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How to Plump Lips Without Fillers

After the rise of social media and selfies, the number of people looking for soft, plump, and healthy lips has reached an all-time high. In turn, this has increased the popularity of lip fillers, a type of dermal fillers that provide fuller, plumper lips. Lip fillers provide the fastest and most effective results. However, they come with side effects such as swelling and bruising. They may also be expensive, making you want to try other methods of getting sexy lips. What are these lip filler alternatives? Read on to find out.

What are Lip Fillers?

Lip fillers are gel-like substances injected into your lips to boost their appearance. They contain materials that mimic substances that your body produces naturally, such as collagen and hyaluronic acid, making them safe. Lip fillers are used to erase fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth and lips, boost the lip shape, and add volume to the lips. The procedure takes 20-30 minutes and you can enjoy the results for 6 to 18 months.

Risks Associated with Getting Lip Fillers

As with anything in life, lip fillers come with risks, which may convince you to try other methods of improving the appearance of the lips.  In most cases, the injections may cause bruising, bleeding, infections, and lumps. They might also cause a significant reduction in the blood that gets to the tissues, causing tissue death.

How Much Do Lip Fillers Cost?

In the UK, lip fillers can cost from £200 to several hundred pounds, according to the National Health Service(NHS). The cost of dermal fillers is influenced by factors such as the type of filler used, the amount of the filler used, the expertise of the practitioner, and the location of the clinic.

Lip Filler Alternatives

If you are considering the price of lip fillers or are afraid of the side effects associated with these minimally invasive cosmetic treatments, you may want to try the following options that also provide excellent results.

Hyaluronic Acid Lip Balms and Serums

Hyaluronic acid in lip fillers breaks down and interacts with water molecules, providing hydration from the inside. Hyaluronic acid balms and serums are used on the lips topically, which can also lead to well-hydrated and plump lips. Hyaluronic acid is one of the materials found in lip fillers that your body makes naturally to maintain moisture. When used topically, hyaluronic acid adds water content to the top layer of the lips, making them thicker and fuller. It also creates soft and smooth lips, making them glossy.

Healthy Diet

Adopting and following a diet with a lot of vitamins and nutrients is good for your lips and overall health. Eat foods that promote healthy levels of collagen such as fish and vegetables for fuller and elastic lips.Low levels of collagen contribute to issues such as wrinkles and age lines.

LED Lip Lights

LED lip lights emit red and infrared that stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, two compounds that provide smooth, plump, and firm skin. These devices can also eliminate lines and make your lips rosy. To reap maximum benefits from LED lip lights, use them for at least 10 minutes daily.

A Hydrafacial Perk Treatment

A hydrafacial perk is another great way to get smooth and plump lips without lip filler injections. It works by exfoliating your lips and providing antioxidants and hydrating ingredients, making your lips appear fuller and plumper.

Facial Exercises

Facial exercises that target the muscles around your lips can improve fullness and plumpness. They strengthen these muscles, which can make your lips bigger. Exercises that can engage these muscles include puckering your lips or smiling widely.

DIY Lip Masks

DIY lip masks with natural ingredients such as cinnamon and honey can do wonders for your lips. These ingredients can increase blood flow to your lips, making them appear plumper.  For the best results, use the mask for 10-15 minutes daily.

Lip Care Routine

Building a lip care routine can enhance the plumpness of your lips. Perform gentle exfoliation on your lips once or twice a week to get rid of dead skin cells and increase blood flow to the lips. Once you do, apply a lip balm with hydrating ingredients such as shea butter and coconut oil to maintain soft and supple lips.


Taking water even when you are not thirsty can keep your body and lips properly hydrated. When you are dehydrated, your lips become thinner and wrinkled, making fine lines more visible. Drink a lot of water throughout the day to maintain healthy lips.

Lip Plumper

A lip plumper contains plumping ingredients such as menthol, ginger, peppermint, and capsicum. All these increase blood flow to the lips, providing a plumping effect.  Some lip plumbers come with hyaluronic acid that can further improve the appearance of your lips.

Essential Oils

Essential oils such as peppermint oil, chamomile oil, lavender oil, and lemon oil can increase blood flow to the lips. They are also a noteworthy source of antioxidants that improve the skin’s texture and keep dryness at bay.

A Lip Filler You Should Avoid

One lip filler alternative you should avoid is hyaluron pens. While these pens are often marketed as one of the best alternatives to hyaluronic-based fillers, they are unreliable and unsafe. With these devices, you use a lot of energy to give your lips hyaluronic acid, which can cause lip trauma. Furthermore, you can shove too much or too little hyaluronic acid into your lips.

The Bottom Line

While lip Fillers are known for providing the fastest and most effective results, they are not the only way to achieve fuller and plumper lips. If you are worried about their costs or want to avoid the side effects, try other methods such as hyaluronic lip products, LED Lip lights, a Hydrafacial perk, lip plumpers, facial exercises, and essential oils. Although hyaluron pens are said to be a better alternative to HA-based fillers such as Restylane, Juvéderm, and RHA (Resilient Hyaluronic Acid), they are a no. If you think lip fillers are great for you, be sure to get services from a reputable clinic and a highly skilled or experienced practitioner to get quality results.

Barbara Santini
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