Lips and fillers

You are probably familiar with a certain trend amongst women between the ages of 20 and 30 years old, popularized by Kylie Jenner and other celebrities: lip augmentation. Before succumbing to the trend, it is always important to learn about what pop culture doesn’t tell you , namely recommended methods, medical guidelines and possible side effects of a particular method. Here’s what you need to know.

1. What filler do doctors recommend for lip augmentation?

There are in fact several, of which the most commonly used are Juvéderm Ultra Plus and Juvéderm Volbella. It all depends on the desired result. For lip augmentation, Juvéderm Ultra Plus is ideal. To fill a «smoker’s line» or redraw the vermilion border of the lip, Volbella assures optimal results. Both these agents restore tone and vitality to the targeted regions and are based on hyaluronic acid, a natural component of the human body.

2. Is there a difference between these fillers and Botox? Are they interchangeable?

Botox is used to slow muscle contraction, thus limiting the onset of wrinkles and fine lines on the face. Because of its neutralizing power, its use is not recommended for lip augmentation.

3. Are there different filling methods?

Yes. Filling targeted areas can be accomplished either by needle or cannula, depending on the desired effect. If the goal is to redraw the contour of the lips, the needle is more precise because it is thinner.

4. What questions should you ask your doctor if you are considering lip augmentation?

It is important to learn about the treatment that will be used,  and possible side effects.

5. Should a physician be present during the injection?

Yes. In fact he or she must carry out the intervention.

6. Will I experience bruising after treatment?

It is possible, but the risks vary from one individual to another. Nevertheless, it is recommended not to take anti-inflammatory drugs just before and just after treatment to avoid any effusion of blood.

7. How long will it take before my lips deflate?

It takes an average of three to four days. Once again, the delays vary from one individual to the next.

8. How often should repulped lips be maintained? What type of maintenance is required?

The high vascularity of the region of the lips makes it possible to wait up to five or six months or even a year after the initial treatment to carry out the first retouching. An additional dose can then be injected for more durable results.

9. If I decide to stop treatment, will I notice my lips stretching out?

No. If you stop injecting filling agents into your lips, they will simply resume their initial appearance once the hyaluronic acid contained in the agents is completely dissolved.

10. Must I undergo allergy tests before treatment?

No allergy test is required for Juvéderm Ultra Plus or for Juvéderm Volbella. However, depending on your medical history, your doctor will determine whether or not you need to undergo certain laboratory tests.

In short…

Whether it’s additional volume or pure lusciousness that you’re after, lip augmentation with hyaluronic acid is certainly on trend, but do pursue with caution! Consult with an experienced doctor and ask them all the necessary questions – listen to the recommendations and strive for healthy and natural looking lips. Medical consultation is necessary in all Epiderma network clinics.