A Beginner’s Guide to Lip Injections

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With celebrities and beauty bloggers openly talking about cosmetic treatments, lip injections are very popular at my Idaho Falls practice. Fillers can transform your face and give you fuller, plumper lips—all in a single quick and easy treatment.

Curious if this procedure is right for you? This blog post will outline the basics of lip injections and the type of results beginners can expect.

How do lip injections work?

With lip injections, a dermal filler (such as JUVÉDERM®) is injected into or around the lips, adding volume underneath the skin. This filler—usually containing hyaluronic acid, a natural substance found in the body—plumps the tissue for a youthful appearance. You can request a subtle boost or a more attention-grabbing look, depending on your preference and aesthetic goals.

Different fillers have different formulations and can create customizable results. Your provider can help you find the one best suited to your needs.

What are lip injection treatments like?

After discussing your filler choices and deciding your best option, treatment will involve a series of injections. The injections themselves can feel like a small, brief pinch. JUVÉDERM is pre-mixed with lidocaine, so patients will experience a numbing sensation that helps limit any discomfort. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons describes each step of a dermal filler treatment in this article.

Those who have experienced BOTOX® treatments may find that a dermal filler session feels similar. Lip injections can take around 30 minutes to complete. Side effects include slight bruising or swelling at the injection site, but these issues are temporary. There is no downtime necessary after treatment, and patients can return to work, school, or home right away.

A few final tips

  • Communicate with your provider: Be open and realistic about your expectations and goals. This honesty helps the staff understand your needs and create the best possible results.
  • Start soft and subtle: Those new to fillers might be unsure of which size or shape best complements their body. For lip injections, start with a small amount and work your way up if desired.
  • Consider treatment combinations: Fillers are excellent for adding volume to the lips or cheeks, but they also pair well with other treatments. If you want to reduce the signs of aging, BOTOX® can help fade wrinkles and fine lines. Learn more about your injectable options in this related blog post.
  • Don’t worry—most fillers are reversible: If you wish to change your results, providers can inject a dissolving agent so your filler naturally dissipates. This process can take up to 2 days to work completely.

Lip injections are a great “finishing touch” towards feeling rejuvenated and more confident. Want to learn more about lip injection treatments at our Idaho Falls office? Request a consultation online or call (208) 881-5351.

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