The best lip injections are ones that are hyaluronic acid (HA)based. HA is a naturally occurring substance in our bodies. Along with collagen, it makes up the dermal layer of our lips. Hyaluronic acid attracts water which contributes to the hydration and fullness of the lips. Injected HA allows the lips to retain more water and thus more volume. Hyaluronic acid fillers have surpassed traditional collagen fillers as the best lip enhancement technique. Collagen is reabsorbed by the body’s metabolic processes much sooner than HA fillers, and the results are not as promising.
Among the most frequent Hyaluronic acid lip fillers are:
Restylane – This injection rejuvenates the lips as well as the entire face, and is most highly recommended for patients with pronounced lip wrinkling. Restylane is recommended for patients wanting more substantial definition to the lips. Due to its unique molding property, when compared to Juvederm, Restylane can better provide definition in the lips where as Juvederm produces fullness. Both products typically last 6-9 months in the lip region.
Boletero – Boletero, which is also used to treat fine lines surrounding the mouth, can be used to augment the dimension of the lips as well as to diminish the appearance of lines and folds on the lips. Results typically last 6 months, as the body absorbs collagen and hyaluronic acid from the product.
Juvederm – Probably the most common hyaluronic acid filler, Juvederm can make your lips look more pronounced, hydrated, and voluminous for an entire year. Typical initial injection durations can be 6-9 months, with longevity increasing with future treatments.