Lip fillers are one of the most popular, in-demand cosmetic procedures on the market today. In fact, soft tissue filler rose into the top 5 most popular cosmetic procedures in 2020. Over 3.4 million people made the decision to receive some form of filler in their face.
If you're on the fence about getting lip filler, it's worth mentioning that one of the reasons it's so popular is because of the natural results it delivers. In other words, it's one of the best cosmetic procedures for enhancing your appearance, rather than changing it.
But what is the best lip filler to choose? How do you know what's right for you and your lips? This blog is here to help you make your decision.
Lip Filler: Understanding the Basics
While a lip filler is an extremely safe and non-invasive procedure, it still helps to know what you're putting in your body.
So, what exactly are lip fillers anyway?
Also known as dermal fillers, they enhance the look of your lips by making them fuller and plumper. This is achieved by injecting a completely safe substance into either the top or bottom lip or both. These injections should always be administered by a qualified, licensed professional.
Today, there are a number of different lip filler types to choose from. But some of the most popular comprise a substance known as hyaluronic acid, which also is a naturally occurring substance in the body.
The Best Lip Filler Types To Choose From
The type of lip filler you choose depends on the clinic you opt for and what your professional recommends for your specific needs. Either way, it's always important that you make an informed choice about lip filler ingredients.
Here are some of the most popular and widely-used lip filler options to choose from:
If you're looking for a lift and shape enhancement of your lips, without too much volume, this is one of the best products you can choose. Restylane-L is actually the first FDA-approved lip filler on the market and is ideal for creating sharper definition along the border of your lips.
Due to its higher viscosity, Restylane-L maintains the new shape and outline of your lips for longer than many other products. This product is great for a first-time lip filler experience due to the natural shape, structure, and volume it adds.
However, due to its thicker viscosity, this product can cause some swelling after your procedure. On average, Restylane-L lasts 6-9 months.
VERSA by Revanesse®
Versa is a type of hyaluronic-based dermal filler that is growing in popularity thanks to its minimal/non-existent swelling after your procedure.
It also offers brilliant quality in terms of volume for plumping the lips, as well as precise and balanced correction of certain areas of the lips and around the mouth.
With its small, spherical particle structure, and high-quality hyaluronic acid content, VERSA dermal filler offers smooth, natural-looking results.
You can expect your results to last for up to 6 months.
Belotero is a versatile type of dermal filler that's not only a great option for lip enhancement but also improving the appearance of facial contours and deep wrinkles.
It also has a hyaluronic acid base, except Belotero has a much lower density than other dermal filler options. This is why it's ideal for filling in fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth, too.
If you're looking to define the shape of your lips, this is one of the best options to choose. This product is usually injected along the vermilion border of the lips for a beautiful, natural-looking shape.
Swelling with this product is also minimal, while you can expect your results to last for 6-12 months depending on how much product you use.
Now that you know a little more about the lip filler types to choose from, what else should you consider when choosing the right product for your desired look?
What Do You Want To Change About Your Lips?
The choice to have any type of cosmetic procedure is 100 percent personal. Everyone chooses to have lip filler based on their own preferences and for very different reasons.
So, before you choose a type of lip filler, you'll need to have a good think about what it is, exactly, that you want to change.
Is it your entire lip shape? Do you want to increase your lip volume? Do you want to smooth out fine lines around your lips?
By understanding what it is you want to change/improve, you can clearly translate this to your cosmetic professional. This way, they'll have a good idea of what type of filler will serve you best.
How Much Filler Do You Really Need?
If you're completely new to lip filler it's difficult to assess and make a decision on how much filler your lips actually need. You might have no idea how to decide on the number of syringes you need to achieve your desired look.
This is where you need to work with your practitioner to make the right choice. The amount of filler you choose comes down to a few factors, such as your natural lip size, structure, and the layout of your facial features.
As a good rule-of-thumb for a lip filler newbie, you want to opt for ''less is more'' to start. But when you work with an experienced professional, they should be able to recommend the right amount of product.
How Long Do You Want the Results To Last?
This duration or longevity of your lip filler depends on a number of variables. First of all, the amount of lip filler you go for and the type of product you choose play a big role in lip filler longevity.
Then there's also your own metabolism to consider and how quickly your body might dissolve the product after it's injected. It's always a good idea to go into your lip filler procedure with a realistic expectation of 6 months, minimum.
However, there are some lip filler types that are known to last longer than this. If you don't want to spend money on a top-up or only want to get your lips done once a year, this will help you decide on a lip filler type.
What Will Give You the Most Natural Look and Feel?
For many lip filler patients, this is a huge consideration. Most people do not want to walk away with a very obvious, blown-up lip look. For the most part, a natural look and feel have to do with the placement of lip filler and the type you choose.
Before you make your decision, your practitioner should examine your lips to gauge their overall shape, symmetry, and the best type of filler for your desired look. In many cases, he or she might recommend a gradual addition of lip filler, spread over a few appointments in order to achieve the most natural results as possible.
Based on how much lip filler you need and the number of appointments, your Smiles on Randolph team member will recommend the right product.
Consider the Amount of Downtime You'll Need
The reality is that no matter what filler type you choose, there's some measure of downtime needed after this procedure. However, this also depends on the type of lip filler you choose.
In many cases, Restylane lip filler causes the greatest amount of swelling. This is because of the thicker viscosity of the product, so you might need to set aside more downtime for recovery.
However, Restylane does not cause as much bruising as some other filler choices.
Whichever product you choose, downtime is a prerequisite for your healing. You just need to think about how much spare time you have for this recovery.
Think About the Cost
Finally, you always need to think about what your lip filler procedure(s) might cost you. Now, costs do vary based on a number of factors. Some of these include your location, the type of professional you choose, and of course, the type of filler you choose.
Hyaluronic acid-based lip fillers can cost anywhere from $600-$800 on average, per treatment. Depending on the amount of lip filler you choose, this cost can also vary.
You'll need to think about which lip filler offers you the best value-for-money and whether you're willing to pay for top-ups, otherwise.
A Dental Spa With a Difference
If you're looking for one of the best lip filler experiences in Indiana, you're in the right place. Smiles on Randolph offers a unique experience in that we provide both state-of-the-art dental care, as well as a range of cosmetic services.
As one of the state's leading dental med spas, you can rely on us for a top-class experience. Looking to book your next cosmetic appointment? Get in touch with us today.