Did you know that lip augmentation is the second-fastest-growing facial procedure in the U.S.? And for good reasons, too. First, lip fillers aren't permanent, meaning they last only about three months to a year. Second, many tend to be made fro hyaluronic acid, which naturally occurs in the body. Third, they are minimally-invasive. Want to learn more about lip fillers? Read on.
What are your options?
Over the last several years, the FDA has approved various hyaluronic acid fillers for lips. While the new formulas are all similar in composition, there are slight variations in longevity and density:
- Restylane and Restylane-L. These lip fillers are best for achieving overall volume.
- Restylane Silk. This formula is best for subtle enhancements since the hyaluronic acid molecules are smaller.
- Juvederm Ultra XC. This lip filler is best for achieving plush lips.
- Juvederm Volbella XC. This formula is ideal for defining the lip line.
Most dermatologists tend to layer and mix different types of fillers to achieve optimal results.
How to ensure natural-looking results
To make sure your lip filler experience is the best that it can be and that you achieve results that you want, follow these tips:
- Do your homework. Find the right dermatologist that has lots of experience. You can find reputable injectors directly on Juvederm and Restylane's websites, and then browse reviews on Realself.com. Be sure to find a board-certified dermatologist, plastic surgeon, or nurse practitioner who specializes in facial aesthetics.
- Schedule a consultation. During the initial meeting, you'll review your medical history, discuss your goals, and find out how to prep for your treatment. Be sure to request before-and-after photos of real patients.
- Discontinue blood thinners. Two weeks before your lip enhancement treatment, you should avoid blood thinners, such as NSAIDs, alcohol, and fish-oil and vitamin-E supplements. They increase your chances of bruising and bleeding during and after treatment.
- Avoid discounts. Remember that you get what you pay for. A higher price tag on lip injections means that you're paying for an injector's experience. Don't be tempted to go on coupon sites -- if lip enhancement services are being offered cheaply, the chances are that the product is cut with water or saline to cover the cost.
- Get touchups. Factors like filler consistency and lifestyle can affect the longevity of lip fillers. That's why it's recommended that you get touchups every three months to a year.
If you don't like the results, your doctor can dissolve the filler by injecting lips with the enzyme hyaluronidase. This breaks up the particles and accelerates the rate at which the filler breaks down.
Remember to increase the size of your lips gradually
Don't expect to walk away with giant lips after one session. Instead, expect to increase the size of your lips over time for the most natural-looking results. Give your lips time to adapt to the newly placed filler and settle into their natural state before deciding if you want more product.