Many women are interested in fuller and younger appearing lips. The advent of injectable facial fillers has made this an easy procedure. However, there is an art and finesse to lip augmentation. Many women fear the overdone duck lips that they often see on celebrities or on women walking in the street. While everyone has some swelling in the lips after filler injection, it can still be performed with low volumes and good technique to limit the "done" appearance.
The best fillers for the lips are Juvederm and Restylane. Radiesse cannot be used for lip augmentation. For those women that need just a little more definition to the lips, usually just the upper lip is injected right at the border with the skin - the area called the "white line". This can help with bleeding of lipstick onto the upper lip skin as well. A small amount of filler is injected here, usually 0.2-0.3 milliliters. There is usually 0.8 or 1.0 milliliters in a single filler syringe, so the remainder can be used elsewhere on the face.
For those women who have a significant loss of volume of the upper or lower lip, filler can be injected at both the white line and within the pink part of the lip as well. Injection into the pink part of the lip can also be used to even out the thickness of the lip, when one side is thinner than the other.
As anyone who has been injected in the lip knows, the lips are one of the most sensitive parts of the face. The lips can be numbed with ice, topical numbing cream, or with a nerve block. They are all effective techniques and just depend on patient preference.
If you are interested in lip augmentation with filler for fuller lips, schedule a consultation with Board Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Shareef Jandali today. Call 203-374-0310 to set up an appointment. As you will see, carefully performed lip augmentation that is not overdone can give a more youthful and vibrant look to the entire face.