All dermatology filler injections work in similar ways: they stimulate the substances in the body responsible for elasticity, firmness, and hydration. The two ingredients in particular that keep skin looking youthful overall are collagen and hyaluronic acid. These naturally occurring substances decrease with age, and skin begins to wrinkle, sag, and droop.
Dermatology injectable fillers stimulate collagen production, responsible for firm, smooth, tight skin, or hyaluronic acid, which keeps the individual skin cells hydrated. As lips age, the common complaints include fine lines and wrinkles or thinness. Lip fillers specifically contain hyaluronic acid to attract and retain moisture in the skin cells, making lips appear fuller and plumper.
When it comes to dermatology filler injections, probably the most familiar name out there is Juvederm, and for good reason. This brand has created a suite of dermal fillers targeting different areas of the face and different skin concerns. Juvederm is a fantastic option for first-time patients because it tends to cause significantly less swelling than other brands. The Juvederm brand is perfect for lip augmentation and nasolabial folds -- the lines that run down the cheeks vertically from the nose to the mouth.
The Juvederm Ultra XC formula is commonly used to add plumpness to lips, while the product known as Juvederm Volbella XC tends to work better on vertical fine lines on the lips. In fact, a study showed that 98% of people who had Juvéderm Volbella with Lidocaine reported that their lips appearance goals had been achieved. In general, Juverderm results last up to 12 months.
A few other brands of lip injections are out there, including the Restylane line and the Perlane line. Restylane was actually approved as the first hyaluronic acid-based filler in 2003. It also has a high success rate on nasolabial folds, and works on mouth corner wrinkles as well. Perlane tends to be the brand of choice for deep work on the cheeks area, including deeply-set nasolabial folds or restoration of cheek volume and plumpness.
First, always work with a licensed dermatologist who can guide you in the appropriate amount and frequency of lip injections so you don’t go overboard and wind up with balloon-like results. Second, be prepared for some minor bruising, swelling, and lumpiness in the lips for several days afterward, so don’t schedule a treatment immediately prior to an important public event.
Lip fillers can last up to a year, depending on the brand, but most last around six to eight months. Following that, you’ll need another treatment for ongoing maintenance.
Interested in a lip enhancement to make yourself proud when looking back at summer memories? If you’re in the greater Washington D.C. area, call the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery today for an appointment. We offer many dermatology filler injections, including all four lip filler brands mentioned.