What Are Lip Fillers?
Lip fillers are everywhere nowadays. Many different celebrities are rocking that signature pout look, inspiring many others to do the same. Lip augmentation is trendy, looks great, and can even combat the signs of aging. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that lip augmentation using lip fillers has gone up by 50 percent in the last five years. In fact, lip augmentation with fillers is the second most in-demand facial plastic surgery procedure. So, what are lip fillers?
What Are Lip Fillers Made From?
Most lip fillers today are made up of Hyaluronic Acid (HA). HA is a sugar naturally found in the human body that temporarily adds definition and volume to lips. It is able to hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water. Once HA is injected, it slowly breaks down over a period of a few months. The nice thing about lip fillers is that they aren’t permanent, so if someone isn’t happy with the results they won’t look like that forever. If someone wanted to reverse their lip augmentation, an anesthesiologist can use an enzyme injection to dissolve the HA and reverse the procedure.
Different Kinds of Lip Fillers
When it comes to lip augmentation, there is always some degree of risk. This risk can be lowered by using a qualified professional and doing extensive research on a practice before getting any work done. Using a good lip filler also significantly lowers the risk of a botched lip augmentation. What are lip fillers we should consider?
- Juvederm is one of the safest dermal injections, as it is FDA-approved and has HA as its active ingredient. It can add volume to lips, as well as mask acne, treat wrinkles, and tighten facial skin.
- Restylane is another popular, FDA-approved choice. Similar to Juvederm, it is also a formulation of HA. Restylane can last anywhere from six months to a year – impressive for a lip filler.
- Volbella is also similar to Juvederm and is FDA-approved, but has a few unique features. A unique aspect of Volbella is its ability to blend hyaluronic acids of different molecular weights. This allows for a subtle, natural-looking filler that can last up to a year. After all, what are lip fillers good for if they aren’t long lasting?
- Teosyal Kiss is more viscous than other good lip fillers such as Juvederm, which results in a smoother look. This is a good choice for anyone with allergies as the formulation includes bacterial endotoxins and reduced protein levels, preventing an allergic reaction. Many experts have suggested that this is one of the least painful injections.
What Do Lip Fillers Feel Like?
Now we know what are lip fillers, and we know a few different good lip fillers. This leads to many wondering what getting a lip augmentation actually feels like. The good news is that if a lip augmentation is done correctly by a professional, it is usually painless. Most doctors will use a numbing cream and include a shot of lidocaine in the injection. The needle will initially feel like a bee sting, but it shouldn’t be anything too uncomfortable.
Most of the time, when a lip augmentation goes wrong it’s due to it being done by someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing, or when unsanitized syringes are used. This is why it so important to research your doctor and your clinic before allowing them to perform a procedure.
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At Beverly Hills Rejuvenation Center, your health and your comfort are our primary concern. To find out more about lip fillers, contact us today.