By now you’ve most likely heard about lip filler, and if you haven’t, let me warn you that you’re about to put down your lip liner and discover a whole world of cosmetic procedures that allow people to look and feel their best. You may be considering getting your lips done, or it’s even possible that you’re not new to the procedure and you’re interested in knowing more on the topic. Regardless of what brought you here, this procedure has become so popular and so mastered by providers such as Christy Hall, PA-C, that you can even leave work for your lunch break and return with new lips. Yes, we can make it that easy.
So what is lip filler? Are you worried that you’ll be unhappy with it or that it will hurt? What should you expect if you decide to do it? These are fair and common questions that we hear at Skin Appeal, where we specialize in skin rejuvenation and making you feel more confident. Filler is a combination of hyaluronic acid and lidocaine. Hyaluronic acid is a carbohydrate that occurs naturally throughout our bodies. Think about it like moisturizer for your cells, because it loves water and can in fact hold 1,000 times its weight in water. In other words, your lips already have hyaluronic acid to hydrate and plump them. Dermal fillers, such as Juvederm and Restylane Kysse, will assist in plumping your lips further to achieve your desired look. It doesn’t stop at the lips though, filler can make you look younger, more refreshed, and enhance features all over your face. Lidocaine is a local anesthetic that will numb your lips for a few hours after your treatment to reduce discomfort.
Now that I’ve mentioned discomfort, you want to know if it’s going to hurt. Truthfully, we will tell you that everyone’s pain tolerance is different but we will make it as comfortable for you as possible. We see patients that look like they didn’t feel a thing, and we see patients that need to curse at us the whole time (yes, you’re allowed to, and no, we won’t take it personally,) but most patients fall somewhere in between. Again, our goal is to make it easy and comfortable for you so we offer topical numbing cream and dental nerve blocks to reduce pain. If you’re afraid of needles we will guide you into seeing them as your friends in this journey of giving you the lips you’ve always wanted, and you don’t even have to look at the needles.
Another common fear isn’t about the pain but the “what will I look like?” Lip filler is not permanent. We have an enzyme that can be injected to dissolve the filler if needed. Otherwise, it lasts anywhere from about 6 months to a year because our lips are a muscle we use so much. It does vary per person. Having said that, you’re in good hands because Christy is an artist. Skin Appeal is different from other practices because we want to see results. Often there are certain looks that people are afraid of getting but we will ask what it is you’re looking for and will follow up with you until we can get you there. It then becomes a matter of maintenance.
Now how much filler should you do? Can we start with half a syringe? To put it into perspective, one syringe of product is equal to a fifth of a teaspoon. When patients come in and get a half syringe to start, 99% of the time they will come in for the other half. One syringe is a great starting point. For example, my natural lips were a nice size to begin with but I wanted pretty volume and more pout. I love the result after one syringe and I’d still be happy adding more. Ultimately, the amount is your decision but we are happy to guide you towards deciding what you are comfortable with.
Risks of lip injections include bruising, swelling, infections (although very uncommon,) and compliments (common.) Usually your lips will continue to feel numb for a few hours following the procedure and they will be swollen for a few days. Swelling and bruising are common but we are equipped to help you through that as well and we are available for questions and concerns as long as you may need us.
We treat lips for adults of all age ranges starting with younger patients looking for big luscious lips like they see on the media, to older patients that are looking to restore volume in their lips that has been lost due to the process of aging. Wherever you fall, we would love to see if you’re a good candidate so that we can treat you. Come meet Christy, and our wonderful team that have all experienced lip enhancements and is happy to share their experiences and answer additional questions.
Call (520) 261-7546 for your complimentary consultation or to book your lip filler.
Hope to see you soon,
Andi, Patient Care Coordinator