Lip Filler Myths: 9 Misunderstandings You Need to Know.

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9 Common Lip Filler Myths:

We all know that lip filler can enhance the appearance of your lips by adding volume to thin lips, defining lip borders, correcting asymmetry, enhancing your cupids bow and generally improving the balance of your face. Despite their popularity, there are still many myths and misconceptions about lip filler that can be confusing and sometimes even deter people from trying them. In this blog post, we will address some of the most common lip filler myths.

 

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MYTH #1: Lip filler will feel rigid, lumpy and unnatural

This fear often stems from a misconception that the filler material will be noticeable under the skin, making the lips feel stiff and uncomfortable. When administered properly, lip filler can feel soft and natural, blending seamlessly with the surrounding tissues to create a smooth and comfortable result. Product choice is also important, as using a filler that is too thick and unyielding will produce undesirable results

The key to achieving a natural-looking and comfortable outcome is to choose a skilled and experienced injector who understands the anatomy of the lips, has a keen eye for aesthetics and knows how to use the right amount of filler, in the right places, to create a result that is both beautiful and comfortable. Additionally, newer generations of lip filler have advanced technology that allows for a more natural, soft and elastic feel compared to older generations.

 

MYTH #2: Lip filler is permanent and cannot be reversed

 
LIP FILLER IS NOT PERMANENT!

Most commonly used lip fillers consist of hyaluronic acid, which is a substance that occurs naturally in the body and is gradually absorbed over time. This means that the plumping effects of lip filler will fade with time, typically within about twelve months. However If you decide you no longer want lip filler, you can choose to have it dissolved with an enzyme called hyaluronidase.

 

MYTH #3: Lip filler always looks fake and obvious

One of the biggest concerns people have about lip filler is that it will look fake, unnatural and obvious. There are some truly scary images on social media and in the press. While this can be true in some cases, it is absolutely not a given and in my opinion far from the new norm. When administered properly, lip filler can enhance the natural shape and volume of the lips without looking fake. It all depends on the skill and experience of the injector. A trained and experienced injector will know how to create a natural-looking result that complements your individual facial features.

 

MYTH #4: Your lips will be saggy when the filler dissolves

If lip filler is added slowly and carefully, your lip structure will naturally expand with the filler then return to their natural state as the filler breaks down over time, or if the filler is dissolved with hyaluronidase. It is true that if you abuse your lips by rapidly increasing their size with too much filler beyond the body’s elastic capabilities then there is likely to be some permanent damage to their delicate structure, however an ethical practitioner would never allow this to happen.

 

MYTH #5: Lip filler doesn’t last very long

The longevity of lip filler can vary greatly depending on several factors.

The type of filler used can have a significant impact on how long it lasts.
Hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers, which are the most commonly used type of lip filler, can last twelve months or more. Other types of filler, such as collagen and fat injections, can last for several months to years, depending on the individual.

The amount of filler injected can also affect the longevity of the results but remember, overfilling can lead to a more unnatural look and may cause the filler to migrate out of the lip border into the surrounding tissues.

An individual’s metabolism can play a role in how long lip filler lasts. People with faster metabolisms may absorb the filler more quickly, leading to a shorter duration of effect.

With proper technique and appropriate use of filler, lip augmentation can last for a considerable amount of time and should not require frequent touch-ups. It is important for patients to work with a qualified and experienced injector who can provide personalised advice on the best approach for achieving their desired results.

 
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MYTH #6: Getting lip filler is extremely painful

Lip filler injections may cause some discomfort, but it is generally very well tolerated with local pain relieving measures. Most injectors will apply a topical numbing cream to the lips before the treatment to minimize any discomfort. Additionally, many fillers now contain lidocaine, a local anesthetic, to help further reduce pain and discomfort during the injection.

If you are still worried, it may help to know that Dental injectors can also numb the inside of the mouth (injection) when requested, but you will be VERY numb for hours afterwards.

 

MYTH #7: Lip filler is only for women

Lip filler treatment is DEFINITELY NOT just for women. Men can also benefit from this treatment if they want to enhance the appearance of their lips. In fact, lip filler is becoming increasingly popular among men who want to achieve a more defined and masculine look.

 

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MYTH #8: Lip filler is dangerous

As with any medical procedure, there are potential risks associated with lip filler injections. However, when performed by a medically trained and experienced injector, the risks are minimal. In most cases, side effects are limited to temporary swelling, bruising, and redness at the injection site.

There is a small risk of the filler causing a blockage to a blood vessel within the lips (vascular occlusion) which, if left untreated, can have serious consequences to the health of the lips and surrounding skin. However, prompt assessment and treatment with hyaluronidase to dissolve and clear the blockage will neutralise this risk.

 

MYTH #9: Lip filler is only for people with thin lips

Lip filler can be used to enhance the appearance of thin lips, but it can also be used to add volume and definition to lips that are already full. The goal of lip filler is to create a natural-looking result that complements your individual facial features, regardless of whether your lips are naturally thin or full.

 

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Lip filler can be a safe and effective way to enhance the appearance of your lips. By addressing some of the common myths surrounding this treatment, I hope you can make an informed decision about whether lip filler is right for you. If you are considering this treatment, be sure to choose a reputable injector with experience in lip filler injections, and follow their post-procedure instructions to ensure a successful outcome.

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The longevity of dermal fillers can vary greatly depending on several factors.

  1. The type of filler used can have a significant impact on how long it lasts. Hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers, which are the most commonly used type of lip filler, can last twelve months or more. Other types of fillers, such as collagen and fat injections, can last for several months to years, depending on the individual.
  2. The amount of filler injected can also affect the longevity of the results but remember, overfilling can lead to a more unnatural look and may cause the filler to migrate out of the lip border into the surrounding tissues.
  3. An individual’s metabolism can play a role in how long lip filler lasts. People with faster metabolisms may absorb the filler more quickly, leading to a shorter duration of effect.

 

With proper technique and appropriate use of fillers, augmentation can last for a considerable amount of time and should not require frequent touch-ups. It is important for patients to work with a qualified and experienced injector who can provide personalised advice on the best approach for achieving their desired results.

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