Lip Filler vs Botox: Which Cosmetic Procedure Has Less Side Effects?

Lip augmentation is one of the most popularly done cosmetic procedures. Thanks to the influence of social media and celebrities, a lot of individuals have turned to non-invasive lip fillers and Botox to achieve a natural and fuller-looking pout without surgery. But as with any treatments, these 2 cosmetic injectables also come with a few risks of their own and it’s important to be aware of them before choosing which treatment option to go for.  

So between dermal fillers and Botox, which lip enhancement procedure has fewer risks and side effects? Lip filler injections may carry slightly more risks and potential side effects due to the insertion of the soft-gel material. Meanwhile, Botox has minimal adverse reactions and some of the side effects you may experience are injection site reactions, headache, or mild flu-like symptoms. 

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What To Expect After Getting Dermal Fillers and Botox for Lip Injections 

When you’re searching for a non-surgical option for lip enhancement, soft tissue fillers and Botox injections are the 2 procedures that usually come up. Although they make use of different substances, their ultimate end goals are the same which are to minimize lip wrinkles, fix lip unevenness or asymmetry, and achieve plumper lips. 

Most patients who receive the filler and Botox treatments can usually go home without significant downtime and recovery period. But there are several side effects that you may experience for the first few days after the procedure.

Which Lip Enhancement Treatment Has Fewer Side Effects? 

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The majority of the immediate side effects that have been reported from facial fillers and Botox are almost the same. These typically include injection site reactions such as slight pain at the treated area, swelling, redness, bruising, and tenderness. 

However, there are also less common but possible side effects that may manifest within weeks after each treatment. These risks are said to be more common with dermal filler treatments than Botox. 

Here’s an overview of the common post-treatment reactions and potential complications to watch out for from Botox and fillers for the lips: 

 Botox Lip Fillers 
Common and immediate side effectsInjection site pain, swelling, bruising, redness Pain, swelling, bruising, itching, minor bleeding, numbness 
Less common side effectsFlu-like symptoms Infection, lumps, hypertrophic scarring 
Rare but possible complications from poor lip injection/treatment Dry mouth or drooling, lip muscle weakness, abnormal lip functions Granulomatous reactions, hypersensitivity, vascular occlusion

1) Localized injection site reactions

Since the neurotoxin and filler materials are injected into the skin, it’s common to experience minor pain, swelling, bruising, and itchiness as a result of the puncture of the needles. Patients who receive dermal fillers may also have temporary numbness as some filler materials are formulated with a local anesthetic. Fortunately, most of these side effects are tolerable and will go away on their own within a few days. 

2) Flu-like symptoms 

While it’s not a common reaction after a Botox lip flip, mild flu-like symptoms have also been reported as a side effect of the neurotoxin injections. This typically comes in the form of a minor headache, dizziness, and muscle aches. It’s said to be more common among people who get Botox for forehead lines and other treatment purposes like providing relief from excessive sweating. This usually lasts for at least 2 weeks and can be remedied by taking pain relief medications. 

3) Dry mouth or drooling 

Botox lip injections are intended to relax the upper lip muscles and allow the vermillion border to curl outward for a fuller look. In rare cases where too much toxin is injected, the muscles may get too relaxed and it can be hard to close the mouth which can result in excessive drooling. It may also interfere with saliva production and cause a dry feeling in the mouth. 

4) Abnormal lip functions 

The neurotoxin may sometimes cause muscle weakness which can interfere with normal lip movement and functions. For a few days after the Botox procedure, you may encounter difficulty in pronouncing certain words, drinking with a straw, whistling, or brushing your teeth. 

5) Lumps on the lips 

Temporary fillers injected into the lips may also result in lumps or bumps. This happens due to inflammation or bruising right after the injection procedure. It’s not usually a cause for major concern as they’ll subside within 1 to 2 weeks from the treatment. It can also be remedied at home by applying ice packs or cold compress. 

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6) Infection after dermal filler injection

An infection is a rare lip filler complication that can occur when the bacteria has entered the skin surface after the injections. It usually happens when the procedure is done in an unclean and non-sterile environment. Infections may be accompanied by pain, redness, tenderness, and growth of nodules or cold sores. 

