Lip injections are one of those procedures that people either swear by or swear it can only end up like those questionable lip jobs they saw on television. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of middle ground when it comes to these kinds of cosmetic fillers.
This wide spectrum of opinions is likely due to the amount of information – and, more importantly, misinformation – out there about the procedure and the results. It only takes a single Google search to find pictures of lip injections gone wrong, and a couple more clicks to hear a wide range of negative and positive stories about the procedure.
So, let’s take a look at the top 5 lip injection myths and see what we can do to debunk them one by one.
Myth #1: All Lip Injections Lead to “Duck Lips”
While those people on TV may seem to have overdone or obvious lip implants, that’s because they want to look overdone or obvious. All of the treatments we provide here are done to look natural and proportional.
This brings us to the notorious “duck lips” look that many people associate with the procedure.
The simple fact is that the only time this procedure results in that look is when the patient requests it. (Or when the procedure is performed by an inexperienced provider.)
There is, without a doubt, a fine line between a subtle and natural look and one that seems swollen and permanently pouty. And the thing that keeps you on one side of that line is the skill and experience of the doctor.
Myth #2: Anyone Can Provide Lip Injections
There are some spas and salons that offer cosmetic fillers to their patients, but this may not be the best choice for your smile.
This is not a very invasive procedure, which means that many different people in different positions can administer the treatment. However, you want to have it done by someone who is fully trained in the procedure and can perform it in a professional office setting.
We can take this even a step further. As experienced cosmetic dentists, we understand the shape of the jaw, teeth, lips, and gums and how they all work together to produce an amazing smile. We’ve spent years studying the mouth’s shape and worked on countless patients to improve their smiles. This is the kind of experience you want on the other side of a needle.
Myth #3: My Lips Will Feel Funny/Bumpy/Stretched/Deflated
A lot of concerns arise over how your new lips will actually feel. Even if they look natural, will they feel that way?
At Hazzouri Dental, we use the highest-quality, natural products to contribute to better results, but even then, it’s possible for the filler to leave some small bumps that can be felt on the inside of your lip. However, these bumps will disappear in just a couple days.
And yes, adding material to your lips will technically cause some stretching, but the muscles and skin in that area are very resilient, and there will not be any permanent damage.
You don’t have to worry about deflated lips, either. You don’t have to feel locked in to continued treatments to avoid that look. The hyaluronic acid used in these injections actually stimulates collagen production, so as natural enzymes start to dissolve the filler, what’s left is a natural substance that thickens the skin’s dermis.
Myth #4: I’m Stuck with the Results, Whether I Like It or Not
Some fillers can take a year or two to fully break down, so, in those cases, you will have to get used to the new look for a while. However, they will break down and gradually return to their old shape and size.
On the other hand, more temporary fillers, like the hyaluronic acid filler, can be removed by injecting an eraser enzyme. This will immediately dissolve the filler materials, resetting things back to their previous state. (There may be some swelling for a while, but once that goes down you’ll be back to normal.)
Myth #5: You Only Need Lip Injections if You have Thin Lips
It’s easy to believe that lip injections are only for people who are genetically prone to thin lips or have reached the age where they just naturally start to thin out.
The truth is there are plenty of reasons to consider lip injections. Some patients have disproportionate top and bottom lips, some want to adjust their Cupid’s bow, while others want to make their lips look a little more symmetrical.
And while it’s true that these injections can help fight the effects of aging, we have patients of all ages receive this treatment.
Still have more questions about enhancing your lips for the perfect smile? Give us a call and we’ll be glad to discuss it further.