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Types of Lip Fillers: What’s Right for You?

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If you feel like your lips are thin, or you’d like to add some volume, we have a surprise for you. Dermal fillers, such as lip fillers, are injectable treatments widely used to increase the volume of your kissable lips. 

There are several types of lip fillers, including hyaluronic acid fillers, collagen fillers, and fat transfer lip injections. With so many types, deciding which is right for you might feel overwhelming.

A consultation with a trained, experienced medical professional can help you uncover which type of lip filler to choose based on your goals. 

What Are Dermal Fillers?

Over time, the skin naturally loses collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid, causing the formation of lines, wrinkles, and a loss of facial fullness. Dermal fillers might be your perfect answer to adding volume, smoothing lines, and restoring your youthful appearance. 

Dermal fillers are versatile and can be used for many purposes on your face:

  • Facial wrinkles
  • Under-eye area
  • Smile lines
  • Cheeks
  • Lips
  • Chin and jawline

Hyaluronic Acid Lip Fillers

Hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers have an amazing ability to mimic the natural feel of your lips. They can provide a soft, smooth texture that integrates seamlessly with the surrounding tissue, avoiding appearing artificial when injected skillfully.

Hyaluronic acid fillers used as a lip filler can adjust your lip shape, structure, and volume. Popular brand names in this category include Teosyal, Merz, and Restylane. The appeal of HA fillers lies in their versatility and reversibility, making them an excellent choice for those new to lip enhancement. HA products can be dissolved with an enzyme called hyaluronidase, allowing for corrections or adjustments if needed.

Most HA fillers last 6–18 months, depending on factors like age, metabolism, and the treatment area. When HA dissolves, you may need touch-ups to maintain your desired results. 

Other Types of Lip Fillers

HA fillers might dominate the market, but there are other types of lip fillers that cater to different preferences and circumstances. Some individuals may prefer longer-lasting options, while others might prefer the idea of natural substances.

Collagen Fillers

Collagen is a protein found in the skin and it can be used as a filler to enhance volume and add fullness to the lips and face. Collagen fillers may provide a more extended duration of results, but the risk of allergic reactions and the availability of more advanced alternatives have limited their popularity.

Fat Transfer Lip Fillers

Fat transfers involve harvesting fat from one part of the body and processing it before injecting it into the lips.

Fat transfer offers the advantage of using the body’s own tissue, reducing the risk of allergic reactions. However, it can be time-consuming, and results may vary. 

What to Expect When Getting Lip Fillers

Your lip filler consultation gives you time to discuss your:

  • Medical history
  • Specific goals
  • Concerns 

Once you’re comfortable and ready, we start by disinfecting the injection site and using a topical or vibration anesthesia for comfort. We then skillfully administer the filler.

For even distribution and optimal results, we might massage the treatment area. It’s important to note that, like any cosmetic procedure, it’s possible you could experience swelling, bruising, and mild asymmetry following treatment in the coming days. However, these effects are typically temporary, resolving within 1–2 weeks.

A nurse injector wearing a mask administers lip filler on a young woman's bottom lip.

A Customized Approach to Fuller Lips

Choosing the right lip filler is a personal decision that should align with your goals, preferences, and lifestyle.

Let’s get started. Book an appointment with Iconic Beauty Aesthetics.

Written by Sarah Noble

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