Lip Injections in Columbus, OH
Over the last two decades, lip augmentation has become popular with patients of all ages. Whether you’re seeking a picture-perfect pout or you wish to combat age-related volume loss, lip injections provide a safe, convenient way to enhance the lips.
What Are Lip Fillers?
There are a number of different lip fillers in use today. The most flattering and effective are Juvéderm® products (like Juvéderm® Ultra XC and Juvéderm® Volbella) and Restylane® products (like Restylane® Silk). Restylane® has a higher viscosity than either Juvéderm® product. It’s usually used when the patient wants slightly firmer, more sculpted lips, with a subtle increase in volume. Juvéderm® Ultra XC produces a greater increase in total lip volume than Restylane®, but typically with less definition. Juvéderm® Volbella creates subtle, natural results, with a moderate increase in volume that integrates well with the patient’s existing lip shape. All of these fillers last, on average, from nine months to one year.
While lip fillers vary in consistency, most of them have one thing in common: They’re made from a naturally derived compound called hyaluronic acid (HA). HA is found throughout the human body; it’s a vital building block that strengthens cartilage and connective tissue. When HA is injected into the lips, it provides both an immediate increase in volume and a gradual improvement in skin condition. HA stimulates the production of collagen and improves the skin’s ability to store water molecules.
Why Choose Lip Injections for Lip Augmentation?
Though there are several different ways to increase lip volume, lip fillers are the least-invasive option. These fillers rarely produce any side effects; because HA occurs naturally in the human body, allergic reactions to this compound are unlikely.
HA-based fillers have other advantages, too: They can be administered very precisely over a series of appointments, so patients don’t end up with fuller lips than they desire. Lip fillers are easy to revise, too. If any lumps or bumps occur after treatment, they can be painlessly dissolved with the use of a special solution.
Most patients find the temporary nature of lip fillers reassuring. If, at any point, you decide you no longer want fuller lips, all you need to do is wait. Your lip fillers will gradually wear off on their own, without the need for any invasive interventions. If you choose to keep your augmented lips, you can elect to schedule a follow-up appointment when you notice the volume decrease. Dr. Zochowski will then provide you with a fresh round of lip injections.
Over time, some patients notice that their lips remain slightly fuller even after a year has passed. This occurs because the HA has gradually increased the amount of collagen present in the lips.
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Who Makes a Good Candidate for Lip Injections?
Most healthy adults can have lip fillers. However, you should not get lip injections if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. People with severe allergies or multiple chemical sensitivities may also be poor candidates for this procedure.
Lip Injections: What to Expect
Before administering lip injections, Dr. Zochowski will discuss your expectations and evaluate the treatment area. Once a treatment plan has been determined, Dr. Zochowski will use a very fine needle to carefully add the filler of your choice to your lips.
Most patients don’t experience significant discomfort after having lip injections. However, some mild redness and swelling is common. You may also find that your lips do not look perfectly symmetrical at first. If this happens to you, don’t worry; they should even out within a few days.
Lip fillers are gentle and noninvasive, so you won’t have to take any time off of work after you have this procedure. You can resume all of your normal activities immediately after your appointment.
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Though HA is well-tolerated by the vast majority of patients, it’s still important to choose a board certified plastic surgeon to administer your lip fillers. Doing so will ensure that you get precisely the results you want, with minimized risk.
If you’re unsatisfied with the appearance of your lips, Dr. Zochowski can give you long term shape and volume you will love. Contact Zochowski Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Columbus, Ohio to schedule a lip augmentation consultation. We look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve your cosmetic goals.