All About Lip Injections!

When enhancing the lips there aretwo routes to consider: Dermal fillers and Platelet Rich Plasma.

Dermal fillers are used to add shape, structure and volume to the lips.They are made of a liquid gel called Hyaluronic acid (HA). HA is a naturalsubstance found in our bodies. The version used in medical offices is producedby bacteria in a lab and is sterile.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a protein and growth hormone rich solution derived from the clients own blood. Blood is drawn just like it would be for a normal doctor visit, only a few tablespoons are needed.  Since PRP comes directly from the client there is no risk for allergic reaction. PRP provides small amounts of volume and stimulates the body to regrow collagen in the lips over time.

The focus of this augmentation was to decreases the visibility of asymmetry and add a natural volume to the upper lip.

Whywould you use choose one product over another?

Both Dermal fillers and PRP havetheir benefits. Dermal fillers offer immediate volume, they’re longer lastingand dissolvable. PRP offers a temporary enhancement allowing you try out a pairof voluminous lips before committing to more treatments or a dermal filler.This treatment is desirable for those who have had reactions to dermal fillersor are uncomfortable with the use of dermal filler.

Howlong will it last?

Depending on the brand of dermalfiller used, your lip filler can last from 6 months to 1 year. One treatment ofPRP will last 1-2 weeks, after 3 treatments you can expect a natural growthover the course of 6 months.

Whichbrand of dermal filler is right for me?

After discussing the goal you wouldlike to achieve during a consultation with our provider, the provider willchoose the brand that’s most suitable for the desired result.

Willit hurt?

We take every precaution to keep youcomfortable. We apply numbing cream before the procedure AND every product weuse contains a numbing agent. In addition, you have the choice of having adental block where, you’re entire mouth will be numbed by intraoral injections.

Howlong will I be swollen or bruised?

This is entirely patient dependent.We advise avoiding alcohol, vitamins, NSAIDS (ibuprofen, aleve, advil) for 48hours prior to your procedure to decreased bruising. Applying ice after theprocedure can help reduce swelling. Arnica cream, which is readily availableover the counter at all pharmacies, can also help resolve bruising. Mostbruises can be easily covered by makeup. If you have a bleeding disorder or aretaking blood thinners make sure to alert your provider. It’s best not to planany important events or photos until one week after the procedure.

This client wanted a large increase in volume in both her upper and bottom lip. This picture was taken immediately after injection. You can see swelling in the top lip border which will resolve in 1-2 days.

Whatif I don’t like the way they look?

The initial volume associated withPRP injections resolve on its own in a few days to one week. Dermal fillers canbe easily dissolved in minutes with injection of a dissolving agent.

Howmuch does it cost?

Pricing for dermal fillers dependson the amount you receive and the brand. For example one full syringe ofJuvederm Ultra, which lasts one year, is $600. Currently this is the mostpopular brand due to its lasting ability. If it any time you decide to dissolveyour filler the fee is $350.

Whatabout cold sores?

If you have an active cold soreinfection you’ll have to wait until it has cleared to undergo injections. Ifyou have a history of cold sores, but no active infection you may undergo theprocedure. Lip injections can trigger an outbreak. Be sure to let your providerknow so they can give you a prophylactic antiviral medication to prevent theoutbreak.

Mylips are naturally uneven can that be fixed?

It’s very common for people to haveasymmetries in their face. Usually one side of the face is smaller orflattened. It could be genetic or if you’re a side sleeper it could be the sideyou sleep on. Think of the right and left side of your lips as a balloon, ifone balloon is large than the other and I add one cup of fluid to each balloon,one balloon will still be larger. Corrections can be made however, it’s nearlyimpossible to correct 100% without correcting the entire side of the facethat’s affected. Discussing asymmetries with your provider is advised toexplain realistic expectations.

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