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What Are The Different Types Of Lip Fillers?

Lip fillers are among the most popular facial feature-improvement treatments. Over the years, the number of lip fillers has increased, resulting in a handful of different types available, each with its own benefits. The bottom line of using one of the several types of lip fillers is the same: a fuller pout with improved fullness and symmetry. If you are considering lip fillers, here’s everything you need to know about the different types of lip fillers to find the best one for your needs.


The Different Lip Filler Types

Several types of lip fillers can be used to help improve the shape and appearance of the lips while restoring youthfulness. Lip fillers add volume to the lips to create a more perfect pout. Depending on what you have injected, some people may have less swelling and bruising than others, while some lip fillers can last longer.

Hyaluronic acid lip fillers

Most lip fillers rely on hyaluronic acid (HA), a synthetic substance similar to the natural hyaluronic acid in the body. HA fillers are often used to add or restore volume, improve the shape and structure of the top and bottom lips to correct their overall shape, and reduce lip lines while adding symmetry. HA lip fillers, including the most popular ones, Juvederm and Restylane, leave the lips feeling soft and natural. Each family of HA fillers has specific types of fillers used explicitly for the lips—Restylane Kysse and Refyne and Juvederm Volbella XC and Ultra XC—and are often used for enhancing the lip with filler.

HA fillers, which have an anesthetic in the formula to make the injection process more comfortable, can be injected into different parts of the lips, including the lip border, to create the desired effect. Adding filler to the outer lip border adds projection and makes the outer portion of the lips more defined while adding volume for added fullness can give them a plumper effect. These fillers, particularly Restylane Refyne and Belotero, can also be injected into the fine lines around the lips, such as the bar codes or smoker lines, for less of a wrinkled look. HA, lip fillers are a non-surgical treatment that enhances the lips for about six to nine months.

Other types of fillers can be used, like fat injections, which are permanent and a much more involved surgical procedure. In the past, fillers like collagen and silicone were popular but have since fallen out of favor for HA fillers.


The Benefits of Lip Filler

Lip fillers provide instant results, lasting about six to 12 months, on average, and sometimes longer in some patients. The reasons for getting lip filler vary, yet the treatment’s benefits are the same from one person to the next. The most significant advantages of lip filler include:

  • Increases lip shape and size for added confidence
  • Add volume and fullness to the lips, making them appear more plump and pout
  • Helps better define the cupid’s bow to create better symmetry
  • Reduces the look of fine lines on and around the mouth
  • The results are customizable and also reversible if you do not like them
  • Can add overall facial balance
  • There’s minimal downtime and no recovery, so that you can go right back to your regular activities
  • A quick, safe, and accessible treatment with a low complication of risk or side effects


Everything to Know Before Getting Lip Fillers

If you are considering getting lip fillers, there is plenty to know about the treatment to make sure it is the right fit for you. Most patients are very happy with the results and maintain them with regular touch-ups, but in order to meet your goals with the procedure, you should consider lip fillers for the right reasons.

Before injecting your lips with any type of filler, a consultation is necessary. During this time, we will discuss the entire procedure with you and what to know after your injections, too. Different injection techniques can be considered depending on the aesthetic goals you are trying to achieve.

We can apply topical numbing cream before your injections, but today’s lip fillers contain lidocaine in the formulas to make the treatment as comfortable as possible. Then, using a thin needle, we will delicately inject the filler into the lips where shape and volume are needed, including the upper and lower lips, the cupid’s bow, and the corners of the mouth. The entire treatment takes about 30 minutes.

There may be some minor swelling, bruising, and minor discomfort the day of and after getting lip filler, which can easily be managed with ice and over-the-counter pain relievers. Makeup can also be worn to help camouflage any signs of lip filler. Getting your lips injected before a big event is always best, so you have enough time for swelling to subside.

Lip filler can be the missing piece of your anti-aging and youth-boosting routine. Once many of our patients start with the treatment, they find it hard not to continue. Call our team today to determine if lip filler is suitable for you.