Here’s a fun topic! One that comes up often, since I do women’s hair all day long. (And one of my favorite, I might add!)
Lip fillers—who’s had it done, who we think has had it done, and even who overdid it and looks kinda bad.
Even aside from the juicy gossip, almost everyone wants to know how it works, where to get it, and whether or not lip fillers are safe. Because I think most of us have wanted to enhance what our mamas gave us, I thought I’d dish a little info on plumping up your pout.
First, Lip Fillers Aren’t Anything New
Because it’s such a quick and relatively unintrusive procedure, lip injections are pretty popular. Most celebrities probably have done it. Also, young people who are into beauty. Older people who have lost volume in their lips. Basically, lots more people than you would guess are getting temporary lip fillers, and often, you can’t even tell!
While I haven’t done so, I know a few people who have gotten lip injections and trust me—no one would ever suspect their lips to be anything but natural. So, that’s the good news! Not everyone who gets lip injections ends up with a freaky “trout pout.”
What Exactly Is A Lip Filler?
Lip filler, also known as “lip augmentation,” is a cosmetic procedure that can give you fuller, plumper lips. These days, an injectable dermal filler is the most popular method of lip augmentation. There are a bunch of different kinds, but the most popular are made with hyaluronic acid—something your body makes naturally, too.
When Done Correctly
Lip fillers can be used to plump up your lips, even them out, or add definition.
Why do it? People who tend to be happiest with their lip augmentation generally decide to get it done because it’s something that makes them feel a little more attractive. After all, who doesn’t like to accentuate their features—kinda like wearing heels or a great bra!
However, if you’re considering lip filler because you’re really unhappy with your appearance or you say, “I feel ugly,” then it’s important to understand that the procedure won’t “fix” the way you feel or help in a permanent way.
Bottom line? Everyone else probably doesn’t think about your lips! So, stick to whatever makes us happy.
How Do Lip Fillers Work?
SUPER IMPORTANT: It goes without saying that lip augmentations should only be done by a board certified plastic surgeon who is experienced with lip injections—the American Society of Plastic Surgeons website is a great resource for this.
Once you’ve chosen a doctor and show up for your appointment, the process usually takes about 15 minutes. You can see the results right away. However, it takes couple days for the filler to settle and any swelling to go down.
I’ve seen pictures and videos where people’s lips can turn very puffy, to the point where you might think it looks bad for a couple of days. Just in case, don’t get it done within ten days of a big event! After ten days, or once your lips set, you can always go back to get them filled more if you feel like you need it.
What If I Hate My Lip Filler?
As long as you are getting a temporary filler it can be removed if you hate the results. How? Your doctor simply injects an “eraser” formula that breaks down the filler, and your lip augmentation can dissolve in a couple of minutes.
If you’re nervous about not liking the results make sure to ask your doctor if this is an option before you start!
How Do Lips Feel After Filler?
Your lips will feel plump at first, like it’s almost hard to squeeze them together. However, this feeling shouldn’t last too long. In fact, when done right, lip fillers should feel totally natural after the initial swelling goes down.
Potential Side Effects of Lip Fillers
Well, there is the obvious: as with any cosmetic procedure, some people lose the sense of what looks good and proportionate. This puts you at risk for getting more and more until it looks like there are two sausages on their face. (And no, natural big lips don’t look like sausages—they work!)
The other danger to overfilling is the dreaded “trout pout.” This is when a doctor injects too much filler into the top lip, causing it to pout out over the bottom on each side—like a trout.
Bottom line? Feeling secure that you’re considering lip fillers for the right reasons is your first defense against ending up with a sausage mouth. Also, be wary of any doctor who is okay with requests for more, more, more.
How Long Does It Last
Temporary lip fillers last 6-9 months. You’ll buy the full syringe from your doctor (no, you don’t take it home!) If there is some left over after your first injection, you can come back and get more fills for up to a year.
After a year, any unused filler will be tossed. The unused product eventually starts to stiffen and get crunchy—not something you want in your lips.
What’s In Style?
Kylie Jenner’s lips are making big headlines after the Kardashian star admitted to using temporary filler.
However, what’s “in” is always changing and big ‘ol lips aren’t seen on every model or celeb, either. Luckily the products that goes into your lips disappears over time, and you can change the look! That’s if you are doing the temporary filler, of course.
How Much Do Lip Fillers Cost?
Usually, temporary lip fills cost $450-$600 per syringe. Like I said above, you can store any extra with your doc for up to a year. So depending on how plump you want to go, one syringe could last you a couple rounds.
Hope this clears up any questions you may have had regarding this juicy topic!
Although cosmetic procedures aren’t rare anymore, some people are still offended that it’s “not natural.” The way I see it, if I don’t use lip liner, my lips appear a little smaller than I would like. So, I look at lip filler as expensive makeup! A little like using eyelash extensions instead of mascara.
The bottom line on bigger lips? No one really cares but you. I don’t notice if my friends have thinner or plumped pouts! So, if it makes you feel better, and it’s safe? Do your thing!
Do you think lip fillers are a horrible idea? Or did I forget to mention something that you wanted to know? Even if you’re someone who administers lip fillers—please leave any and all tips, questions, and comments right below!