We were super curious about all of the particulars regarding lip injections, but since we couldn't ask Kylie if she got a weird reaction after, we asked New York City-based plastic surgeon Dr. Matthew Schulman what happens when you get lip injections.
It's Safer Now Than it Used To Be
Lip injections have come a long way since they first appeared on the scene Most plastic surgeons have since switched from using collagen or fat injections to using hyaluronic acid. Because you can find hyaluronic acid naturally produced in the body, the chemical is less likely to cause any potential health problems later on.
"Allergic reactions are very rare," Dr. Schulman said. "There are no long term repercussions of lip injections when temporary filler [containing hyaluronic acid] is used."
Schulman notes that other formulas that used to be more popular and offer a more permanent volume are the most risky to use.
"If permanent fillers such as silicone are used, any lumps, bumps or asymmetries will be permanent," he said.
Hyaluronic acid on the other hand, is processed normally by the body which means it doesn't last. Yes, having lip injections isn't a one time thing, so if you're afraid of needles, we don't advise it.
What to Expect
If your unending love of Kylie or Hilary Duff has you considering lip injections, here's what you should know. Injections don't take very much time to do. Walking into your doctor's office, he/she will give you an anesthetic injection to numb your mouth and then use a very fine needle to inject the filler.
"Bruising and swelling is common for the first few days," Schulman said. There's also the possibility of feeling some discomfort but that will pass too. And if you're a lipstick addict, you're going to have to hold off for a few days.
After a few days pass, your lips will return to a normal size. You should also have sensation in your lips and if you don't, contact your doctor ASAP.
For every Kylie Jenner whose lip injections look flawless, it seems like there's a story like former Teen Mom Farrah Abraham's botched procedure. While getting yet another augmentation, Farrah's lips instantly reacted to the numbing agent used by the doctor, blowing up like a balloon. The result was two massive, misshapen lumps on her face that were so obviously treated and treated poorly.
This isn't the norm, but there are risks to be wary of if you're dead -set on injections. Like Schulman said, if you're going for a permanent solution and the injection results in asymmetrical lumps, you'll pretty much be stuck with them. It's important to do your research even if you're going for temporary injections because an untrained doctor or specialist is more likely to make your lips look asymmetrical.
Web MD says that untrained professionals are also more likely to accidentally inject the filler into a blood vessel, which could result in some loss of lip tissue. In certain cases, botched injections could also lead to scarring and lip stiffening which may also result in loss of sensation. And that'd make kissing bae a lot less fun.
Even though a botched injection is rare, there's always a chance that it can happen. But even more likely than a procedural mishap is you possibly not being satisfied with the outcome. It's hard to tell what certain facial changes will look like and lip augmentations can be unpredictable. They may not fill your lips enough or they could fill your lips too much. At the end of the day, they may not look as natural as you had hoped.
And injections are a pretty hefty investment. According to Dr. Schulman, a typical session costs between $750 and $900. Injections only last between 6 and 9 months, meaning you'll have to get it done more than once in order to keep your lips plump.
With any plastic surgery procedure it's important to ask yourself why you want to make that change. If you believe it'll truly make you happy and it's something you've been wanting for a while, go for it. But if you're considering getting stuff injected into your lips because Kylie or your other fave celeb have done it, maybe you should reconsider.
Do you boo, but just know that you are gaw-geous always!