In the past few years, beauty trends have shifted (like they always do over time) towards emphasizing certain features like defined cheek bones, distinct eyebrows and full lips. No two sets of lips are created equal, however. Some people have naturally full lips while others have less noticeable lips. For those who have the latter that want fuller lips there are fillers and injections that can get the job done, as most of us know. Unfortunately, not all fillers are created equally either. The article below warns of the potential dangers knock-off/imposter fillers can cause. If you have been wanting to alter your lips be sure to do your research and consult your trusted medical professional first.
Lip fillers ? pout-plumping injections given by your derm ? are super popular (just call it the Kylie Jenner Effect. It?s easy to see why: one speedy in-office injection and you can walk out with more luscious lips. But that doesn?t mean things can?t go wrong, as one dermatologist wants us all to be aware of.
Dr. Miray, a dermatologist in Oslo reposted a before and after photo of lip fillers gone wrong. “This post is for all of you looking for a cheap, quick fix and do not research your injector nor the substance that you are getting injected in your body,? she wrote.
The photo shows the results of an excision ? a.k.a. the surgical removal of fillers. Typically, when you?re after a fuller pout, a dermatologist will inject your lips with hyaluronic acid fillers, which are dissolvable plumpers that fade naturally over time. Dermatologists use a variety of formulations with HA molecules of different sizes to fine-tune a natural end result. In the rare event HA fillers are botched or you just don?t like the look, you can even have them safely dissolved on the spot.
Dr. Miray?s post shows what can happen when you get biopolymer implants. ?Biopolymers are a gel-like implant (‘liquid silicone’) that non-professionals inject in the buttocks, hips, breasts, lips ? you name it. It may lead to severe pain, compromised health, tissue death, and even death of the patient,? she wrote. ?As far as I know, there are not many doctors performing this procedure with good results. For lips, I only recommend non-permanent fillers that are dissolvable.”
According to an article by New Beauty, silicone injections aren?t FDA-approved in the U.S. ? but some doctors and other med spas still use them.
So how do you avoid a case of lip fillers gone wrong? First off, know your dermatologist, says Dr. Miray. ?Do not trust anyone blindly just because they have a medical title.? Secondly, talk to your dermatologist before any procedure about exactly what they?ll be injecting and the risks. ?Make sure the package is opened in front of you (NOT saved in the fridge for later touch ups!),? wrote Dr. Miray.
Dermatologists agree: if you?re going for lip fillers, it?s HA all the way.
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