Published on 4:30 pm, Wed, 3 April 19
Have you always been self-conscious about your thin lips? Do you want to restore lost definition and volume? Are you hoping to subtly enhance the appearance of your lips?
Even if you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you may be hesitant about undergoing lip fillers due to a number of common misconceptions.
To set the record straight, here’s the truth about five lip filler myths.
Fact: Lip fillers are meant to enhance the shape and fullness of lips, rather than dramatically increase their size. A skilled and experienced injector can precisely administer fillers so that lips are well-proportioned to one another and the rest of your features.
If you are concerned about an overly-plumped look, it’s a good idea to bring photos that demonstrate your aesthetic preference. Also, view the provider’s before and after pictures to make sure that you are on the same page.
Fact: In the past, products like collagen and silicone were used to augment lips.
However, today’s FDA-approved lip fillers are composed of hyaluronic acid – a sugar molecule that’s naturally produced by the body and found in skin and joints.
Accordingly, hyaluronic acid fillers offer extremely smooth and natural-looking results, with a very low risk of complication or allergic reaction.
Fact: Hyaluronic acid is gradually metabolized by the body over a period of several months. As a result, lip fillers are temporary and typically last 6-9 months.
What’s more, lip filler can be dissolved with an enzyme called hyaluronidase. Therefore, it’s possible to reverse or modify treatment effects.
Fact: To start, cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus and not lip filler. With that being said, if you do not have HSV, you will not get a cold sore following a lip filler treatment.
Even if you are prone to cold sores, your doctor can prescribe a prophylactic like acyclovir to limit the chances of an outbreak.
Fact: Any time a needle enters the skin, there’s some chance of an infection. This is true of blood draws, vaccinations, and IV drips.
However, if you are being treated by a qualified and experienced injector, they will take steps to ensure that your lip filler treatment is a safe as possible. This includes disinfecting the area with alcohol and always using a brand-new, unopened syringe for treatment.