Lip Filler Treatment
Get An Overall Well Hydrated Pinkish Plump Glossy Look & Reduce Fine Lines Lips.
Lip Fillers. Introduction.
The lip region is one of the most important areas when it comes to enhancing facial beauty.
Rejuvenating the lips using synthetic hyaluronic acid (HA) filler is a common procedure performed by aesthetic practitioners.
They generally last 9 to 12 months depending on one’s body and metabolism.
Aging Process Of The Lips
With age, lips lose their volume, shape, and definition.
In addition, the oral commissures start to thin out and widen.
The commissures also start to turn down.
The skin of the upper lip also shows the aging process. The dermis becomes thinner, losing collagen and elastin. This leads to the vertical lines that develop above the upper lip.
Factors such as smoking, and sun exposure accelerate the loss of collagen and elastin and development of these fine lines.
Aging also causes the skin on the lips to lose elasticity and become dry. When this happens, there are limits to the amount of filler that can be injected to volumize the lips.
The upper lip has three central bumps called tubercles that could vary in size.
The lower lip has two midline tubercles that comprise roughly central two thirds of the lower lip.
The border between the red lip and surrounding upper and lower white lip is called the Vermillion border. This is slightly prominent in youthful lips and serves as a frame of the lips.
Corners of the lips are called the oral commissures. With age and volume loss, the commissures begin to spread out to become wider and longer.
The small depression that runs from the midline upper lip to the base of the nose is referred to as the philtrum.
The curved border of the upper lip centrally is called the Cupid’s Bow.
Other factors that could affect the overall lip shape includes:
- Tooth proportions and symmetry.
- The smile arc and width.
- Facial bone structure.
- Lips muscle activity
Role of Lip Filler
When planning an injection of the lips, there are multiple products that can be used. They all have slightly different properties, and the choice of filler depends on the patient’s anatomy and specific aesthetic desires.
For example, Individuals wanting to restore hydration of their lips would benefit from products like Juvederm Volite.
Other types of filler can add volume to a flattened vermillion, correct asymmetry and improve a naturally thin lip.
Lip Filler Treatment
Typically, after careful assessment is done, a topical anesthesia is applied over the lips.
Some premixed HA fillers with lidocaine provide additional comfort in reducing pain during injection.
Your practitioner may choose to use a needle or a cannula for the procedure.
An ice pack might be applied on the lips to reduce swelling and bruising.
Expected post procedure outcomes of lip fillers including swelling and bruises which should subside after 24 to 48 hours but may also last to a week.
Complications are rare and include lumps or nodules which can usually be massaged or dissolved with hyaluronidase.
Post care tips to help the lips heal:
- Avoid wearing lipstick for at least 24hours.
- Refrain from touching/ puckering or sipping from a straw.
- Careful when brushing your teeth.
- Avoid exercising for 24 hours.
- Avoid drinking alcohol for 24 hours.
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Lip Filler End Result
Whether we are injecting fillers to enhance naturally small lips or to restore lost volume in aging lips, it’s essential that the end result is a natural attractive lip that is in harmony with the rest of the face.
And for those who are interested in maintaining the youthful appearance of their lips, it is crucial to maintain the quality of the skin to boost natural collagen and elastin.
Dr. Nurul Ain is a LCP Certified by the Ministry of Health Malaysia, Profhilo Educator, Plinest Trainer and a faculty member of Allergan Medical Institute. Learn More About Dr.Ain.
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