Lip Implants vs Injections: What to Choose?

Lip Implants vs Injections: What to Choose?

Lip augmentation procedures are designed to increase the volume of lips. This type of plastic surgery can be done in two ways, lip implants and lip injections in Boston, also known as dermal fillers. Both come with their own sets of advantages and disadvantages.

Like most medical professionals, Skin Deep Med Spa Boston recommends trying out dermal fillers first before going for implants. You can try out its confidence-boosting effects for a year or so, and see if you would go for lip shape enhancements or switch to another solution for thin lips.

Lip Implants Vs. Lip Injections: An Overview

Both implants and lip injections enhance the shape, size, and pout of the lips. The suitable lip enhancement treatment for you is determined by your face attributes and beauty goals.

Implants are a type of lip enhancement that require making minor incisions in the mouth corners where silicone implants are inserted.  They are a good way to make your face look fuller and more symmetrical, and can last for decades, far longer than fillers.

On the other hand, injectable fillers are lip augmentation procedures that use hyaluronic acid dermal injections like Juvederm and Restylane. They create or restore volume for 12 months to 18 months and need maintenance injections after.

Lip Implants: Pros and Cons

Lip implants are commonly used to provide fuller, more dramatic results, but they can also be used to produce subtle, natural-looking effects.

It can also fix imbalances besides increasing lip volume. Different sizes of silicone strips can be put into the lips depending on your goal. Overall, this lip enhancement treatment is safe and quick.

Lips Implants: Pros

  • Silicone implants produce long-lasting results. With careful maintenance, patients can expect to enjoy the benefits of this lip augmentation procedure for decades.
  • These are a good way to fix lips that are too thin or unbalanced. They are excellent for achieving a more dramatic result.
  • Since implants produce permanent results, they do not carry regular maintenance costs.
  • This lip augmentation procedure requires a moderate recovery period, which is generally two to three weeks.
  • The effects of the procedure will begin to show within one to two weeks.

Lips Implants: Cons

  • Lip augmentation using implants is more invasive, requiring two small incisions hidden in the corners of the mouth.
  • Although topical numbing cream is administered during the treatment, patients may have moderate pain after treatment. But pain medicine can manage any pain or discomfort.
  • After the operation, patients will have one or two absorbable sutures and may experience moderate bruising and swelling.
  • Patients need three weeks to recover and see the full effects of this lip augmentation surgery.
  • They carry the risks of infection, allergy, implant movement, and lip asymmetry. But these can be avoided by choosing a board-licensed plastic surgeon.
  • Lip augmentation using implants is more expensive than fillers.

Lips Injections: Pros

  • Lip fillers require only a few injections using a microneedle. But with the use of an anesthetic like lidocaine, pain is minimal.
  • This lip augmentation treatment yields natural-looking results. They can be used to manage signs of aging around the mouth, like wrinkles and fine lines.
  • They require no downtime. Often, patients undergo treatment during their lunch break and return to the office after.
  • Minor swelling or bruising can occur one to two days post-injection but results are immediate.
  • Lip injectables are temporary and naturally absorbed by the body’s metabolic process.
  • They cost less upfront compared with implants.

Lips Injections: Cons

  • Site bleeding, bruising, redness, swelling, and tenderness are common minor side effects of lip injections.
  • Serious side effects like allergy, infection, lump, asymmetrical lips and prolonged swelling or bruising are possible with dermal fillers.
  • The results of lip injections are not permanent. The effects only last for 6 to 12 months.
  • Patients need to undergo regular maintenance touch-ups to extend effects. Lip augmentation using fillers can cost more than the one-time payout for dermal implants.

Why Choose Lip Injection Over Lip Implant?

Most medical experts would recommend that you try lip injections first before going for the more permanent and invasive plastic surgery. This is because of the following reasons:

  • Patients considering lip augmentation may wish to start with lip fillers. They require less commitment, yielding temporary results that disappear after a year or so. You can try out different materials or approaches to assess which level of fullness you like.
  • They also tend to be naturally metabolized by the body, biological or synthetic.
  • They are also less invasive than dermal implants because they don't require any incisions in the lip tissue.
  • Lastly, lip injections are less expensive than dermal implants that involve plastic surgery.

While it seems that one is a better option than the other, the best solution in finding what's most suitable for you and your goals is an in-person consultation with a skincare professional, like the ones we have at Skin Deep Med Spa Boston.

Flaunt Your Plump Lips with Skin Deep Med Spa

With 50 years of combined industry experience, our facial rejuvenation and lip enhancement service providers at Skin Deep Med Spa Boston help patients of appropriate age to look and feel their best through top-tier fuller lips transformations.

Are you ready to boost your confidence? Schedule a lip injection at our Boston clinic by contacting our team at 617-812-0954 today!

Lip Injections Boston FAQs 

How much are lip injections in Boston?

On average, lip augmentation in Boston with dermal filler injections costs $500 to $750 depending on the material used.

How long do lip fillers last?

In general, fillers last 12 to 18 months. The duration is affected by age and metabolism. Younger patients tend to burn calories faster, so fillers don't last as long on them as on older patients.

How much is a lip filler?

Most patients can expect to pay between $500 and $1,000 for a lip injection appointment.

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