Lip fillers, also known as lip injections, are a procedure you’ve probably heard of from a friend or family member. A filler is a non-invasive surgery that focuses on making lips more plump and reshaping them for a more attractive appearance. They were the second most commonly performed procedure in North America in 2018, second only to Botox. Botox injections had 7.4 million procedures, while lip fillers had 2.6 million procedures. To put this in perspective, breast augmentations were the most popular invasive surgery with just over 313,000 surgeries. 

One of the main reasons why lip fillers are so popular is the relative ease of receiving them. Rather than invasive surgery, which use one or more major incisions, fillers are a simple needle. Pairing this with near-immediate results and single day recovery periods, it is no surprise that lip injections are so popular. This popularity and ease of lip fillers has caused a major issue, though. Though injections are a medical procedure, thousands of unqualified individuals offer injections at a fraction of the cost. 

Cost of Lip Fillers

Lip fillers usually cost upwards of $500 depending on how much is being injected. The price changes depending on if the injection is being done by a family physician or a cosmetic surgeon. Due to this ease, though, it is common for individuals to attempt to learn how to administer injections themselves. This allows them to undercut the costs of using a medical professional. 

These individuals cut costs in a variety of ways. Many of these amateur injectors operate injection sites in their house. Others will offer to come to your house to administer the injection, or even hold “injection parties”. These events promise even cheaper costs stemming from the promise of multiple clients. This alone creates a variety of issues, including;

  • Sanitary Injection Locations

Hospitals and cosmetic surgery clinics are constantly being cleaned and sanitized. The importance of a sanitary medical area, with sanitary tools, is paramount in the medical world. An average house, though, is not held to the same expectation.

  • Quality of Materials

Lip fillers, or hyaluronic acid, are sold under a variety of brand names, the most popular being Juvederm and Restylane. These are nearly impossible to acquire by anyone other than a medical professional, though. Amateur injectors opt to save money with either lower quality hyaluronic acid or other, untested substances as substitutes. Some injectors offer brand name, medical grade hyaluronic acid, which has been illegally acquired. Hyaluronic acid must be kept refrigerated, though, and illegally acquired hyaluronic acid is often spoiled by time of injection. 

  • Lack of Training for Lip Fillers

Unfamiliarity with the human body can completely ruin the final appearance of a lip filler. Doctors and surgeons are incredibly familiar with the locations of blood vessels and nerves underneath the skin. When administering injections, this knowledge is put to use to minimize bleeding, bruising, and nerve damage. An individual without this knowledge is likely to make an improper injection, resulting in obvious scarring, or an uneven look. 

  • Lack of Proper Qualifications

Amateur injectors lack more than a degree in the medical field. All medical professionals purchase malpractice insurance, something similar to common car insurance. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, this insurance assures that affected patients will receive adequate compensation. This includes costs for any corrective surgery required. Amateur injectors lack this insurance, though, and often disappear in the case of any issues.

Dangers of Non-Professional Lip Fillers

When administered by a professional, lip fillers tend to last between 6 months and two years before fading. This length depends on the quality of the hyaluronic acid injected. If injected by an amateur, though, these results last anywhere between a single day and an entire lifetime. 

  • Lack of Consultation

Any medical professional offering lip fillers will always schedule a consultation before booking the procedure. The most important part of this consultation is going over medical history. A past experience of oral herpes can complicate lip fillers, infecting the injection site if not prepared for. Surgeons will also assess individual expectations of the patient, and if the expectation is attainable or not. This is all skipped by amateur injectors who almost always just want to get paid. 

  • Unsatisfactory Lip Fillers

Lip fillers come in a variety of appearances. Different brands create different results, and different methods create different appearances. The infamous “duck face” appearance is a result of too much filler being injected, but is desired by some. While medical professionals can attempt to create a specific appearance, amateur injectors often specialize in a single appearance. Without extensive research, this can result in an unexpected final look forcing patients to buy hyaluronidase from the amateur. Hyaluronidase is a substance that reverses bad fillers by safely dissolving hyaluronic acid under the skin. 

  • Inconsistent Lip Filler Results

As stated earlier, lip fillers last between six months and two years before they begin to fade. After that, patients need to receive another injection to sustain their desired look. Medical professionals understand the fundamentals of the procedure, promising consistent results. While amateur lip injectors can make the same look for each patient, this does not promise consistent results. Inconsistent movements during injections can result in inconsistent results, leaving an unnaturally new appearance. 

Health Concerns with Bad Lip Fillers

The risk of bad fillers by amateur injectors is an incredibly serious issue. Lip fillers with tainted or low quality materials risk being rejected by the body. While an infection is fought by white blood cells, bodily rejection continues to get worse until the cause is removed. Searching the internet for “lip filler horror stories” will return reports of serious filler rejection after using amateur injectors. In August 2019, seven Arizona women reportedly received amateur lip injections that send them to the hospital. A Toronto woman nearly lost her lower lip in 2017 due to an infection stemming from a bad lip injection. In both cases, the amateur injector disappeared after hearing about the issues.

In contrast, doctor and injection specialist Sanah Qasem from the UK gained notoriety after her patient’s lip filler became infected. Rather than running, Qasem assessed the issue and helped solve the problem. Qasem even posted a video on her social media of her helping to drain the infection, manually removing the filler for safety. Rather than malpractice, Qasem’s patient developed the infection from poor after care. 

Where Can I Get Lip Fillers?

Lip fillers are continuing to grow in popularity. This has caused amateurs to try and join the market, even though it is illegal to do so in Canada. They use a variety of ways to cut their costs while rejecting any responsibility that comes along with it. If you’re considering lip fillers, it is important to ensure that you follow the proper process with a trained professional.

Lakeview Surgery Centre is fully certified to administer lip fillers, such as Juvederm. Dr. Guiguis, or Dr. G as his patients like to call him, has decades of medical experience. His certification in General Surgery has prepared him for a variety of cosmetic surgeries, including a variety of facial injections. If you’re interested in getting lip fillers, contact us at info@lakeviewsurgery.com, or call us at 705-737-3933. You can also follow us on social media to keep up to date with us. 

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