Updated: Apr 7, 2021
So, you want to enhance your lips - you’re definitely not alone in the year 2020! Whether you’re looking for “big and juicy” or just a natural plump, lip treatments are on-trend. Lip treatments gain more popularity with each passing year, so it’s no surprise that there are now so many different enhancement methods on the market: fillers, implants, lip flips, lifts, and hyaluron-pens, to name a few. With so many options out there, it can be hard to determine which procedure is right for you and your individual cosmetic goals. But, have no fear: we’re here to help! Read on for the full run-down on augmentation options.
1. Lip Filler
What is it? Lip fillers are arguably the most well-known lip augmentation treatment. Fillers like Juvederm, Restylane, or RHA are injected using very small needles and/or cannulas to change the size and/or shape of your lips.
How does it work? Most fillers used in the lips are hyaluronic-acid (HA) based. HA is a naturally-occurring substance found in our bodies. HA is a hydrating agent, capable of holding up to 1,000 times its molecular weight in water. Water has volume, meaning it takes up space - so, by injecting HA into the lips, it increases the volume (and therefore, size) of the lips.
Different injection techniques can be used to customize your result. For example, HA fillers can be used to change the shape of your lips for a more defined appearance, or even out asymmetry.
What is the recovery/downtime like? Patients can return to regular daily activities almost immediately! However, for the next 48 hours, patients should avoid activities like vigorous exercise. We also recommend sleeping on your back for the first few days.
Mild-moderate initial swelling and bruising is common. In most cases, swelling and bruising resolve within two weeks after being injected. Patients may experience mild soreness for the first few days after being injected.
How long does it last? Patients can typically expect their results to last anywhere from 6 to 18 months, depending on the type of filler that is used. Lip fillers can be a one-time treatment repeated only when the effects wear off, but some patients may choose to gradually “build” up their lips with a few treatments spaced a few weeks apart to achieve their desired fullness.
Who is a candidate? Most healthy adults are candidates for lip filler. If you have a history of cold sores, filler injections can trigger a break out - be sure to take cold sore medication before and after the treatment to avoid this.
Lip Filler Pros:
Lip fillers are highly customizable - you can add volume, change the shape of your lips, and tailor your treatment to your personal cosmetic goals
It is a non-invasive and nonsurgical treatment
HA-based lip fillers are reversible if you change your mind
Very little downtime is required
Lip Filler Cons:
Results are not permanent - repeating treatment every 6-12 months may be necessary to maintain your desired look
If you have a fear of needles, this may not be the right option for you