If you've scrolled through social media, you probably seen a lip plumping tool, before and after lip photos from products, or an advertisement on having fuller luscious lips. Though some women are naturally blessed with those Eva Mendes-like lips, many still turn to lipliners to trace outside the natural lip line to create the look of fuller lips.
Luckily, we caught up with the New York City board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Matthew Schulman, who talked about the lip injection trend, side effects, and more below.
1. Are lip fillers safe?
Since lip injections are so commonly used today, physicians are well-educated and trained on how to perform the treatment.
2. How Many CC Should You Get?
According to Doctor Matthew Schulman, people usually start with one syringe of CCs, occasionally some who want significantly fuller lips will go for 2cc of fillers.
3. What are the different types of fillers?
Hyaluronic acid is the most common form of treatment, they are the softest and safest fillers available and are commonly marketed as Restylane and Juvederm. There are several different variations of different thicknesses. Your physician is best to help you choose amongst these, based on your lip appearance, amount of fullness that you want, and the duration of result that you desire.
4. What are the immediate side effects?
The most common side effects are temporary bruising, swelling, and lumps. These can last a few days to a week. More serious side effects are less common and can include infection and vascular injury from inadvertent injection of filler into a blood vessel.
5. How long do the fillers last?
The most commonly used fillers are temporary and last 6-9 months.
6. Are they reversible?
The most common temporary fillers (such as Restylane and Juvederm) are hyaluronic acid fillers. There is a reversing agent called hyaluronidase that can dissolve the fillers. This is best used in situations of improper filler placement or lumps. In general, though, it is best to just let the filler dissolve over time as opposed to actively reversing it. The lips will go back to their pre-injection appearance over the course of 6-9 months.
7. Why are injections better than other cosmetic lip procedures such as implants or fat transfers?
Fat injections carry other risks that temporary fillers do not have. For example, the fat will need to be harvested from your body, and there is the possibility of contour defects such as a dent at the donor site. Fat can also last a very long time, and even be permanent. This means that if there is a lump or bump, or the person is unhappy with the appearance of the lips, the results can be extremely long lasting and maybe even impossible to reverse. There is also significant swelling that occurs after fat injections to the lips. Injections with temporary fillers are more predictable and are safer.
8. Do you believe it’s a social media trend that will go away or live on?
To be honest, all trends eventually go away, but regarding the desire for fuller and larger lips, I think this is here at least for the time being.