Lip fillers are one of the most common dermal fillers. They make lips appear fuller, but the patient should be in good physical condition and have reasonable expectations. There are several factors affecting the efficacy and lifespan of such injectables. Understanding these factors will give you a clear idea of how to achieve your desired lip filler effects.
Before we talk about the factors affecting the effectiveness of lip fillers, let's get to know the four types commonly used in the US:
The factors affecting the longevity of lip fillers are technique-related, physiologic, and goal-oriented by nature.
The depth where lip fillers are injected and how they are layered affect their longevity. As a general rule, filler injections into the upper and lower lips should be less than 3 mm deep and within the vermillion-cutaneous boundary or the dry vermillion.
Damaged skin tends to decrease the lifespan of lip fillers and demands more injections. Any active skin infection is a contraindication.
Hollows refer to the sunken appearance of having little fat on the face. This is usually evident on the cheeks and temples. In general, hollowing in the face needs more fillers.
When a patient expects a lot of filler because they want very plump lips, they will not only want more product, but they will also want maintenance more often. In this case, the effects of the lip filler are extended or prevented from wearing off.
Proper lip filler aftercare is also essential to maximize the effects. To help you manage pain or swelling and increase the lifespan of your lip fillers, here are some aftercare tips you can try:
Right after your lip filler injection, you'll see instant effects. However, as the inflammation fades, the results won't be as noticeable. It normally takes four weeks to settle in and attain the desired look. The effects last approximately six months.
Any swelling, pain or slight bruising is normal. However, if you think you are experiencing the following complications, you should immediately see your provider:
The most important consideration is the reason why you want to change your lips. You must want to do it for yourself and not only to please other people. Although enhanced lips can make your lips look fuller and plumper, you will still be yourself afterward.
Talk to your doctor about the advantages and disadvantages of lip fillers and what other options you have if you want to change your look.
Smokers are discouraged to get lip fillers as nicotine increases the chance of blood clots. People with diabetes, lupus, any blood clotting condition, active infection, or a history of oral herpes are not advised to undergo the procedure.
Lip fillers are injections that plump and fill the lips. The augmentation procedure is fast and minimally invasive, with a short recovery time. Keep in mind that it should be done by a licensed professional — one who is informed on the dangers and negative effects of the procedure and is skilled and experienced in the techniques to minimize them.
Make sure to work with the right clinic. Do your research and ask questions before scheduling an appointment. You don’t want to end up as one of the featured stories on the nightly news because you fell victim to inexperienced hands.
Skin Deep Med Spa Boston is a trusted clinic for lip augmentation procedures using Juvederm, Radiesse, and Restylane. We also provide non-surgical cosmetic services and facial rejuvenation like chemical peels, laser hair removal, HydraFacial, Microneedling, Botox, Kybella, Dysport, Sculptra, and Voluma. You can also look through our surgical services catalog that include breast augmentation, eyelid surgery, liposuction, buttock or vaginal enhancements, cool sculpting, and rhinoplasty.
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