What are Lip Injections?
Some people are simply born with thin lips. Others are bothered by uneven, assymetrical lips, or lips that are out of proportion to the rest of the face. You can try to correct these issues with lip liners, lipsticks, and other makeup tricks, but that doesn’t last. If you want full, even, voluptuous lips for the long term, lip injections may be the answer.
Lip injections are exactly what they sound like. A filler, whether it’s a commercial solution such as hyaluronic acid.
What Lip Injections Can Do for You
Depending on the type of filler you use, and the quantity injected into your lips, some of the most common benefits include:
- increased lip volume.
- corrected asymmetry.
- corrected irregular vermilion border (the demarcation between the lip and the adjacent skin).
- smooth out fine lines on and around the lips.
- reshaping of the lips.
Book a Consultation With Our Professional Injectionist
If you’re not sure whether to use lip fillers or get a fat transfer, or if you’re not sure whether you’re a candidate for lip injections in the first place, our injectionist can help.
Our doctor or nurse will sit down with you and go over your lip injection options. They’ll answer all your questions, and ensure you understand the procedure and the kind of results you can get.
Schedule a free consultation with us today, and you’ll be on your way to beautiful lips.
How are Lip Injections Performed?
First you’ll have a consultation with our professional injectionist, who will help you decide what type of lip filler to use, and how much to change the contour of your lips in order to get the results you’re looking for.
Once those goals are in place, the procedure will begin with a topical numbing agent being applied to your lips to ease discomfort caused by the needle. Then our injectionist will use a syringe with a small needle to inject the selected filler into several areas of your lips. Depending on your goals, this may include injections in the upper, lower, or both lips, and possibly around the edges of your lips as well.
Once the lip injections are complete, you’ll receive care instructions. The entire procedure should only take about 30 minutes, and you should be able to resume all your normal activities right away.
Lip Injection Options
We offer one options for lip injections :
- Dermal Filler: This option uses prefilled syringes that can contain plumping ingredients. At Evincy we use hyaluronic acid gel. Hyaluronic acid is a substance that we already have in our bodies, so this helps reduce the risk of rejection or allergic reaction. Hyaluronic acid is a temporary filler, with results lasting from six months to one year.
You may be aware that some people augment their lips with implants. Lip implants are made of silicone, and can be placed into the upper, lower, or both lips to reshape them, and permanently add volume. Lip implants are risky as they can sometimes shift or migrate, making corrective procedures necessary. For this reason, we do not offer lip implants at Evincy.
Because they contain so many blood vessels, lips are highly susceptible to swelling. Immediately after the injections, your lips will be enlarged, but will also be swollen due to the trauma of the needle.
To minimize swelling, you can apply ice packs at 20-minute intervals throughout the day. You can also keep your head elevated at night by sleeping with more pillows.
The next morning, your lips may be even more swollen than the day before, especially if you got dermal filler instead of a fat transfer. This is completely normal, and is simply part of the healing process.
After this, the swelling will begin to go down, and should be gone about three days after your lip injections.
While you’re receiving lip injections, you may choose to have one or more associated procedures at the same time. For example:
- Hyaluronic acid injections: This dermal filler isn’t just for lips! It can also be used to fill in nasolabial folds, called “smile lines,” the wrinkles that form on both sides of the mouth as a result of smiling.
- Melasma Treatment: Hyperpigmentation, an unnatural darkening of the skin, commonly occurs on the upper lip, and can be a source of embarrassment. The melasma treatment uses a laser to lighten the skin. Another option to treat this condition is an LED PhotoFacial.
When will I see results?
Immediately! Your lips will be plump and voluminous as soon as the treatment is done. There will be some swelling, so it will be about two weeks before you see the final results.
Can I get more than one syringe of filler in my lips?
Yes. You may want to wait after having one syringe injected, so you can see the results of that before deciding to get a second one. But if you wish, you can have two done during the same appointment.
How long do lip injection results last?
It depends on the product injected. For a soft tissue filler that has hyaluronic acid, the average longevity is six months to one year. However, you can get repeat injections sooner, if you prefer.
Do lip injections hurt?
Some people experience more pain than others. You need to know this so you’re prepared. You will feel some discomfort during the procedure, as the lips are quite sensitive. A topical numbing agent is applied prior to the injections to help decrease discomfort. After the injections, your lips may be a bit tender, but an over-the-counter pain medication should help, if you find it bothersome.
Is there anything I can do to prepare for my lip injections?
For a period of one week prior to your procedure, avoid aspirin, smoking, and alcohol. This will help reduce swelling and the chance of bruising. If you do form a bruise, you should be able to cover it up with makeup.
Are there any risks to lip injections?
The type of lip injections you have done will determine the probability and type of complications. A hyaluronic acid-based filler usually carries minimal risks, but asymmetry and bump formation may occur. Infection and scarring are also possible complications.
What are the possible side effects of lip injections?
The most common side effects include swelling, bruising, and some discomfort. These usually last only a few days, and are completely gone within a week, in most cases. Other, less common side effects include, but are not limited to severe itching, redness, and a lot of swelling. These are usually an indication of an allergic reaction to the filler.
Can men get lip injections?
Absolutely! Both men and women can have their lips augmented. A good candidate is someone who is bothered by thin or asymmetrical lips.