While big lips were beautiful long before Kylie Jenner decided to buy some, her choice to get lip fillers has sparked somewhat of a craze for the look over the last couple of years. According to a report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, over 27,000 people had lip fillers last year alone. But if you’re considering the treatment, there are a few things you should know – dermatologists Dara Liotta and Debra Jaliman tell all…
1. There Are Different Fillers For Different Goals
According to Liotta, the best lip fillers are the ones that use hyalauronic acid, which is a naturally occurring sugar found in the human body. This is often used in anti-ageing skincare to plump out the skin. The role of it in fillers is similar – the acid delivers nutrients to the lips and helps to retain natural moisture and softness. Liotta states that the four best options are as follows:
Juvederm Ultra – If you’re looking for a significantly plumper lip or want to add a little structure to your cupid’s bow, this is the best choice for you.
Restylane Silk – Thinner than the previous option, this filler is a little more subtle so is best for those wanting a more gentle change.
Belotero – Like Restylane Silk, Belotero is another good choice for someone wanting only a slight change.
Juvederm Volbella – This option is brand new and while it is thin like the other two subtle options, it has been shown to last twice as long.
2. Lip Fillers Are Only Temporary
No matter which product you opt for, the effects of lip fillers are only temporary. Juvederm Volbella can last up to a year, while the others all last from five to six months before they’re absorbed, Liotta explains. Many people, though, report that they have found the effect to be longer or shorter lasting to some extent – everybody’s body responds differently.
3. Preparation Is Key
While the procedure seems minimal, it is essential to stop taking aspirin, ibuprofen, fish oils and vitamin E one week before your appointment to minimise bruising. This is because these medications all thin the blood – some dermatologists even warn you against drinking alcohol during this time for the same reason. Thankfully, though, if you do end up getting any bruises regardless of your efforts, Jaliman tells how the doctor can treat them with a YAG laser and blue and red lights to fade them.
4. You May Take Some Time To Heal
No matter how hard you try not to, you’re likely to experience some swelling or bruising after treatment. Your dermatologist may treat this with arnica before and after. For those who really do want to avoid this at all costs, Jaliman offers the steroid pill prednisone on the day of the injections and the day after.
Cooling with ice is also recommended, as is using a cannula (a much thinner tool) instead of a needle to administer the fillers. A lot of patients also experience small bumps on their lips which they can feel with their tongue after the injection. To break these up, gentle massaging is recommended.
5. Not Everyone Can Have Them
Some people desire lip fillers in order to minimise the space between the nose and the lip, but fillers can actually make this look worse. In such cases, a surgical procedure called a lip lift is apparently a better option, says Liotta, and it’s not as bad as it sounds – it is very quick and performed under a local anaesthetic.
According to Dr Jeffrey Epstein, M.D., FACS, lip lifts and lip injections offer completely different results. “Typically those who complain of an absence of upper teeth show and a droopiness to the upper lip are the best candidates for the lip lift,” he explains. And you just can’t compare the two – “”Injectables are wonderful for their temporary but usually wonderful results for defining the upper and lower lips and creating a fuller look,” says Epstein. “The lip lift permanently shortens the upper lip, allowing for greater upper teeth show, with a secondary benefit of increased poutiness.”
6. They’re Pretty Costly
As with any service, prices vary and largely depend on where (geographically) you’re getting them and the level of training that the person injecting you has. On average, you can expect to pay around £400 (small towns) to £750 (cities), unless you’re opting for the longer lasting Juvederm Volbella which costs around £800 to £ 1000.