A smile can be one of the best assets of a person. With those charming, kissable and luscious lips, no one can definitely resist the power of a smile. Along with a winning smile comes great lips as well because no smile can be completed without that perfect set of lips.
How Long Do Lip Injections Last?
Since lips are an important facet of a person’s face, most people want their lips to be noticeable and more prominent. In some cases that a person is not satisfied with his or her naturally God-given lips, he or she may undergo a lip job.
A lip job or also called a lip augmentation is a process where a person can achieve a fuller and plumper lip compared to his or her natural lips. Our lips also ages just like any other parts of our body and because of the aging process; some older people subject themselves to this procedure to maintain the youthful appearance of their lips. A lip job is most often done using lip injections to provide the desired look for a person’s lips. However, there have been other techniques that have developed and used during the years.
Each technique also have their own set of period until they wore off, except for artecoll and silicone which are considered permanent. If you want your lips done, consult your doctor and your doctor might recommend you these techniques and substances:
1. Artecoll and Silicone
If you want a permanent lip augmentation, you may go for artecoll or silicone. Artecoll contains PMMA or polymethylmethacrylate, these are tiny microspheres that stay in the lips permanently. However, this method is not always recommended because people who went for this kind of treatment experienced a lot of side effects including inflammation, and small nodules that are considered annoying by the person. If you have this procedure and you want to remove it, you might need to undergo a surgery to get rid of it.
2. Autologen Fillers
This type of filler will come from your own skin and is the best method for those people who have sensitive reactions to other fillers. Since the substance to be injected comes from your own skin, there is no fear for any allergic reactions to occur. Moreover, an autologen filler is also long lasting compared to the other types of collagen lip injections.
3. Collagen-based Fillers
Collagen-based fillers can either be bovine or human collagen. If you want a collagen-based filler, you must know the difference between bovine and human collagen so that you will be able to choose the thing to be injected to you. Human collagen comes from humans and though there is a lesser tendency for an allergic reaction to occur, it only last for at least 3 months. Bovine, on the other hand, comes from cows and have a higher risk for an allergic reaction compared to human collagen but will last longer.
4. Fat injections
As what the name presents, this lip injection will come from your own fats that are being harvested from different parts of your body through liposuction. Using your very own fat to enhance your lips is also at an advantage when it comes to allergies because you will not feel any allergic reactions considering that the fat to be use will be your own. These fats can be injected into the lips but can also be put through surgery. The surgery will require a general anesthesia before the doctor can proceed. Fat fillers may last for a period of 3 to 6 months the most.
5. Hyaluronic Acid-based Fillers
Hyaluronic acid is our body’s own substance that keeps our skin and lips smooth and well-hydrated. As said earlier, our lips is affected by aging because when a person ages, there is a decreased production of this substance resulting to dry and thin lips. With a hyaluronic acid (Juvaderm or Restylane) injected, the lips will become fuller and plumper which will last for an average of 6 months.
If you are a person who does not want surgical procedures to be done to achieve your desired effect, you may opt to have non-surgical procedures which can either be:
- Suction pumps: As the name suggests, a suction pump works by increasing the blood pressure of both lips and slowly pulls them outward through a vacuum pumping technique.
- Lip plumper: A lip plumper works by irritating the skin surrounding the lips using substances such as Capsiacin, a component of chili pepper which is an irritant to humans. Using this substance will lead to swollen lips and the impermanent look of a fuller lips.
When getting a procedure for a lip job, there might be some things you need to avoid before and after the procedure. This is to ensure that the effect will be optimized and there will be no bad effects on you and your lips.
- Do not exercise on the scheduled day of your lip job as this can increase blood flow to your face.
- You must also avoid having a massage and facial.
- Avoid medications (painkillers, Vitamin E and fish oil) that cause your blood to thin to decrease bruising and bleeding during and after the procedure.
- If you have cold sores or a history of having it, you must take medication earlier to prevent yourself from acquiring it after the procedure because injections can prompt cold sores.
Having a lip job is usually done by people for aesthetic purposes and though the effects of the procedure will look good, you must expect some bruising and bleeding after the procedure. Rest assured that this is just a normal effect and may be gone after 5 to 7 days from the procedure.
If you really want to undergo a lip augmentation, you may need to have regular treatment to maintain the look of your lips since most procedures are only temporary except for the artecoll. You may need to have 2-4 treatments per year depending on the type of procedure you choose since some last for only 3 months and some for 6 months. If and ever you decide to stop the lip treatment, your lips will just go back to their normal state.