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What to Know about Lip Augmentation with Injections

Lip augmentation procedures have skyrocketed in popularity over the past few years, as new techniques and technology make treatment safer and more successful than ever. If you are considering a plumper, more sensual pout, lip fillers are a great option. Here, Dr. Samuel Pearl and Dr. Alexander Ereso, plastic surgery specialists in the Bay Area, explain what you should know about lip augmentation with fillers.  

The Product Isn’t As Important as the Provider

Great results require the knowledge and skill of the right injector. Avoid choosing someone based on discount pricing or grabbing a coupon off the Internet for cheap treatment. Instead, look for a board-certified plastic surgeon who understands how to maintain balance and proportion. You want someone that has performed hundreds or thousands of treatments and knows how to deliver attractive results safely.

Lip Fillers Are Temporary

Fillers formulated with hyaluronic acid tend to last about four to six months, at which point your body will naturally metabolize the filler and your lips will return to their pre-treated size and shape. If you love your results, plan on scheduling regular treatments to maintain the effects. Or, if you are interested in more permanent results, ask Dr. Pearl or Dr. Ereso about using fat grafting to enhance your lips.

Treatment Shouldn’t Be Painful

Don’t let fear of pain keep you from pursuing the treatment you want. Your injector can apply a topical numbing cream or a dental nerve block prior to starting the injections, which will make treatment a more comfortable experience for you.

Give Yourself a Buffer before a Big Event

If you want your lips to look their best for a big event like a wedding or reunion, book treatment well in advance. You need to plan to have some slight swelling and bruising for a few days or a week at most after treatment. If it’s your first treatment, or if you’re trying a new-to-you filler, give yourself even more of a buffer, because you don’t know how you will react to the injections.

If You Don’t Like Your Results, You Might Be Able to Erase Them

If you are unhappy with the way your lips look after treatment with a hyaluronic acid-based filler, your injector can use an enzyme called hyaluronidase to dissolve the filler and restore your lips to their original shape.

Don’t Expect to Look Like Kylie Jenner

Feel free to show your injector a photograph of Kylie Jenner, Angelina Jolie or another full-lipped celebrity that you would like to emulate. But these photographs are for inspiration only; your injector will take them into consideration and then tailor treatment to flatter your unique facial features.

Book a Lip Augmentation Appointment Today

If you would like more information about lip augmentation with fillers in the Bay Area, Dr. Pearl and Dr. Ereso would be happy to help. Please call or email our practice today to book an appointment with our team.