How to get celeb style fuller lips*
Big lips are in! If you weren’t born with those fuller lips that make a killer fashion accessory, or you’re noticing that they’re getting thinner, then you’ll probably want to hear all about what your options are for gaining a plump pout.
That’s where we come in. Today we cover the basics – what you can do naturally to make your lips look bigger, filler lip injection, and permanent lip enhancers – and the pros and cons of each.
We also cover in more detail filler lip injections of hyaluronic acid, the safest and most popular choice on the market at the moment, including the cost, what’s involved in the procedure, recovery, how much it will cost, and how long it will last.
Let’s take it away, shall we?
Natural lip enhancement
Lip gels, balms, and glosses that claim to plump the lips may give a temporary slightly bigger result. Usually this works because there is an ingredient (or combo of ingredients) that irritate your lip skin. This means things like cinnamon and capsicum are often included, as the blood will rush to your lips – possibly making them look more full.
Making sure that that your lips are well hydrated and looked after will also make a difference to the appearance of your lips. Using an exfoliator a couple of times a week, hydrating creams, and good glosses will ensure your lips are in tip top shape – they’re not going to increase in size, but they certainly will look more “plump”.
Also going around at the moment is the “overdrawn” lip liner look – often for people that aren’t interested in fillers or aren’t sure whether they want to get them just yet. Overdrawing is when you take your lip line and instead of drawing the line at your natural lip line you draw just around it instead. When done properly it’ll make you look like you’ve got naturally bigger lips and you’re not just trying to play dress ups with mum’s lipstick.
Who’s had lip filler?
Let’s just say the case is more who hasn’t had lip filler!
First up, housewives of Beverly Hills alum Lisa Rinna. Lisa’s had her trademark pout since her 20s – when getting silicone lips helped to launch her career. Lately though, she’s had trouble with it dissolving badly inside her -yuck!
The reigning Kardashian queen Kylie Jenner has seen a style transformation in the past few years, with a big focus being on her matte berry lips – which are the result of injectable fillers. And she’s not the only member of the klan, too, with the other girls being fans as well.
Geordie Shore star Charlotte Crosby also goes to the doc for regular injections to keep her lips looking larger, which she believes keep her looking fabulous.
For each celeb to have admitted to having lip fillers, we’d be willing to bet there are at least 10 others standing behind them who haven’t. See that’s the thing about having lip fillers – unless you put in a whole lot then the effects can be quite subtle.
Whereas Kylie went from zero to hero, depending on the lips that you were born with, and how much filler you put in, you can have either a more subtle or a more in your face effect.
Types of dermal lip fillers
It can be super confusing when checking out all the options for lip filler! Each one is either in vogue at the moment, or out of fashion, and one’s for adding volume, and the other’s for really shaping your lips, etc. etc. So how do you know which type to choose? Here’s a breakdown of the most common types of fillers used for the lips.
Silicone used to be it when it came to lip injections. This was way back when lip injections started to become known. However, silicone is a permanent option, and these fillers caused issues in a range of people. This is no longer a common injectable though.
Collagen lips were an extremely popular choice as a filler back in the 90s. Collagen is a naturally occurring substance in the body which keeps our skin plump. Unfortunately, there are a range of unwanted side effects (including allergic reactions) that can occur from the use of collagen injections, and the effects only last around 3 to 4 months.
Hyaluronic Acid Fillers
Hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers are what are commonly used today for lip plumping injections. The substance is also naturally occurring in our bodies, and unwanted side effects from their use are less common. They are currently the best lip filler to get. Here are the more common hyaluronic acid fillers on the market today
Restylane and Emervel
Restylane and Emervel are two products from Galderma. The product is able to be moulded once injected to give you the right “look”. It will generally last around 3 to 6 months in the lips, and longer if injected into other areas.
Restylane Perlane is very similar to regular Restylane, however it is a thicker substance (making it feel stiffer), which may or may not be perfect for your pout. It generally lasts a bit longer than regular Restylane, and can be more expensive, depending on your provider.
Juvederm is the competing company’s answer to Restylane. It is very similar, however it is a bit “runnier” so it is not able to be moulded as well as Restylane after injection.
Juvederm Ultra Plus
Juvederm Ultra Plus is very similar to Perlane. All of these substances are able to be dissolved if you are unhappy with the results. There are also other lesser known HA fillers such as Esthelis and Hylaform.
