If you want to enhance the size and shape of your lips and you’re wondering ‘do lip fillers hurt’, you should read on. While the majority of patients categorise the sensation they experience from lip fillers as more of a prick, there are some instances where pain could indicate that you should have your lip injections checked by your surgeon. Let’s take a closer look at this dermal filler procedure that is growing in popularity and what you can expect.
What Are Lip Fillers?
If you’d like plumper lips or to enhance the shape of your lips, lip injections could be for you. Lip injections, or dermal fillers as they are sometimes referred to, are generally made from substances that occur naturally in the human body.
One of the most popular types of filler for lips at the moment, is a filler made from hyaluronic acid, which is a substance that occurs naturally in the human body. Because the body tends to break hyaluronic acid down, it isn’t a permanent solution for increasing volume in the lips. To stop it being broken down immediately, the hyaluronic acid is cross-linked with other particles.
How Long Do Lip Injections Last?
On average, depending on where the filler was injected, as well as its composition, lip fillers can last between six and nine months. You should discuss this with your surgeon prior to treatment, so you have an indication of when you will need to have a top up.
What Are Lip Injections Made From?
Hyaluronic acid is a popular choice for lip fillers because it can absorb as much as 1000 times of its own weight in water. Another feature that makes hyaluronic acid such a popular choice is that it can be reversed and the fillers removed in the event that you are not satisfied with the result. It also allows surgeons to place the fillers close to the edges of the lips, to give them greater definition. Its smaller particle size also makes it less likely to create a bumpy effect.
As long as you have your dermal fillers done by a registered and experienced professional, in a safe and clinical environment, it’s quite likely that your procedure will go smoothly.
Do Lip Fillers Hurt?
Answers to questions about pain generally depend on your individual pain threshold, so that’s why most reputable surgeons will make use of numbing agents and anaesthetics before they begin your procedure. Most anaesthetics are injected as well, so that may cause some degree of discomfort. Once the anaesthetic gets to work however, pain responses from your nerves are blocked, in order to make your procedure more bearable.
What Can You Expect After The Procedure?
Some discomfort can be expected after having lip fillers. Some possible side effects include bruising, swelling and discomfort but these effects are generally temporary and are likely to improve shortly after your procedure.
Did you know – there are up to one million nerves in your lips, making the use of anaesthetic essential in order to make the procedure as comfortable as possible.
You can also safeguard yourself and expect minimal bruising if you stop taking medicines like Aspirin and Ibuprofen, and stop supplements like fish oil and vitamins in the weeks before your lip fillers.
Your lips might also feel a little hard just after your lip injections have been done, but you can expect this sensation to change in the days afterwards.
Are There Any Side Effects And Complications To Be Aware Of?
While some dermal fillers do carry an element of risk, these tend to be the ones that are injected around the eyes. Generally speaking, if you do work with a reputable surgeon and make use of high quality lip injections, your risk of side effects is very nominal.
Why Have Lip Fillers?
Lips fillers are the go-to treatment for patients who want to make their lips appear plumper, change the shape of their lips, or reverse the signs of premature ageing. While some people may just be born with thinner lips than others, some patients experience volume loss as they age. When we get older, our bodies reduce their natural production of collagen and elastin. As different parts of the face lose volume, due to ageing, so too do the lips.
Remember though- the end result will show whether you have used a reputable surgeon for the work or not. The most successful procedures are those where it isn’t obvious that you have had something done. Sure, your friends and family may notice that you look a little different, but they shouldn’t necessarily be able to tell what you have had done unless you point it out.
Sometimes clients arrive at our practice wanting to resemble one of their favourite celebrities – but remember: your face is unique and it’s important that the correct proportions are maintained. It is quite possible that it would not suit your facial features to have Angelina Jolie’s lips, so you should engage closely with your surgeon to avoid over-plumping your pout. Be realistic about your results, and remember to wait a few days before judging the end result; the initial swelling will make a difference to the plumpness of your lips.
Still want to know more about ‘do lip fillers hurt’? Dr Alan Evans will make the procedure as comfortable as possible. Please contact us for a convenient and discreet appointment: (02) 9158 6375.