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Dermal Fillers

Where to Get Lip Fillers

Lip fillers are among the most popular aesthetic procedure performed in the cosmetic industry today. This article explains where individuals can get lip fillers for the treatment procedure on their lips.

The cosmetic industry is blooming as aesthetic treatments are coming into the limelight. Among the clients who get lip fillers are women looking for ways to enhance their features and maintain a youthful look. Considering lip fillers, a renowned professional cosmetic doctor can be challenging. The truth is that many healthcare providers have insufficient training but still claim to be qualified enough to perform aesthetic procedures. Lip filler treatments can be performed by a renowned aesthetician or a board-certified cosmetic doctor. A lip filler treatment performed by an inexperienced cosmetic doctor can have severe consequences, including asymmetries and other complications.

How Do You Find the Best Cosmetic Doctor?   

There are many aestheticians today claiming to be qualified for lip filler procedures. Choosing the best cosmetic practitioner for their lip job can take time and effort for clients. Consider some things when looking for an ideal cosmetic practitioner for lip filler injection.

  • Before anything, ensure that the cosmetic doctor you choose is board-certified. They should be willing to show you their credentials to prove they are professionals. In most cases, their qualifications are always available on their websites or displayed on the wall in their offices.
  • The cosmetic doctor should take you through a consultative session where they explain how the treatment is done and all the aspects involved, including the pros and cons, side effects, and cost.
  • The cosmetic doctor should refrain from the pressure you into starting the procedure right after a consultation. They should allow you to decide whether the system will be right for you.
  • The cosmetic doctor should be willing to share evidence of past successful procedures, including before and after images.
  • They should have undergone training in lip filler injection and also have enough experience in lip filler treatments.
  • Find a cosmetic doctor you can trust and easily form a friendly working relationship with. The level of connection will influence your aesthetic treatment journey since you may need to schedule several sessions in the future. It would be best to find a doctor with whom you are confident.

Where Can You Get Lip Filler Treatments?       

Eccleston & Murphy (2012) explained that one could get the lip filler treatment in an aesthetic clinic dealing with several cosmetic procedures. The procedure is performed by a professional cosmetic doctor, preferably a board-certified cosmetic aesthetician.

What You Should Know Before Getting Lip Fillers     

Types of Fillers

Before proceeding with the procedure, you should know which filler is right for you. Among the most common types available include:

Hyaluronic Acid (HA)

De Boulle et al. (2013) explained that almost 80% of modern lip fillers contain hyaluronic acid (HA). Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance produced by the body. It adds natural fullness to the lips and maintains a defined lip shape and structure. The most popular HA-lip fillers in the market are Juvéderm and Restylane.

Collagen Lip Fillers

Until recently, collagen was the most popular lip filler used to plump lips. Collagen only plumps the lips but does not trap water molecules as HA.

Silicone Lip Fillers

Silicone lip fillers are lip-shaped implants inserted into your lips to produce a well-defined lip shape. Unlike HA and collagen lip fillers, silicone lip fillers are somewhat permanent but can be removed any time you want. However, they are not so popular because of their unnatural feeling.

Fat Transfer Lip Fillers

Ghasemi S & Z (2022) explained that fat transfer lip fillers involve a fat transfer procedure whereby an aesthetician obtains fat from other body parts, such as thighs or buttocks, and injects it into the lips. Compared to different types of lip fillers, the recovery time of fat-transfer lip fillers is quite slow. One may experience bruising, swelling, chapped lips, or stiffness for weeks before the fat settles. However, the results are more long-lasting than other lip fillers.

It May Take a Couple of Lip Filler Sessions to Achieve the Look You Want

The desired results may take time to happen. One may need to schedule a few top-up sessions to achieve the level of fullness you want.

Lip Fillers Are Not Permanent

Unlike traditional cosmetic surgery, lip fillers are not permanent. Hirsch et al. (2007) explained that lip fillers could be completely corrected or dissolved if one doesn’t like the results. Lip fillers consisting of HA can be dissolved by injecting an enzyme known as hyaluronidase. Besides, if you are looking for a permanent solution for enhancing your labial features, you might need more than lip fillers.

Common Side Effects Associated with Lip Filler Injections

  • Pain at the injected site
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Itching
  • Bleeding in the injected area
  • Redness

Lip Fillers Complications

Lip fillers are generally safe. In rare cases, complications may arise due to an incorrectly done procedure or the patient’s health. They include:

  • Allergic reaction
  • Infection
  • Lip lumps
  • Lip asymmetries
  • Stiffening
  • Scarring
  • Cold sores
  • Prolonged swelling, bruising or itching

Lip Fillers Aftercare Instructions

Tips for Reducing Swelling after Lip Fillers

  • Apply cold compresses such as ice cubes or ice packs
  • Avoid extensive workouts or strenuous activity
  • Avoid too much heat
  • Drink a lot of water

What to Do After Fillers

  • Eat foods that are easy to chew
  • Massage gently if the initial swelling persists after 3 to 5 days

What Not to Do After Lip Fillers

  • Avoid exfoliating products on your lips for at least 24 hours after the lip filler procedure.
  • Avoid alcohol for 24 hours.
  • Refrain from drinking through a straw for the first two days. It may pressure your lips and disintegrate the filler before setting in properly.
  • Avoid other aesthetic treatments for two weeks


The lips are among the first organs to show ageing signs as the softest part of the face. Lip fillers have demonstrated the potential to restore natural fullness to the lips and help one maintain a rejuvenating look. Apart from adding volume to thin lips and minimizing the appearance of ageing signs, lip fillers can also correct lip asymmetries, create a well-defined cupid’s bow, and produce a more pronounced lip shape. One can get lip filler treatment from a board-certified cosmetic doctor or aesthetician.


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Ghasemi, S., & Akbari, Z. (2022). Lip Augmentation. Dental Clinics, 66(3), 431-442.

Hirsch, R. J., Brody, H. J., & Carruthers, J. D. (2007). Hyaluronidase in the office: a necessity for every dermasurgeon that injects hyaluronic acid. Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy, 9(3), 182-185.

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