Lip fillers are very popular dermal fillers that increase the volume of your lips. Lip fillers consist of synthetic hyaluronic acid, a natural substance in your body.
If your lips have lost fullness due to age — or you’ve developed wrinkles at the sides of your mouth — lip fillers can restore your lips’ size and help boost your confidence. If your lips are slightly asymmetrical, lip fillers can help correct their shape.
Lip fillers typically last 12 to 18 months, although this will vary depending on your age, metabolism, and other factors.
What happens during a lip filler procedure?
First, a topical anesthetic is applied to numb your lips so you won’t feel any pain — and the process is as comfortable as possible. The numbing creams often consist of benzocaine, lidocaine and tetracaine (BLT). About 15 to 30 minutes later, your lips should be numb. Some people have a BLT allergy, so the healthcare provider may give you a nerve block injection to numb your lips.
A thin needle is used to inject lip filler into your lips, including the edges of your lips, the curve in the center of your upper lip (Cupid’s bow) and the corners of your mouth. You won’t feel any pain, but you may feel a pinching sensation, and your eyes may water.
You may apply an ice pack to your lips throughout the procedure to minimize swelling and bruising. The entire procedure may take as little as 30 minutes or as long as two hours.
Your lips may be swollen, sensitive and bruised. Swelling usually goes away after 24 to 48 hours, but it may take up to a week.
Are lip fillers safe?
Lip fillers are very safe when performed by an experienced healthcare provider. The lip filler procedure is also safe — there’s a low risk of complications or side effects.
And, the effects are reversible. If you’re not happy with how you look, your healthcare provider can inject an enzyme (hyaluronidase) to dissolve your lip filler.