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Lip Filler: Conservative vs. Augmented

Have you been thinking about lip filler, but feel scared you’ll end up looking “done”?

Or are you loving the Instagram posts showing “bigger is better” when it comes to lip fillers?

Conservative Approach:

Filler can be used to very conservatively soften the lips and surrounding area without anyone ever knowing. Especially when your goal is hydration of the lips and surrounding area. A micro-cannula using two entry points may be used instead of a needle to reduce the chance of bruising. Micro-cannulas are an advanced injection technique that I have been using since 2013.

Starting with a half syringe is a very conservative way to slowly hydrate and fill your lips with very little downtime. Typically, swelling is the most noticeable the next morning because sleeping with your head flat increases the swelling in your lips. So, you might want to take the day off following your filler injections if you'd rather not have others take notice of your healing lips. In about two weeks everything will be settled in and you may decide you want another half or full syringe to reach your goals. Or, you can wait 6 months to do the treatment again when the results have completely worn off. Most people realize they would like more when the swelling period has ended because the swollen lips were tolerable and not "too much" as they had thought it would be. Typically the more you do, the longer it lasts. Everyone is different, so it is an estimate to say the filler will remain up to 12 months. It is best to plan on doing your lips twice a year for the first year then once a year thereafter, if you're doing a full syringe and you have average sized lips. If you have larger lips, then you may need more product to fill in the entire area to your liking. I am still referring to the natural look for those conservative folks. If you are interested in going bigger, then, see below.

Noticeable Augmented Approach:

If you want a noticeable increase in lip size then there is a different approach for you. I prefer to do one syringe each visit, so that the lips adjust to the filler gradually and the healing process is easier and safer. It is best to space the visits 3-4 weeks apart so that the lip tissue has recovered and the filler has settled in. At each visit your lips and surrounding area will be reassessed to be sure you are not looking overdone. Filler can be dissolved with hyaluronidase if needed. In truth, too much will actually give some people an aged appearance because the augmentation doesn't fit their features. My ultimate goal is achieving balance with your other facial features so that you don't overdo it. And it takes a lot more that you think to get to too much. Many of the overdone instagram lips have 2-4 syringes (or more).

Consultation and Follow-up

Whichever approach you choose I will always take my time and make sure you maintain a look that you like. Follow up visits and communicating by phone or text during recovery will help me check in on your treatment and the healing process.

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