After almost 10 years of enduringly consistent growth, the number of cosmetic surgical procedures for both men and women combined dipped below the 31,000 mark in 2016 and declined by a total of 5% on 2007’s figures.
One of the key takeaways from this was the rising popularity of anti-wrinkle and filler injections, which have grown to create an accessible and diverse marketplace that negates the need for individuals to go under the knife.
Lip fillers offer a particularly relevant case in point, thanks to competitive pricing and accessibility of treatment. But what exactly are they, and what do they feel like?
What are Lip Fillers?
Interestingly, lip fillers are one of the most Googled beauty search terms in the UK, but they still remain something of a mystery to potential customers nationwide.
In simple terms, they’re a form of dermal filler that is made using Hyaluronic acid, which is a safe substance that naturally occurs within the human body. This substance is then injected into the lips, restoring the appearance of volume and creating a more defined (and ultimately desirable) shape.
Lip fillers can also be used create further definition along the vermillion border of the lip, or in some instances to enhance the cupids that sit below.
Ultimately, this innovative and simple treatment should be repeated consistently over a period, as this creates a gradual but sustained effect that appears as natural as possible.
What does it Feel Like to have Lip Fillers?
Of course, it may seem strange that we need to inject ourselves with a naturally occurring substance in order to achieve a desired visual effect. The issue is that HA is only produced in relatively small doses, with these diminishing in size as we grow older.
However, the natural characteristics of this substance mean that it is more readily accepted by the body, which minimises the risk of complications and the pain felt by patients. In fact, it’s fair to say that lip fillers are relatively painless, and there are a couple of additional reasons for this.
Firstly, the needles used by reputable practitioners are extremely fine, meaning that they make far less of a physical impact when inserted into the skin. This means that you’re more likely to feel a slight pinch or a tickling sensation when being injected, rather than a sudden rush of pain or discomfort.
Much also depends on the quality of the practitioner, as experienced and accredited professionals will have honed a technique that reduces the risk of pain and soreness being felt by the patient (both during and after the treatment). A local anaesthetic should also be provided by established operators, further counteracting any potential discomfort that you may feel.
The Last Word
As with any procedure of this type, there are risks involved with having lip fillers. However, you can minimise these greatly by choosing a reputable practitioner, and also booking in time to discuss your anaesthetic and how this is going to be administered on the day of your treatment.
Understanding the process and knowing what to expect is also important, as this can help you to manage expectations and alleviate any initial concerns that you may have.