The lips can lose fullness with aging. Some individuals are born with less fullness than they would wish. Before you take the lip-plumping plunge, there are a few factors you should consider to achieve natural-looking results. Vancouver plastic surgeon Dr. Eric Pugash offers these five tips to help you prepare for your procedure.
- Hyaluronic acid is the most popular and appropriate material for lip injection. Restylane® and Juvéderm® are two hyaluronic acid-based injectable products used to fill out the lips. Do not be misled by the word acid — these products are clear, cool gels that do not damage the tissues when they are injected.
- You should expect some swelling the day after treatment. However, bruising, swelling and redness can occur for up to a week post-injection. Pain, lumps and asymmetries are some of the unwanted complications of lip injections even when using hyaluronic acid, so it is important to see an experienced physician such as Dr. Pugash.
- Choose a physician who will preserve the natural form, symmetry and contours of your lips. Lips should be full in the middle, and the lower lip should be larger than the upper lip.
- It is possible to reduce or reverse lip augmentation with injection of hyaluronidase, which ‘dissolves’ away the hyaluronic acid filler.
- Lip injections temporarily alter your appearance; these fillers generally last three to six months. The duration of the results depends on the material injected; also there are individual differences in the durability of the result.
Discuss how to improve your pout by scheduling a one-on-one consultation with Vancouver plastic surgeon Dr. Eric Pugash. Contact Dr. Pugash by calling (604) 522-5199 or via email.