14th November 2018

How To Fix Botch Filler Jobs

Last Modified: July 30, 2022

A recent study has shown that lip augmentations have gone up 43% since 2000. With so many new products and techniques, it's easy to see why.

But what happens when something goes wrong? This is where lip filler removals come in handy.

It's relieving to know that in the event of a poor lip filler job, you can take actions to reverse it. But before we get into lip filler removal, it's important to know more about lip fillers.

What Are Lip Fillers?

Lip fillers are a non-permanent beauty procedure to create the effect of fuller looking lips. They typically last only three months to a year and are injected into the lips to add temporary volume.

While methods like Botox and lip plumping lipsticks have been used to create the perfect pout, lip fillers are considered a safe and effective technique to create the look. There are several different types of lip fillers including Restylane, Restylane-L, Restylane Silk, Juvederm Ultra XC, and Juvederm Volbella XC.

Lip Fillers vs. Botox

It's easy to see how people could mix up lip fillers and Botox. While they both come in the form of an injection and are used to create a more youthful, they're still very different.

Botox is used throughout the face and is also commonly used to relax the facial muscles that create wrinkles. The effects of Botox typically last longer than fillers, which can also be used on the skin to create a younger look.

While Botox freezes the muscles, fillers typically use hyaluronic acid to "fill in" and add plumpness to specific areas.

What's in Lip Fillers

The base ingredient in lip fillers is Hyaluronic Acid. But, depending on the type of lip filler, there may be additional ingredients added in.

These ingredients may include collagen and/or lidocaine. In some cases, lip filler could be used with small amounts of fat drawn from another area of your body through a process called liposuction.

Lip Filler Costs

Despite the fact that lip fillers are not permanent, they can still cost a pretty penny. The estimated cost of a lip filler can start at £110 and can go up to the thousands.

Why so expensive? The lip treatment has to be administered extremely carefully, requiring the services of a highly trained plastic surgeon.

Even after the injection takes place, the area must be firmly massaged, to allow the lips to look even in their fullness.
The cost of the treatment will also depend on the product you choose. Some lip fillers publicised by celebrities will come in at a higher price.

Where to Get Lip Fillers

While there are a number of online sources selling dermal lip fillers, you'll want to be sure to order yours from a trusted source. Be sure that the product your purchasing comes certified by someone with a medical background that understands the importance of safety and cosmetic excellence.

Not purchasing lip fillers from the right source can result in never really knowing what's in the injection. This can cause major health concerns and complications.

Normal Lip Filler Side Effects

Even with the highest quality of lip fillers there are expected to be some minor side effects. These side effects are temporary and typically reside within a few days.

Side effects may include:

  • Redness or added tenderness where the injection took place
  • Swelling or bruising
  • Some bleeding where the injection took place
  • A reaction that occurs in the form of cold sores or fever blisters

If you experience anything much worse than these, you may have gotten a bad lip job.

Signs of a Bad Lip Job

While the side effects listed above are normal, there are some more serious side effects that typically come as a result of a botched lip injection job.

These side effects may include:

  • Swelling or bruising that continues four a week after the lip injection occurred
  • Poor lip asymmetry (having parts of the lips with different sizes)
  • Infection of the skin
  • Infection within a blood vessel
  • Loss of tissue
  • Ulcer, scars, or a stiffness within the lip
  • An allergic reaction that results in redness or swelling.

The good news is, if any of these problems occur, you don't have to wait for the injection to gradually fade away. There are filler removal products and techniques that can reverse the job.

Using Lip Filler Removal

Filler removal is a process (that also occurs through injection) to actively dissolve the original filler injection. It's important that this process is also done by a trained plastic surgeon to avoid another botched procedure.

Filler removals can be on the pricier side, starting at about £250. Yet, if you're experiencing any of the negative side effects listed above, it's important to have your filler removed as soon as possible. This is for both health and aesthetic reasons.

How Does That Work?

Lip fillers removal works by injecting hyaluronidase, or a mixture of the two, under the surface skin of the lip to dissolve the plumper look. The amount of the hyaluronidase that's injected depends on how much you want to decrease the size of the lips.

Once the hyaluronidase is injected, the enzyme breaks down the hyaluronic acid naturally found in lips, making it easier for the body to absorb. As a result, injection dissolves at a rapid rate returning you to your normal lip state.

Dealing with a Poor Lip Filler Job

Dealing with a botched lip job can be a terrifying experience. Not only have you wasted your money on unprofessional work, but you're also left vulnerable to some real health concerns.

It's also important that the experience doesn't permanently put you off lip fillers. When done by a professional with lip fillers purchased from a credible source, lip injections can be a practical beauty tool.

Contact us today to learn more about lip fillers, lip filler removal and finding the right cosmetic procedures for all of your beauty needs.

Post Reviewed by: Dr Baldeep Farmah
Medically Reviewed on: 14th November 2018
Dr Baldeep Farmah is the Medical Director and lead Doctor of Dr Aesthetica, a Medical Aesthetic Clinic.

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