Common aesthetic imperfections of the lips
The lips are the fleshy tissues which surround the oral cavity. They function not only to promote eating, allow proper speech articulation, and express facial expressions, but also as a tactile sensory organ with an important role in intimacy. Since the lips are usually regarded as a symbol of attractiveness and sensuality, a lot of patients get frustrated with the common aesthetic issues that affect the appearance of the lips such as:
- Loss of lip fullness and definition;
- Development of smooth and vertical perioral wrinkles;
- Asymmetry between the upper and lower lip;
- Naturally thin and shapeless lips.
The lip aesthetics above, if left uncorrected, can give a false perception of one’s age and subsequently affect one’s self-esteem. Nowadays, patients have the option to resort to non-surgical lip augmentation procedures, like dermal filler injections, to get rid of those frustrating issues.
How is a hyaluronic acid filler injected into the lips?
Dermal fillers like Juvederm Ultra Smile and Restylane Lyps are made of hyaluronic acid molecules that can be used to instantly volumize thin lips. Prior to injecting the filler into the lips, the patient’s medical history must be reviewed, and a facial assessment must be conducted to establish the degree of augmentation needed. The fillers can then be administered into the lips without overcorrecting them.
How long can the results last?
The plumping and sculpting effects of the hyaluronic acid filler depend on the type and volume of filler injected, as well as the injection technique employed by the physicians. Besides that, the patient’s age, lifestyle habits, and health status can alter the exact residence time. However, most lip fillers should be able to last anywhere between 4 to 6 months. Due to the lips being one of the most mobile areas on the face, the filler tends to be metabolised faster.
What are the possible side effects?
Most patients generally experience common inflammatory reactions associated with injection trauma such as swelling, redness, and temporary bruising at treated areas. These reactions are very mild in nature and should subside within a couple of days. Patients are advised to apply cold compresses, keep the injected area clean and free from any makeup. Serious complications like induration, lump, infection, scarring, ulceration, and allergic reactions are very rare when the procedure is performed by a certified and skilled physician. Patients who do experience adverse health reactions should seek medical attention.