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The Pros and Cons of Lip Injections

Lip injections seem to have taken over the world of cosmetic procedures over the last few years. You may have noticed your favorite celebrities rocking fuller lips, with everyone from Kylie Jenner to Lisa Rinna getting candid on their experiences with lip fillers. While getting work done was once something many people felt uncomfortable admitting to, the same stigma surrounding elective cosmetic procedures no longer exists.

If you’re thinking about getting lip injections, it is crucial that you weigh the pros and cons before taking the leap. Here are a few things to consider to ensure you the best possible results.

Pro: Fuller, More Symmetrical Lips

One of the biggest reasons many people choose to get lip injections is to create a fuller, more symmetrical look. People with small lips often feel that the size of their lips don’t quite match their face, and a plumper pout can create a more even look. Lip injections may also be ideal for people with a smaller top or bottom lip, as adding volume to the smaller lip can give a more overall even look.

Con: Lip Injections Can Be Expensive

Lip injections can be expensive to maintain, which is why many people opt to go with cheaper alternatives, such as overlining their lips or wearing plumping lip gloss. Lip injections can cost anywhere between $500 to $2,000 per session, making them an expensive habit that many people simply can’t afford. In order to maintain your results, it is important to keep up with your injections and get them touched up as often as your doctor recommends.

Pro: Improvement in the Overall Lip Area

Not only do lip injections give you a fuller pout, but injections can improve the overall appearance of your entire lip area as well! Fillers like Juvederm can be used to plump the lips and also soften fine lines around the mouth area, creating a smoother, more youthful look. This can also make it easier to apply makeup and help it stay on throughout the day, as you’ll have a soften canvas to work with. Lip fillers can instantly make you look younger and add an overall fullness to the lip area, making fillers a great option for anyone desiring a more youthful look.

Con: They Can Look Unnatural

If done right under the care of a trustworthy doctor, lip fillers can look very natural and supple. However, they can quickly look unnatural and overdone if performed by an inexperienced doctor.  When getting lip fillers, it is important to work with the rest of your facial features to ensure your results look as natural and effortless as possible. One mistake many people, even celebrities make it going “too big”, resulting in a fake, overdramatic look. To avoid this, be sure to interview a few different doctors and ask to see pictures of patient results to ensure you know what you’re getting into before taking the plunge.

Pro: Results Are Immediate

One of the things that sets lip injections apart from other cosmetic procedures is that results are visible immediately after leaving the doctor’s office! Following your lip injections, you may experience some swelling and bruising around the lip area, but this should die down after a few days. Once the bruising and swelling goes away, you will be able to enjoy your full, new lips until your next appointment.

Con: Results Are Only Temporary

Unlike more permanent cosmetic procedures like rhinoplasty and breast augmentations, lip injections don’t last forever and require regular upkeep to maintain your results. One of the most common mistakes many people make is not keeping up with their lip injections, letting their results fade over time. Because of this, it is important to properly budget how much your lip injections are going to cost each time you need to get them touched up, to ensure you will be able to afford the upkeep. If you desire more permanent results without constant upkeep, looking into a permanent lip augmentation may be your best bet to achieve the look you desire.

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