If you have naturally thin lips or if they have lost their fullness due to aging, you may feel self-conscious about the way you look. There is an easy way to gain that full pout that many people love: lip fillers. This is a minimally invasive treatment that can last for months with incredible results that will improve your smile in a way others will notice. The only other piece to figure out, then, is which is the best lip filler for your face?
What are Lip Fillers?
Lip fillers are injectables for the lip area. They are a type of dermal filler that usually contains synthetic hyaluronic acid (HA). Multiple types of lip fillers are on the market to provide optimal results. They are designed to restore your lip to its previous size, correct the shape of your lips, smooth out wrinkles around the lips, and provide volume.
Lip filler injections are a non-surgical treatment for the lips. They are only temporary, lasting for six months to a year – although in some cases they can last even longer. Following injection, over time the body will slowly reabsorb the filler, which means you will need to continue treatment to maintain your results.
The treatment with lip fillers takes about 30 minutes. You may receive a numbing cream to help reduce any discomfort from the needle. The doctor will inject the filler to the areas of your lips that need more volume or to alter the shape. After that you’re all set until your next treatment. You can go back to work or your regular routine immediately.
You may want to ice your lips after the procedure if you experience any discomfort. Your lips may be sensitive for a few hours or up to a week. You may also notice swelling and bruising that will recede within days. Your doctor may recommend that you avoid exercise and wearing lipstick for the next 24 hours.
How Do Different Lip Fillers Work?
What is in the lip filler – the ingredients – is what makes it work differently, based on the product type. Many products contain hyaluronic acid, which is a substance that occurs naturally in the body. HA production slows with age, which leads to fine lines and wrinkles. It also causes loss of volume and, in the case of lips, makes them appear thinner. Lip fillers that contain HA add volume while also filling in any lines around the mouth.
Collagen lip fillers have been around for many years. These products were the first used to provide volume to the lips and were the best lip fillers of that time. They have lost popularity to HA fillers in recent years. While collagen fillers provide immediate results, they can also lead to an allergic reaction. Most cosmetic surgeons will recommend HA products over collagen, especially for the lip area.
Which Lip Filler is the Best?
The best type of filler for lips will depend on the results you want to achieve. Juvederm® is one of the most popular choices for lip injectables. Multiple products are available in the Juvederm line, depending on your goals. Juvederm Vollure lasts the longest and is considered the best filler for lips of any of the Juvederm products, with results showing for up to 18 months.
Juvederm Volbella is ideal to create more definition for lips. This product helps provide that Cupid’s Bow for the upper lip. This product is ideal if you only need subtle changes. Juvederm Ultra and Ultra Plus are designed to provide more volume to thin lips when you want the results to be more noticeable.
Restylane is another well-known product to enhance lips. These injections add fullness to the lips along with structural support to help the changes last longer. Restylane Silk provides softer lips with subtle fullness.
The best filler for lips is the one that helps you achieve your own personal goals. Dr. Leo Lapuerta is a triple-board-certified plastic surgeon with more than 20 years of experience in treating patients with products like lip fillers. He stays up to date on the latest news about filler products to ensure patient safety and satisfaction. He will sit down with you and discuss your goals for the treatment to help determine which product is the best. He will also conduct an examination to determine if you are a good candidate for lip fillers. He can answer your questions on what to expect with a lip filler for recovery and results.
Cost Differences Between Lip Fillers
Lip filler costs vary, depending on how much product you need to produce the desired results. The charge is typically per unit or syringe. The product you choose will also be a factor in the total cost of the treatment.
Since lip fillers are only temporary, you must also consider the cost of upkeep. You will need to return for treatment every six to 12 months to maintain the results. You can expect to pay between $500 and $1,500 per visit. When you meet with Dr. Lapuerta, he will provide you with an estimate for the total cost of your visit.
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If you want to find out more about the best lip fillers or see their results, you can check out the before and after photos or read reviews from other patients. Contact us and schedule an appointment to determine if you want to take the next step for fuller, younger-looking lips.