Lip fillers have become increasingly popular over the past 10 years from Kylie Jenner’s infamous lips to all your favorite social media influencers and makeup gurus. Even though lip filler enhancements are fairly common at this point, especially in large metropolitan areas like New York that are run by media, film, and the corporate world, there is still a lot of hesitation around making the first step and getting your first lip filler. Just to clarify, no one “needs” a lip filler, however, if you are someone who has been thinking about it for a while and hasn’t made the actual jump, here are the answers to some common questions and concerns about lip fillers, like “what happens if I don’t like it,” in which case most fillers are actually dissolvable. Using Hyaluronidase you can dissolve hyaluronic acid based fillers with a quick and easy injection administered by a medical professional. This way you can rest assured that even if you end up not wanting your filler after all, you will not be stuck with it.
Does it hurt?
Getting lip injections isn’t exactly pleasant, however many lip fillers contain lidocaine which makes the treatment itself a lot more tolerable. You will also most likely be provided with a topical numbing agent to reduce any discomfort while getting your injections. Once your treatment is over, you will not be feeling any more pain.
I don’t want to look like Kylie Jenner
Lip fillers don’t automatically mean “Kylie Jenner lips” or duck lips. While that can obviously be achieved if that’s the look that you are going for (which a lot of people are), most of the lip fillers you see on the street are not even noticeable. If you want subtle, it can absolutely be achieved by a skilled injector. Depending on how much lip filler you get, which can be anywhere from a half syringe to 3 syringes, and the technique your injector uses, there are tons of different shapes, sizes, and forms that can be achieved with a lip filler. Find a great doctor in your area and get your consultation so you can discuss your preferences with them.
What if I don’t like it?
If you really end up not liking your results, not to worry – most lip fillers are completely dissolvable. The majority of fillers used for lip injections are hyaluronic acid based fillers that can be dissolved with hyaluronidase. Hyaluronidase is administered through an injection with a fine needle, and immediately dissolves the hyaluronic acid gel. There may be some swelling and bruising for a few days, but once this subsides, your lips will look exactly the same as they did before the filler. To avoid not being able to dissolve your filler, be sure that the filler your injector is using is a hyaluronic acid based filler.
I’m nervous that my friends and family will judge me
This one is a little bit trickier because ultimately it is up to you to decide whether or not you are okay with some of the people around you being unaccepting of your lip fillers. While it is different for everyone, keep in mind that the results are only temporary. If you feel like getting the injections will alienate you from your family and friends, then it is up to you to decide if it is worth it. If you think they’ll get over it, go for it. A lot of people are sceptical about injectables and don’t want to see someone they love change their appearance. But being that lip fillers are becoming more and more popular as well as socially acceptable, chances are your friends and family may not have as negative a reaction as you may think.
Overall there are a lot of things that people may be nervous about when thinking about getting their first filler. The fact of the matter is that ultimately the decision is yours. In order to make the right one, you need to weigh out your options, do a lot of research, find an excellent doctor, and use the information you have to decide whether or not you want the filler. That being said, everyone’s a little nervous before getting their first filler and that is totally normal. Just be sure that you are comfortable with your decision in the long run.