Full lips are a highly desirable look these days, popular with both models and other influential people in the media. However, fuller, beautiful lips are much more accessible than many would assume. You can obtain lucious and sensual-looking lips by receiving lip filler injections, treatments that take as little as half an hour and require little to no downtime!
At Dr. Yoo’s offices, he can help provide a way for you to achieve the look you desire.
What are Lip Fillers?
Lip fillers are injections that can benefit anyone with diminished, thin lips. Lip fillers are a non-invasive solution to provide fuller lips.
Lip fillers also provide a more youthful look and balance to the overall harmony of your face. As we get older, the skin doesn’t retain as much fat and begins to lose volume. Lip fillers are an ideal option for restoring your lips to a more youthful look. Fillers are a good option for any age range of adults with all manners of facial structure.
Lip fillers come in a variety of specialized formulations that offer different textures. Dr. Yoo is pleased to offer a complete selection of fillers that are excellent for various areas of the face. The most common type of filler is a hyaluronic acid (HA) filler; an acid that occurs naturally in your body and helps your skin retain moisture. An HA filler will re-hydrate and plump the skin of your lips, creating a fuller, voluptuous appearance.
Dr. Yoo will walk you through the different fillers available during your consultation. Two popular types are Juvederm and Restylane. These fillers have variants, Restylane Silk, Juvederm Ultra XC, and Juvederm Volbella XC, that have been made specifically for lips. Each formulation comes with a unique set of benefits. For example, Juvederm Ultra XC, a hyaluronic acid-based filler, is ideal if the goal is to add fullness for thin lips. On the other hand, there is Juvederm Volbella, which is ideally suited for treating vertical lip lines. Both solutions offer excellent results, providing volumization while preserving the natural movement of your face.
Another popular lip filler is Restylane Silk.
Restylane Silk is also a hyaluronic acid filler and is animal product-free. Restylane Silk was the first FDA-approved lip filler for lips. This filler reduces vertical lines and increases the volume of the upper and lower lips.
People who feel self-conscious about thin lips can boost their confidence by looking into filler options. Lip fillers, however, are not a permanent solution to thin lips because of the natural aging of the skin and the way the fillers are eventually processed by the body. The duration of each individual’s results will vary depending on a variety of factors.
Should you get Lip Fillers?
You may be tired of trying home remedies to enlarge your lips, which often make big promises and fall short on results. You don’t have to keep using short-term remedies. Lip fillers are an excellent option if you want naturally full-looking lips.
A lip filler procedure is perfect for people with:
- Naturally Thin lips
- Unshapely lips
- Wrinkles or vertical lines on their lips
- The desire to enlarge the “kissable” areas of their mouth
Lip fillers are a great option because they do not require surgery like other treatments such as lip implants. Therefore, lip fillers have a shorter recovery span, fewer health risks and are less expensive than most plastic surgeries. Lip fillers are a great option for both young and older patients who want fuller, kissable lips.
If you are unsatisfied with the size of your lips or dislike the wrinkles on your mouth, lip fillers may be your solution. This procedure is perfect for people with:
- Thin lips
- Unshapely lips
- Lines on their lips
- Desire a larger “kissable” area of the mouth
- Self-conscious about their lips
Whatever your concern, Dr. Yoo will take the time to address it and develop a goal with so you can achieve the look you desire.
What to Expect During the Consultation
Schedule your consultation with Dr. Yoo and together, you’ll be able to determine the best treatment options. During your consultation, Dr. Yoo will ask you about your reasons for getting lip fillers, as well as what outcomes you would like to see. Once your goals have been discussed, Dr. Yoo will talk to you about what the procedure will achieve for you. Many patients find bringing photo examples of their ideal results to be helpful during their consultation. Dr. Yoo will evaluate your physical health and then likely measure and photograph your lips. He will also talk to you about the different options of fillers and their benefits. After gauging the right filler or combination of fillers for you, Dr. Yoo will provide a customized treatment recommendation and walk you through each step of the treatment.
