As any Kardashian will tell you, pouty lips are where it’s at. Practically every celebrity from the runway to the red carpet is sporting luscious lips as a fashion accessory. If you’re considering lip injections orlip implants, there are a few things you should know before jumping on the bodacious lips bandwagon.
The Good: Lip Injections Make For A Plumper Pucker
When it comes to lips, skinny is NOT a compliment. Even if your pout isn’t particularly thin, you may feel like your lips are uneven, and want to restore a balanced look. Whether due to age or genetics, you don’t have to live with lips you don’t love. Check out these lip implant and lip injection before and after photos to get an idea of what’s possible, and consider what might be best for you.
The Bad: Risks of Lip Augmentation
Obviously, there are risks involved with any surgery. Even with temporary fillers; inflammation, infection, or allergic reactions can complicate your procedure. Talk to your provider at length and make sure you understand what you’re getting into. At the very least, you’ll deal some swelling and bruising for a few days after the procedure, so never schedule your lip augmentation right before a once-in-a-lifetime event that needs you to be photo-ready. For more tips, check out this handy little guide to pre-wedding lip enhancement.
The Good: You Can Choose How Long Lip Injections Last
Commitment-phobic or ready for an LTR? Some injections last six months to a year, but some can last up to two years. And if you’ve loved the results of your lip injections in the past and you’re considering a more permanent solution for thin lips, don’t discount lip implants. A good, board certified plastic surgeon can guide you through these decisions and make sure you get the solution that’s right for you.
The Bad: Lip Augmentation Rumors Laid to Rest!
If you’ve been putting off lip augmentation due to some of the horror stories you’ve read online, don’t believe everything you hear.
- “My Lip Augmentation Won’t Look Natural!” – Well… not for the first few days. Bruising and swelling are quite common for up to a week after lip injections, but a reputable provider will keep things as subtle as you want them to be. Talk to a board certified plastic surgeon and ask lots of questions.
- “If I Do It Once, I’ll Have to Keep Doing It or My Lips Will Sag!” – Absolutely not true. Your lips are quite elastic and will bounce back just fine. The injections fade over time, and your lips will look just like the ones you were born with. In fact, since hyaluronic acid stimulates your body’s natural collagen, your lip skin may wind up healthier than before.
- “If I Hate It, I’ll Be Stuck With It Forever” – Lip implants are permanent, of course, but if you stick with hyaluronic acid injections your first time or two (until you’re sure you love the results), the procedure is 100% reversible by using an “eraser injection” called hyaluronidase. Read more specific information on hyaluronic acid fillers and discuss your options with your provider.
The Ugly: Avoid the Duck Lips!
We’ve all seen photos of someone who went off the rails and overdid the lip injections. The truth is that this look is rare. Rest assured that most procedures yield far more natural-looking results. Once the swelling goes down, it should not be obvious that you’ve had work done. As with any medical procedure, do your research and choose a reputable surgeon. Never compromise or cut corners with your health!