Lip Filler Questions Answered: Debunking the Myths

From 2000 to 2015, lip augmentation procedures in the U.S. skyrocketed by 50 percent.  In the age of social media and the selfie, many point to celebrities such as Kylie Jenner who regularly share photos highlighting a more voluptuous mouth as the driving force behind the spike.  However, the introduction of increasingly natural and safe lip filler options has also been a factor.  More now than ever before, patients can achieve the look they desire without fear of surgery, allergic reaction, or permanent changes to their appearance.

Still, despite the ever-growing popularity of fuller lips, myths that have developed over the course of less refined procedures remain in the minds of many.  Here are a few common concerns that often surround the process of lip injections, along with the facts that patients should really know.

Lip Augmentation will Cause Wrinkles around the Mouth

There is a misconception that increasing the size of the lips through temporary fillers will stretch the surrounding skin and eventually lead to wrinkles around the mouth.  Fortunately, this is not the case.  According to our own board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Chad Prather, “lip augmentation, whether done for volumizing the lips or for better defining the lip margin, does not lead to further wrinkling once the product has dissolved.  It may even help lines around the mouth (mildly) when present.”

Poor Lip Filler Results Cannot be Corrected

Perhaps the biggest fear that holds patients back from any given cosmetic procedure is that if they are not pleased with results, they will be stuck with them.  While a certain degree of refining can be done in most procedures, we can certainly understand this hesitation.  In fact, there are some filler options (poly-l-lactic acid or calcium hydroxylapatite) that require a year or sometimes more to break down completely.  However, this is one of the reasons we do not recommend these particular options for the lips.

Hyaluronic acid fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm not only offer a natural look, they are also easily reversed.  If displeased for any reason, patients can have the filler immediately dissolved with the injection of an eraser enzyme (hyaluronidase).

Fillers Stretch out Your Lips

Similar to the concern of mouth wrinkles, patients often fear that the added volume to their lips will leave them stretched out and deflated once the product dissolves.  In reality, anyone receiving lip injections can discontinue the treatment at any time without harming the appearance of their lips.  While the fullness may dissipate over several months to two years, the elasticity of the lips remains unaffected.  In fact, the best lip fillers actually stimulate the body’s own natural collagen production, helping to thicken the skin. 

Lip Augmentation Doesn’t Look / Feel Natural

Here is where the product and provider really come into play.  In the end, the ultimate purpose of lip fillers is to provide increased volume that retains a natural look and feel.  When done properly, no one other than the patient and physician should know that injections have been used.  Of course, such results depend on a high level of skill and experience.  For the best possible results, patients should seek out a dermatologist or plastic surgeon who regularly performs the procedure. 

As for the product, hyaluronic acid options currently offer the best look and feel for the lips.  When placed correctly and in the appropriate amounts, these fillers leave the lips volumized and soft to the touch.

If you are considering lip augmentation, the most important steps you can take are to thoroughly research your product and provider options.  Your level of satisfaction will depend entirely on getting these two factors right.  To learn more, contact either our Baton Rouge or Lafayette dermatology offices.