Dr. Julie Brooks, Ph.D., explores the different types of lip fillers and the most common brands of dermal lip fillers which have been FDA-approved.

So, What Are The Types of Lip Fillers?

There are several types of lip fillers available, and they all work by injecting a substance into the lips to add volume and improve the shape of the lips. Here are some of the most common types of lip fillers and how they work:

1. Hyaluronic Acid Fillers: These are the most popular lip fillers made from a substance that occurs naturally in the body. Hyaluronic acid fillers like Juvéderm and Restylane are designed to add volume and shape to the lips by binding with water molecules, resulting in plumper, more hydrated lips. The effects of hyaluronic acid fillers usually last between 6-12 months, depending on the individual.

2. Collagen Fillers: Collagen is a protein that provides structure and support to the skin. Collagen fillers like Evolence and CosmoPlast are made from bovine or human collagen and work by adding volume to the lips. However, collagen fillers are less commonly used now as they have been largely replaced by hyaluronic acid fillers.

3. Fat Transfer: This involves harvesting fat from another part of the body, such as the abdomen or thighs, and injecting it into the lips. Fat transfer is a more invasive procedure than injectable fillers, but it has the advantage of using the patient's own tissue, reducing the risk of allergic reactions. The results of fat transfer can be long-lasting, but some of the injected fat may be reabsorbed by the body over time.

4. Polymethyl Methacrylate (PMMA) Fillers: These are synthetic fillers that contain tiny beads of PMMA suspended in a gel. The beads stimulate collagen production in the lips, resulting in increased volume and a more defined shape. PMMA fillers like Bellafill are considered to be a longer-lasting option, with results lasting up to 5 years or more. However, they are also associated with a higher risk of complications such as granulomas (small nodules) forming at the injection site.

Dermal Lip Fillers – before & after

FDA-approved Dermal Lip Fillers

Here at QWoman, we only use UK FDA-approved dermal fillers. There are several brand names of dermal lip fillers, and safety can vary depending on the individual and the technique used. However, some of the most popular and well-known lip filler brands include:

1. Juvéderm: Made by the pharmaceutical company Allergan, Juvéderm is a hyaluronic acid-based filler that is commonly used to enhance the lips. Juvéderm products are FDA-approved and have been used for many years with a good safety record.

2. Restylane: Another hyaluronic acid-based filler, Restylane is made by the company Galderma and is used to add volume and smooth out wrinkles. Restylane products are also FDA-approved and have been used safely for many years.

3. Belotero: This is a hyaluronic acid-based filler made by Merz Aesthetics. It is designed to integrate with the skin's tissues for a more natural look and feel. Belotero products are FDA-approved and considered safe when used appropriately.

4. Sculptra: Unlike the hyaluronic acid fillers, Sculptra is made from a synthetic material called poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) that stimulates the body's own collagen production. Sculptra is FDA-approved and can provide natural-looking results that last up to 2 years.

5. Radiesse: This is a filler made from calcium hydroxylapatite microspheres that stimulate collagen production. Radiesse is FDA-approved and is often used to add volume to the lips and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

6. Revolax: This filler is made from hyaluronic acid, they are known for their high viscosity, which means that they have a thicker consistency than some other hyaluronic acid fillers. This can make them easier to inject and can provide more support and structure to the skin. Revolax fillers also contain lidocaine, which is a local anaesthetic that can help to minimize discomfort during the injection process. Revolax is an FDA-approved filler in the European union but is not FDA-approved in the US.


Natural Looking Lips

Before having any type of lip filler it is important to discuss with your practitioner which type of filler will best suit you to achieve your desired goal. At QWoman we think it is important that clients get educated on the different kinds of dermal lip available and we give clients a choice in what gets injected. PLEASE NOTE; prices vary depending on the brand used.

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