Do lip fillers stretch the lips? And other lip filler misconceptions
Whether you credit the rise in social media, Kylie Jenner or the increasing de-stigmatisation of cosmetic procedures, one thing is for sure: the number of people opting for lip filler treatment has never been higher. But still, when many people hear the words “lip injections”, they immediately think ‘overfilled and fake-looking’. Add to that a long list of common misconceptions, and you’re likely convinced that fillers aren’t for you. This misinformation is what prevents otherwise great filler candidates from having anything done. So, whether you’ve been putting off treatment due to the rumours that you’ve heard or you’re simply looking for more straightforward answers, we’ve gathered six common lip filler misconceptions to shed some honest light on.
Myth 1: Lip filler is irreversible if it goes wrong
Most good practitioners will recommend a Hyaluronic acid (HA) filler, especially if it’s your first-time undergoing treatment. If for any reason you don’t like the way the filler turns out, hyaluronic acid fillers can be dissolved with an enzyme that works to break up the bonds that hold the HA molecules together. All you have to do is wait for the swelling to go down and your lips will be back to normal once again.
Myth 2: Lip filler stretches the lips
The skin on our lips is some of the thinnest on our bodies, so it would make sense that injecting something into them would cause the skin to stretch, right? Wrong. In fact, this could not be further from the truth.
Your body naturally absorbs filler over time, regardless of where it’s injected, and your lips will return to normal after it wears away. Any filler leftover can actually thicken your skin’s dermis – the outermost layer that we want to keep thick and healthy in order to prevent fine lines and wrinkles.
Myth 3: Lip fillers never look natural
The problem with lips that look overfilled or puffy isn’t the filler as much as it is the injector. In short, please do your research and make sure that you’re seeing a medically qualified professional who is experienced and knows what they’re doing.
You can get both a natural or an unnatural result with most types of filler, but it’s the technique and skill of the injector that is going to ensure the lips are left subtle yet beautifully enhanced as though you were born with them.
Myth 4: Lip fillers are only for people with thin lips
Although adding volume is a common request, lip fillers can also be used to define the Cupid’s bow, correct asymmetry, balance disproportionate top and bottoms lips, adjust turned down corners and hydrate dry or cracked lips. Never underestimate the benefits that lip fillers can have or dismiss them just because you’re happy with the size of your lips. The benefits of well-placed lip fillers are endless.
Myth 5: You have to get them refilled all the time
You will need to get your lips touched up if you plan on maintaining your look, but not as often as you might think. It all comes down to the kind of filler used and where it was injected. Patients usually need their first touch-up after six months because the product breaks down much quicker in the mouth area due to frequent movement from chewing, talking or smiling. Over time, you will require less regular top-ups as some filler will remain even after the rest has been broken down.
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Disclaimer: Please be aware that results and benefits may vary from patient to patient taking into consideration factors such as age, lifestyle and medical history.