It is important that you discuss any health issues or concerning skin problems during your consultation. Skin problems would include dental abscesses or cold sores. It is also important to discuss your current prescriptions. Some medications cannot be taken or will need to be altered to reduce risk or complications before the procedure. During your consultation, it will be important for you to voice any questions and concerns you have, which will be happily answered by Dr. Yoo or a member of his staff. Bringing a list of questions and concerns is always helpful.
Our goal is to provide each patient with a comfortable, welcoming experience. They should feel totally confident in their treatment choices so they can focus on the fantastic results they are about to achieve.
Preparing for the Procedure
The results of a lip filler treatment are typically visible immediately after injection.
Lip fillers are non-surgical and do not require significant downtime after treatment. You will need to avoid any anti-inflammatory or blood-thinning medications for about two weeks prior to the procedure. Blood-thinning medications can increase swelling, bruising and bleeding. Avoiding these drugs will help create the best results for your recovery. It will also be important for you to wear loose fitting clothes that can fit over your head without applying pressure to your mouth during the first 24 hours after treatment. If you smoke you may be asked to stop at least two weeks before your injections to ensure a quick and healthy recovery.
Lip Filler Techniques
The procedure is fairly quick and may last as little as a half hour. Lip filler treatments will take place in the safety and privacy of Dr. Yoo’s state-of-the-art office. At the beginning of your treatment, Dr. Yoo will clean the areas predetermined for injection. For those with sensitivity to injections, he will apply a numbing agent to help ease any discomfort. Some of the formulations of lip fillers contain lidocaine, which will also help reduce soreness from injection. He will administer the injections to the determined areas while striking a careful balance between artistry and natural beauty. The complete injection process may take about fifteen to thirty minutes. Finally, the injected areas will be massaged to make sure the filler product is distributed correctly and you receive your desired effect.
- Full, sensuous lips
- Boosted confidence
- Quick procedure
- Fast healing period
- Little inconvenience
Lip fillers provide full, seductive lips that can transform the way you look. The results will be subtle, but immediately noticeable after the procedure and should settle in completely within a week. You will be able to return to your daily routine right after the procedure.
Fillers are not a permanent solution to shapeless or thin lips. Your body will eventually break down the fillers and naturally metabolize them away. For longer-term results, you will need to schedule touch-ups with Dr. Yoo every 2-3 months.
After the procedure, you may experience bruising, swelling, tenderness or redness that should diminish within a day or two. Swelling and discomfort are treatable with cold compresses or an ice pack. Overall, the procedure is fast, safe and works well within a busy schedule.
Lip fillers vary in how long their results will last. The patient’s natural skin elasticity and particular lip shape will affect the longevity of the fillers. Lip fillers do not last as long as other facial fillers due to the lips’ function.
The type of filler used will also affect how long the filler will last. Juvederm injections tend to last as long as a year, with other injectables lasting as long as nine months. HA fillers such as Juvederm are a great option if you are new to fillers and want to try them out. Touch-up sessions will be recommended to you based on your treatment. Dr. Yoo will help you make the best choice for your lips in your consultation session.
Dr. Yoo also provides facial fat transfers, which can pair safely and effectively with lip fillers for a complete anti-aging result. This treatment achieves excellent results for plumping and volumization of sunken areas such as the cheeks, temples, nasolabial folds and marionette lines. Facial fat transfers are also an excellent option for people who have allergies or are sensitive to products like collagen or Hylaform. A facial fat transformation only uses your own body fat and does not introduce new substances to your body, which eliminates the risk of allergic reactions and complications. Facial fat transfers typically take more time because Dr. Yoo will need to remove fat from another part of your body (a donor site such as your abdomen or thighs) prior to the filling of your lips. A facial fat transfer does have the added benefit of providing a longer lasting result compared to most fillers. Results from a fat transfer last from several months to two years.