How to Use Hyaluronic Acid to Plump Lips
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a naturally occurring substance in the body that can attract water and keep your skin hydrated and firm. Dermal fillers, which are injectable cosmetic treatments, contain a synthetic version of this ingredient.
In this article, Dr. Leena Jain, one of Mumbai’s excellent Plastic Surgeons, has discussed how Hyaluronic Acid is used to plump or augment lips.
Learn about the advantages of using HA fillers for your lips, as well as the risks, side effects, and procedure steps.
Lip injections with hyaluronic acid have several advantages.
Like other types of dermal fillers, HA injections are strategically used by cosmetic surgeons to address concerns about volume loss. HA lip injections, in particular, may provide the following advantages.
HA lip injections are intended to make your lips look fuller and more youthful when performed by a licensed and experienced professional. These fillers may also improve the overall shape of your lips by redefining the border around them.
Reduction of wrinkles
Fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth may also be reduced with HA lip injections. Perioral rhytids (“smoker’s lines”) that run vertically around the mouth area, as well as smile lines, benefit from HA.
The effects of HA injections can be seen right after treatment. This may appeal to those looking for quick results.
Using hyaluronic acid fillers on your lips could have some negative consequences, according to Dr. Leena Jain.
Before getting HA fillers, make sure you tell your doctor about any underlying medical conditions you have. This procedure might not be suitable for you if you:
- have a history of clotting problems
- currently have diabetes and take immunosuppressive medications
- are suffering from an active herpes infection in the mouth
- are you pregnant or nursing a child
Even good candidates for HA lip injections may experience complications as a result of the procedure.
Before starting treatment, talk to your doctor about all of the potential risks.
Common side effects
Common side effects of HA lip fillers include:
- mild bruising and bleeding around the injection sites
- momentary purplish tone or redness, and abrasion of the lips
- temporary bumps or lumps that may arise around the injection sites
Any temporary discomfort or swelling should subside within 1 to 2 days of your procedure.
Uncommon side effects that should be reported to a doctor
You should notify your doctor right away if you experience any of the following unusual but potentially severe side effects from HA injections:
- vision changes
- blisters around the lips
- numbness or bluish coloring of the lips
- symptoms of an infection, like increased swelling, pigment changes, and drainage
- painful swelling that won’t go away
If you have symptoms of a severe allergic reaction, such as swelling, hives, breathing problems, go to the nearest emergency room.
The procedure for injecting hyaluronic acid filler
Before your procedure, your doctor may advise you to stop taking certain medications and supplements, such as blood thinners.
They’ll also draw a “map” of your lips to aid in planning injection sites. Throughout your HA lip filler treatment, you can expect to go through the following steps:
First, your surgeon will use an antibacterial solution to clean your lips. Your provider will apply a topical anesthetic to reduce pain during and after the procedure.
Your provider will begin the injection process once the anesthetic has been absorbed into the skin. They’ll massage the area after each injection and inject more solution if necessary.
Before the pre-procedure markings on your lips are removed, you and your provider will evaluate the results.
Your provider may give you an ice pack to apply to your lips before you leave.
The entire procedure takes only a few minutes, and you can return to most of your normal activities immediately following your appointment.
You may return to work immediately after treatment, depending on your comfort level. However, it would help if you refrained from engaging in strenuous physical activity for at least 48 hours.
Before and after
While your potential HA lip injection provider will have samples of their work, use them as a starting point to get an idea of the types of results you can expect.
Is it painful to have hyaluronic lip filler injections?
Lidocaine is used in most HA lip fillers to help with pain relief during the injection process. Each syringe may contain a combination of 20 mg/mL HA and 0.3 percent lidocaine, depending on the brand.
Your provider may also apply a numbing agent to your lips as a precaution.
Your provider will advise you to apply ice or cold compresses to your lips to help reduce post-injection pain and swelling.
What is the duration of hyaluronic lip filler injections?
The effects of HA injections are only temporary, so you’ll need to have regular maintenance treatments at least every six months to keep your results.
Even so, the exact timeline varies, with some people requiring maintenance treatments before six months. In other cases, treatment may last up to a year.
Lip filler alternatives to hyaluronic acid
It’s crucial to discuss options for HA lip fillers during your consultation with a potential cosmetic surgeon. This way, you’ll be able to make the best decision possible based on your desired outcomes, budget, and recovery timeframe.
- botulinum toxin (Botox) injections
- lip implants
- lip collagen injections
- fat or tissue grafting
Hyaluronic acid is a kind of dermal filler that can enhance the appearance of the lips.
Consider speaking with a board-certified cosmetic surgeon about using HA injections to add volume to the lips and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
While HA injections are considered non-invasive treatments, they do carry the risk of side effects. Because lip fillers aren’t permanent, you’ll need to schedule maintenance treatments regularly to keep your desired results.
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