There's no doubt about it, lip fillers are the cosmetic procedure of the moment. But how much do they cost, what are the risks, and who are the celebs who swear by them? Here's everything you need to know...
As every beauty buffj will already know; big pouty lips have never been so on-trend. The new Botox, you can’t scroll through Insta without seeing at least one plumped-up pout.
And while overlining your lippie, plastic lip plumpers (and for the serioulsy broke, the shot glass trick!) will get you so far, for those who are really serious about their pout there's only one option: lip fillers.
So if you're considering getting lip injections, here's EVERYTHING you need to know...
Kylie Jenner started the lip filler trend way back in 2014 (Credit: Instagram/Kylie Jenner)
How much do lip filler injections cost?
In the UK, lip injections can cost anything from £215 to £1500 (yes, seriously!). Most cost around £300, depending on how much filler you want. The more you want to plump your pout, the more it'll cost, so you better get saving if you're going for the Kylie Jenner look!
Lip filler injections: What's the procedure?
Dermal fillers are the most popular type of lip injection. 0.5ml - 1ml of filler will give you a natural look, however if you want a really full-on look you can get up to 2ml of filler per session. You may be offered local anaesthetic beforehand, and then the practitioner will inject the filler in a series of small injections. They will often massage the area between injections to ensure the filler doesn’t get lumpy (yes, that's a technical term!). The treatment lasts from 30 minutes to an hour.
Would you brave lip fillers without anaesthetic? We certainly wouldn't! (Credit: Getty Images)
Are lip filler injections painful?
Obviously someone sticking a needle in your lips is going to be the most fun (unless that's what your in to!), but most people find the procedure uncomfortable rather than painful. Most practicioners will use a numbing cream first to help lessen the pain, but if you're really worried take a stress ball with you for squeezing just in case!
Are lip filler injections temporary?
It depends on what type of filler you want. The shortest amount of time lip fillers can last is three months, but some fillers being completely permanent. Most people get their lips topped up every six months to a year; it all depends one your budget and what kind of look your going for.
Lip fillers need to be topped up to maintain a plumped up pout (Credit: Getty Images)
What are lip injections made of?
The NHS website lists five types of fillers which vary depending on how long you want them to last:
Collagen: Collagen is a type of protein found naturally in the body. The effects of these injections last three to four months.
Hyaluronic acid: This is the type Juvederm is based on, the filler Kylie Jenner swears by. Injections using Hyaluronic acid last four to six months.
Calcium hydroxyapatite: If you're looking for something long-term but not permanent, Calcium hydroxyapatite injections could be for you as the effects last a whopping 18 months!
Poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA): These injections are given over several months and last up to two years.
Polymethylmethacrylate beads (PMMA): This bad boy creates a PERMANENT pout, but is also the most risky.
Can lip injections be reversed?
Hyaluronidase is used to breakdown hyaluronic acid, and can be injected to speed up the natural breakdown and essentially dissolve the original injection.
The Consultant Clinic often have to reverse botched lip injections (Credit: Instagram/consultant_clinic)
What are the side effects of lip filler injections?
The most common side effects are bleeding, swelling, bruising and redness at the site of injection. These usually last a few days.
What do lip fillers feel like?
Apparently, the lips feel harder to touch after fillers. BUT, fear not, when you eat, drink and kiss it feels exactly the same. So feel free to debut your new lips and kiss everyone under the sun!
The Consultant Clinic dissolve lumpy lip injections and correct them (Credit: Instagram/consultant_clinic)
Botched lip fillers: What are the dangers?
The most common danger with lip fillers is that they could be badly filled and you end up with lumpy, disproportionate lips. This is most likely to occur if your practitioner is improperly trained, so do your research on the clinic you use! The more permanent the filler, the riskier the treatment, which is why some practitioners avoid permanent fillers altogether.
Geordie Shore’s Sophie Kasaei was a victim of botched lip fillers, appearing on Channel 5’s Celebrity Botched Up Bodies saying she ‘looked like the elephant man’ with ‘horrendous and lumpy’ lips. Eek!
According to the NHS, the more serious risks include:
- Rashes, swelling, itching and bruising
- The filler moving away from the intended treatment area over time
- In rare cases: the filler forming lumps under the skin (this may need to be treated with surgery or medication), or the filler blocking a blood vessel (this can lead to tissue death, permanent blindness or apulmonary embolism)
Which celebrities have lip fillers?
Dawn Ward before and after lip injections
Dawn Ward before and after lip fillers (Credit: Instagram/WeAreSkulpt)*
The Real Housewives of Cheshire star owns her own non-surgical clinic so it’s no surprise she’s taken advantage of her in-house lip injector!
Lauren Goodger before and after lip injections
Lauren Goodger before and after lip fillers (Credit: Getty, Instagram/Lauren Rose Goodger)
Despite always having a fuller pout, Lauren was a lip injection junkie until last year. Sick of constant top ups, she had her fillers removed to embrace her natural beauty.
She told the MailOnline: "After years of lip filler procedures, I wanted to go to the best cosmetic doctor to get the filler removed so I chose Dr Esho at Le Beau Ideal or 'The Man Behind The Faces' as he is also known! He is a miracle worker and an absolute perfectionist – getting my lip fillers removed just feels so liberating and for the first time I really do believe that less is more."
Charlotte Crosby before and after lip injections
Charlotte before and after lip fillers (Credit: Getty Images, Instagram/Charlottegshore)
Char insists that lip fillers don’t technically count as going under the knife. She told Closer:
‘You can’t really class lip injections as cosmetic surgery!’
Ellie Goulding before and after alleged lip injections
Ellie Goulding with slighter lips in 2010, versus a 2017 Instagram selfie- could it be a fab filter? Credit: Getty Images, Instagram/ EllieGoulding)
Ellie shocked fans back in February 2016 when she debuted new plumper lips. The singer has never confirmed lip injections but has posted super pouty selfies ever since…
Kylie Jenner before and after lip injections
Kylie aged 14, before her lip injections. Four years later, her pout is the best in the game (Credit: Getty Images, Instagram/KylieJenner)
The infamous lip trendsetter, Kylie put big lips and Juvaderm on the map.
Katie Price before and after lip injections
Katie Price before and after lip injections (Credit: Getty Images, Instagram/OfficialKatiePrice)
Katie is more than open about her fillers, posting videos of the procedure on her Instagram.
Megan McKenna before and after lip injections
Megan at 14 when she appeared on Britains Got Talent, versus her stunning 2017 selfie (Credit: YouTube, Instagram/MeganMcKenna)
Megan is another celeb who is super honest about her love of injections
Michelle Keegan before and after alleged lip injections
*Michelle Keegan seemed to have slimmer lips back in her Coronation Street days (Credit: Getty Images, Instagram/MichKeegan)
Fans are absolutely convinced Michelle has had lip fillers despite her never confessing to it. These pictures from 2012 vs 2017 show quite a significant difference!
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