Lip fillers include hyaluronic acid, fat, or implants. These are used for lip augmentation, and they give an appearance of fullness.
Lip fillers have gained wide attention as they give promising results. If you want to have a lip augmentation, consider consulting Dr. William T. Long, as he has a lot of experience and can guide you with the risks and benefits associated with a lip filler.
Apart from the excellent results a lip filler can have, it also has various risks. Continue reading if you want to have more knowledge of the risks associated with lip fillers.
- Bleeding and Bruising: 19-25% of patients suffer from bruising. This is the most common risk of all. Bleeding might also happen during the procedure but is minimal. These risks are temporary; bruising does not last for more than a week.
- Lip asymmetry: asymmetry in the lips is one of the reasons why people take up lip fillers. A lip filler, when injected improperly, can lead to asymmetry. Inexperienced doctors and the carelessness of a few doctors can lead to asymmetry in lips.
- Swelling: a risk associated with lip fillers is swelling; after the procedure, you expect to have a graceful enhancement, but you may instead end up having swollen lips. You can try to prevent swelling of lips by avoiding exercises that may increase blood flow to the face.
- Allergic reactions: some patients give an allergic reaction to the hyaluronic acid used in the filler or may have an allergy to the agent used to numb the area (lidocaine).
- Cold sores: are not a common risk associated with lip fillers, but lip injection can give rise to a cold sore.
- Vascular occlusion: this is one of the rarest risks associated with a lip filler. The procedure can end up with a block in one of the vessels. If you face issues with blood clots or have a history of them, then you may reconsider your decision of lip augmentation.
- Itching and pain: although a numbing agent is administered before injecting the filler, some patients have reported discomfort during the procedure. It is also noted that some patients feel pain even after a few days from the process.
If you are looking for a lip filling procedure, keep these risk factors in mind before making any decision. If you have any other complications, then discuss them with your doctor, as they can lead to unwanted results.