in a small amount, and the introduction of a specific dose can increase your lips’ size.
In general, dermal fillers with Hyaluronic acid are called hyaluronic acid fillers.
How do they work?
The hyaluronic acid fillers make your lips bigger in three ways. Firstly, it adds more shape to your lip, and then it gives a more definite structure. It also adds volume to it. Though the most probable duration for this effect to last is six months, a person can benefit from the readily available subsequent injections to continue having the increased lip volume.
Hyaluronic acid fillers come with different brand names in the market. Among them are HylaForm, Elevess, Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Ultra Plus, JuvedermVolbella VC, Prevelle Silk, Belotero Balance, Restylane, etc.
The treatment mode with these products is all the same as they are injected the same ways and produce similar results. However, some of them contain lidocaine, which is a local anaesthetic.
Why use Hyaluronic acid fillers?
If one of our qualified doctors asked you this question with your sitting opposite him, we know you will answer that it increases your lip volume. Yes, immediately the gel is injected into your lips, the filler shapes up the tissue of your lips and adds support to them. However, this is not all you get to gain. Let us look at a few of them:
- You have control over the lip volume
Have you ever wondered if you will end up getting a lip five times bigger than what you expected? Drop the fear. The doctors can control the increment of your lip by controlling the amount of substance injected into it. The effects are directly proportional to the amount of substance injected. This means that the more the substance injected, the larger your lip will be.
- The pace of treatment is gradual
Doctors do not see any need to rush the process or do everything at once to achieve the desired result. The doctor can administer different doses of the filler to varying appointments until you get the desired result.
- It is easy to dissolve the bumps
Though some bumps may occur during the treatment, simple movement of the lip is enough to clear them off.
- The results last for a reasonable length of time
Though the results are not permanent, they last longer than some other methods of lip augmentation. Lip flips last for about two to three months, but lip fillers can take up to 6 to twelve months.
- There is a lesser risk of an allergic reaction
People have allergic reactions when foreign substances are introduced into their bodies. This is not the same with hyaluronic acid fillers since injecting the acid is similar to naturally occurring in the body. However, we advise patients that are allergic to lidocaine to tell their doctors about it before the treatment starts. He or she will find the most suitable filler for you.
- There is little or no bruising
Compared to other dermal fillers, there is only a little risk for these fillers to cause severe swelling and bruising.
How long does it take the fillers to dissolve?
From thorough researches and observation, Dr Nick Mlojevic stated that Hyaluronic fillers usually dissolve on their own anywhere between 6 to 12 months. An enzyme usually initiates this process in the body, and it is called Hyaluronidases. It is responsible for degrading the hyaluronic acid, which is the primary ingredient used for fillers by many clinics. This means that some patients will notice their lips go down naturally because of this process.
Also, it means that if you had your fillers in and you hate the outcome or suddenly get tired of your new pout, you can reverse the process by getting your doctor to inject you with the enzyme hyaluronidase.
Dr Nick went further to explain that patients who want their lips to reduce immediately can ask their doctors to inject the hyaluronidase directly into the treated lip, and it will go down within three to four days. However, there is a little risk for allergic reaction to occur. The doctor and patient must both consider this risk before going on with the procedure.
We, on our part, agree with the research done by Dr Nick and advise our patients just like he does to his to allow their lips to go down naturally to avoid any of these risks.
How safe are they?
Since we have discovered that the fillers last for 6 to 12 months and after that, they will diminish on their own because of its reaction with your body. If you would like to continue seeing the effects, you should get your doctor to top it up.
So, seeing that your body breaks this thing down and the effects can be reversed, does it mean that these fillers are safe?
Not really. Let us look at what the NHS has to say about the risks of these fillers.
According to the NHS, the following are the general risks associated with dermal fillers:
- Itching, swelling, rashes, and bruising may develop at the site of the treatment
- An infection may occur
- The filler can spread from the targeted position over time to other places where they were not supposed to be
- In rare cases, the filler may form lumps underneath the skin. These bumps are usually treated with particular medications or through a surgical procedure.
- In rare cases, the filler may cause a blockage in a blood vessel. This may cause the tissue to die, lead to permanent blindness, or pulmonary embolism.
Whether rare or not, nothing is enticing about developing lumps, having a heart attack or becoming blind. Hence, you need to question your intentions and gather all the information you can when considering getting a lip filler treatment.
If you think you must get your lips looking fuller, ensure you obtain the treatment from a qualified professional, not just anyone you find on the internet. You never can tell if he has a licence or is only operating from a corner of his house.
You should contact our clinic at Lip Fillers London for professional lip filling services and other cosmetic services. Specialised and qualified professionals offer our services to suit your individual need.