Lip injections vs. Lip fillers: Are you confuse on how they differ? This article is for you.
The simple answer:
Here is a detailed breakdown of the difference:
Lip fillers, also called dermal fillers, are a quick and easy way to enhance your mouth. They can be used to:
The use of dermal fillers is regarded as safe, provided the injector has experienced with cosmetic injections and lip augmentation treatment.
With all the different fillers and injectables available, it's hard to say which one is the best for your lips.
What's right for you depends on what you want done, your skin type, your budget, and how creative and experienced the injector is.
Here is a quick breakdown of the most common fillers and their uses.
Restylane and Juvederm:
Restylane is granular and thicker while Juvederm has a smoother texture. These texture differences give both fillers different strengths and uses.
Juvederm Volbella XC , Juvederma Voluma, and Juvederm Ultra XC:
These volumizes offer a more natural, plumper look because they retain water and have a gel-like consistency.
While original Restylane is more granular and thicker, Restylane Silk was created specifically for the smaller areas of the mouth like the vermilion border and cupids bow.
It's also used to erase wrinkles around the mouth and lips.
Different types of dermal fillers used for different needs:
The type of injectable dermal filler used also depends on your what you're trying to achieve, your skin type (thin or thick skin), and the size and shape of your lips.
For example, do you:
How painful are lip injection procedures?
My personal take: On a scale of 1 to 10, I'd say about 6. Yeah, beauty is pain!
The injector applies a topical anesthetic like a numbing cream around the injection sites, which only helps a little. Also, most fillers are mixed with lidocaine, a numbing substance, so after the initial prick, the pain is not as bad as it used to be years ago.
Here are some tips for less pain:
However, everyone is different and have different pain threshold levels. If you're concerned, discuss this with your provider.
How long does it take?
The time required for is about 20-30 minutes, counting the time it takes for the numbing cream to work.
This a before and after picture of 1/2 syringe of Versa dermal filler.
Individual results and how long the fillers last will vary from person to person.
What does make a difference (at least for me) is how often I get the lip injection procedure.
At first, the injection only made my lips look fuller for about 6 months, after that they deflated a bit. But with each new injection, the effect lasts longer. Now, I only have to get an injection about twice a year to keep my lips looking full.
What can you expect after lip injections:
Note: A rare but potentially serious side effect is a vascular occlusion. That happens when the needle hits a blood vessel and a clot forms.
Symptoms include: severe pain, numbness, or color changes like your lips turn white, blue, or black. If this happens, notify your injector immediately.
A good candidate for lip fillers are those who:
What can I do instead of lip fillers to enhance the size of my lips and give them more shape?
A lip flip involves injecting a small amount of Botox to certain muscles in the upper lip area.
Instead of plumping up your lips like traditional lip injections, a lip flip focuses on relaxing the muscles around your upper lip, causing the lip to roll up and out a bit. This gives the illusion of a slightly fuller and more pouty upper lip.
It's like a subtle tweak that can give your lips a nice shape.
Some patients prefer to plump up their thin lips with injections made with their fat taken from other parts of their body.
This is called fat injections or fat grafting. The fat is taken from the abdomen, purified, and then injected into the lips.
However, this procedure is usually twice as expensive as standard lip injections and there's a 50% or more loss of fat due to reabsorption, especially in areas of the face with much movement - like the mouth.
For this reason, most injectors prefer to use dermal volumizes like Juvederm or Restylane for lip enhancement.
Permanent Solution for fuller lips: Surgical options
Lip implants are a great option for those tired of having to return to the doctor's office every 3-6 months to get lip fillers. This lip augmentation procedure can give you full, plump lips permanently.
This treatment option involves implanting a tiny silicone implants (usually made of gortex) inside the lip pocket. The implant size can be custom-made to fit the size of your lips if necessary.
About this cosmetic surgery
An implant can be used to add lip volume in the upper, lower, or both. Lip implant surgery can be under a general anesthesia, but most are done using local anesthetic.
Recovery and Healing:
The procedure only takes about an hour and there is minimal downtime, usually about 3 days to heal. But it can be uncomfortable for a few weeks.
In the first few days, you'll need to sleep with your head elevated, use cold compresses to reduce swelling and pain medication for any discomfort.
Then, for the next week or two, you have to be very careful how you eat and drink. You should not to open your mouth too wide or put pressure around the mouth area, as the implant can move or shift.
After about 14 days or so there should be enough scarring which helps hold the implant in place, and you can resume normal activities.
The cost of this permanent lip augmentation procedure can range from $2000-$5000.
A lip injection is a procedure used to get lip filler product into your lips. This is the most popular, least expensive non-surgical procedure to enhance or augment your lips.
This very popular, non-surgical lip augmentation can enhance the appearance of your lips and last anywhere from 3 to 12 months.
Many people noticed that the more often they get lip fillers within the first year, the longer they seem to last.
So, for your first time getting filler injections, you made need 4 treatments in a 12-month period. However, after that, you may only need 2-3 treatments per year to maintain the same results.
Good News: Cosmetic companies are coming out with newer, improved, and longer lasting lip fillers almost every year. And over time, the lip injection process becomes easier and less painful.
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