Blame it on the Kardashians or the constant Instagram selfies, but lip injections are all the rage and don’t appear to be going anywhere soon. This outpatient procedure performed by a plastic surgeon is becoming more common, but that doesn’t mean it’s risk-free. From temporary bruising to permanent tissue death, there is a lot more to lip injections than meet the eye. Before you consider going for a pouty pucker, make sure you have all the facts.

 They could cause tissue damageAny time you inject a foreign substance into your body, there is a risk. For your lips, an injection could even cause tissue damage and death.

“The biggest risk for any type of the filler injections is necrosis, which means filler got injected into a blood vessel and caused tissue death,” Founder & Medical Director of Parfaire Medical Aesthetics Dr. Winnie Moses told me. “It is a very rare complication, but can happen. Therefore it’s very important to find a well-qualified and well-trained professional to do the treatment.”

If you’re ready to try your first lip injection, make sure to find an experienced physician and ask about all of the possible side effects.

 Many of the side effects are temporaryFortunately most of the possible side effects of lip injections are mild and temporary. “The other common risks involve bruising, swelling, and lumpiness, but those are temporary and typically only last for a few days,” explained Dr. Moses. After the procedure, remember that you won’t have a clear picture of your results until a few days later.

 They last six to nine monthsThis may sound naive, but I just assumed that lip injections were a permanent procedure. However, in reality they last less than a year. “Most lip fillers last about six to nine months due to the frequent lip movement,” said Dr. Moses. “There are newer fillers that can last up to a year.” Ask your doctor about your options and how long each one lasts. Because we are using our lips all day long to talk, eat, and drink, most fillers are not permanent.

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