“Getting work done” no longer has to be a secret. As cosmetic procedures grow in popularity, lip injections are a trendy choice with our Atlanta patients. Dermal fillers can contour the face and add youthful volume to the lips—all without the need for surgery.
Curious if this procedure is right for you? Here are the answers to a few common lip injection questions.
What are lip injections? How do they work?
Lip injections of dermal fillers add feminine volume to the lips. The procedure is performed using dermal fillers with a specific active ingredient: hyaluronic acid (HA). HA is a naturally occurring substance in the body that gently hydrates the skin. When used on the lips, the HA filler hydrates the skin, supporting it from within and creating flattering plumpness.
Different brands and types of fillers are used to create different looks and achieve specific goals. The JUVÉDERM® collection of lip fillers is a popular option for its long-lasting results. The Restylane® family of fillers is another great choice for softer, more natural-looking fullness especially the newly released Restylane Kysse which is used specifically for the lip area.
Budget-conscious patients can also try another approach: a “lip flip” via BOTOX®, Dysport®, or XEOMIN®. These injections relax the muscles around the upper lip, helping it to look fuller and lusher.
Ask your provider whether fillers or neuromodulators like BOTOX will work best for your personal aesthetic goals.
Are lip injections painful?
No, lip fillers are not painful. Like any injection, there may be a mild amount of discomfort as the small, fine needle is inserted. Many fillers include a touch of lidocaine to numb the skin and make treatment as comfortable as possible.
What is recovery like after lip injections?
Because lip injections are nonsurgical procedures, there is no required downtime after treatment. You can return to work or home immediately after your session, making fillers an excellent choice for those seeking “lunchtime procedures.”
You may experience slight bruising or swelling in the target area after treatment. These issues will naturally subside within a few days and can be treated with over-the-counter pain medication.
How long do lip injection results last?
While lip injections can create beautiful results, filler gently fades over time. Most patients enjoy their fuller lips for around 6 months to a year, depending on the amount of product used and the number of areas treated. However, each body metabolizes the material differently, so your filler may potentially last longer. Many women schedule touch-up treatments throughout the year to maintain their ideal look, as we discuss in a related blog post.
Understanding how lip injections work helps you walk into your first appointment with confidence. Browse our dermal filler before-and-after gallery to see examples of real patient results.