Synonims: Hyaluronic acid, Lip remodeling, Lip fillers
Fillers are a special type of products that can be used to increase the volume of the lips.
Hyaluronic acid is the most sought out type of filler lately, because it’s the most natural substance that can be used for these purposes.
Anyone who deems the shape of their lips is unsatisfactory or doesn’t adhere well to their facial features.
This procedure is often used by people who have uneven lips, for example when the lower lip has significantly more volume than the upper lip.
What should be known before making a decision about the treatment?
Before opting for lip augmentation by fillers, one should consider all options and make a decision about which is the method of choice.
Fillers or Fat grafting?
What does the procedure look like?
Fillers: A product of choice is injected into the lip with a needle and a syringe. After applying the product, the doctor massages it into place throughout the lips, in order to prevent it from accumulating and forming clumps.
We usually apply an anesthetic cream (EMLA) to alleviate any pain.
There is a certain amount of swelling present after the procedure, sometimes with slight bruising. They resolve spontaneously within 4 to 7 days and can be easily concealed by makeup from day 3 and on.
Cold pads should be applied after the procedure for 15 mins, and can occasionally be applied at home for 10 minutes, if needed.
Care and treatment after the procedure
There are no special care and treatment requirements after this procedure.
Possible post op complications
Very rare. Formation of hematoma, numb sensation in the lip, skin infection, forming of subcutaneous lumps.
Hyaluronic acid is a temporary filler, and effects last for about a year.
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is the substance that makes up most of the temporary fillers. It’s positive side is that it is already a naturally occurring substance in the skin, and doesn’t represent a foreign substance. Taking into account that it originally comes from the skin itself, our body tends to gradually decompose it after injection in the wrinkles of the skin, through it’s own natural metabolism, hence HA’s effects last only for a limited period of time, between 12 and 15 months.
Permanent fillers are those that last for several years. They are gradually being pulled off the market and replaced by hyaluronic acid based products.
Frequently asked questions
How long does the intervention take?
The procedure itself lasts for 15 to 30 minutes.
Absence from work is not necessary, but there will be swelling present in the first 3 days. So, it’s in Your best interest to schedule the procedure at the end of the week, and remain at home for the weekend.
Is there a best period of the year for this procedure?
Completely irrelevant, it can be done any time of the year.
Does it hurt after the intervention?
Is it safe to augment lips with Hyaluronic acid?
Yes, because it’s a naturally occurring substance and allergic reactions to it are extremely rare.