Lip augmentation is used to add volume, restore symmetry, and improve the contours of the lips. Traditionally, this has been accomplished through lip implants, silicone devices that can be inserted into the lips through small incisions at the corners of the mouth. Implants, however, can shift, become visible, or otherwise negatively impact outcomes.
Lip fillers offer a safe, reliable, and completely reversible option for lip augmentation. Unlike implants, fillers cannot shift or distort. They do not have edges that can become visible, and their results are very predictable.
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What Are Lip Fillers?
Lip fillers are dermal fillers that can be used to enhance the size, shape, and symmetry of the lips. At Advanced Cosmetic Surgery, we use fillers from the JUVÉDERM® and Restylane® families for lip augmentation. These fillers have been on the market for several years and are known for their safety and efficacy.
Lip fillers are injected into carefully selected areas of the lips where they work to add volume and improve the appearance of the mouth. Fillers can also be used around the lips to smooth wrinkles such as lipstick lines. Because they are hyaluronic acid fillers, both JUVÉDERM and Restylane products can be reversed if outcomes are not in line with desires.
Can I Smoke After Lip Fillers?
Smoking can complicate both the immediate and long-term results of lip augmentation. In the immediate, smoking increases the chances of infection and slows the healing process, which can result in bruising, swelling, and other unpleasant outcomes. In the long term, smoking increases skin laxity, reduces collagen and elastin, and produces deep wrinkles around the lips. These things will quickly and negatively impact lip augmentation outcomes.
How Long After Lip Fillers Can I Wear Lipstick?
You can start to wear lipstick within two to three days after receiving lip fillers. It can take a few days for swelling to subside after lip augmentation. It is a good idea to wait until the swelling has diminished before wearing lipstick. It is also a good idea to be very careful when applying lipstick for the first few weeks. Some bruising and tenderness may be possible during this time. Reducing irritation can assist with these issues.
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Can You Drink Alcohol After Lip Fillers?
Alcohol is a blood thinner. When consumed too quickly after lip augmentation, it can increase the risks of bruising, swelling, and infection. It is best to wait for 24 to 48 hours before you have a drink following lip fillers.
Can You Get Lip Fillers at 17?
You must be 18 years old to receive lip fillers without parental consent.
If you are 18 or older, you can learn if lip fillers are a good solution for your needs through a one-on-one consultation at the Leawood office of Dr. Levi Young. During this visit, we will carefully assess your areas of concern, provide information about all of your treatment options, and help you choose the best services for your goals.
Am I a Good Candidate for Lip Filler?
Patients who have thin lips, either due to genetics or the natural aging process, are considered good candidates for lip fillers. They also have realistic expectations of what lip augmentation with dermal fillers can and cannot do.
What Are the Different Types of Lip Fillers?
Several types of fillers can be used for lip augmentation. Some dermal fillers have smaller microspheres, which are metabolized faster than others with larger microspheres. During your consultation, Dr. Young will discuss which fillers will work best and last the longest.
How Long Do Lip Fillers Last?
Lip fillers usually last between 12 to 18 months. The longevity of your lip fillers depends on the type of filler injected and whether you return for maintenance appointments. Many patients choose to return at regular intervals for touch-up injections to maximize their results.
What if I Don’t Like the Results?
If you are unhappy with the results, we can inject a particular enzyme called Hyalase. Hyalase, also known as hyaluronidase, can break down filler that is lumpy or moved in position. Once the filler dissolves, we can then reinject your lips to ensure we help you reach your aesthetic goals.
What Are the Benefits of Lip Fillers?
Lip fillers offer many benefits, some of which include:
- Restoring lost lip volume.
- Enhancing the Cupid’s bow.
- Minimizing the appearance of vertical lip lines.
- Being a painless, minimally invasive procedure that can be performed in less than 60 minutes.
- Long-lasting results.
- Boosts confidence levels.
Who Should Avoid Lip Fillers?
Patients who have or have had recent bacterial, viral, or fungal infections of the lip area should not have lip injections. Patients who have underlying bleeding disorders or allergies to lidocaine or collagen also need to avoid lip fillers.
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Please call Advanced Cosmetic Surgery at 913-341-2188 to schedule your lip augmentation consultation today. Dr. Young is a board-certified plastic surgeon who welcomes patients from Kansas City, Overland Park, and all nearby areas of Kansas and Missouri.