Celebrities have long inspired our fashion trends and most desired looks. From clothes to hair color to physical features, Hollywood sets the course. Years ago, Angelina Jolie inspired women across the nation to seek out fuller lips. Now, a younger crop of celebrities such as Kylie Jenner have caused lip fillers to skyrocket to an all-time high in popularity. More than 20,000 lip procedures were performed in 2015. That’s the equivalent of a lip procedure every 20 minutes.
Of course, such trends often come with a downside. For instance, the widespread “Kylie Jenner lip challenge” resulted in bruising, swelling, and pain, if not scarring or permanent damage, for many who tried it. Fortunately, there is a far safer, more effective way to get the look you desire through lip filler injections. Start by following these guidelines, and ensure that the final result is one that you will be pleased with. Here are our tips:
Use a Dentist for Lip Fillers
Lip fillers and similar cosmetic procedures are available from a wide-range of providers, but patients should always look for one who has extensive experience and a medical background. Dentists, in particular, undergo advanced training and have a higher level of familiarity than most with the oral and maxillofacial areas, or, in other words, everything from the forehead to the chin. They can also keep you the most comfortable during these procedures by giving you dental nerve block injections to have you completely numb during the lip procedures. This is an advantage because these filler injections in this area can be painful with only a topical numbing gel.
Select Your Lip Filler Product Wisely
If you have taken time and consideration in choosing your provider, selecting the appropriate products should be a relatively simple task. By far, the most popular options are those that use hyaluronic acid (HA) such as Restylane and Juvederm. Renowned for their natural look, these temporary fillers have many benefits. Typically, results occur almost immediately and last for the next 6-9 months, and the filler can be “erased” at any time that you become displeased with the results.
Be Realistic in Lip Filler Expectations
Not every look suits every patient or is even achievable for every patient. Work with your provider to determine what type of result is most feasible and desirable for you. You can even pick and choose which areas to fill depending upon your facial features and desired outcome. Just remember that while you can look to celebrities or others for inspiration, only you and your doctor can determine what is best for you. Another thing to remember and understand is that our facial features are not symmetrical and so when implanting fillers you must realize that those asymmetries will still exist. Some can be corrected with filler, but some cannot. You must always have realistic goals and know that perfection is something we strive for but is very hard to truly achieve.
If you are considering lip fillers to enhance your appearance, Dr. Russo of the Smile Spa can help. Schedule a consultation where you can discuss your concerns, your desired results, and the ways that our team can help you achieve an aesthetic outcome that you will love.