Lip Fillers: Are They Worth It?

Are lip fillers worth it in 2021? The hype surrounding lip augmentation was heightened around 2015 when reality T.V. star, Kylie Jenner, admitted to injecting her lips. Thousands of women were suddenly interested in plumping up their lips with filler. While the hype has died down, and Kylie has now had her fillers dissolved, getting lip fillers is still extremely popular. But are they worth it? We break down everything you need to know about lip fillers, below!

Why get lip filler?

Patients looking to get lip fillers may be concerned with the shape or fullness of their lips. Teenagers or young adults may be looking to keep up with current beauty trends by increasing the size of the pout. Older adults may find that the shape and fullness of their lips changed as they got older and they want to get their youthful look back. No matter the reason, lips fillers are an easy way to plump up the lips.

How do lip fillers work?

Lip fillers work by injecting collagen or hyaluronic acid-based filler into the lips with a needle. The needle is injected into both the upper and lower lips to ensure they are even. The filler increases the size and volume of the lips. Injectable hyaluronic acid is a type of temporary dermal filler and is the most commonly used type of filler for lip enhancement. It is a gel-like substance that is made from bacteria. When the filler is injected, it attaches itself to the water molecules in the skin and creates the appearance of thick and plump lips. Two of the most popular hyaluronic brands are Juvederm and Restylane. The amount of filler a patient receives will depend on her original lip size and the size she wishes to upgrade to. A plastic surgeon will typically start with one syringe (1 cc) of filler.

Is getting lip fillers safe?

The FDA has approved injectable hyaluronic acid for lip enhancement including brands such as Juvederm, Restylane, Captique, and Elevess. Collagen-based dermal fillers approved by the FDA include Artefill, Fibrel, Cosmoder. The best way to ensure your lip injections are safe is to get your lips filled by a board-certified plastic surgeon. The procedure is safe unless it is not done by a professional.  Generally, a patient will need to be 18-years-old. Minors may be able to get lip fillers with the permission of a parent. Please check with your doctor to ensure if getting lip fillers is right for you.

Does getting lip fillers hurt?

Before the filler is injected, your surgeon will numb your lips with a numbing cream or a local anesthetic to help ease the pain. Even with the pain medication, you may feel a slight pinch. The lips may temporarily swell and/or bruise following the procedure.

Although the name sounds harsh, hyaluronic acid is actually just a sugar molecule that is naturally found on the skin’s surface. Even still, some people may experience an allergic reaction to it. The allergic reaction may cause swelling and bruising that takes longer than usual to heal.

Is getting lip fillers worth it?

Getting lip filler is an easy way to get fuller, plump lips. Although their initial hype has died down, they are still a popular option for those looking to increase the size of their lips. One of the biggest advantages to lip fillers is that it is not permanent. So, if you decide you don’t want to continue, you don’t have to. Many of our patients have experienced great results with lip fillers. They can last up to a year, so you won’t have to continuously return to see results. A good plastic surgeon will make sure that your lips look natural on your face.

Enhance your lips with Barrie Plastic Surgery

Dr. Tumi is a board-certified plastic surgeon and can help give you the lips you’ve been dreaming of. Email us or call today for a consultation.