Lip injections are a safe and popular cosmetic procedure that can help to enhance the appearance of your entire face, especially if you have naturally thin lips or have developed wrinkles around your lips. The most commonly used method of lip augmentation today is an injectable dermal filler. When it comes to injectable fillers, although they are not a permanent solution, with regular use they can help you achieve and maintain a more youthful appearance for years to come. So you may be wondering, how long do lip injections last?
When it comes to how long your results will last, different products provide different results. There are many types of fillers that can be injected in your lips and around your mouth, but the most common fillers used today are products that contain hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in the body, and when injected can help increase volume in your lips. Hyaluronic acid fillers can improve the appearance of your lips by adding shape, structure and volume to the treated area. Lip injections using this method typically last between six months to a year.
Collagen, once the most common dermal filler, is used less often today. Human based collagen fillers are biocompatible and provide results which may last for four months or more.
Fat transfer is another lip injection technique which offers long lasting results. Fat transfer to the lips involves extracting fat from the buttocks or other fatty areas of the body, then washing it with saline and re-injecting it into the lips with the help of local anesthesia. Results from lip augmentation using human fat transfer are typically shorter than other techniques.
If you’re looking for a permanent option for lip augmentation, consider lip implants. The surgery is pretty simple and can take about an hour to complete. Surgically, implants are placed in the top or bottom lip to add volume and create your desired look. If you’re interested in enhancing your looks with a cosmetic lip treatment, contact Anne Nickodem, M.D., at 703-560-8711 or aestheticallyyours.com to schedule a consultation with Dr. Nickodem.