Lip Augmentation, Injections, and Fillers Overview
Lip augmentation, injections, and fillers offer the opportunity to get the full set of lips you’ve always wanted. They increase size while filling in wrinkles and smoothing out the skin. The non-invasive treatment requires no surgery, reducing recovery time and pain. As we age, our bodies naturally stop producing collagen and fat. This leads to thinning lips, wrinkles, indents, and other signs of aging.
Lip Fillers and Injections
Lip fillers and injections offer the chance to augment the look of your lips without surgery. The treatment happens in the office in a matter of minutes. It does not require a hospital stay or a long recovery time and has minimal side effects. Here’s a look at the common types of treatment options.
Juvederm is a family of products designed to help decrease signs of facial aging. The injections contain hyaluronic acid, which naturally occurs in the body. Hyaluronic acid stimulates the cells that produce collagen, plumping up the skin and filling in any wrinkles. Juvederm Ultra XC and Juvederm Volbella XC are the two fillers most commonly used to enhance lips. Treatment takes somewhere between 15 and 60 minutes, depending on the treatment area. The injections contain a small amount of lidocaine to reduce any pain. After the injections, the doctor will massage the area to ensure even distribution.
Restylane is also a facial filler made from hyaluronic acid. It treats mid-face, cheek, and mouth areas. Restylane is the same as Juvederm products, except the results are not always as smooth and tend to last for a shorter period. Your doctor will be able to make recommendations based on your medical history for the right treatment for you.
Radiesse uses calcium-based microspheres to stimulate collagen production. This is the mineral found in teeth and bones. The treatment consists of the calcium in a gel solution with a water base. Eventually, your body absorbs the gel and the calcium. Like Juvederm, it works on the cheeks, laugh lines, lips, and lip lines, but it can also work on pre-jowl folds, chin wrinkles, and the back of your hands. Radiesse treatment usually includes a topical anesthetic like lidocaine and takes about 30 minutes.
Who Should Not Use Lip Fillers?
Anyone who has had severe allergic reactions resulting in anaphylaxis should not use lip fillers. Anyone with an allergic reaction to lidocaine should avoid treatments. Juvederm is not for individuals under 21 years of age. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not use lip fillers. The risks of lip filler treatments are rare but can include:
- Allergic reactions
- Lumpy injection sites
- Inflamed tissue
- Blocked blood vessel
Cost of Lip Fillers
The total amount for treatment depends on the amount of filler needed and the area of treatment. A Juvederm treatment typically costs around $650. Treatments last for about a year but may require a touch-up injection in the first month after the initial treatment. One dose of Radiesse costs between $650 and $800. Total treatment cost depends on the number of syringes needed and the treatment area. Your initial consultation will help to determine these factors.
If you are considering lip augmentation with fillers and injections, we’d be happy to help. Make an appointment with our office for a consultation, so we can determine the type of treatment to get the look you desire. Our expert team is ready to create a personalized plan just for you.
Dr Siegel is a Facial Plastic Surgeon, this gives him an expert knowledge on facial structures, allowing him to minimize complications and create natural enhancements by knowing how much and where exactly to inject the right filler
Not all injectors have the same credentials, experience or artistry, and while this is not a surgical procedure, it is still a medical procedure, and the results depend on these qualities of your injector, not the filler being injected.
The majority of injectors, not only be not be highly skilled facial specialist, but may have very limited experience performing this procedures or may be doing them on a part time basis. It requires not only an eye for balance, but also years to achieve the mastery of injection skills-this will make the difference between a natural and more youthful appearance, as opposed to the overly filled and in-natural look associated with poorly executed injections.