How lip fillers work, how much they cost and other common questions about cosmetic lip procedures

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Have you ever considered adding more volume to your lips? Have you ever felt like your lips would look better if they were bigger? Lip filler is a simple, uncomplicated cosmetic procedure. This popular procedure is utilized by people of many ages (21+, as approved by the FDA) and, as long as you’re in good health and don’t have any oral complications or infections, lip filler could be a good option for your cosmetic needs.

What is lip filler?

Lip filler is composed of hyaluronic acids (natural substances found in the fluids in the eyes and joints) that can be injected into the skin to add fullness to areas that have lost volume. These fillers are temporary, because they’re eventually absorbed by the body.

What causes loss of fullness in lips?

Age and genetics are two of the more common causes of loss of fullness in lips. Sun exposure and smoking can also cause the collagen in your lips to wear down.

What are the risks of getting lip filler?

Lip filler typically only results in minor annoyances like bruising, bumps and unevenness. You might experience mild pain during the procedure, but nothing alarming. Other potential complications to be aware of include:

  • arterial occlusion (when the arteries throughout the body gradually become narrowed)
  • skin necrosis (when blood and oxygen are limited in a specific area of the body, causing tissue to die)

You can avoid these risks by seeking an experienced medical professional for lip filler needs, such as a cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist. An experienced specialist will know where the filler should be placed and how to avoid skin necrosis and other complications.

It’s also important to remember that lip filler isn’t a magical cure for what may be ailing you or for everything that you might be dissatisfied with cosmetically. Your face isn’t symmetrical — including your lips — so changing the natural balance of your face can result in other little flaws becoming more noticeable.

Recovery after lip filler injections

With lip filler procedures, there’s no required down time. Sometimes your practitioner may massage the lips to ensure the filler is evenly distributed, or provide ice if your lips are a little tender. Some people have slight bruising or swelling that typically goes away within a few days. Otherwise, you can go back to your daily activities without hesitation.

How much does lip filler cost?

Lip fillers can range from $450 to $800, depending on the product you’d need. Fillers can last anywhere from six to 14 months. Because there are so many different fillers currently available, ask your doctor about what product would work best for you. And it doesn’t hurt to do a little research on your own before the procedure.

How to prepare for lip filler procedures

There’s little to no preparation needed leading up to a lip filler procedure. Often, you could literally walk in and receive treatment the same day as your exam. During the exam, the practitioner will ask a number of questions to ensure that lip filler is the safe choice for you. Be sure to share any concerns, former health complications or allergies. Your health care provider will examine you and your face to ensure that you’re guided in the right direction.

At Ohio State, we offer a variety of Cosmetic Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics services to help you look and feel your best, from surgical to non-surgical options

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