Updated: Jun 28, 2022
Lip fillers consist of synthetic Hyaluronic acid (HA). Hyaluronic acid fillers are
FDA-approved, Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in the fluids in the
eyes and joints. It acts as a cushion and lubricant in the joints and other tissues. Different forms of hyaluronic acid are used for cosmetic purposes and as long as they are performed by a medically qualified practitioner, they are safe. If you do experience any issues with your lip fillers, contact your practitioner, who will be able to best advise you on what to do. HA fillers can be dissolved if needed, but it’s far more complicated to remove collagen lip fillers.
Your practitioner's skill, level of training, and medical background will have an impact on how safe the treatment itself is. If they have a medical background - i.e. a doctor, dentist, nurse, or pharmacist prescriber - they will have a much great understanding of facial anatomy and will know where it is safe to inject.
Lip augmentation can be dangerous in the wrong hands, and can lead to vascular occlusions, which you can read all about here. It's important to know that dermal fillers are not regulated in the UK, so anyone can pick up a syringe and buy some dodgy filler on the internet. Be careful about whom you get your lip filler treatment done by because your face is way too precious to put in the hands of someone who doesn't know what they're doing.
To be considered for lip fillers, you should:
Be in good physical health.
Have realistic expectations.
Not have an active oral infection, including canker sores or cold sores.
Many people who get lip fillers want to increase the size of their lips. You might want to enlarge the size of your lips for many reasons, including:
Restoring a previous lip size. As you age, your lips may get smaller or thinner, your philtrum (the groove between your upper lip and septum) may get longer and flatter and the distance between the corners of your mouth (intercommissural distance) may increase.
Correcting the shape of your lips. It’s common for your lips to be of different sizes or shapes (asymmetrical).
Smoothing wrinkles. When you smile or laugh, wrinkles sometimes develop on the sides of your mouth.
Boosting confidence. Lip fillers can help improve your self-esteem and body image.