Full, smooth lips never go out of style, and lip fillers are a great way to help you get there. Not only do you receive long-lasting results, hyaluronic acid fillers also promote collagen production.
Our team at Amy Brenner, MD & Associates strive to educate our patients before they receive lip fillers in Cincinnati. From beginning to end, our experts ensure everyone gets the best care so they can achieve the look they’ve always wanted.
What are lip fillers made from?
Lip fillers are usually made with hyaluronic acid (HA), an ingredient so nourishing it has become a skincare must. HA is a naturally occurring substance that’s found in your body, allowing your tissues to retain water to stay plump, full, and firm.
Why is this so important?
Lack of moisture and fullness can lead to fine lines and wrinkles, skin laxity, sunken features, and more. Many people don’t realize that lip appearance can play a huge role in how young or old you look. Like many other substances, HA production decreases as you age. That’s a big reason why people often get dermal fillers in other areas on the face to fill in wrinkles, restore facial contours, and rejuvenate their youthful fullness. With a reduction of HA and collagen, your lips may thin and lines may become more prominent.
Are lip fillers only for aging lips?
Of course not! Women of all ages can benefit from lip fillers to help them gain fuller, more symmetrical lips. Instead of constantly overlining your lips or using dangerous plumping devices, you can achieve the look you’ve wanted without the daily hassle.
As opposed to serums or other skincare products containing HA, dermal fillers use the gel form of hyaluronic acid for maximum benefits. The thicker consistency locks the injection in place so you won’t have to worry about your fillers moving from your lips to other areas of your face. From there, the gel formula attracts and draws in water to plump lip tissue for a soft, supple appearance.
The importance of skincare to maintain filler results
Whenever you receive any kind of aesthetic treatment, you want to take proper care of your skin to maintain your results (yes, even if you only get lip fillers). You shouldn’t spend money on dermal fillers just to waste it on poor skincare habits.
One of the biggest factors affects the longevity of your results is collagen production. You’re probably well aware of the impact collagen has on your overall complexion and anti-aging efforts, but collagen is also crucial for soft, supple lips. Without enough collagen support, your lips could deflate and show signs of aging.
Collagen fibers are a type of protein inside the dermis (lower layers) of your skin and lip tissue. When collagen thrives, it creates and upholds a natural framework for your lips so they remain as full and shapely as possible. However, as the years pass, collagen fibers break down and your body decreases its production rate. Outside of time, sun damage can really impact your collagen levels.
Harmful UVA and UVB rays penetrate the skin with ionizing radiation, which can majorly damage the skin on your lips. Many people don’t notice its effects until they hit their mid 20s and 30s, which is why teens and young adults should always focus on skin care to combat future damage. Remember, proactive care is more effective than reactive care.
Signs of aging lips include:
- Thinning and inverted upper lip
- Thinning and inward-turning lower lip
- Cupid’s bow definition loss
- Dry, cracked lips
Whenever you build your skincare routine, focus on high-quality products that not only reverse signs of sun damage but also protect your skin. For your lips, we highly recommend finding a lip balm that includes SPF. When you combine lip fillers with a great skincare regimen , you will further enhance the collagen-boosting effects of hyaluronic acid.
💡Note: If you choose to get lip fillers at Amy Brenner, MD & Associates, we offer a a full complementary skincare and aesthetics department to help you create the perfect routine.
Questions to ask before getting lip fillers in Cincinnati
Before choosing any lip injector in the Cincinnati area, you want to make sure you find someone who is licensed and has experience working with fillers. Proper research is key to getting the best results that will enhance your look instead of injections that could cause more harm than good. Therefore, you should always come prepared with questions to understand the facility, the injector, and the types of fillers used.
What kind of lip fillers does a med spa offer?
At Amy Brenner, MD & Associates we use Allergan’s Juvéderm products, which are hyaluronic acid-based injectable fillers that instantly erase wrinkles and enhance your lips, cheeks, and other natural features.
Keep in mind that not all fillers come with separate products uniquely designed for lips. The Juvéderm dermal filler line comes with two different types of lip fillers—Volbella XC and Ultra XC.
Volbella XC: If you already have pretty full lips but you’re concerned about lipstick lines, then Volbella may be the perfect choice. It can also add some volume to enhance your overall look.
Ultra XC: For those who want a little extra, then consider Ultra as your lip filler of choice. Ultra not only adds more fullness to create a voluminous pout, it can also help smooth out smile lines for an added anti-aging benefit.
What experience does the med spa have?
For the best results, go somewhere with trained medical professionals who know the proper techniques to provide great results without an overstuffed look.
You can gauge a facility’s capabilities by:
- Reading reviews
- Asking your friends
- Calling the practice
- Looking at before and after photos
- Following them on social media
At Amy Brenner, MD & Associates, you are always in good hands. As an Allergan Premium Plus practice, our providers are master trained Allergan injectors. One of our physicians, Dr. Thieman was one of the few physicians in the country invited to Allergan’s Summit (a skincare and injection conference). So no matter what, our medical professionals will artistically create the best solutions for your aesthetic goals in the most natural way possible.
Does the facility offer consultations?
We definitely don’t recommend booking an appointment with a facility that won’t meet with you to discuss your needs first. There’s no way to create a proper injection plan without first assessing your current lip state and having an in-depth conversation about your goals.
Do lip fillers hurt?
For most, lip fillers don’t hurt. However, lip fillers are injections, so you may experience some discomfort from the needle, Discomfort typically goes away shortly after the procedure is finished.
How long do lip fillers last?
Lip fillers last 6-12 months on average. Keep in mind that this number will vary from person to person. The great thing about lip fillers is that even when they dissolve, hyaluronic acid continues to promote collagen growth to keep your lips soft and supple.
What kind of results can I expect from lip fillers?
You can expect whatever results you’d like! Whether you want to sharpen your lip border, even out asymmetrical lips, or increase volume, lip fillers can get you there.
Regardless of your age, we will work with you to help you get the look you want—from natural to dramatic and anywhere in between. Right after your treatment, your lips may seem fuller than expected due to swelling, which is completely normal. As the HA gel settles, the swelling will resolve, allowing your true results to emerge and continue shaping for the following weeks.
What to expect when you come to Amy Brenner, MD & Associates for lip fillers
Before you do anything, you’ll want to schedule a consultation so we can understand the desired look you’re going for. Your goals are our goals, and we keep those in mind as we create an injection plan.
After your lips have been prepped and cleansed, we begin with the injections. They initially feel like a quick prick, but discomfort settles after the lidocaine spreads. With each injection, we methodically fill in certain areas to achieve the best results. You can even opt for a “lip flip,” a combination of filler and Botox that helps roll a thin lip.
💡Note: Using filler only will add volume, but the lip will remain flat. A lip flip provides a more well-rounded look.
Once your treatment is complete, you may experience mild bruising right away or later down the line. Either way, bruising typically fades within a few days.
Since we offer a wide variety of aesthetic treatment options, we focus on combination therapies centered around your needs. For example, if you want lip fillers and additional lifting, we may recommend microneedling to complement your injections. We also provide medical-grade skincare products such as SkinMedica’s HA5 Smooth & Plump Lip System.
Get the best lip fillers in Cincinnati at Amy Brenner, MD & Associates today.
Let our filler experts help you gain the pout you desire. As a medspa and medical practice, we are uniquely equipped with the ability to not only boost your overall health, but also help you enhance your outer beauty with aesthetic treatments.
We’re here to offer a warm, friendly environment while providing the highest quality aesthetic treatments and wellness plans to help you look great and feel great. No matter what, we will stick with you throughout your entire journey, because your goals are our goals.
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