Lip fillers BLOG
Who doesn’t love full plumpy lips!?Lip Fillers are one of the safest aesthetic solution for everyone looking to achieve fuller, more symmetrical lips. Fillers are minimally invasive and can be achieved during an office visit. Keep reading this blog to find out more on lip fillers!!
WHAT TO EXPECT?Lip fillers are administered in-office, where the treatment is injected with utmost precision strategically into the lips to add volume, define lip shape, and smooth lip lines. Results are usually immediate after treatment, although some swelling of the lips can be expected after the procedure. The swelling subsides in about 1 week, leaving behind the final result of the lip augmentation. Some popular brands of lip fillers currently available in the United States include Juvederm, Restylane. The most commonly used fillers are the hyaluronic acid fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane, Versa. Lip fillers generally last 6 months to one year after treatment. The longevity of results will depend on the type of filler used, the amount of filler injected, the location of injection, and the patient’s personal metabolism. Most fillers are made of hyaluronic acid, a natural biologic substance that is broken down by the body over time. Because lip fillers will degrade with time, periodic lip “touch-ups” or maintenance appointments are safe at 3 to 6 months in order to the maintain the results of the lip filler. Some clients choose to maintain their perfect pout with 1/2 syringe touch ups every 3 to 4 months.
WHAT ARE HYALURONIC ACID FILLERS?!Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a naturally occurring sugar molecule that attracts water. Most current lip fillers used today are made up of HA. Given its ability to bind water, HA lip fillers are extremely effective at increased lip volume, given a prominent definition to the lips and overall smoothing out any asymmetry that may be present. Fillers that are newer and more modern contain a synthesized version on hyaluronic acid. These synthesized versions have varying molecular weights and sizes to help create the perfect customized look you desire to achieve! For example, Juvederm Ultra which is a more viscous filler will provide more volume projection whereas Juvederm Volbella that is a less viscous filler will integrate more into the lips to smooth the overlying skin. These properties that make HA fillers effective also lead them to their progressive loss over time. Ultimately, all HA fillers are metabolized by natural enzymes found in our skin called hyaluronidase. This causes the molecules to lose their ability to bind water becoming increasingly less effective by the daily mechanical stress of lip movement and the exposure to free radicals. Of note, HA fillers can be dissolved and thereby reversed by an injectable biosynthesized hyaluronidase if the results are not what was desired.
HOW LONG WILL MY LIP FILLER RESULTS LAST?
Lip filler longevity is based on a combination of the following factors:
• Lip filler brand and type
• Amount of filler used
• Location where filler is placed
• Your natural metabolism
With all that in mind, most patients can expect their results to last between 6 months and one year. It is safe to get maintenance treatments every 6 months to continue to enjoy the results of lip fillers for longer periods. Regular injections of hyaluronic acid can even prompt your body to make more of its own collagen.