One of the most common cosmetic concerns that bring patients into our medical center is issues with their facial appearance. Some of the most frequent complaints include volume loss and hollow areas on the facial skin. Some of the most common areas for these concerns include under the eyes, in the cheeks, and the lips. The good news is that these concerns can be managed easily. Chances are you have heard of dermal fillers, also known as injectable fillers. This minimally invasive cosmetic treatment is used to literally fill in hollow areas in the skin to provide a more natural and youthful appearance. Many patients (especially women) are concerned about the small size of their lips. And this is a natural and understandable concern. We all want to have full and kissable lips, and if you have naturally thin lips, you can sometimes feel embarrassed and self-conscious. In the same way that dermal fillers help to volumize hollow areas in the skin, they can give natural improvement to the size and shape of your pout. Below, you will find information about dermal fillers and how they can help give you the lips you desire.
What Are Dermal Fillers, and How Do They Work?
Dermal fillers are injectable treatments that are made of solutions that help to fill in areas of volume loss in the body, especially the face. The most common ingredient in many dermal fillers is hyaluronic acid (HA). Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance that is found in the body; however, the HA used in fillers is synthetic and safe for use within the upper layers of the skin.
For this treatment, your aesthetic service provider at Sanctuary Medical Aesthetic Center will inject the filler solution with HA just beneath the skin. The hyaluronic acid works by attracting and storing moisture. What this means is that you are able to increase the volume in the treated area in a natural and transformative manner.
For patients who struggle with thin and seemingly nonexistent lips, the question really becomes what is the best type of lip filler? At Sanctuary Medical Aesthetic Center, we are proud to offer two options to help enhance the size, shape, and fullness of your lips.
JUVÉDERM® Collection of Fillers
While there are numerous dermal filler options, one of the most trusted names is JUVÉDERM®. One of the reasons for this is that there are many products in the JUVÉDERM® brand. The most common use of JUVÉDERM® is to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the face, including smile lines and marionette lines. However, JUVÉDERM® Ultra Plus XC offers fantastic results for those individuals who want to augment their lips. Essentially, the HA in the gel fillers attracts and retains the moisture in the lips to give a subtle (or dramatic) increase in size and volume.
This female patient came in for lip filler so that she could achieve full, kissable lips. She has been happy with her results since she came to see us at Sanctuary Medical Aesthetic Center.
So, Which Lip Filler Is Right for You?
Both JUVÉDERM® and Restylane® injectables offer patients the opportunity for larger and fuller lips. However, it is important to understand that they are not interchangeable and one-and-the-same. As mentioned above, the texture of these dermal fillers is different, with JUVÉDERM® being smoother and Restylane® being granular. But, the differences don’t stop there! Restylane® often takes longer to work, which means that you may see JUVÉDERM® results sooner. Additionally, Restylane® lasts around 10 months, while JUVÉDERM® is known to last about one year. Both lip fillers are not permanent solutions, meaning that they do require touch-up treatment sessions once the filler runs its course. If you are happy with your results, then sticking with the original filler might be the smartest thing to do to keep your facial aesthetic looking natural and consistent. However, if you’d prefer to try out a different filler, then let your cosmetic specialist know, and they can help you decide your next move.
You may still be asking, what type of lip filler is best? Scheduling a consultation with our injectable specialists at Sanctuary Medical Aesthetic Center will give you the chance to discuss your lip goals and desires. They can go over the differences between the fillers, show some before and after photos, and suggest which option would work best for you to achieve the perfect pout! Our specialists may even suggest other injectable treatments that can complement and enhance your new lips!
Ultimately, the best lip filler to use is the one that provides you with the results you are looking for while making you feel beautiful and confident at the same time.