Adding volume or plumping up thin lips is the most common request when getting lip fillers or injections. Those with naturally thin lips or those that are seeing volume changes due to aging can greatly benefit from getting lip injections, especially in increasing the size of the pout and enhancing its shape.
Fillers for your lips
The fillers used for lips are commonly made from hyaluronic acid (HA), a naturally occurring substance in the body. HA is present in the skin and connective tissues and is responsible for retaining water to keep the tissues lubricated. Juvederm is one popular brand of HA-based fillers and has been proven effective for many years.
HA fillers like Juvederm are favored over those that are made of silicone, which are known to result in harder lips that are prone to lumps. These fillers are metabolized by the body over time and gradually disappear. You may also be glad to know the repeated lip filler injections can improve the skin’s quality and hydrobalance.
Safety: Dermal fillers are safe and have extremely low allergy risk, since its main component is hyaluronic acid. HA is a substance that the body recognizes as its own.
Pain and discomfort: The injection can feel like tiny ant bites, but the sensation varies from patient to patient. The use of numbing cream and the presence of lidocaine in the filler numb the area to improve patient comfort. Also, as the lip area is full of nerves, it can feel more sensitive than others.
Results: You may notice changes almost immediately, but do take note that it takes about two weeks for the filler material to fully blend and settle. The results can last between 6 and 12 months, depending on the type of fillers used.
Reversing fillers: If you don’t like the results of your fillers, you may be glad to know that HA fillers are reversible and can be dissolved. This is done by injecting a safe enzyme known as hyaluronidase. It dissolves the hyaluronic acid in the affected area so the skin will absorb it.
Not just for volumizing the lips
Apart from adding volume to lean or thinning lips, lip fillers can also be used to fix or improve other issues associated with lip appearance. You can also turn to lip fillers for the following concerns:
- Define Cupid’s bow (the double curve in the upper lip, which is said to look like the bow of Cupid)
- Fix asymmetries or improve symmetry between the upper and lower lip
- Refine or improve the shape of lips
- Smooth or reduce the appearance lip lines
- Boost skin hydration (ideal for dry and chapped lips)
- Make lips appear glossier
If you’re looking to enhance the overall appearance of your lips, dermal fillers can help. They can make your lips bigger, plumper, more defined, and youthful-looking. A consultation with an aesthetic doctor can help you learn more about the types or brands of filler needed to achieve your goals.
To avoid botched jobs or unsatisfying lip filler results, here are a few things you should keep in mind:
- Know or be well informed about the fillers going into your lips.
- Only see an experienced or trained injector/ aesthetic doctor.
- Don’t have the procedure in a non-clinic setting (spa or beauty salon).
- Get touch-up treatments to maintain the youthful appearance of your lips.
Injecting dermal fillers is both a science and an art. This is why you need to have it performed by a skilled aesthetic doctor with a good reputation and extensive experience. Be wary of those that provide cheap injections or those that propose to have the procedure done privately or at home.
Schedule a consultation
Enhance the shape and overall appearance of your pout with lip fillers. Contact Cutis Laser Clinics in Singapore today and schedule a consultation with our Harvard-trained aesthetic doctor, Dr. Sylvia Ramirez, to learn more about dermal fillers and determine which one is right for your needs and goals.