Full lips have revolutionized the aesthetic ideal since the early 10’s of this century. A major part of the cultural shift towards plumper, more luscious, and more well-defined lips has been the introduction of implants and dermal fillers. Dermal fillers allow us to increase the volume, hydrate, correct asymmetries, and add definition to the lip to get that perfect pout. Moreover, new techniques and advances in the world of aesthetic medicine make it possible to achieve incredible results, which makes lip enhancement one of the most sought-after ways to improve confidence.
What Are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are a type of implant that are used for facial treatments, typically for cosmetic purposes. Nowadays, they can also be used to treat acne scarring, fill in fine lines, and enhance a specific area on the face. Since they fill in fine lines and wrinkles, they’re mainly injected below the skin.
The most popular type of filler is hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers which usually treat areas of the face. Most commonly, they’re used to enhance the lips, plump cheeks and minimize dark circles and under-eye wrinkles. Depending on the surface area and technique, results tend to vary, but they can last between 4 months to 1 year. Fillers are also used to increase the lip volume, improve lip shape, as well as smooth out the vertical lines of the lip.
What Is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic acid is a substance humans naturally produce. It helps skin retain moisture, thereby keeping it soft, full, and plump. As we age, the molecule responsible for binding moisture to the skin weakens, which leads to the dryer, finer, and often saggy skin.
Enhancing lips with hyaluronic acid fillers is one of the most popular procedures today. For people looking to get fuller cheeks, hyaluronic acid fillers are great at plumping the skin and giving it a perfect glow. All of these procedures are non-invasive, performed quickly, and give results after one treatment.
Moreover, these fillers not only target fullness but also structure. In lips, they can help make them look more narrow, raise the cupid’s bow or extend the sides of the lips. In cheeks, can help bring up the apples of the cheeks or push them into a contour for a more well-defined face. When it comes to dark spots, they brighten the area and give it more fullness for a rejuvenating effect.
The Lip Enhancement Procedure
The process for getting a lip augmentation through hyaluronic acid dermal fillers is relatively painless, quick, and requires no recovery time. Usually, a topical or numbing cream is applied to reduce discomfort before the injection. The procedure typically takes 30 minutes and the results are immediately noticeable.
Are There Risks and Side Effects Associated with Hyaluronic Acid Injections?
As with every medical treatment, side effects may occur. They are almost always temporary and should not last for more than two weeks. These include:
- Swelling and bruising in the treated areas
- Occasional bleeding in the injection spot
- Redness and sensitivity
- Reactivation of cold sores or herpes simplex
- Lumps or minor irregularities in the lips
- Allergic reactions
For these reasons, it is crucial to do your research and choose an experienced and highly-rated physician.
Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid Fillers
Control Over Volume
Because of the way hyaluronic acid fillers work, physicians can target specific areas on the lips that need filling. This means targeting the upper lip in cases where it’s thinner than the lower lip, extending the corner of the lips to reach a more symmetrical result or softening a strong Cupid’s Bow.
The amount of hyaluronic acid dermal filler that a person receives is entirely personal. Moreover, due to the nature of the filler, a gradual increase is recommended for first-timers so there is control with the amount of volume. Touch-ups to the area are typically performed every 6 months to maintain filler results.
Because hyaluronic acid fillers use a substance that we naturally produce in our bodies, there is a much lower chance of causing any skin allergies or reactions as opposed to other types of dermal fillers.
Reasonably Durable Results
While hyaluronic acid fillers are not permanent, they can last long-term given the right treatment. Usually, they dissolve after 6-12 months.
Lip enhancement treatments with hyaluronic acid fillers provide a natural-looking, safe and temporary solution for anyone looking to give their lips an extra plumping. If you’re looking to show off a pretty pink pout, book an appointment with us, and let Dr. Carol at Line Eraser MD get your desired results!