Permanent lip enhancement
Although it’s always recommended that you choose a less permanent lip injection – especially on your first time! – some people might want to get a more permanent effect. Here are your options for permanent lip enhancement.
The fat transfer method involves collecting fat from another area in your body and adding it to your lips. Because the fat is from your own body, there is zero chance of rejection. However, not all of the fat may “take” to the area, which can lead to loss over time and the potential for lumpiness. Although you can also can also get permanent lip implants from materials like Gore-Tex and silicone to give you a full pout permanently, these are not widely used in Australia, and have some risky side effects should you decide to get them done elsewhere – along with a more serious lip surgery.
What shape of lips should I get?
If you want to alter the outline of your lips a little, you can do that too. Whereas most people may choose to just plump their lips but keep their shape, others may wish for a bigger bottom lip, or a more fuller top lip. You can also choose to either accentuate your cupid’s bow or round it out.
Chat to your practitioner about what shape of lips you would like to have – and be sure to bring in any pictures if you have something specific in mind! They’re there to give you the look that you want, so make sure to ask any questions you might have.
What volume do I need for my lip augmentation?
You’ve probably heard people talking about 1ml or 1/2ml or one syringe or half a syringe of filler, but just what the heck does this mean? Well, for people that are after a subtle plumping, they might like to consider 1/2ml spread between the bottom and top lip, however most people get 1ml across the top and bottom. For those people who are after something “really big” you can choose to add a little more if you like too.
If you have left over quantities of your filler in the syringe, most practitioners will let you use the extra amount to fill in any fine lines, wrinkles, or hollowing in your face, or sometimes even save it until your next session. Always ask first if this service is offered as it isn’t standard!
The procedure doesn’t take long! When you come into the clinic we’ll do a quick 10 minute initial facial assessment and ask you some questions regarding your health and any allergies you might have. Be sure to answer truthfully, as you do not want to put your health at risk!
We have a chat about your current lips and the effects you’d like to achieve and then select which filler is appropriate from there. Then we run through a consent form and give you a brochure about the filler as well as your post care instructions for later.
From there, it’s time to get down to business! If you choose to have numbing cream, we need to apply this first. If it’s your first time doing fillers or you have low pain tolerance or don’t like needles, this will generally be a good option. The cream will take around 20 minutes to have a full effect.
Next up comes the fillers. Your practitioner will inject the filler at various points across your lips. It may hurt and be uncomfortable and you will be able to feel the filler go in. Here’s a warning: it will feel strange as hell!
After each injection have been made, your practitioner will massage the filler through and shape it to the desired shape.
And then you’re done! Usually you will be given ice to hold against your lips to reduce the immediate swelling. The whole process takes less than an hour – shorter if you choose not to get numbing cream.
The recovery process
We’re not gonna lie – directly after your procedure you’ll probably have a look in the mirror and think that they’re absolutely whopping! This, however is just the swelling that occurs in the first few days. You might also have some purple spots from bruising on your lips.
If you’ve stopped in over your lunch break, then you may feel a little self-conscious going back to work afterwards, but you should feel like they have gone down enough by the next day to feel confident returning to work.
Your practitioner will instruct you to try not to touch your lips much initially – in case the filler moves – but it is mostly all settled after about 24 hours. You will need to lie on your back when you go to sleep on that first night to ensure your new lips don’t get smooshed!
After about 2 to 4 days all of any swelling and bruising that has occurred will start to go away, leaving you with your new lips. To cover any bruising in the recovery process, all you need to do is put on a swipe of lippy or tinted lip gloss to cover up.
How long do fillers last?
Depending on your metabolism and the filler used, the effects can last anywhere between 2 months and a year. Some people metabolise the fillers much more quickly than others. After your lips have gone down, you can either choose to get a top up of the same filler, try out a different type, or choose to keep your regular size lips – it’s entirely up to you.
Want to know more?
Are you ready to get yourself some fuller lips? Or maybe you’d like to chat to us a little bit more about what’s involved in the procedure, or the type of fillers that we use? If you’ve got either questions or would like to book in an appointment, we’re always here! Give us a call at (02) 4934 1540 Specialist Skin Solutions on and we’ll be happy to assist you.
*Disclaimer; There is no guarantee of specific results and the results can vary from patient to patient. Before and after photos demonstrate individual results only.
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