Treating the Lips
The lips are one of the most popular facial areas treated with dermal fillers. Lip rejuvenation treatments can restore the youthful appearance your lips once had. This treatment generally focuses on the borders of your lips and the corners of your mouth. A lip refresher treatment can add volume and fill in wrinkles that develop around the lips over time. The goal of this treatment is to leave you with natural-looking lips that appear younger and rejuvenated. During this treatment, dermal fillers are injected to smooth the lips and increase their definition and volume.
Who is suitable to have this treatment?
Candidates for lip refresher treatments have begun to notice signs of ageing on and around their lips. They may feel that their lips are thinner or less defined than they once were. Many patients also notice that their lips have begun to develop wrinkles above them. Most adults in good overall health are able to undergo dermal filler injections.
What to Expect
The lip refresher treatment takes 30 minutes. First, a topical anaesthetic cream may be applied or it may be included with the filler material when injected. Next, the dermal filler, which is a gel is injected through a thin needle into several strategically chosen locations along the lips. Through multiple injections, the dermal filler is evenly distributed within the lips.
Following the injection process, the injected filler increases lip definition by filling in lost volume from inside the skin. Many patients report immediately visible results, although some results become visible in the week following treatment.
Immediately after undergoing lip injections, patients can return to work. In the first few days following lip rejuvenation, avoid rubbing or touching your lips, as this can disrupt the distribution of dermal filler.
When performed by a skilled practitioner, the results of lip refresher injections are subtle, yet noticeable. The effects of this treatment generally last 4-8 months before the body reabsorbs the injected dermal filler. Many patients undergo routine lip refresher injections to maintain their rejuvenated appearance.
Possible Risks and Complications
Following lip injections, slight redness, swelling, and bruising are common. These effects usually dissipate within a day or two and can be covered with lipstick or make-up. Serious side effects, such as infection or allergic reactions, are rare. The injected filler can also migrate, resulting in bumps underneath the skin. These lumps may be massaged away, or they may stay until the body begins reabsorbing the filler material. Finally, there is the risk of an overdone, “duck lips” appearance. Fortunately, this is unlikely in the hands of a skilled practitioner who can control the injections and provide natural-looking results.
Rough Costs Involved
Lip refresher treatments start at $480, which includes 1mL of dermal filler. Many lip rejuvenation patients find this is enough filler to achieve their goals. Additional 1mL injections of dermal filler are available for patients wishing for a more substantial increase in lip volume.