Not only can injectable dermal fillers address lines and wrinkles, many can also be used to enhance the lips. With these injectable treatments, patients’ lips can be reshaped to add definition and volume.
Juvederm, Restylane, and collagen fillers are used in lip augmentation. Juvederm and Restylane are two examples of hyaluronic-acid-based injectables. This substance is naturally found in the tissues of the body, where it gathers and binds water molecules to create volume.
What to Expect
When you come in for lip enhancement with dermal filler injections, prepare for a relatively short procedure. Treatments typically only take around 15 minutes to complete.
At the start of the procedure, the targeted treatment regions are marked. The lips and general area are then numbed using a local anesthetic. This aids in the comfort of the patient during the treatment by blocking any pain that would otherwise be felt.
Fine needles are then used to precisely apply the dermal fillers to the tissues of the lip region, creating new volume. The benefits of the injects make themselves apparent very quickly.
Following treatment, a small degree of swelling and bruising may be seen. Tenderness or numbness may be felt. Ice is instrumental in controlling some of these issues and can be used as soon as it is needed.
While your tissues are healing, avoid applying any lip products in order to ensure safe recovery. Avoid firm pressure.
The results of dermal fillers last for at least six months, providing impressive and natural-looking lip fullness. Touch-ups and follow-up treatments may be needed in order to maintain your lip-augmentation results.
Good Candidates for the Treatment
Lip augmentation is an ideal option for those who feel that their lips are too thin and could use more fullness. Asymmetrical lips can also benefit from this treatment.
Patients who have diabetes or are experiencing blood-clotting-related issues are not good candidates for injectable lip augmentation. Patients who are currently taking medications – prescription or herbal – should discuss them with their doctor before undergoing treatment.
Smokers who are in poor health are at risk for complications with lip augmentation injections, so they should not undergo this procedure. Patients with cold sores or oral herpes may also be poor candidates.
The Benefits of Dermal-Filler Lip Enhancement
Restylane and Juvederm in particular are excellent dermal fillers for lip augmentation, since they avoid any possibility of bumps in the treated areas. They create much less bruising and swelling than other fillers. Because they are biocompatible, they are highly unlikely to cause allergic reactions.
Contact Our Office
If lip enhancement with dermal fillers sounds like the right augmentation method for you, visit a trained plastic surgeon to find out more.
Dr. Jeffrey Wagner is a highly knowledgeable board-certified plastic surgeon with years of experience. Dr. Wagner will be happy to answer any questions you may have. At our office, you’ll get the beautiful and lasting results you’ve been searching for.
To set up an appointment for a lip enhancement consultation with Dr. Wagner, contact us today.