When you look at a person’s face, what do you first see?
Our eyes, eyebrows, nose, cheeks, and lips are all facial features common to all man. However, some people are not too confident with how they look and thus, try different ways to enhance their features. One prime example of improving facial features is the augmentation of the lips.
There are many ways to augment your lips, and those include surgical and non-surgical (read more) procedures. In recent years, however, lip fillers have been on people’s radar whenever they hear the word “Lip augmentation.”
Lip fillers have been recognized as a better option compared to other cosmetic procedures. Their reasons? Well, injecting fillers has lesser downtime, ease of the procedure, and can achieve quick results. So, with that said, it is a no-brainer for people to choose this option.
But of course, before you consider injecting your lips with fillers, there are some things you need to know first! In this article, we will tackle some facts about the procedures and the fillers themselves.
Lip fillers are substances injected into a person’s lips to make them appear plumper and fuller. This procedure is one of the most booming cosmetic trends of Generation X, and a celebrity named Kylie Jenner put it in the spotlight. Thanks to the approval of the FDA, it became the second-fastest facial procedure in the United States of America.
Besides making your lips plumper, here are some other purposes of lip fillers:
The substances of lip fillers differ depending on the product you are using. However, one most common substance that is used is Hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a substance naturally found in our body, making it easily accepted by our bodily responses (like our immune system).
The substance’s primary function is to attract and hold up the water a thousand times heavier than itself, keeping the moisture under your skin balanced. Because of this function, it effectively hydrates your skin resulting in softer and plumper lips.
Examples of Products That Are Hyaluronic Acid-Based:
Hyaluronic Acid-Based Vs. Collagen Filler
Collagen filler is another treatment option for non-surgical lip augmentation. Before the rise of using Hyaluronic acid-based products, we have collagen-based as the most commonly used lip filler. The goal of using collagen is to make your lips look plump, the same as Hyaluronic acid. The difference between them is the side effects, downtime, precautions, and lastly, how long the effects will last!
Collagens came from animals, most commonly from bovines. Because of the source, more incidents of allergic reactions occur compared to the Hyaluronic-based ones. Because of the incidence, clients are required to do skin testing before undergoing the procedure! For skin testing, the medical field expert injects little amounts of collagen into the skin of your forearm and sees if there are any negative reactions.
1. Doctors Are Not The Only Ones That Can Inject
Although you get prescription from doctors for the procedures, they are not always the one who injects them. Nurse practitioners are also allowed to do the process. In Australia, there are nurse practitioners that are allowed to inject these substances, like in CST Brisbane or similar clinics. These nurse practitioners are trained for special medical fields, and they accumulate experience within it.
2. Know Their Expected Side Effects And Unexpected Adverse Effects
The side effects are relatively mild, and they are body reactions resulting from any disturbance of our tissues. Knowing the side effects is essential in identifying what are expected outcomes or not. Adverse effects are the worst ones and require medical attention, so never ignore anything that appears unusual!
Side Effects Of Lip Injections:
Their Adverse Effects:
3. They Are Not Permanent
Our body eventually absorbs collagen or Hyaluronic acid. The effects of Hyaluronic acid-based products usually last about six months to eighteen months, varying on the product while the collagen-based lasts about three months. But the absorption can be affected by how active you are too. For example, if you actively do sports and exercise. The metabolism of your body is faster, and absorbing the substance is quicker!
4. The Negative Effects Of Not Getting More Fillers
When you get injected, your lips expand to accommodate the substances. Because of the expansion, this may cause overstretching of the skin tissues. Since the effects would not last, that means your lips will eventually deflate themselves and cause the appearance to be saggy. One way to fix the sag would be refilling those lips, and another way is to have plastic surgery!
5. Unhappy On What It Turned Out? Have It Dissolved Immediately!
Dissolving is only applicable to Hyaluronic acid-based filler because of “hyaluronidase.” Hyaluronidase is an enzyme that can specifically dissolve the acid efficiently and safely. If you want to maintain your look when trying to dissolve the substance, do it as soon as possible to prevent permanent overstretching of the tissue. Collagen-based are sad to say that it could not dissolve, so make sure to reinforce your resolve when deciding on it!
6. The Treatment Never Comes Cheap
Both collagen and hyaluronic acid-based are expensive cosmetic treatments. The prices of each product vary, but they are all not cheap, nonetheless. But that is not the only thing that made it expensive. Once you start injecting lip fillers, you will have visits to your doctor to refill them up to maintain the looks. Now there is no problem with that when you have plenty of money to spend on; some even consider it a lifetime investment of beauty!