Lip filler injections have been around for decades and have progressively gotten better to deliver a more natural look and appeal for the lips. In the '70s and '80s, the available fillers were made with silicone or collagen from animals. These fillers had the risk of hardening or causing an allergic reaction to the body. But fast-forward to today, the best way to create natural volume for lips is with filler injections made with Hyaluronic Acid.
You may have heard of hyaluronic acid as an active ingredient in your facial serums or creams, and it's there for a good reason. It's a natural acid found in your body that helps your skin stay moisturized and hydrated. It makes sense why this natural component is now the main ingredient for the most popular dermal filler lip injections these days.
Hyaluronic acid lip fillers can help bring more definition to the lips and smooth out any fine lines around the mouth—an ideal solution for someone looking for a natural and subtle fullness to their lips.
We'll explain how hyaluronic acid naturally works with your body and which lip filler injection is specially formulated for natural-looking lip augmentation.
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a substance that is naturally found in the body and has the ability to attract water. It can hold up to one thousand times its own weight in water, making it an ideal substance to lock moisture into the skin.
Makers of lip filler injections favor HA because it naturally occurs in the body and when injected, it acts as a lubricant, naturally plumping the lips over time. And in addition to the natural plumping properties, most HA filler injections combine ingredients to help stimulate the body's collagen production, increasing the chances to form a more robust skin structure.
There are a few hyaluronic acid dermal filler injections that are specially designed to treat lips. Restylane Silk, Juvéderm Volbella XC, and Belotero, we share more details of each lip injection filler.
Restylane Silk is an FDA-approved HA injectable dermal filler specifically designed for lip augmentation and to smooth out fine lines around the mouth. Restylane Silk is formulated with smaller, smoother hyaluronic acid particles than those used in other Restylane injections. The unique formula is intended to provide natural-looking results.
Juvéderm Volbella is also an FDA approved dermal filler made of a specially formulated hyaluronic acid gel. The HA formula consists of smaller particles that help bring definition to lips without making them too puffy and smooths out wrinkles around the mouth, also known as perioral lines.
Belotero was approved by the FDA in 2011 to treat fine lines around the eyes, laugh lines, and lips. The dermal injectable filler is made of a hyaluronic acid base with a lower density, making it ideal for surface injections, like lip augmentations, to avoid nodules or bulges.
A lip injection with HA dermal fillers is an outpatient doctor's visit with a board-certified cosmetic surgeon. The visit could take 15-40 minutes, depending on the desired outcome and fullness of the lips.
Here is a basic step-by-step procedure for lip filler injections:
Get a closer look into lip fillers with Plastic Surgeon Dr. Christie Prendergast and see how she performs a lip filler injection procedure with one of her patients.
In most cases, patients will see an immediate difference in their lips, and it will progressively become smoother and fuller. The HA formula can take 2-3 days to acclimate to the body and stimulate collagen and elastin production. The final results of the treatment should appear within two weeks from the procedure.
Since the filler formulation is made of hyaluronic acid, you can safely add more injections if you wish for a bit more volume, but always best to wait at least 3-4 weeks to allow the filler to settle into your lips completely.
Hyaluronic Lip Filler injects are not permanent. The results will last for a minimum of six months and can last up to two years, varying from patient to patient.
A benefit of this lip augmentation not being permanent is if you aren't satisfied with the results, it will dissolve naturally into the body.
If your goal for lip augmentation is to achieve a subtle enhancement of natural fullness and definition, then lip fillers made of hyaluronic acid are the dermal injections to consider. We recommend consulting with a board-certified cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist to help guide you to the lip filler that aligns with your desired outcome for your lips.
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