13th February 2020

The Key Benefits and Risks Associated with Getting Lip Injections

Last Modified: August 10, 2022

The Key Benefits and Risks Associated with Getting Lip Injections

43% of surveyed UK residents said they'd consider getting non-surgical cosmetic procedures. The fact is, these treatments are getting more and more commonplace, as social media influencers are routinely getting them done.

Because of this, you may be thinking of getting some procedures done yourself, such as lip injections. But are they safe? And how much do they cost?

If you're thinking of getting lip injections but have some questions and concerns, then don't worry. We'll cover all the key benefits and risks associated with getting lip injections in this article.

What Are Lip Injections, Exactly?

Lip injections are also known as lip fillers, which are a type of dermal filler. In general, they use hyaluronic acid (HA), which you actually naturally make in your own body.

Juvederm Ultra 2 is a commonly used dermal filler; we at Dr Aesthetica use this for our lip injections along with Revolax Deep.

How Are Lip Injections Done?

When you arrive at your appointment, you'll discuss with the doctor what the results you achieve are. With this information, they can show you where they'll make the injections.

We use strong topical local anaesthetic which helps to make the procedure more comfortable.

What Are the Benefits of Getting Lip Injections?

Now that you know a little bit about the lip injection procedure, let's move onto the benefits. Read on to find out why you should get lip injections.

Quick Procedure

From the moment you set foot inside the doctor's office to the moment you leave, it'll take under an hour; if there's no wait, you can possibly be out in 30 minutes!

This means you can book an appointment during your lunch break and make it back without missing a minute of work.

It's Not Painful

If you're afraid of pain, then you might be apprehensive about cosmetic procedures, especially surgeries. Lip injections are a great alternative, as you'll barely feel anything at all.

Because your lips are numbed up, the most you'll feel is the prick and maybe some pressure.

There's No Downtime

After you're done with your lip injection, you can walk straight out of the office and go on with your regular daily activities (for the most part; we'll explain later).

This is because you don't have any incisions to deal with like you would with surgery. The injection sites will be very small, so you won't have any gaping wounds to worry about.

You Don't Have to Take Medications Afterward

When you go through major surgery (as you would have to with plastic surgery), doctors usually prescribe you some heavy painkillers to get through the pain of the healing phase.

Considering the US is in the throes of an opioid epidemic and the UK may be following in their footsteps, it's best if you avoid these heavy medications.

With lip injections, you won't have to take any medications. The most would be antihistamines or oral steroids to keep the swelling down.

You Get More Natural Results

While some people like to get dramatic results with cosmetic procedures, maybe you're a fan of more natural results.

The great thing about lip injections is they'll subtly plump your lips. So while people may be able to tell something's different with you, it won't be glaringly swollen lips that catch their attention.

What Are the Risks Associated With Lip Injections?

As with most other things in life, nothing is all perks and no downsides. Here are some of the common risks associated with lip injections.


If the doctor is good at performing lip injections, you shouldn't get lumps. However, if your lips are extremely small, there's a slight chance you might end up with a lump.

Bleeding and Bruising

There's a chance your lips might bleed and/or bruise after your injections. This is why doctors recommend you stop taking blood thinners and painkillers, as well as cease drinking alcohol 10 days before your appointment.

Vascular Occlusion

This is a rare risk, but it does happen. This is where a blood vessel is blocked with a clot or with dermal filler. There has been a rise of this occurring in the UK after treatments.

If this happens, you risk getting tissue necrosis, which is where your flesh essentially dies.

However, this can be easily avoided if your doctor stays away from problem areas.

Also, if you suspect you have vascular occlusion, seek medical treatment right away. The doctor can dissolve your injection to save as much tissue as possible. They can also use hyaluronidase as treatment.

How Often Should I Get Lip Injections?

A fact you should know about lip fillers and HA is your body will naturally break it down. This means after some time, if you want to retain the same results, you'll need to return to your doctor to get another injection.

How Much Do Lip Injections Cost?

The prices for lip injections will vary from clinic to clinic. However, here at Dr Aesthetica, we charge £175 for 0.5m of Juvederm Ultra 2 and £250 for 1.1ml.

Getting Lip Injections Isn't as Scary as You Think It Is

As you can see, getting lip injections really isn't as daunting as you imagine. Considering the appointment's short, barely any pain is involved, and there's practically no downtime, this is a great way to give your thin lips just a bit of a boost.

So if you want to get some fuller lips to better complement your look, consider having lip injections done.

Are you ready to get your lip injections? Then get in touch with us now to book an appointment.

Post Reviewed by: Dr Baldeep Farmah
Medically Reviewed on: 13th February 2020
Dr Baldeep Farmah is the Medical Director and lead Doctor of Dr Aesthetica, a Medical Aesthetic Clinic.

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