All You Need to Know About Lip Fillers

Lip augmentation has been on a rise year over year in the United States and around the world. A record number of Americans have undergone lip filler injections and it is considered the second fasting growing procedure in the U.S. since 2000, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. As we age, there are many changes that can happen in and around the lips. 

First off, our lips start to lose volume. Many factors play in to the role such as smoking, genetics, and sun damage to cause line formation above and below the lips. Unfortunately, other factors with aging are the portions of the lips can turn inward or the corners of the lips can turn downward causing a “frowning” appearance.

What are lip fillers?
Lip fillers are made from hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally occurring compound in our body. The hyaluronic acid attracts water and can hold up to 1,000 times its own weight, which helps in hydrating the lips. Some of the dermal fillers that can be injected in the lips to volumize and around the lips to treat fine lines are Restylane, Juvederm, Belotero, and Versa. Injected, this results in a plumper, fuller lip effect.

New to lip injections?
It is recommended that you make a consultation with the medical provider to assess your needs. Most often patients are seeking a natural fill that fits aesthetically and balances their features. Others may be looking for volume. Making that first consultation is critical to understanding your needs and wants as a patient.

Can anyone get them?
For fillers, Botox, and both invasive and non-invasive procedures, patients need to be at least 18 years old. Plus, no clinical studies have ever proven that it’s OK to undergo treatment when pregnant, when fluctuating hormones make it more difficult to predict results. 

How long do lip fillers last?
It depends on the product, the patient, and several other factors. As a ballpark figure, the first time should last four to six months and after that can be anything from nine months-plus. Longevity can depend on the person’s metabolic rate and age.

What’s the healing time?
There is no healing as such, although swelling might occur in a few cases for around 24 to 48 hours. Some patients may experience slight bruising, as the lips are a vascular area. If swelling should occur, we use ice packs to cool the area to prevent bruising and help reduce swelling.

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Mariam Alimi
Mariam Alimi, RN, BSN is the Aesthetic Director & Advanced Injector at Impressions MediSpa. Mariam is an Aesthetic Nurse with a Bachelors in Nursing from Stratford University (cum Laude) and a Bachelors from Virginia Tech. She is an expert in laser technology and has over 10+ years of experience in cosmetic dermatology and aesthetic medicine. Mariam is certified in Botox & Dermal Fillers including Advanced Techniques using Restylane, Restylane Lift/Perlane, Voluma, Juvederm XC, Juvederm Ultra Plus, Radiesse, and Sculptra. Mariam is a Licensed in ArqueDerma® Artistic Restoration Lift® and InstaTox®. She has completed an intense training through Injectability Institute home of ArqueDerma® technique. Mariam has also completed several courses using Sculptra, collagen stimulator, for facial rejuvenation, Sculptra Butt Lift and treatment of cellulite. Mariam is committed to restoring, sculpting and enhancing one’s natural beauty through non-surgical techniques. Mariam is a member of the Association of Medical Aesthetic Nurses, American Society for Laser Medicine and American Nurses Association. She is a native of Northern Virginia and her hobbies include spending quality time with her family, nature hikes, traveling and staying current on the latest advancements & research involving aesthetic medicine.