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It’s 2020, and lip augmentation is now all the rage. Luckily, many women are doing their research and asking important questions before undergoing treatment. 

Unlike getting your hair highlighted or a massage, lip augmentation is a medical procedure and can have long-lasting issues if done incorrectly. The goal of course, is a natural result that highlights your beauty.

What happens to our lips as we age:

Time and gravity take their toll on all parts of our bodies. For our lips, we naturally lose collagen and dermal elasticity. 

As a result, our lips thin, shorten, and fold into our mouths. Our cupids bow is no longer as prominent and we lose the appearance of a full lip.

The goal of a lip filler in New Jersey, or other surgical procedure, is to reshape the lips and replace lost collagen and hyaluronic acid. 

How can I rejuvenate my lips?

There are different ways to augment lips. Dermal fillers are currently the most popular way, as the procedure is minimally invasive with little discomfort and downtime. These hyaluronic acid fillers are temporary and resorbed by your body over time.

For women who want a more permanent look, fat may be suctioned from an area of the body and injected into the lips in a small surgical procedure.

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And to reshape your lips, a lip lift or bullhorn lift is a great surgical option.

Tell me more about lip fillers:

Lip fillers are currently the most popular way to increase lip size. 

There are a variety of different filler products on the market that are used to augment the lips. 

You may have heard of Juvederm or Restalyne, and within these brands, there are different products that range in their consistency (think honey vs. whip cream) depending on your anatomy and desired result. 

Ask your physician about her philosophy on choosing a specific filler for you and what the alternatives are in order to make an informed decision. 

How can I prepare for my appointment?

I often recommend bringing a few photos of lips to understand the look you want, and to discuss whether the desired outcome is feasible given your individual anatomy. Just like any other part of the body, everyone’s lips are slightly different.

Additionally, discuss with your doctor how much volume you desire. I prefer filling lips to give a natural, subtle enhancement and often recommend underfilling as opposed to overfilling on a first visit. Ask questions about the type of filler, amount of filler to be injected initially, and its side effects in order to make an informed decision.

It’s important to avoid blood thinners such as aspirin, Motrin, Aleve, and alcohol, herbal supplements or multivitamins several days before and after the procedure to reduce bruising

How long does lip filler last?

Your body absorbs the filler over time. Fillers last approximately 6-12 months. 

Is the injection painful?

Filler injections may be mildly uncomfortable, and for patients who are apprehensive, we recommend coming a few minutes early to have some local numbing cream applied to the area. 

The injectable also has a local numbing agent that is introduced along with the filler, so patients are comfortable post-procedure. 

Can fillers be removed?

Most likely. Ask your physician what they are injecting and if it is dissolvable or permanent. Most on-label lip fillers are dissolvable and can be removed by injecting an enzyme called hyaluronidase to break up the particles and cause the filler to break down. This can be performed in the office.  

What should I expect in terms of aftercare?

Expect a moderate amount of swelling 1-3 days after the procedure that may initially distort the shape of your lips. Monitor your progress, and I recommend you follow up with your physician within 2 weeks to address any ongoing issues. 

By 2 weeks the lips usually have had enough time to adjust to their increased volume and you can visualize a final result.

Are there risks?

Although fillers are a straightforward procedure when performed by an experienced board-certified physician, minimal side effects such as swelling and bruising have the potential to occur. 

Additionally, this potentially invasive procedure can rarely cause vascular occlusion and result in a wound on your lip (tissue necrosis) requiring wound care and lip reconstruction. 

How do I find the right physician?

You should only see a board-certified professional, such as a plastic surgeon or dermatologist who is highly experienced in this specific procedure. 

Ask to see before and after pictures and ask questions to make sure you are comfortable with the procedure and its effects. 

Parcells Plastic Surgery offers the most advanced surgical and cosmetic medical spa treatments to women in New Jersey.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Alexis Parcells is here to educate and empower you to celebrate your natural beauty.

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