The enhancement of certain physical features has become more common place over the past several years as aesthetic preferences have changed on a societal level. One of the features that have become popular amongst patients to enhance to a noticeable level is the lips. Many patients seek treatment and services to make lips look both larger and fuller as a way of contouring the face to the desired shape. Many patients choose to enhance lip size as a route to achieving a more youthful overall look.
Advancements in the field of cosmetic technology benefit patients in a variety of ways but when it comes to lip enhancement, patients now have a variety of filler options that can be adjusted as needed over time. This fairly cost-effective solution to cosmetic alteration is a very safe and time-effective way to change up the look of lips with the flexibility in place to readjust when it’s time to reduce or continue to enhance lip volume.
In the majority of cases, lip fillers are injectable solutions that work to temporarily enhance the size and volume of lips. Lip fillers are injected into both the top and bottom lip to adequately enhance these facial features while maintaining a natural contour. Lip fillers are considered a non-invasive treatment option and many patients are able to achieve desired results through the completion of a 30-minute session in the comfort of an attending physician’s office. While the lifespan of fillers will vary, patients electing this process should understand up front that lip fillers are recommended as a regular series of injections that must be maintained in order to keep the desired results in place.
As with all cosmetic services, picking just the right types of lip fillers is very much about personal preference as well as an established review of problematic areas and desired results. Patients who are looking to achieve more natural-looking results may be drawn to a fat transfer process where the lip filler that’s injected has first been removed as fat cells from another part of the body. The incision used to remove the fat cells is minimal and comes with the added benefit of no scarring. Reinjecting a patient’s own fat cells into both the lower and upper lip provides a soft final look and means that a patient doesn’t have to worry about allergic reactions to synthetic injections.
The synthetic injections that are commonly used for lip fillers are difficult to distinguish from materials that the body naturally produces but still come with a slight risk for allergic reactions as they aren’t completely natural. These injections are developed to mimic Hyaluronic Acid and are marketed under the familiar names Restylane, Xeomin, Cellfina, and Radiesse. The highly popular Restylane is known for its 6-month lifespan, making it a great option for those looking for highly effective and budget-friendly options to lip enhancement.
The value of lip fillers in St Louis lies both in the highly successful results that can be achieved as well as the safety value to be considered. As an outpatient option for lip enhancement, patients who use lip fillers are avoiding any and all risks associated with a hospital stay or complications from general anesthesia. At most, patients using lip fillers will be recommended a topical anesthetic for added comfort.
The majority of patients report a slight swelling and redness at the injection sites that disappear a day or two after the treatment has been completed. Follow up pain associated with lip fillers is commonly treated with over the counter pain killers and is generally minimal. Patients should always have a thorough consultation prior to receiving lip fillers to determine the potential for an allergic reaction and to determine which method of filler is appropriate based on this information.
The final bill associated with lip fillers will vary from patient to patient and is determined by the types of lip fillers in St Louis that are used, the number of injections required, and severity of the area being treated. Because lip fillers are a long-term solution requiring on-going injections, patients who elect this cosmetic service should plan on budgeting for this cost. It’s important to discuss the financial aspect of fillers with your physician prior to undergoing any type of treatment.
When lip fillers may be a solution to your desire to change the appearance of your lips, be sure to schedule a consultation with Dr. Wright at the St. Louis Laser Lipo and Vein Center today. Every patient at our clinic enjoys a complimentary consultation to assess needs, goal and answer any questions before moving forward with a customized treatment plan that keeps safety and comfort a top priority. Contact us today to get started!