How long does lip fillers last?
Lip fillers are used to treat various types of facial conditions such as:
• Redness and roughness due to acne or rosacea.
• Darkening of the skin caused by age spots, freckles, etc.
• Thinning of the lips due to aging.
The most common type of cosmetic procedures performed with lip fillers is called “liposuction”. A liposuction is a procedure where fat is removed from the body through the mouth. Lip fillers are used to improve the appearance of your lips. They may also be used to reduce wrinkles and fine lines.
The main ingredients in lip fillers include:
• Hydrocortisone (Vaseline) – Used to soften and plump up your lips. It helps prevent chapped lips and reduces inflammation around the area of injection site.
• Niacinamide (B3) – Helps prevent dryness and irritation. It also helps moisturize the skin around the injection site.
• Retinyl Palmitate – Prevents cracking and peeling of the skin around the injection site. It also improves elasticity of the skin.
• Tocopherol (vitamin E) – Helps protect against free radical damage to cells. Also prevents wrinkles and darkening of lips caused by sun exposure.
Lip fillers can be used to shape and improve the appearance of your lips. They are applied to the surface of the skin through a very fine needle. The most common areas to apply lip fillers are the upper and lower lips. These injections may also be used to improve the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines around the mouth.
How long do lip fillers last?
Lip fillers can last up to six months. That means you can get your lips done twice a year. The reality is that many people need to get their lips redone more frequently which is why it’s important to find a trained professional. You may also want to try a hyaluronic acid (HA) based lip fillers vs. non-HA based lip fillers. HA based lip fillers last longer than non-HA based lip fillers.
How much do lip fillers cost?
The average price of lip fillers is $700 to $900 per syringe. The number of syringes used and the number of units in each syringe is determined by your injector based on their assessment of your needs. This will also vary based on where you live and the experience and expertise of your injector.
What are the side effects of lip fillers?
Common side effects of lip fillers may include:
• Swelling at the injection site which may last 7 to 14 days.
• Bruising at the injection site lasting 7 to 14 days. This is more common with the lips than other parts of the face because the skin here is very thin.
• Numbness at the injection site lasting 7 to 14 days.
Serious side effects are rare. There is a risk of allergic reaction to the anesthetic (lidocaine) or the filler itself. There is a risk of infection from the needle puncturing the skin through to the blood stream (this is low when done properly). There is also a risk that the filler material could be deposited too deep in the skin, which can cause lumpiness or bumps which may require surgical intervention in order repair. This risk is very low with modern fillers.
Who are lip fillers not suitable for?
Lip fillers may not be suitable for you if you have an infection in the area where the procedure will take place. You may also not be suitable if you have a bleeding disorder, or if you are taking blood thinning medication (such as aspirin). It is best to check with your doctor first about stopping these medications before your procedure.
Who are the best candidates for lip fillers?
The best candidates for lip fillers are people who have perky lips that they want to enhance, without making them look unnatural. If you want a “pouty” look, this can be achieved through surgery, but this may not be suitable if you need to appear in public or at work soon after your procedure. Lip fillers are relatively non-invasive and can give you the enhancement you desire quickly and easily.
What are the different types of lip fillers?
There are three main types of lip fillers: temporary, semi-permanent, and permanent.
1. Temporary fillers are also known as “display” fillers as they last anywhere between a few hours and two weeks.
They include hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm and Perlane. These are popular for special events such as weddings and parties.
2. Semi-permanent fillers typically last between 3 and 6 months and include products such as Radiesse and Artefill.
3. Permanent fillers last around 18 months and include products such as PMMA (that is not FDA approved in the US).
How do I find a good injector?
You want to find an experienced and qualified medical professional who has experience with lip filler treatments. It is important that your injector is a plastic surgeon or a dermatologist as they will have had medical training that will prepare them for any complications that may arise.
What should I ask my potential injector?
You should list your questions before your consultation so you don’t forget to ask anything. It is also a good idea to print out information that you have found online regarding the procedure and products so you can refer to this if needed. Some questions you may want to ask include:
1. How many lip filler procedures have you performed? While there is no minimum amount required, it is preferable to go to someone who has a lot of experience as they will be very familiar with the procedure and will be able to achieve better and consistent results.
2. What products do you use and how long do you think they will last? Different products last different amounts of time, so it is important to know how long you can expect your results to last.
3. What complications can arise from the procedure and how do you treat them? You should be able to find information about common complications on the internet, but it is important to ask your potential injector what they would do in case of an emergency.
4. Do you have before and after photos
I can look at?
While every patient is different, it is still useful to see what results you can expect. This will also let you see the skill of the injector as good ones will be able to achieve consistent and desirable results.
5. Do you have any before and after photos of patients like me? If you have specific concerns you want to make sure will be addressed, it is best if you find out whether your potential injector has experience in treating similar issues.
I see your medical license?
While this shouldn’t be the only factor in deciding whether to pick a certain injector, it is still a good idea to see if they are licensed by checking here.
7. Do you perform other cosmetic procedures? While lip fillers are one of the most popular non-surgical treatments, some clinics offer other cosmetic procedures. It is best to go to a clinic that is well-rounded so you can get all your cosmetic needs taken care of in one place.
I see the facility?
While most clinics are clean and safe, it is still a good idea to check the facilities before having a procedure done.
What should I look for in a clinic?
1. A clinic should be clean and well-decorated.
While a clinic doesn’t necessarily need to be filled with paintings and posters to be clean, it shouldn’t have dirt or grime build up anywhere.
2. The staff should be friendly and welcoming.
If the staff are cold or avoid you, then most likely the rest of the clinic’s staff is like that. However, this may not hold true for doctors as some prefer to keep a professional demeanor at all times.
3. The facility should have a good reputation.
Do some internet research to see what others think of the clinic. Web sites like Yelp are especially useful for this.
4. The facility should have a good equipment list.
New equipment means safer and more comfortable treatment for you.
Lip fillers have become more popular nowadays as a quick and simple way to enhance one’s physical appearance. However, it is still important to find a qualified injector who will be able to give you the results you want.
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