What Are the Risks of Lip Fillers?

Serious allergic reactions to lip fillers are rare, but still a possibility. In some cases, patients may have an allergic reaction to hyaluronic acid or polylactic acid (PLA) that is present in some fillers. Hyaluronic acid fillers are made of substances similar to those found in the body, so they are unlikely to cause an allergic reaction. However, if you are allergic to lidocaine, it is important to inform your doctor before receiving treatment.

The most common side effect of lip surgery is mild bruising and swelling. This is usually experienced for a few days after the lip enhancement procedure. Redness will also appear near and around the mouth where the doctor injected the dermal fillers. This should reduce in a few days.

If you experience severe prolonged redness, swelling, or bruising, it is important to contact your healthcare provider right away. Redness, swelling, and itching at the injection site are signs of an allergic reaction. In the case of a severe allergic reaction, you may experience more serious symptoms such as shortness of breath. If this happens, seek medical treatment immediately.

In addition to severe allergic reactions, vascular occlusions are a very rare but serious risk. Fat injection is an exception as it requires a small area of liposuction to remove fat from another part of the body before the injection can be given. This report describes three cases in which patients who were injected with an injectable filler derived from hyaluronic acid previously mixed with lidocaine developed adverse reactions including persistent swelling, pain, and nodule formation. It is important to be aware of the side effects of lip fillers before choosing to get them done.

Facial fillers are expertly injected directly into the lips with an ultra-fine sterile syringe using a pre-determined amount to create results that are visible but also natural-looking. Enhanced lips can make your lips thicker and fuller but it will still be you when you leave the doctor's office. The amount of substance injected can be controlled so that the doctor has better control over the amount of lip volume that is created. If you have a BLT allergy, your healthcare provider may give you a nerve block injection to numb your lips.

After carefully marking the areas to be injected, very fine needles are used to inject the substance into the lips. Redness and swelling should go away one to two days after the injection (the reaction may last three days or a little longer for lip injections). If you experience any severe prolonged redness, swelling or bruising, contact your healthcare provider right away as this could be a sign of an allergic reaction.