Afraid of an Allergic Reaction? Discover Your Lip Augmentation Options

Those looking to improve the volume or contour of their lips have many different procedures and treatments to choose from. When it comes to lip augmentation, the most popular route that most patients take is to receive injections.

Facial fillers are expertly injected directly into the lips with an ultra-fine sterile syringe, using a previously determined amount in order to create results that are both noticeable but also natural in appearance. However, those with extremely sensitive skin and allergies to common cosmetic chemicals may be wary of trying injectables because they fear having a bad reaction.

Thankfully, there are several injectable procedures for increasing the size of the lips, with some treatments posing almost no risk of an allergic or adverse reaction. Read on to find out about various injectable options, along with which procedures will allow those with allergies to safely achieve the results they want.

  1. Collagen. Collagen is naturally found in the skin and helps skin to stay elastic and youthful. Collagen fillers can be either bovine-derived or human-derived, with bovine-derived collagen coming from cows. For this reason, it’s important to have an allergy test done before your procedure in order to make sure that you do not have an adverse reaction.
  2. Autologen injections. During this procedure, collagen is taken from another part of the patient’s skin, which is usually removed during another procedure, such as a tummy tuck. Collagen is extracted from the skin, sterilized and liquefied for re-injection. It is then injected into their lips. Because it is the patient’s own collagen, autologen injections typically do not require an allergy test.
  3. Patient’s own fat from another area of the body. In this instance, a syringe is used to collect fat from other parts of the patient’s body, such as the buttocks or thighs. The harvested fat cells are then injected into the lips. Because the fat is the patient’s own, there is no allergic or immune system reaction.
  4. Restylane injections. Another option for those with allergies and skin sensitivities is Restylane, which does not use animal-based materials. Hyaluronic acid is naturally present in your body and serves to hydrate and cushion tissue. Restylane is a clear hyaluronic acid gel that is completely compatible with your body’s natural hyaluronic acid, so it doesn’t require an allergy test.


Lip Augmentation Procedures in Okatie

If you are interested in learning more about lip augmentation procedures, or have any questions, contact us today at 843.705.8940 to schedule an appointment.  We look forward to hearing from you.



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