Lip fillers – made massively popular by reality star Kylie Jenner, among others – are now one of the most popular non-surgical plastic surgery procedures in the U.S.
By creating full, sensual lips that demand attention, lip fillers are often the first step in a complete, progressive approach to facial rejuvenation.
As with any viral trend, however, there is plenty of misinformation in the health and beauty industry surrounding lip fillers and their long-term impacts on patients.
Here, the team at Faces PLLC shares their expert industry insight and advice about this very popular and often criticized procedure.
What Are Lip Fillers?
Each year, plastic surgeons perform over 2.5 million lip-filling procedures in the U.S. But what exactly are lip fillers?
Lip fillers fall under a category of FDA-cleared dermal fillers – products specifically designed and licensed for the injection into the dermal layer of our skin, to fill out that area with volume and substance.
Dermal fillers can provide volume and contour to areas of the face, particularly the cheeks, jawline, and lips, because of the physical properties of the dermal filling substance.
What Do Lip Fillers such as Restylane® Kysse ™, Juvéderm® Ultra ™, Volbella ™, Restylane® ™, and Vollure ™ Consist Of?
Most sophisticated fillers that are used in the lips consist primarily of hyaluronic acid (HA) – a substance that occurs naturally in our bodies.
Doctors and product designers chose HA as a primary compound of dermal fillers for its ability to attract and retain moisture. Even small amounts of this humectant result in outstanding volumizing qualities.
Because HA naturally occurs in the human body and is one of the components lost with age, it offers an ideal solution to the restoration of facial contour and volume.
How Do Lip Fillers Work?
In short, lip fillers rejuvenate sunken, sallow lips with volume and contour – resulting in full, pouty, sexy lips.
Young people enjoy full, contoured faces due to the high production of collagen and healthy deposits of fatty tissue. Collagen gives our skin its elastic quality, keeping it taut over our musculature, while fat deposits provide shape and volume to the temples, cheeks, jawline, and lips.
As we age, the body naturally slows its production of collagen, and as such, the skin begins to lose its elastic, vibrant qualities. This phenomenon allows fatty deposits to shift downward as skin starts sagging, resulting in the gradual appearance of sallow areas in the face, and thin, pallid lips.
Lip fillers can counteract these effects. By administering the correct amounts, facial plastic surgeons can replace the lost volume and restore youthful, full lips to patients.
However, some patients have voiced concern over the potential to overfill, resulting in permanently stretched lips.
Can Lip Fillers Permanently Stretch the Lips?
Filler injections are a perfectly safe, well-researched procedure – when performed by an experienced, board-certified facial plastic surgeon.
The same is true for all cosmetic procedures. The field of aesthetic medicine only endorses and promotes practices with an established track record of safety and efficacy, but it ultimately falls to the patient to choose which facial plastic surgeon performs their procedure.
If an inexperienced, non-reputable provider does your lip injections, there is an increased chance of risks, including an unsatisfactory result, the need for a corrective procedure, and even severe health implications.
With lip filling, inexperienced or non-certified practitioners may inaccurately advise patients as to how much filler should be injected or how regularly they should return for treatments. This increases the amount of product consumed, thus boosting their profit margins.
And yes, using too much lip filler product can permanently stretch lip skin.
If this occurs, it is possible to perform surgery to remove excess skin from the lips. But such an unfortunate scenario is unnecessary and easy to avoid by choosing a reputable doctor to guide you through the lip filling and facial rejuvenation process.
Trustworthy providers will advise patients that the effects of lip fillers do gradually wear off, over approximately four to six months. You should be prepared to commit to touch-up treatments to maintain your results, ensuring the lips maintain a steady, even volume with proper filler amounts administered each time.
Lip Fillers in Ridgeland, MS
You can rest assured that when you visit Faces PLLC’s beautiful, relaxing clinic, you will receive nothing but the highest possible level of professionalism and standards of patient safety and comfort.
When you’re ready to learn more about lip fillers or any of the other surgical and non-surgical procedures we offer, we are happy to discuss your options either in person, over the phone, or via virtual online consultation. Call 601-607-3033 or fill out this online form to book an appointment.