If you daydream about fuller, luscious, more youthful-looking lips, and you’ve thought about getting a lip filler treatment, you may have read or heard some things that give you pause. Botched results, giant lips, and even horrific videos of infections and life-threatening reactions can make anyone wonder if it’s worth it.
Let’s address these concerns one-by-one so you can feel confident about your choice to have a lip filler treatment that you can feel good about.
Let’s go over the most pervasive lip filler myths and the truth behind them.
FACT: Yes, silicone and collagen injections do stimulate reactions in many patients and have even caused infections and deformities. However, modern lip fillers are free from silicone and collagen. Today’s fillers are made primarily of hyaluronic acid (HA), which is much safer. HA fillers are much less likely to trigger an allergic response, give more predictable results, and easily dissolve using a filler reversal treatment.
There’s one important caveat to this, however; there are rare circumstances when a provider who is unlicensed or operating outside of the law will use these ingredients or mix them into FDA-approved lip filler brands like Juvederm, Restylane, or Belotero. In these circumstances, patients can and do get hurt. One recent example is Jeffree Star, who was reportedly injected with Juvederm that was mixed with silicone into his lips by a physician.
You can protect yourself from criminal injectors by doing a little bit of background on them. Here are some tips:
FACT: The goal of any good lip filler injector is to make you look natural. In some cases, patients want their lips to look larger, and this can be okay in some circumstances. Communicate with your lip filler injector to make sure you’re on the same page on how to give you the results you really want.
If you’re concerned about your lips looking too big, check before and after photos to see what kinds of results a provider gives to their other patients. Does everyone look the same? Are they all way too big? Or is there a variety of results with both dramatic and understated results?
FACT: Lip filler results last about 3-5 months; repeated treatments are required to maintain your results. Also, if you aren’t satisfied with your results, HA fillers can be dissolved with a separate injection.
FACT: Any time a needle penetrates the skin, there is a risk of infection. This is true of injectable fillers, but it’s also true with vaccinations, blood draws, and IV drips. To reduce the risk of infection, we clean the area using alcohol wipes; this is the standard for all needle penetrations.
FACT: If you do not have the herpes virus, a lip filler injection will not give you a cold sore. If you do have this virus, there are medications you can take before and after your treatment to help prevent the injection from triggering a flare up. Ask your provider for more information before your treatment.
When you seek treatment at a licensed aesthetic medical facility from providers who are trained, licensed, and experienced, lip filler treatments are considered both safe and effective.
FDA-cleared treatments are the first step. Juvederm, Restylane, and other lip filler brands are FDA-approved for specific uses, and each has their own filler specifically designed for lip enhancement and smoothing.
However, a tool is only effective as the person using it. This is especially true of injectables like Botox and lip fillers, as well as other aesthetic treatments like microneedling and laser skin resurfacing.
The type of lip filler we recommend for our patients varies based on the desired results. There are many considerations, specifically with regard to the goals of the treatment. For some patients, lip fullness is the only goal. For others, lip symmetry is important. Finally, some of our older patients are more concerned with anti-aging, using a lip filler to smooth vertical lip lines (also called smoker’s lines) around the lips.
For many patients, it’s a combination. Now more than ever, a variety of lip filler injectables provide amazing, natural-looking results.
Both Restylane and Juvederm are hyaluronic acid based dermal filler brands that offer varying degrees of consistency. These variations give patients and providers flexibility to target and treat specific areas of the face, including the lips. For example, Juvederm Ultra is a little thicker than Juvederm Volbella, however both can be used as a lip filler (with Volbella being specifically designed for lip augmentation and smoothing). Restylane Silk was the very first injectable dermal filler created specifically for lip enhancement and is much smoother than Restylane-L.
At Lasky Aesthetics and Laser Center in Beverly Hills, our nurse practitioners and physician assistants provide superior results with lip filler injections for our patients. No matter your goals, we can deliver. Whether you want full, luscious lips that turn heads or you want some subtle adjustments for symmetry and anti-aging, we’re here for you.« Back to Articles & Tips