How Safe are Lip Injections?

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If you are one of many people considering lip injections, you probably have two questions on your mind: “Do they work?” and “Are they risky?”

Those questions are only natural, so please review this comprehensive guide to learn everything you need to know about lip fillers so that you can make an informed decision.

Risks Associated with Lip Injections

When deciding on a lip enhancer, you’ll be faced with many options from your local cosmetic center. At San Diego Cosmetic Laser Clinic, with Dr. Parvin Mani, you will have a choice of Juvederm or Restylane, which each treatment having its own set of risks.

Whether you choose Juvederm XC or Juvederm Voluma XC, you may feel the effects for a few days, including tenderness or firmness, swelling, itching, redness or bumps. Though Juvederm Voluma causes more pain at the injection site, it’s used primarily on cheeks rather than lips. In general, lip fillers are a painless procedure due to numbing beforehand with little to no residual pain.

Restylane can cause similar issues such as tenderness, itching and bruising. In addition, it can cause headache. To minimize your risk of complications, avoid the procedure if you have bad acne, rashes, sores, hives or infections.

What Makes Lip Augmentation Safe

Lip injections are comprised of hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally occurring substance found in the human body. Though hyaluronic acid is the most common filler type used in cosmetic clinics today, there are other substances – such as collagen, fat injections and implants – that carry a higher risk and may not last as long.

By adding shape and volume, hyaluronic acid plumps lips relatively safely when compared to surgical procedures. It’s normal for the lip filler professional to manipulate your lips by squishing them together and spreading the substance for an even application. Within 15 to 30 minutes, you’ll leave the office with lips that will take shape within the following days.

Though you will likely experience some of the side effects noted above, they will dissipate quickly, making the lip filler a “lunchtime procedure” – meaning there is no recovery time needed and you can go about your day as normal afterward. It’s recommended that clients avoid non-steroidal anti-inflammatory pain relievers like aspirin and ibuprofen as they can increase the chances of bruising post-treatment.

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By scheduling a consultation with Dr. Parvin Mani and her team, you can learn more about the risks associated with each type of lip filler and determine if you’re a good candidate for injections. Dr. Mani will consult with you regarding your goals and then recommend which treatment will help you reach them.