When enhancing the lips there are two routes to consider: Dermal fillers and Platelet Rich Plasma.
Dermal fillers are used to add shape, structure and volume to the lips. They are made of a liquid gel called Hyaluronic acid (HA). HA is a natural substance found in our bodies. The version used in medical offices is produced by bacteria in a lab and is sterile.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a protein and growth hormone rich solution derived from the clients own blood. Blood is drawn just like it would be for a normal doctor visit, only a few tablespoons are needed. Since PRP comes directly from the client there is no risk for allergic reaction. PRP provides small amounts of volume and stimulates the body to regrow collagen in the lips over time.
Why would you use choose one product over another?
Both Dermal fillers and PRP have their benefits. Dermal fillers offer immediate volume, they’re longer lasting and dissolvable. PRP offers a temporary enhancement allowing you try out a pair of voluminous lips before committing to more treatments or a dermal filler. This treatment is desirable for those who have had reactions to dermal fillers or are uncomfortable with the use of dermal filler.
How long will it last?
Depending on the brand of dermal filler used, your lip filler can last from 6 months to 1 year. One treatment of PRP will last 1-2 weeks, after 3 treatments you can expect a natural growth over the course of 6 months.
Which brand of dermal filler is right for me?
After discussing the goal you would like to achieve during a consultation with our provider, the provider will choose the brand that’s most suitable for the desired result.
Will it hurt?
We take every precaution to keep you comfortable. We apply numbing cream before the procedure AND every product we use contains a numbing agent. In addition, you have the choice of having a dental block where, you’re entire mouth will be numbed by intraoral injections.
How long will I be swollen or bruised?
This is entirely patient dependent. We advise avoiding alcohol, vitamins, NSAIDS (ibuprofen, aleve, advil) for 48 hours prior to your procedure to decreased bruising. Applying ice after the procedure can help reduce swelling. Arnica cream, which is readily available over the counter at all pharmacies, can also help resolve bruising. Most bruises can be easily covered by makeup. If you have a bleeding disorder or are taking blood thinners make sure to alert your provider. It’s best not to plan any important events or photos until one week after the procedure.
What if I don’t like the way they look?
The initial volume associated with PRP injections resolve on its own in a few days to one week. Dermal fillers can be easily dissolved in minutes with injection of a dissolving agent.
How much does it cost?
Pricing for dermal fillers depends on the amount you receive and the brand. For example one full syringe of Juvederm Ultra, which lasts one year, is $600. Currently this is the most popular brand due to its lasting ability. If it any time you decide to dissolve your filler the fee is $350.
What about cold sores?
If you have an active cold sore infection you’ll have to wait until it has cleared to undergo injections. If you have a history of cold sores, but no active infection you may undergo the procedure. Lip injections can trigger an outbreak. Be sure to let your provider know so they can give you a prophylactic antiviral medication to prevent the outbreak.
My lips are naturally uneven can that be fixed?
It’s very common for people to have asymmetries in their face. Usually one side of the face is smaller or flattened. It could be genetic or if you’re a side sleeper it could be the side you sleep on. Think of the right and left side of your lips as a balloon, if one balloon is large than the other and I add one cup of fluid to each balloon, one balloon will still be larger. Corrections can be made however, it’s nearly impossible to correct 100% without correcting the entire side of the face that’s affected. Discussing asymmetries with your provider is advised to explain realistic expectations.