7) Scarring

According to a study, some type of fillers may produce hypertrophic scarring as a delayed side effect from the procedure. It’s usually a result of poor injection technique where the filler material is placed too superficially and causes inflammation which leads to the formation of scar tissue. 

8) Granulomatous reactions

One of the potential but rare complications of lip filler treatments are granulomatous reactions which is a chronic inflammatory response to the injection of a foreign body. This side effect usually manifests after several months after the filler injection. They may take years to go away so cosmetic doctors may recommend getting corticosteroid injections to clear them away. 

9) Hypersensitivity or allergic reactions

Certain dermal filler products such as those made from bovine collagen may trigger symptoms of immunologic reactions in some people. These acute reactions can develop within hours of getting the filler injection. It’s best to seek immediate medical attention if you experience serious symptoms of lip filler-related allergies or hypersensitivity reactions. 

10) Vascular occlusion 

This uncommon side effect refers to the blockage of a blood vessel. This can happen due to the accidental injection of the dermal filler to an artery, which can obstruct the flow of blood and may cause the death of skin cells and skin necrosis. Contact your cosmetic practitioner or health care provider for immediate medical treatment if you experience this side effect. 

Can You Undo The Results of Lip Fillers and Botox? 

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Under the hands of a skilled injector, you don’t have to worry about any adverse reaction or complications from a lip filler and Botox lip flip treatment. The results of the 2 procedures are also temporary, lasting on an average of 6 to 12 months so you don’t have to deal with permanent negative effects and spend time and money on having them treated. 

However, if you do experience bad reactions or results from a dermal filler procedure, you can reverse its effects with hyaluronidase injections. It’s an enzyme that can dissolve hyaluronic acid-based fillers so you can easily remove any lumps or unwanted skin reactions from the treatment. Meanwhile, there’s no quick way to correct the effects of Botox and all you have to do is wait until the neurotoxin has worn off.  

Fillers or Botox: Which Treatment Is Better for Lip Augmentation?  

Both hyaluronic acid fillers and Botox are widely accepted and effective treatments for lip augmentation. But to help decide on which procedure to get, it’s important to know the basics of each treatment and its primary differences. Here’s a table detailing how Botox and hyaluronic acid injections work for lip enhancement: 

 Botox Dermal fillers 
What is it made of This neurotoxin injection is a purified protein form of the Clostridium botulinum bacterium. The common FDA-approved facial fillers today are made of either hyaluronic acid (Juvederm and Restylane), poly-L-lactic acid (Sculptra), or calcium hydroxylapatite (Radiesse). 
How it works Botox works by limiting facial muscle contractions which then results in the softening of facial wrinkles and vertical lines. As a lip injection, it relaxes the upper lip muscles so it will curl and produce the appearance of plumper lips. Lip fillers are injected directly into the upper and lower lips with the purpose of restoring lip volume, correcting asymmetry, and minimizing lip wrinkles and lines. 
How soon can you see results You can normally see the full effects of a Botox lip flip treatment after 10 to 14 days. Unlike Botox, you can see an immediate plump to your lips after receiving filler injections. Its effects will improve within a few days as the initial swelling goes down. 
How long its effects last The results of a lip flip can last for about 3 to 4 months. It depends on the type of filler used but most injections can last for up to 12 months. 
When is it the better option Go for Botox lip injections if you want a subtle and natural-looking enhancement. It’s also a better option if you have a problem with thinning lips or if your upper lip becomes unnoticeable when smiling. Choose lip fillers if you want a longer-lasting treatment option. It’s also more ideal if you want to improve your overall lip shape and want to restore lost volume. 

Safe Lip Enhancements With Cosmetic Injections At The Rejuvenation Center for Mind and Body

Before undergoing any dermal filler or Botox procedure, it’s important that you have a clear understanding of its potential side effects and risks. That’s why you shouldn’t miss having a consultation with your cosmetic provider so you know what preparations you need to do to assure a safe treatment and what to expect afterward. 

At the Rejuvenation Center for Mind and Body, our cosmetic doctors and professional injectors are trained in administering safe and effective Botox and dermal filler procedures. We also make sure to offer a customized treatment plan in order to meet your specific needs and goals. Learn more about our cosmetic injectables and how you can benefit from them by contacting us at (973) 240 5695

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