The first lip filler contained bovine collagen, and it was developed in 1981. However, due to the potential of developing an allergy to bovine collagen, scientists looked at other ways to increase the volume of the lips.
Today, most lip fillers contain hyaluronic acid, a substance that occurs naturally in the skin, ligaments, and eyes. It has a very low potential for causing an allergy.
Are you thinking about enhancing the size of your lips? Below, we asked Dr. Andrea Volk, our expert at SafiraMD Medical Aesthetics and Wellness Center, to share some signs that may indicate you’re a good candidate for lip fillers.
Lip fillers can add volume to the lips but can’t completely alter their shape. If you’re looking to increase the size of your lips and would be happy to preserve your lip shape, lip fillers may be a good fit for you.
If you don’t like the results, there are special enzymes that can dissolve hyaluronic acid fillers.
Smoking doesn’t impact the final results of lip fillers. However, smoking can slow down the healing process and increase your chances of developing an infection. For best results, quit smoking for at least a day before having your lips filled.
Lip fillers can last anywhere between 6-18 months, depending on the type. After this period, you need to repeat the procedure to maintain the results.
Conditions that may prevent you from being a good candidate for lip fillers include chronic cold sores, blood clotting disorders, and lupus.
Fillers aren’t just good for increasing the size of lips. They can also be used to mask scarring on the lips by adding volume to the problem area.
If you’re worried about possible interactions between medications you’re taking, or if you simply want to learn more about fillers and determine whether you’re a good candidate for them, contact us to schedule an appointment.
Dr. Volk will examine your lips, listen to your concerns, and let you know whether lip fillers can help you safely achieve your cosmetic goals.
Lip fillers have very few side effects, and there’s no downtime needed after the treatment. You may notice some minor swelling, redness, or bruising in the treated area, but these symptoms tend to go away on their own within a couple of days.