What Are Lip Injections/Fillers?

Your lips are a sensual region of your face. Centrally located, they provide structure to your face and demonstrates your beauty to the outside world. As you age, the lips tend to lose their plumpness and luster by losing volume or “thinning out.” Thinning of the lips can be caused by multiple factors, such as, aging, cumulative sun exposure or smoking. And, often times, the top lip will thin more noticeably than the bottom lip.

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If you’ve always had thinner lips or if they’ve deflated over the years, cosmetic fillers can be an excellent treatment for you. Cosmetic fillers are a naturally-derived or synthetic material that is directly injected into the lips to augment both their shape and size. The most common type of fillers used for the perioral (mouth) region are hyaluronic acid based fillers, such as Juvederm Ultra Plus or Restylane, both of which are preferred lip filler brands in our office.

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What to expect when you get lip fillers?

At the Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Institute, first we anesthetize (numb) the area by using either topical anesthesia or a regional block using lidocaine. Then several injections of the lip filler are performed in the desired area, generally along the vermillion (red part of the lips) and vermillion border of the lips. Typical patient preference is to fill the upper lip slightly more than the bottom.

The numbing effect of the anesthesia may make it difficult to eat and drink for up to two hours after the procedure.  And you may experience swelling for the first day or two. If you have a special event to attend, it is recommended to get fillers done at least two days beforehand so that
any swelling has time to dissipate and show the true beauty of your lips.

How Long Do Lip Fillers Last?

Each brand of cosmetic fillers has its own duration. The preferred lip filler used in our office is Juvederm Ultra Plus which lasts approximately six to nine months. Be sure to ask your physician which brand of lip filler they use, and how long you can expect the results to last.

How to Avoid the Dreaded “Duck Lips”

An experienced practitioner who is skilled at fillers can selectively plump the lips so they will look naturally full and not overdone. The key to avoiding the over-filled and swollen “duck lips” look is to find a cosmetic surgeon with extensive experience and positive reviews. If you’re unsure about your practitioner, always ask to view before/after photographs of their patients.

For more information and to determine if you are a good candidate for this affordable procedure, please schedule a free consultation with Dr. Mowlavi, Orange County’s premier cosmetic surgeon.

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