8 Common Myths about lip fillers
Lip augmentations are procedures designed to produce fuller, sexier lips, and most often use dermal fillers to achieve that goal. But there’s a lot of confusion about exactly what a lip augmentation is, and what it does.
We will dispel some of the most common myths out there and clear some doubts you might have before getting lip fillers.
Myth #1: Once you get filler, you will become addicted to it and have to get filler forever.
Fillers are just like Botox, we love the results but our faces cannot get addicted to it, leaving us as slaves to injections. The hyaluronic acid fillers are specifically made to be temporary and gradually be dissolved by your body. After they are dissolved in your body, your face will return back to the exact way it was before, no more, no less. New York Dermatologist Jessica Krant says, “The only addiction might be that you love how the fillers look and want to do it again and again.”
Myth #2: If you get injected with filler you will look fake and it will be obvious.
Fillers will make you look fake or plastic when they are overdone or misplaced. This is why is important to always seek out for dermatologists or plastic surgeons who have years of experience injecting and can inject you according to your features.
Myth #3: Getting filler is very painful
Yes, lip fillers look very painful but they are not as bad as they look. Pretty much every type of hyaluronic acid injectable that’s currently approved for use in the U.S. contains lidocaine, which takes effect as soon as the product is injected to make the entire process more comfortable. Also, a dental block may be injected too, so you’ll feel absolutely no pain at all.
Myth #4: If my lips turn out bad, there’s nothing I can do to fix it.
It depends. Some fillers such as poly-l-lactic acid or calcium hydroxylapatite take 1 year or two to break down. But if you use a hyaluronic acid (HA) filler, such as Restylane Silk the results will look really natural and the doctor can inject an eraser enzyme, hyaluronidase to immediately dissolve the filler if you don’t like the results.
Myth #5: Lip fillers will stretch my lips out. Once I get it, I’ll have to continue forever or else my lips will deflate.
Injecting hyaluronic acid filler into the skin actually stimulates collagen production. Even after your body’s natural enzyme dissolves it, what’s left over actually thickens your skin’s dermis, the outermost layer of the skin.
Myth #6: Lip injections are only for people with thin lips:
Although the most common use of fillers is for adding volume, fillers can be used to adjust undefined Cupid’s bows, asymmetry, disproportionate top, and bottom lips turned down corners, and even dry or cracked lips, which can appear smoother and glossier with fillers.
Myth #7: My smile is going to look weird if I get my smile lines filled out.
Your smile can change if too much filler is injected into the parenthesis lines around your mouth. Especially, because injecting too much product can make your lips look puffy. The best way to treat smile lines is to lift the skin fold that is falling forward and injecting the filler on the cheek area and not directly on the smile lines themselves.
Myth #8: Fillers increase your risk of cold sores.
Dermal fillers are totally sterile—people who have a history of cold sores are simply more likely to experience them after a procedure since a lip augmentation puts stress on your lips.
Let your surgeon know if you have a history of cold sores so he or she can incorporate that information into your surgical plan.