One thing we hear quite often from our Miami-area patients is a desire for fuller, more attractive and alluring lips. This is a common desire, and quite understandable – after all, your lips are among your more prominent facial features along with the eyes.
For a long time, the only solution to this concern was surgical. Now, however, there are a number of safe, non-invasive, non-surgical methods of providing you with thicker, fuller, more attractive lips. Through the use of dermal fillers we can provide you with the lips you have always dreamed about.
You can trust us to meet your goals safely, using only proven, effective treatments.
If you live in or around Miami, Florida and you want to know how dermal fillers can improve the appearance of your lips, please call Miami Skin & Vein today at 786-618-5039 for a consultation and examination.
Goals of Lip Filler Treatment
Patients have different goals in mind when visiting Dr. Patel for lip fillers. These goals commonly vary by age, ethnicity, and gender. For example, younger patients are usually focused on adding volume to their lips or improving a lip asymmetry while an older person may want to correct the thinning of the lips and perioral lines seen with the aging process. During you initial consultation, Dr. Patel will review your photographs and then evaluate your lips and entire face in person and have a discussion with you regardings your goals for lip filler treatment. Here are some common goals of this treatment:
Increase in lip definition
Increase in lip volume
Correction of a lip asymmetry
Reduction of lip lines
Your Lip Augmentation Options
The good news is that you have plenty of dermal filler options if you're seeking a safe, non-surgical, non-invasive option for lip augmentation. At Miami Skin & Vein, it is our goal to ensure you can meet all of your aesthetic needs at our office. We offer all of the latest and most advanced dermal fillers, so that we can provide you with a range of options to ensure you can achieve the appearance you want.
If you need lip augmentation, here are some of your dermal filler solutions:
Each of these fillers is unique and offers different advantages depending on your personal lip goals. For instance, Restylane Silk is wonderful for achieving very natural, subtle enhancement, while Restylane may be better if you are looking to add more significant volume to your lips. Restylane Refyne happens to be the most popular lip filler in our clinic followed by Restylane and Restylane Silk. Younger patients tend to prefer Restylane Refyne or Restylane while older patients with more perioral lines and loss of lip definition tend to prefer Restylane Silk.
We recently began offering Restylane Kysse after it received highly-anticipated FDA approval in the U.S. This unique formula creates natural-looking results while preserving normal expression. Compared to Juvederm, it generally requires less product to achieve the desired outcome. Additionally, the improvements to lip volume and shape last up to a year.
Dr. Patel only uses FDA-approved fillers that have been proven safe for lip injections. In certain cases, he may treat the lips using a microcannula to minimize swelling and bruising, allowing for an easier recovery.
Do Lip Fillers Hurt?
Our clinic takes every precaution to ensure a positive lip filler appointment. We will apply a numbing ointment to your lips and let it sit for 30-60 minutes to ensure that it takes effect. You may feel a slight pinch or some pressure. However, the injections are generally quite tolerable.
Keep in mind that your provider’s technique can play a significant role in your experience. Dr. Patel uses a gentle hand and a microcannula to minimize discomfort during lip filler treatments.
If you’re nervous about your first appointment or have a fear of needles, ask about PRO-NOX. It’s a system that allows you to administer a safe mix of oxygen and nitrous oxide as needed. We find that it helps our patients take the edge off while easing their discomfort and anxiety.
Will Lip Fillers Affect My Ability To Eat or Drink?
In general, lip fillers will not affect your ability to eat or drink. However, you will want to avoid alcohol for 24 hours because its blood-thinning properties can increase bruising and swelling. It is also not a good idea to drink through a straw right away since it places pressure on the lips.
Keep in mind that your lips will be numbed for your filler treatment. Wait until your sensation returns before you eat or drink anything. Otherwise, you could accidentally injure your lips.
How Do I Determine Which Filler Is Best for Me?
Several different dermal fillers are used to treat the lips. Each one has unique properties. The right filler for you depends on your specific lip characteristics and the goals you want to achieve.
The best way to find your ideal filler is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Shaun Patel. He will spend plenty of time discussing your options and building you a customized treatment plan.
Can Anyone Get Lip Fillers?
Lip fillers are appropriate for most adult patients. Allergies are rare with these products. However, you shouldn’t get lip fillers if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding. Additionally, lip fillers are not recommended for people with bleeding disorders or active infections near their lips.
Find out if lip fillers are right for you. Schedule a consultation with our experienced injector.
Are There Potential Risks With Cosmetic Lip Injections?
Lip fillers are considered safe when properly administered by a trained provider. The most common side effects include mild soreness, bruising, and swelling that resolve on their own.
More serious complications can happen when the filler is injected into a blood vessel by mistake. For that reason, it’s crucial to visit a skilled and experienced injector for treatment.
Do Your Lips Get Numbed Before Fillers?
At Miami Skin and Vein, we apply topical numbing ointment before performing lip filler injections. We ask that you arrive at the clinic anywhere from 30-60 minutes early to give it time to take effect.
We will start by cleaning your face and lips to remove any oil and dirt. This allows for better penetration of the topical anesthetic ointment into the skin.
Once your face is clean, LMX 5 or a 7% Lidocaine, 7% Tetracaine ointment will be applied to the lips and any other areas being treated. The ointment is left on for 30-60 min. We then remove the ointment and clean the skin once more before proceeding with the treatment.
Some patients are anxious when they head into their first lip filler appointment. You can request PRO-NOX to help you feel more comfortable and relaxed during treatment. It starts working in seconds and fades quickly without lingering effects.
Recovery After Lip Injections
The lips are a very sensitive area of the face, and while Dr. Patel uses advanced injection techniques to minimize bruising and swelling, you may still experience these side effects. Don't be alarmed if your lips appear bigger than you wanted at first - this is just the swelling, and it will subside within a week or two.
If you do experience some minor bruising, we recommend picking up some arnica gel to help speed healing. You can also apply makeup over any bruising to cover it up. Because of the possibility of bruising and swelling, we do not recommend having lip injections immediately before a big event. Give yourself time for healing to make sure you look your absolute best.
Schedule Your Lip Enhancement Consultation
Finding which dermal filler is right for you is all about listening to you and your goals, answering your questions, and addressing your concerns. You can count on us to do all of this on your behalf.
If you live in the Miami, Florida area and you think dermal fillers might be right for you, please call Miami Skin & Vein today at 786-618-5039 for a consultation.