At Richmond Aesthetic Surgery Dermlounge, we offer lip augmentation with the dermal fillers JUVÉDERM® Ultra XC and JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA®. Both are made of hyaluronic acid, which is a natural component in your body that plumps the lips by binding water to the product. In addition to adding volume to the lips, JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA® also can smooth lines around the mouth. JUVÉDERM® Ultra XC in the lips generally lasts about six months, while JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA® can last up to a year or more, slowly dissipating over time while being naturally broken down and absorbed by the body. Side effects with the injections are minimal, typically consisting of redness, swelling, and mild bruising.
At your consultation with our plastic surgeon – Dr. Neil J. Zemmel – or our nurse practitioner, we will determine what concerns you have about your lips and how you wish to improve their appearance. Based on your anatomy, we will come up with a plan to augment your lips by correcting asymmetries, enhancing the outline of your lips, or providing more plumping and volume to accentuate your lips. Once a plan is generated, a topical numbing agent will be applied to the lips and left on for approximately 20 minutes. For additional comfort, we only utilize JUVÉDERM® Ultra XC or JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA®, which are impregnated with lidocaine to numb or anesthetize the lips while being injected. Ice will also be applied before and after your injections to help diminish swelling and bruising.
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Many of our patients come to us wanting their lips to appear slightly fuller or more pronounced but are fearful of having too much filler injected leaving them with a “duck” appearance. Another common concern is the lips will appear overdone or are too large for their facial anatomy. This is uncommon in our practice as we strive to achieve a balanced aesthetic appearance. Most individuals require one syringe or less to achieve a natural balanced look.
A simple way to slightly enhance the lips appearance is to add a small amount of volume to the lip border or vermillion border and philtrum ridges. Women often accentuate this area with lip liner to help the lips appear fuller. With that same premise, we can do the same with JUVÉDERM® Ultra XC or JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA®, utilizing half of a 1.0 cc syringe, along with improving the lips profile by slightly enhancing the two raised columns extending between the base of the nose down to the top of the cupid’s bow of the upper lip. The lips will look refreshed, more youthful, and mimic the appearance of a makeup artist’s work, only with long-lasting effects.
For women who have lost volume in the pink portion of their lips, the vermillion, injections can be placed directly into this region to plump and widen the amount of pink lip showing. This is an excellent option for those women or men who lose some of their upper lip width while smiling. In addition, the corners of the mouth are often filled with JUVÉDERM® Ultra XC or JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA® to soften the appearance of them looking downward turned, or at times lifting the corners completely again.
In order to ensure you are happy with the outcome of your lip augmentation, we will see you back in our office two weeks after your injections. At that time, we can evaluate the outcome and provide touch-ups if needed. Once you have healed, the lips should feel soft and natural.
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If you are interested in lip augmentation with JUVÉDERM® Ultra XC or JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA® and would like to schedule a consultation at Dermlounge, please contact us today.