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Lip fillers or injections are one of the most popular and fastest growing cosmetic treatments—and for good reason. They offer fast results and can help you appear younger instantly. But are they really worth it?

What’s Inside Lip Fillers?
Lip filler injections contain one of two things: collagen or hyaluronic acid. Collagen is a natural protein that helps your skin stay firm and smooth. As you age, your body loses collagen, which is what can lead to thinning or flatter lips.

Hyaluronic acid is another natural substance that helps your skin stay hydrated, glowing and full-looking. When injected into your lips, it can produce a natural-looking pout.

How Long Do Lip Fillers Last?
Collagen lip fillers provide results for about three months. Hyaluronic acid injections can last a year or longer. That’s why most cosmetic surgeons now prefer to use hyaluronic acid injections like Juvederm and Restylane in their practices.

When your results do start to fade, you can schedule maintenance appointments to keep your new, fuller look.

What Are the Side Effects of Lip Fillers?
Your injection appointment should only take about 30 minutes. Afterwards, you’ll be able to return to work or any other activities you have planned for your day.

Lip filler injections may cause minor redness and bruising temporarily. However, these side effects should go away in a day or two and are easily covered with make-up. You can reduce the risk for these side effects by avoiding smoking, alcohol and NSAID pain relievers for a few days before and after your treatment. You should also avoid using straws for a few days after your procedure.

How Much Do Lip Fillers Cost?
The cost of lip fillers can vary a lot based on where you live, the experience of the practice, and how much material is injected. In general, collagen injections cost $300 to $400. Hyaluronic acid injections cost around $600.

Though they are more expensive, hyaluronic acid fillers are the better value since they offer much longer lasting results.

Are Lip Fillers Worth It?
Only you can understand the value of fuller, younger-looking lips to your own self-esteem and confidence. For many people, lip fillers help them love their smile and feel beautiful. It’s hard to put a price on feeling great about your appearance.

At the Spa and Laser Center in Virginia Beach, our expert staff strives to ensure you can enjoy natural- and fuller-looking lips. We help you see the value in investing in your appearance and your self esteem. Contact us today at 757-965-7444 or online to schedule your spa appointment.
A woman's appearance after lip filler cosmetic treatments