11th May 2017

Are lip fillers safe?

Last Modified: August 3, 2022

Currently, lip fillers are very much in fashion, and although some may argue that women have been known to take things too far, for the most part, lip fillers themselves can look absolutely fantastic and can make women of all ages, shapes, and sizes, look more beautiful than ever before.

Everybody wants to feel attractive in their own skin, which is why so many people spend so much time and money on their appearance. They dress nicely, they work out and try to stay in shape, and they purchase makeup, and beauty creams designed to help enhance their appearance.

Not only that, but people, and that includes men, also spend a great deal of their hard-earned money on cosmetic beauty treatments as well. As mentioned, lip fillers are hugely popular and are very effective if carried out correctly.

But what are lip fillers, how do they work, what’s involved in the procedure, and are lip fillers safe? Well, let’s take a look shall we, as we bring you up to speed on everything you need to know about lip fillers.

What exactly are lip fillers? Put simply, lip fillers are made up of a naturally occurring compound known as HA, or Hyaluronic Acid, which the body naturally produces. HA is commonly found in many beauty products and is a common ingredient used in many cosmetic procedures because it has the ability to hold more than 1000 times its own weight in water.

However, HA can only really work on the exterior of the skin as ordinarily, it cannot penetrate deep enough to have a real noticeable effect on the appearance, which is where lip fillers come into the picture. By injecting the HA into the body, it can then reach deep enough to provide noticeable effects on the body.

Lip fillers are considered effective because the body already has the ability to produce HA, meaning that it is more than willing to accept it and allow it to get to work almost instantly.

Once it reaches the inside of the body, it is easily broken down, gradually over a period of several months commonly. Lip fillers are designed to help plump up thin and lifeless lips, helping to create plump, luscious, full-looking lips which are considered a great deal more aesthetically pleasing.

Do lip fillers hurt? To some people, the thought of having a needle injected into their lips will be enough to reduce them to tears. However, don’t worry, because the procedure isn’t anywhere near as painful as it sounds.

Sure there is a very slight stinging sensation, but other than that, the procedure itself is largely pain-free.

Of course, different people have different pain thresholds, plus some doctors may be rougher than others, but generally, there is nothing to worry about. A numbing cream is also often applied to the area beforehand, meaning that most users don’t actually feel anything at all.

At Dr Aesthetica we always use numbing cream and patient comfort is a top priority.

Are lip fillers safe? – For the most part, yes, lip fillers are safe. However, it is also worth noting that, just like with any other aesthetic treatment, there are still risks and potential complications to be wary of. You should only allow fully qualified and professional experts to carry out the procedure on you.

There are some salons and spas that offer these treatments, but generally, they should be avoided as you will often find that those carrying out the treatment, do not possess the necessary skills and qualifications to do a safe and effective job.

On top of this, beauticians are not legally allowed to prescribe painkillers and other medications to help you deal with the treatment and manage any possible pain and discomfort. This is where Dr Aesthetica is different; all treatments are carried out by doctors who are fully trained and insured.

What are the possible risks? – Even the most non-invasive treatments currently available will pose certain risks to people, and with lip fillers, this is no different. Whilst very, very safe and largely pain-free, there are certain risks which some patients should be aware of.

For example, after a treatment, some patients may experience minor bruising and swelling around the injection site. The area may also become red and inflamed.

Because of this, if you are having your lips done so that you look great for a special event, I.E a wedding, it is recommended that you have the procedure carried out around one week prior to the event in question, just so that you allow your lips enough time to recover.

Post Reviewed by: Dr Baldeep Farmah
Medically Reviewed on: 11th May 2017
Dr Baldeep Farmah is the Medical Director and lead Doctor of Dr Aesthetica, a Medical Aesthetic Clinic.

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