If you are on Instagram or Snapchat, you may notice that more than ever people seem have amazing pillowy lips! No, we aren’t going through a Darwin-like evolution or fuller lips, people are turning to lip injections to plump their pouts! If you have ever considered getting lip injections yourself, there are some things you might want to know! From how much they cost, to the possible risks, these are 10 things you should know about lip injections!
One of the first things you should know if you are considering lip injections is the price. There are many factors that go into how much a session will cost you, like location and how experienced your doctor is. But, in most cases lip injections will run you about $500 - $2000 per visit. Don’t expect to get any deals from your health insurance either. In most cases someone considering lip injections will have to pay in full out of pocket because health insurance does not cover the procedure.
How long lip injections last, depends on your body and how quickly it breaks down the filler. If you are on the thinner side, there is a good chance that your body will metabolize the filler quicker. That being said, you should expect the results to last 4 to 6 months. Also, if you continue to get your lips injected, the results will keep lasting longer. But, overall you shouldn’t expect results to last longer than 12 months.
Considering everyone has a different threshold for pain, it is hard to determine just how painful lip injections are. What is painful for you might be a cakewalk for someone else. According to people who have had lip injections, the procedure can run on a scale of not having any pain at all, to having to stop the procedure because they couldn’t handle the pain. The good news is they do numb the area where the injections are taking place, though you do have to live through the initial needle with numbing solution.
Someone considering lip injections should know that this isn’t a lunch break procedure. You will need about 2 – 3 days to recover from the side effects of getting your lips injected. Most commonly, people should expect swelling and bruising at injection sites that last 2 to 3 days. There could be less likely long term side effects such as, allergic reaction, prolonged swelling, infections, and even scarring.
The majority of risks come from people who are looking to get the most bang for their buck. When doing research for lip injections, you should always seek a professional such as a doctor, surgeon, or nurse practitioner. Risks include: lumps and irregularities of injection sites, ulceration or stiffening of the lips, tissue loss from injections into blood vessels, and allergic reaction that causes swelling, redness, and itchiness. To best protect yourself, make sure to do your research, and pick the right doctor!
Actually, there are people who are more likely better candidates for getting lip injections. If you have naturally fuller lips, you are more likely to have better results, and a lesser chance of complications. There are also people who shouldn’t get lip injections, for several reasons. If you are someone who has a current active infection, have facial nerve or bleed disorders, or diabetes, lip injection procedures could be a higher risk for you!