Lip fillers are a popular choice for those looking to enhance their lips. Depending on the treatment you choose, the results can last anywhere from three months to five or more years. Injectable fillers, such as Juvederm and Restylane, are a great option for quickly restoring volume and shape to the lips. The body absorbs the filling over time, so these fillers typically last 6 months to a year maximum.
For a more permanent solution, lip implants such as Permalip implants are an option. These soft, solid silicone implants come in several different sizes and are shaped like a natural lip. Unlike injectable fillers, Permalip implants won't leak or break. Fat transfer is another great option for lip augmentation.
This autologous procedure involves taking fat from another area of the body and injecting it into the lips in a small surgical procedure. A megaphone lip lift is a type of cosmetic surgery that involves making the lips appear fuller without filling. The doctor may use a needle to inject small amounts of anesthetic into the mouth to numb the upper and lower lips. Unfortunately, it's not possible to make injectable lip fillings last longer once you've received them.
Most lip fillers on the label are soluble and can be removed by injecting an enzyme called hyaluronidase to break down the particles and cause the filler to break down. Since lip fillers only last six to eight months, they are only a semi-permanent solution. The goal of any lip filler or other surgical procedure is to reshape the lips and replace lost collagen and hyaluronic acid. Some find that their lips return to normal after a few months, while others don't need another injection for more than a full year. The risks of using permanent lip fillers are more significant compared to temporary lip fillers, and therefore, additional precautions are taken.
In addition to using grease for lip augmentation, a part of your own skin or dermis can be used for lip augmentation. Once a permanent filler is injected into the lips, it is not recommended to inject other fillers, such as temporary fillers onto them.