Dermal fillers have a lot of cosmetic uses, but they are mostly associated with plumping up the lips or correcting volume loss in the pout. Non-surgical lip enhancement via fillers is more common in women, but recently, men have been joining in on the trend too. Experts believe that social media may have contributed to its increasing popularity.
Social media and selfie culture, however, are not the only ones to blame. The demand for cosmetic injectables among men and women has also increased due to the prevalence of video calls and the pressure to look presentable every time. If women are having lip fillers to have a fuller pout, men are more about having a better shape.
Here are some of the things men considering lip fillers might want to know more about.
What’s the difference between lip fillers between men and women?
The type of fillers used is mostly the same, made of hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally occurring substance in the body. At Cutis Medical Laser Clinics, we use Juvéderm, a widely known brand of HA-based fillers that is low risk and longer-lasting with high patient satisfaction.
As HA-based fillers are made from a synthetic gel that mimics a naturally occurring substance in the skin, they are safe and have a low risk of allergy. These fillers, furthermore, are metabolized by the body’s own system and slowly disappear over time. You can also reverse HA fillers if you’re unhappy with the results.
What men want for their lips
If women are looking to add more volume and plumpness in their pout, men don’t want to look like they had any work done. Some guys may also choose to add a little volume, especially for those with naturally thin lips or a smaller upper lip that tends to disappear when covered with facial hair.
Subtle enhancements are what most men want. They want better shape or symmetry and for their lips to look more defined. The entire face is usually considered to give men the results they are looking for, whether it’s contouring, definition, or a combination of both.
Age-related changes in lips also encourage some men to have non-surgical enhancements. This is because lips get thinner over time and can give away age, especially with smoker’s lines or fine lines around the mouth. Fillers can also give them subtle hydration, especially if they’re dealing with age-related dehydration.
Other reasons men get/consider fillers:
Apart from subtle lip enhancement, men are also getting fillers to look more refreshed and rejuvenated. Injectables can give them a more youthful appearance and help them look more confident to stay more competitive. They turn to fillers to:
- Soften lines and folds
- Minimize deep facial creases or reduce jowls
- Have a more defined or chiseled facial profile
- To enhance masculine features
- Add volume to mid-face areas
What to expect from lip fillers
Are you considering fillers to enhance your lips and other areas of the face? Here are some things worth knowing:
The procedure: The injection of fillers can feel like tiny ant bites, but the sensation varies from patient to patient. It is also worth noting that the lip is full of nerves, which is why it can feel more sensitive than other areas. Numbing cream can be used and the presence of lidocaine in the filler can numb the area and improve patient comfort.
How fillers work: Dermal fillers imitate a substance in the body (like HA) to rejuvenate the skin. They boost the treated area’s supply of HA to replace lost volume and provide structure. They can fill in lips, reduce the look of lines and wrinkles, and even strengthen a weak facial profile.
Side effects: The common ones are bruising and swelling, which also occur with other cosmetic injectables. This is temporary and can last for about 7 days. Read our previous post on how to reduce and prevent bruising from Botox and fillers.
Results: The results are almost immediate, but do take note that it can take about two weeks for the filler to blend and settle with the surrounding tissues. The effects are also temporary and can last between 6 and 12 months, with the body gradually metabolizing over time. The longevity of results, however, can still depend on the patient.
It is also said that men tend to metabolize fillers and anti-wrinkle injections (Botox) faster than women due to their higher metabolic rate. This can be true for patients (men and women) with a naturally fast metabolism and have active lifestyles.
Reversing fillers: As previously mentioned, HA fillers are reversible and can be dissolved if you don’t like the results of your treatment. This is done by injecting an enzyme called hyaluronidase into the affected area. It dissolves or breaks down the hyaluronic acid, reversing the effects of the dermal filler injections.
For more information about fillers, check out our previous blog about the 7 things you need to know before doing lip fillers.
Where to get lip fillers in Singapore
Injecting fillers is both a science and an art. This is why you should only trust a qualified and skilled injector to administer the treatment. This will help avoid botched jobs or unsatisfying results. A few things to know when looking for filler clinics in Singapore include:
- Being well-informed about the type of filler used or its main ingredient
- Seeing only a trained or experienced injector/provider
- Avoiding cheap fillers or heavily discounted deals
- Having the procedure in a medical or clinic setting (not typical salons or spas)
Cutis Medical Laser Clinics in Singapore has aesthetic doctors trained in Botox and fillers. Also, our medical and scientific director, Dr. Sylvia Ramirez, is a US Board-certified physician and has years of experience with Botox and fillers, including the use of Juvéderm.
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Want to learn more about lip fillers or find out if you’re a good candidate? Get in touch with us today and schedule a consultation with our aesthetic doctor.