Not that long ago, obtaining fuller lips meant having fat injected into them or having lip implants placed. Today, these methods are seldom used, as dermal fillers produce a superior aesthetic result with low risk of side effects.
Hyaluronic Acid Fillers
Hyaluronic acid, a sugar found naturally within the body, is a top choice for a dermal lip filler. In youth, the body produces a great deal of hyaluronic acid, but the amount decreases as we age. You are probably familiar with its many minimally invasive uses for filling lines and wrinkles, and it is found in many anti-aging products. Hyaluronic acid plumps thin lips, making them appear full and sensuous but not overdone. It works by keeping the lip surface hydrated. Because it is a natural substance, there are few side effects.
Hyaluronic acid fillers are marketed under a variety of brand names, including Juvederm and Restylane.
Dermal Filler Lip Procedure
If you are taking any type of blood thinner, including aspirin or vitamin E, stop using these medications or supplements two weeks prior to your dermal lip filler procedure.
No matter the brand name, hyaluronic acid fillers are all injected in the same manner. Some of the fillers may contain lidocaine, a local anesthetic that minimizes discomfort.
The procedure is straightforward. First, the area is cleaned and a topical anesthetic applied. The doctor then injects the correct amount of filler into the lips. After the injections, you should immediately notice a change in lip volume.
Dermal Filler Lip Recovery
After your dermal filler lip procedure, avoid strenuous activity for the next 24 to 48 hours. It is not unusual for patients to experience some swelling or bruising, but the use of an ice pack for a day or so keeps these minor side effects to a minimum. Temporary redness is another possible short-term side effect, as is the development of a small lump near the injection site. More severe reactions are rare, but call the doctor at once if they occur.
Expect the results from your dermal lip filler to last approximately six months before the body reabsorbs the hyaluronic acid. At that time, you can schedule another series of injections. Regular use of dermal fillers for your lips can extend the amount of time the effects last, perhaps as long as nine months to a year.
To learn more about your dermal filler options, schedule an in-office consultation with Dr. Landsman. Contact his Long Island practice by calling or emailing us today.