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LIP FILLERS: THE ULTIMATE Q&A
What are lip fillers?
With the passage of time, various factors like photodamage, genetics and unhealthy habits contribute to the loss of lip volume, perioral rhytides (vertical wrinkles that extend vertically from the vermillion) and excessive prominence of the mentolabial folds.
Lip fillers are a solution to that – via injecting a substance (filler) into particular spots in the mouth area, they add natural fullness and plumpness to the lips, even out asymmetrical lip shapes, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as well as offer much more, depending on the individual’s needs.
Nowadays, the most common filler is Hyaluronic Acid (HA), which seems to be the best when it comes both to the effects and safety – after all, it is naturally abundant in the skin.
What effects should I expect before and after getting lip fillers?
The ultimate effects depend on your needs and wants – a great variety of used puncture techniques practically allows achieving any desired aesthetic goal. For instance, for the classic cosmetic lip enhancement, the emphasis is put on the white roll and the expansion of the vermillion.
At the same time, if you already have voluminous lips, you can get them beautifully highlighted and defined by injecting filler into the vermillion border. When it comes to the immediate aftermath after the procedure though, a certain degree of swelling and bruising will occur but should vanish within 2 days to 2 weeks.
How long do lip fillers last?
The duration period of the effects varies and is determined by a number of factors including the amount of the filler injected into the mouth area, the patient’s metabolism and thus the absorption rate of the filler, the desired plumpness, the kind of product used etc. On average though, it lasts for about six to twelve months.
One easily changeable factor contributing to that is the injection tool used for the procedure – it has been proven that the use of cannulas instead of needles increases the number of treatments needed to maintain the effects. On the other hand, employing cannulas means less downtime of the procedure.
Fillers vs botox – what is the difference?
Fillers and botox are two totally different things. While fillers add volume by literally filling up the space within the tissue, botox or the botulinum toxin affects the facial muscles. The latter substance drastically decreases the release of acetylcholine – a neurotransmitter that is crucially needed by the facial muscles to contract.
When there is a deficit of it, the muscles simply remain in a rested state and do not give rise to the formation of fine lines and wrinkles in the areas associated with expressing emotions. For these reasons, the lines of expression like on the forehead or the glabella or the so-called „crows feet” demand the use of botox, while the rest – the use of fillers.
What are facial fillers?
Fillers can be used not only in the mouth area, but in every other one where they are effective, including some parts of the face. As stated in the above paragraph, fillers will be the better option where the wrinkles, fine lines and skin laxity do not occur due to repetitively expressing emotions via contracting the facial muscles – accordingly, they are suited to plump and refresh the area around the nose and the areas below one’s cheeks and around the mouth. Similarly, Hyaluronic Acid is the best face filler out of all the available alternatives.
Are fillers good for smile lines?
As their name indicates, smile lines occur because of repetitive smiling and laughing. They happen to appear in two kinds of places – in the area between the nose and the mouth where they accentuate the nasolabial folds, and around the eyes where they define crows feet.
Since smiling and laughing are two active, muscle-involving processes, the botulinum toxin or botox will generally be more effective, especially in the around-the-eye area. Nonetheless, the area around the mouth is so big that the facial muscles are not the only thing affected by smiling – it also engages the surrounding tissue. Consequently, in this case, fillers can also be a great option.
Are 1 ml lip shape lip fillers the best option?
Usually, when doing lip fillers, 0.5 ml to 1 ml of a filler is being used. Technically, more than 1 ml of a filler is still possible, nevertheless it would create a dramatic and a not necessarily desired look.
For this reason, 1 ml lip shape lip fillers seem to be the best option – they include the classic sufficient amount of a substance to achieve the best and the most aesthetically pleasing results. Besides, if a professional assesses that a volume bigger than 0.5 ml but smaller than 1 ml of the filler would be best suited, the 1 ml packaging will not disappoint you.
Are fillers effective against dark circles?
Dark circles occur due to a combination of a couple of factors – mainly the localized excess of the skin pigment melanin, but also the skin thinness of the around-the-eye area that allows the pigment and the blood vessels to be more visible through the skin. Unfortunately, fillers do not affect the amount of melanin in the skin, hence do not diminish hyperpigmentation. On the other hand, they can help with the local loss of firmness and volume as well as puffiness that when left untreated, only accentuate the appearance of dark circles.
Thus, fillers are helpful when dealing with the issue, but they do not make the problem disappear completely.
Is there much pain after lip fillers?
The lip fillers procedure does not involve a great amount of pain – on the contrary, any kind of a sensation felt post-procedure like pain, tenderness or itching is mild if not minimal. It oughts to be only slightly uncomfortable. As mentioned earlier, it should subside within 2 days up to 2 weeks with the rest of the side effects like redness and bruising. Intense and severe pain and the pain outside of the lip area is not normal and should be immediately consulted with a doctor.
Russian lips vs fillers – how do they differ from one another?
The name „Russian lips” refers to the fact that after the procedure, the lips look more like those of a Russian doll – they are subtly heart-shaped, have more volume near the center as well as are not as plump as after regular lip fillers, but flatter. The effect is reached due to a different technique – during a Russian lips procedure, the filler is injected vertically starting at the base of the lip going outward, rather than starting from the lip border and working inward.
Are eyebrow fillers effective?
As we and our skin age, the eyebrows lose a firm structural foundation, projection and height. An eyebrow filler can provide the needed support and thereby improve the height of the brows, their aging process, width and shape, as well as alter the prominence of the brow ridges. It also positively affects the appearance of the skin around the brow for a more youthful look. Most of the time, Hyaluronic Acid is used and appropriately injected in compliance with one’s needs and goals.
Can you smoke after getting lip fillers?
Smoking can affect and even ruin the effects of your freshly done lip filler procedure. Most importantly, it disrupts the skin’s natural healing process and skin cell proliferation, what in the worst scenarios can lead to acquiring an infection. Apart from that, smoking can cause your lips to pucker, hence can destroy their shape, and increase the amount of felt pain after the treatment.
Therefore, it is best if you abstain from smoking for at least the first 24 to 48 hours after the procedure.