Dermal fillers are one of the most popular noninvasive treatments to look younger and more attractive. While they can be injected in various places, the lip region is one of the most requested spots for them to be injected. There are a variety of dermal fillers in the market, which allows your surgeons to completely customize or personalize each patient’s treatment, depending on their goals and concerns.
Lip augmentation, also known as lip fillers or lip injections, is a cosmetic procedure that helps enhance your lips with injectable dermal fillers. Whether you want to sharpen your lip contour or the cupid’s bow, or maybe balance out the symmetry, a lip filler is a great solution to achieve natural-looking, plumper, and kissable lips.
Hyaluronic Acid Fillers
Hyaluronic acid fillers are dermal fillers that restore moisture to your skin and lessen the visible signs of aging. Its main ingredient is Hyaluronic Acid, a naturally occurring substance found in every living cell.
The benefits of Hyaluronic Acid fillers include anti-aging, moisturizing, anti-wrinkle, restoring skin elasticity, and treating eczema and redness.
It can also be injected in other areas, including the cheeks, chin, jawline, jowls, temples, nasolabial folds, and perioral lines.
Hyaluronic Acid fillers are also safe, and allergic reactions are rare with this type of filler because hyaluronic acid is naturally produced by the skin. Knott Street Dermatology works with two brands and types of fillers:
- Restylane: Restylane-L, Restylane Lyft, Restylane Contour, Restylane Defyne, Restylane Kysse, Restylane Refyne
- Juvéderm: Juvéderm Volbella, Juvéderm Voluma, Juvéderm Vollure, Juvéderm Ultra, Juvederm Ultra Plus
Before, During and After the Procedure
Before a lip filler procedure, you must come into the clinic for a consultation with our surgeons. They’ll assess factors like your mental health, any social conditions you may have. They’ll ask you about your physical health or pre-existing medical conditions that may affect the results of the procedure.
You will then be asked how you would like your lips to look. Bringing a photograph or showing the surgeons a photo will help them better assess your face. Be very descriptive of how you would like your lips to look.
During a lip filler procedure, your surgeon will apply an anesthetic to your lips. This is done to numb your lips so you won’t feel the pain, and make the process more comfortable. Your surgeon will then use a needle to inject the lip filler onto different parts of your lips to achieve your goals.
After the procedure is done, your surgeon may still instruct you to ice your lips to minimize the swelling and bruising. You will be monitored for a few minutes to ensure you don’t experience any dizziness, nausea, or bleeding. Once the surgeon has determined you no longer need monitoring, you will then be discharged and ready to go home.
Your lips may be sensitive and bruised for as little as 24 hours and as much as a week. A follow-up appointment will be scheduled around two weeks post-procedure to see how your lips have healed.
Risks of Lip Fillers
Although lip fillers don’t have much risk, the most common side effects patients may experience are pain, bleeding, and swelling, which may last for a few days. More serious side effects, which are rare but possible, are severe swelling, bruising, infection, and even blockages in your blood vessels.
Allergic reactions to Hyaluronic Acid are also rare since it is a product naturally produced by the body, but reactions to the anesthetic may be possible. It is vital that you inform your surgeon for any allergies to medication or anesthetics.
A surgeon’s technique can dictate the potential for any side effects and how severe they can be. There are trends in techniques to achieve perfectly kissable lips, but like every other trend, they come and go. It’s safer to stick to board-certified dermatologists, like our team at the best dermatology clinic in Portland, Oregon – Knott Street Dermatology.
Getting fillers is a huge step. If you wish to increase your lip size or just change the way your lips look, get in touch with the best dermatologist in Portland or visit us today. We serve customers in Portland, Oregon, and surrounding areas, including Milwaukie, Cedar Mill, Beaverton, Cedar Hills, Oak Grove, and more.