How Could It Be That Easy?

Advances in injectable treatments that required invasive surgeries just a few years ago make celebrity-exclusive procedures available to the masses. But, before you go ripping out photoshopped Kardashian pics from all your favorite magazines to bring to your consultant, catch a reality check. Do you really want such a drastic difference so suddenly? You may not want to go straight from thin-lipped to Kylie in one fell swoop. Or maybe you do! One of the great benefits of lip fillers is that it’s really all up to you. You pay for an amount that can be used up slowly and ”topped off” if you want your lips even fuller. Open dialogue about what you expect puts you in control of the results.

What’s in a Lip Injection Syringe?

A decade ago, the conversation about lip enhancement treatments was limited solely to collagen. The results were immediate but often unpredictable and uneven. The dermal fillers that have emerged over the last few years are based on hyaluronic acid, a substance that occurs naturally in our bodies. Hyaluronic acid is highly attracted to water and binds to moisture, making its adherence to existing lip tissue seamless. And, if you get too far ahead of yourself, you can opt for a hyaluronidase injection. It’s an enzyme that melts away the hyaluronic acid rapidly and safely, returning your lips back to how they were before. It’s nice to know you can reverse the procedure, but honestly, it almost never happens!

What Should You Ask and Tell at Your Consultation?

Disclose any information about issues that may complicate the success of your treatment. (See ”Is Everyone a Candidate?” below) It’s essential for you to know that the brand of filler you decide on with your doctor will be determined by what you hope to achieve, so don’t be ashamed to be brutally honest. If you want them bee-stung, then say so! Many older women want to address the fine lines around the mouth area as well as the expected fullness. Patients in their twenties or thirties typically want to focus only on getting more defined, more noticeable lips.

Check out some visual results to get an idea of how much more fullness you would prefer.

Is Everyone a Candidate?

Mostly, yes. You should tell your injections if you are allergic to any medications. Hyaluronic acid is found in the body, so it is easily tolerated and absorbed. An adverse reaction to it is rare, though some patients have an allergy to the anesthetics that are administered. While lidocaine is routinely used prior to the the procedure, it can be eliminated if you have a sensitivity or allergy to it. As part of your pre-treatment instructions, you should stay away from aspirin, Motrin, Aleve, fish oil, multivitamins, and vitamin E for about a week before your appointment. These can thin your blood and make bruising more likely, so be sure to discuss all medications you take when you have your initial consultation.

Does It Hurt?

There are local anesthetics administered at the same time so there is no pain during the procedure. Some slight swelling around the mouth is usual, but this is gone within a few days, tops! Especially sensitive skin types may also experience slight bruising, but that’s usually gone in a few days as well.

How Long Do The Results Last?

The absolute best thing about lip fillers is that the effects are immediately enjoyable. And, unlike some other procedures, if you never do a repeat performance when the benefits eventually wear off, you’ll look precisely the way you used to. You can expect to have your new look last from six months to a year. There are no suggestions for elongating the time frame, as every body absorbs and metabolizes the acid at its own rhythm.

How Much Does it Cost?

Of course, the cost of lip augmentation will depend on how much fuller you want them to be, and what shape they are to begin with. On the average, though, treatment will start at about $650 for one full syringe. 

Pucker Up!

Studies the world over have proven that attractiveness directly relates to the symmetry and size of a woman’s luscious lips. We don’t need any celebrity to tell us that! With a little planning and prep, you can take your kiss on a whole new ride, too!