Who doesn’t want the perfect pout? With lip fillers rising in popularity, we’ve gotten a lot of questions from patients interested in trying lip enhancement for the first time. Get your lipstick ready, because we sat down with our Nurse Injector, Tiffany, to talk all about lip fillers. Read her Q & A below for inside tips on the treatment, benefits, and any potential side effects.
What are the different fillers that can be used for lip enhancement?
At Cosmetic Enhancement Center, we use Juvederm Ultra XC, Juvederm Ultra Plus XC, Volbella, and Vollure. My personal favorite would be Juvederm Ultra XC, because it adds volume to the lips while still looking subtle. This filler holds it shape nicely, and is a great buildable product. Typically, I like to start patients with a half syringe, see them back in two weeks to assess their results, and add the other half of the filler if needed.
Does it hurt?
Every patient is different. Some patients find that it doesn’t bother them at all, while others think it can be quite uncomfortable. If a patient is nervous about pain or discomfort, we can apply a topical numbing cream before their treatment.
Will it look plastic or fake?
Not at all! Our goal is always natural, beautiful results. We subtly enhance our patients by slowly building the lips over time.
Are there any side effects?
Some common side effects include mild swelling and bruising. Patients can sometimes develop small lumps and bumps in the lips, which will soften into the tissue over time.
Do I have to maintain them?
Each treatment plan is individualized, but in general, we recommend patients come back at least once a year for a touch-up. Most fillers will last anywhere between six months to one year, depending on the patient and the type of filler used. Athletic patients, or those with fast metabolisms, may find that their filler needs to be touched-up more frequently.
What can and can’t I do after treatment?
I always advise patients to ice after treatment. 15 minutes with ice on, two-three hours off, and another 15 minutes on. If you want to avoid swelling, sleep with your head elevated. The next morning, you will be the most swollen – so don’t panic! Swelling will go down within two to three days. You can take Tylenol to help with swelling as well.
If you’ve never tried fillers before, our clinical team is happy to meet with you for a complimentary consultation. Give us a call at (207) 761-0177 to learn more.
Check out amazing lip enhancement results from actual CEC patients!