Lip Fillers: What You Need to Know

Way back in 2014 – before Kylie Jenner made it a thing – lip fillers were still a fairly taboo subject. Since then there has been a huge increase in the number of young women (and men) going under the needle – with ‘lip filler’ being one of the most Googled beauty search terms in the UK this year. But what are the benefits and risks of this potentially dangerous trend?

What Are Lip Fillers?

Lip fillers, or lip augmentation, is a cosmetic procedure which can improve the appearance of lips by adding;

  • Shape
  • Structure
  • Volume

On average the effects last for 6 months after this more filler is needed to maintain them.

There are many different fillers that you can use. Hyaluronic acid fillers can be used to improve the skin’s contour and reduce depressions in the skin due to scars, injury or lines. Hyaluronic acid is found naturally in the body, so is arguably the safest of all lip fillers, so if you’re going to get the procedure done it’s recommended that you choose this one.


Why Do They Have Such a Bad Name?

For years, lip fillers have had an increasingly bad name. This was due to a handful of celebrities who pushed the boundaries and took it way too far. With unrealistic looking lips that were very unflattering, and botched jobs from non-certified cosmetic surgeons, with the use of substances such as silicone – which still have lasting effects on those people today. It’s no wonder that the general public turned their noses up at it for so long. But with the improvement of quality for both training for people who are going to be administrating it and substances used, are you still at risk of having a botched lip filler job?


Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid Fillers

Control Over Lip Volume

The amount of substance put into the lips can be controlled by the doctor. So you know your lips won’t look ‘overdone’ if you’re wanting a more natural look.

Gradual Pace of Treatment

Lip fillers can also be done gradually over time during different appointments, this will help you achieve your desired look without a huge change being made all at once.

Bumps Dissolve Easily

Any lumps and bumps created by movement of the lips can be dissolved easily.

Less Bruising

There may be less bruising and swelling compared to other dermal fillers.

Allergic Reaction Unlikely

Although there is still a possibility you will have an allergic reaction it is unlikely because they are made from substances similar to those found in the body. If you are allergic to lidocaine let the doctor know before getting treated.


Side Effects

Common side effects include;

  • Bleeding from injection sites
  • Swelling and bruising
  • Redness and tenderness at site of injection

These side effects should subside within a few days.

More severe side effects include;

  • Severe and prolonged swelling or bruising lasting 7-10 days
  • Asymmetrical lips
  • Lumps and irregularities in lips
  • Infection
  • Injection into blood vessel (causing tissue loss)
  • Ulceration, scarring, or stiffness of lip
  • Allergic reaction causing redness, swelling, or itching around the lips

If extreme swelling and a fever occur, you should call your doctor immediately.

Can I Get Lip Fillers?

To have this sort of treatment you must be a non-smoker. It is also important that you are in good health before undergoing lip augmentation as problems such as oral herpes, diabetes, lupus, and blood clotting problems can all prevent you from getting this kind of treatment done.

Want lip fillers? Don’t compromise on quality, go to a fully certified doctor that you can trust!