It’s International Kissing Day! In celebration of this special day, we are talking about lip fillers and how they can give you a fuller pout or more kissable lips. This perfectly applies whether you have naturally thin lips, are experiencing volume changes due to aging, or just simply want to have plumper lips.
What are lip fillers?
Lip or dermal fillers are injectable gels used to plump up the lips. They are commonly made from hyaluronic acid (HA), which is a naturally occurring substance in the body. HA keeps the tissues lubricated and is present in the skin, joints, and muscles. In dermal fillers, a gel-like form of HA is injected to provide volume and structure.
Juvéderm is the most popular brand of HA-based fillers. Since the body recognizes its main component as its own, it has an extremely low allergy risk. These fillers are metabolized by the body over time and gradually disappear. Juvéderm is also Kylie Jenner’s lip filler of choice.
It is also worth noting that HA fillers like Juvéderm are reversible. They can be removed if you’re not happy with the results. This involves injecting a safe enzyme called hyaluronidase, which accelerates the breakdown of HA in fillers. It can also address other concerns such as overfilling, infection, and dissatisfying results.
How can fillers transform your lips?
While the most common goal with lip fillers is to add volume to thin or lean lips, they can do more than that. These injectable gels can also fix or improve other lip concerns. They can enhance the overall appearance of your pout by making it plumper, more defined, and younger-looking.
Here are the other things lip fillers can help with:
- Fix asymmetries between the upper and lower lip
- Improve or refine lip shape
- Reduce or soften the appearance of lip lines
- Define Cupid’s bow or the double curve in the upper lip
- Make lips look firmer and more youthful
Do take note that dermal fillers are not just for lips. There are also injectable gels specifically designed to restore volume loss in the cheeks or enhance a weak chin or jawline. Some fillers are also skin boosters that improve not just the skin’s hydration, but also its elasticity and smoothness.
What does the procedure feel like?
While the procedure involves the use of needles and injections, most patients find it tolerable. Numbing creams can be used, but some fillers (like Juvéderm) already contain local anesthetic like lidocaine. This reduces pain and discomfort by numbing the treated area.
The sensation or pain from the injection is subjective, but it mostly feels like an ant bite. Trained and skilled injectors also try to reduce the number of needle pricks to minimize any discomfort. Just be sure to schedule your appointment with a qualified injector or aesthetic doctor.
Will kissing feel different with lip fillers?
No, it will not. You are likely to retain the natural texture and softness of your enhanced lips and continue to enjoy the sensation brought on by kissing. Quality lip filler components, furthermore, make it difficult for many people to tell that work has been done on your lips.
Just do take note that swelling, tenderness, and bruising are common after the procedure. This is why it is advisable not to do anything involving your lips, which includes kissing. You may also need some time to adjust to your new lips, but they will look and feel natural several days after the procedure.
Can I achieve natural-looking results?
Yes, you can. Just be sure to see a skilled or a trained injector who has experience in administering the treatment. This is because filler injection is a process that requires the skill and artistry of the provider to achieve a desirable and natural look. Avoid spas or salons, as well as those who offer to do the injection in a non-clinical setting.
Results with fillers also seen almost immediately, expect to see some swelling or bruising in the area. This may also cause the lip area to look uneven. Don’t worry though, as this is normal and doesn’t mean that something has gone wrong with your lips. This usually resolves after a few days to a week.
Check out the 7 things you need to know before doing lip fillers.
Will my lips get saggy and wrinkly if I stop getting fillers?
No, they will not. This is just a common misconception about dermal fillers. Unless you fill your lips with too much filler or choose an unqualified injector, the area will not be permanently stretched. This only means that if you decide to stop getting fillers, your lips are likely to return to their original state.
Discontinuing the fillers will not cause your lips to look saggy. The effects wear off after a few months and you can choose to have the treatment once more to maintain its youthful effects.
Want to learn more about how you can get more kissable lips? Contact Cutis Medical Laser Clinics in Singapore today. Book a consultation to find more about your filler options and the things you can expect during and after the procedure.