Thanks to Keeping Up With the Kardashians and recent FDA approvals, lip augmentation is one of the most popular facial procedures among millennials. We prefer using Juvederm Ultra and Juvederm Vobella for the lips specifically due to their consistency and as well as the fact that they are never permanent. Most lips fillers last around 8 months before you would need another treatment. The chemical makeup of most products created for the lips is composed of hyaluronic acid which is “water-loving” and adds volume and definition when injected. Some offices will inject silicone or other permanent products which we don’t recommend as it can only be removed surgically if you change your mind!
Q) Does it hurt?
We use a topical numbing cream for 15-20 minutes before the injection and the product also has lidocaine mixed in so it is surprisingly comfortable.
Q) What should I expect in terms of side effects?
You may have a little swelling or bruising after although with an expert injector this is usually minimal. Bruising and swelling can also be minimized by limiting alcohol intake and blood thinners like fish oil or Advil the week before a procedure. Following the injection, there may be small bumps under your lips as the product settles over the next week or two but this is normal and nothing to worry about.