“I want lips like (insert a celebrity name here),” you may have thought to yourself a time, or two, before. Whether you’re looking for rounder, plumper or fuller lips, there is a way you can achieve that famous voluminous look.

Collagen is no longer the only option on the market for lip fillers. A variety of safer dermal fillers are now available that use hyaluronic acid, a naturally-occurring substance in our bodies that is highly attracted to water and binds to moisture.

Choosing the right type of lip filler for you should be determined by a dermatologist, because there can be many risks involved if the selection is not made carefully.

Keep reading to learn more about hyaluronic acid, different types of fillers, side effects, risks and lasting effects.


Hyaluronic acid helps increase volume in the lips. These type of fillers can improve the appearance of your lips by adding:

Injectable lip fillers, like Hyaluronic acid fillers, are carefully injected into the lips to support facial structures and tissues that may have lost volume or elasticity due to the normal aging process. They also cause water to rise to the surface of the skin to keep it looking fresh and supple.

The most popular brands of hyaluronic acid fillers are:


Other than the perfect pout, other benefits include:


These type of fillers can be injected at your dermatologist’s office with little to no downtime.

  1. Before the injections, your dermatologist will administer a numbing agent to ease discomfort.
  2. The dermatologist will mark the area(s) they are going to inject.
  3. The dermatologist will then use very fine needles to inject the substance into your lips.

Following the procedure, you should see a noticeable difference. If there is any pain, you may use ice to ease discomfort and reduce swelling. No firm pressure should be put on the treatment area, avoid using lipstick and other lip products immediately after injections, do not drink from a straw shortly after and stay away from hot liquids until you are no longer numb.


Side effects of hyaluronic acid fillers are temporary and should only last a couple of days:

More serious risks may include:

If you are considering lip augmentation to make someone else happy, or to try to fit an ideal image, you may want to think twice about the procedure. It is important to have realistic expectations aboutlip injections the outcome. Enhanced lips will give you a fuller and more youthful look, but at the end of the day, you will still be you.

Your dermatologist can discuss the pros and cons of lip injections with you. If you ultimately decide to have a lip augmentation, your dermatologist will help you decide what product is best suited for your needs and wants.

Don’t let price be your deciding factor. Research, and find the best qualified dermatologist for the job. You don’t want to risk your appearance or health just to save a few dollars. With lower cost options, you may be compromising on the skill and quality of product being used.

A good candidate for lip injections includes:

You should not receive lip injections if you have:


The most important thing to do is to find a qualified dermatologist who is experienced in lip injections.

At the Dermatology Center for Skin Health, our physicians perform all fillers. Drs. Maouad and Gharib have extensive experience with a variety of fillers. Their experience reduces the risk of side effects and increases patient satisfaction with proper product recommendations and placement.

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