Let’s Talk About Lips: Pump up your pout with injections
Look younger with fuller lips
It’s been all over the news and celebrity gossip columns lately – pumped up lips are the hottest new trend. Celebrities and people of all ages want fuller or younger looking lips. But what options do you have for plumping up, and what should you know before you decide to enhance your pout?
Types of Treatments Available
There are a couple of different ways to improve the look of your lips. One is to add volume – or plump – with injectable fillers. Many people want to add definition to the cupid’s bow and outline of the lips. Fillers can also help reduce the look of aging without adding volume to lips by filling in smoker’s lines (the vertical lines on top of the lips) and corner creases.
“The idea is not to look overdone,” says Anne Neeley, MD, a board-certified dermatologist at KMC Dermatology, “but to look more youthful and beautiful. It’s a relatively low-cost improvement when compared to more-invasive options.”
Fillers are made from hyaluronic acid – a naturally-occurring component of the body – and dissolve over time. There are many brands including Juvéderm®, Restylane®, Restylane Silk® and Belotero®.
What You Should Know Before a Lip Treatment
Dr. Neeley recommends avoiding NSAIDs such as aspirin, ibuprofen and acetaminophen for a week prior to a lip treatment to reduce the occurrence of bruising. There may be minimal bruising or swelling for up to a week after a treatment. Typically, treatments can last up to nine months – depending on how quickly the body dissolves the filler.
It is also recommended to consult with a board-certified provider who has extensive experience in cosmetic injections, and advanced knowledge of how the body works and anatomy to ensure the highest quality treatment. KMC offers lip injections at our Leawood, Lawrence, Manhattan and Shawnee dermatology clinics, as well as at our new plastic surgery clinic in Topeka.
To learn more, call 844-562-3376 and speak to someone at the clinic nearest you.
Photo courtesy: Restylane®