What should I consider before getting lip fillers?

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Lip fillers are substances that are injected into your face to transform the shape of your lips, such as by adding volume or filling lines. Lip fillers are a popular option due to their instant results and short recovery time. However, despite the popularity of fillers, there is every reason to exercise caution before choosing to follow through with this process of lip augmentation. 

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It’s not a one-size-fits-all situation

There are various types of filler, just as there are various paintbrushes; each will have a distinct structural make-up. Speak to your lip practitioner about the options available and the way in which they work. 

Many believe that less is more: injecting small amounts of filler frequently over time will help you to attain the natural look rather than trying to achieve your perfect smile in one sitting. Those seeking a subtle lip augmentation commonly consider hyaluronic acid fillers to be the safest option as hyaluronic acid is naturally found in the body. 

Effective administration and cost 

Making sure that these fillers are administered properly is a critical element of the process. Seeking out a qualified and experienced specialist or practitioner is essential in ensuring that you avoid the risks of asymmetrical, bruised, bumpy, and/or swollen lips. 

Long-term damage can occur when a lip filler is injected incorrectly or in the wrong area. In a worst-case scenario, a vascular occlusion could occur, which is when the filler stops the blood flow through a vital artery.

The right specialist might be more costly, but you should never choose a cheaper alternative because there is a higher chance that the products are imitations, and that will increase your risk of tissue damage and allergic reactions. Ensure you have the necessary funds to afford the procedure: putting away some extra savings would be a good idea. Most prices in the UK range from £200 to several hundred pounds, depending on where you are treated and the type of product used. 

Botox may provide more natural outcomes

While lip fillers are typically the go-to option for lip enhancement, Botox can also be a good option for a natural lift. In contrast to lip fillers, which increase lip volume and make lips appear larger, Botox relaxes the muscles around the mouth and causes the lip to roll upward, creating the appearance of a larger lip without really increasing its size. This is known as a lip flip

A lip flip is a modest enhancement that is becoming more popular and is effective for many people who want a natural-looking lip enhancement without the volume. 

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Understand the risks before going ahead

There is always a risk when thinking about going ahead with lip augmentation, even if you mitigate the dangers by selecting an excellent lip enhancement specialist.

Discuss the potential risks with the practitioner that is performing the procedure well before the date. It also helps to get more than one opinion, so raise any questions and concerns with other practitioners when shopping around. Lastly, make sure you ask yourself if the procedure is right for you, and take your time with making the decision. 

The main risks of lip filler treatments include: 

  • Infection 
  • A lumpy appearance under the skin, which might need to be treated with medicine or surgery
  • Filler moving away from the intended treatment area which will need to be surgically removed
  • Scarring

In a worst-case scenario, you could suffer from a blocked blood vessel in the face which can cause tissue death and permanent blindness. 

If you have had a negative experience or are not happy with your fillers, talk to your practitioner at the clinic where you were treated. If you are still concerned, speak to your GP. 

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