Ever wonder if those horrid lip jobs are the result of botched collagen injections?

You’ve probably seen photos of women with grossly enlarged lips that go beyond the infamous “trout pout.”

Can collagen injections ruin a woman’s lips to this extent?

To find out the answer to this question, I consulted with Allen Gabriel, MD, board certified plastic surgeon with PeaceHealth Medical Group Plastic Surgery in Vancouver, WA.

Certainly, many women want a fuller, sexier pout and have been considering collagen injections.

Dr. Gabriel explains, “Misshapen lips that cannot be improved usually happen from procedures where permanent fillers/implants were utilized.”

Collagen injections last three to nine months, and are certainly a practical alternative to something that’s more permanent and has more potential to cause a misshapen appearance.

If lips have become misshapen from a permanent filler or implant, Dr. Gabriel says, “This is when additional surgical procedures are needed to remove the product and can further misshapen the lip.”

This is probably what has happened in most of those hideous photos of “botched jobs” you’ve seen.

Is there an alternative to collagen injections?

“The nice thing about getting injected with hyaluronic acid products is that this can be immediately reversed if one is not happy with the results.  There is a solution that can be injected and will immediately dissolve it, and after the swelling goes down, one is back to the original lip shape and size.”