Injectable lip augmentation techniques can be used to create fuller, thicker lips with little to no downtime. Hyaluronic acid fillers are generally safe and unlikely to cause an allergic reaction, but they are not permanent and may require touch-up treatments to maintain results. Overuse of fillers can lead to longer-term damage, including lip wrinkles, impaired attachment of facial fat pads, and skin irregularity and aging. If you have a BLT allergy, your healthcare provider may give you a nerve block injection to numb your lips.
After carefully marking the areas to be injected, very fine needles are used to inject the substance into the lips. Keeping ice on the lips before injections also helps numb the area and potentially helps with bruising and swelling. With lip filler, inexperienced or uncertified doctors may incorrectly advise patients on how much filler should be injected or how often they should return for treatments. The most serious risk associated with dermal fillers is accidental injection into a blood vessel.
If you are left with loose lips as a result of regular overinflation, the only remedy is lip reduction surgery, that is, trimming excess skin, which can leave significant scars. In addition to these risks, there have been reports of nodules developing after Restylane injections. In one case, a 48-year-old woman developed a lump on her upper lip two months after receiving a single Restylane injection. Another patient developed multiple “sterile abscesses” after injecting Restylane into her lips and nasolabial folds.
It is important to find a trusted provider who will inform you of the risks associated with lip fillers and ensure that the right amounts of filler are administered each time. Enhanced lips can make your lips thicker and fuller, but it will still be you when you leave the doctor's office.