Lip fillers have become increasingly popular in recent years, with many people looking to enhance their lips for a fuller, more voluptuous look. But with any cosmetic procedure, there are risks involved. Before you decide to get lip fillers, it's important to understand the potential side effects and long-term impacts of the procedure. The most common side effect of lip fillers is swelling and bruising around the injection site.
This is usually temporary and should subside within a few days. However, using too much lip filler product can permanently stretch the skin on your lips. Other possible side effects include rashes and bumps, itching (which can be a sign of an allergic reaction), skin damage and scarring near the injection area, and vascular occlusion (blockage of blood vessels). Vascular occlusion can be very dangerous, as it can cause blood clots and dead tissue.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved the use of lip fillers in people under the age of 21, as the risk of causing damage to the lip may come from removing or trying to reverse the more permanent options for thicker lips. When getting lip fillers, it's important to find a healthcare provider who specializes in this procedure. Your healthcare provider will insert 1 milliliter (ml) of lip filler into your lips, which is about one-fifth of a teaspoon. It's also important to schedule a follow-up appointment two weeks after the procedure to ensure that your lips maintain a consistent and even volume with the right amounts of filler administered each time.
Your healthcare provider will first numb your lips with a local topical cream before using small thin needles on your lips. Trusted providers will inform patients that the effects of lip fillers wear off gradually, over approximately four to six months. Lip fillers are very safe when performed by an experienced healthcare professional, including a plastic surgeon, dermatologist, or cosmetic surgeon.However, as with any viral trend, there is a lot of misinformation in the health and beauty industry surrounding lip fillers and their long-term impacts on patients. It's important to do your research before deciding to get lip fillers and make sure you are working with an experienced healthcare provider who can answer all your questions.