Plumped lips are highly coveted and one of the most popular beauty treatments. A quick peep at the latest fashion magazines or a glance at the pictures on social media of your favorite celebrities make it glaringly apparent that thin lips are out and fuller, more voluptuous ones are all the rage. However, most of us were not born with naturally plump and gorgeous lips. Thanks in part to on-trend cosmetic techniques, your lips can also be paparazzi-worthy due to the use of injectable fillers. Even though the act of getting lip injections seems like a relatively simple procedure, it's always wise to go into any cosmetic procedure wholly prepared and aware of what exactly it entails. Board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Jules Walters, has performed countless lip injection procedures to help his patients achieve that perfect pout. Read on for more information about this simple yet transformative procedure.
Understanding Lip Injections
The actual lip injection procedure itself is pretty straightforward. However, the first step is to address precisely how big you want to make your lips. Careful forethought is your insurance in order to love the way your augmented lips will look. Do you want your lips only to be slightly enhanced for a more natural look? Or are you looking for dramatic results by going big and completely altering the appearance of your lips? Lip injections, or dermal fillers, are a safe, non-permanent solution to augmenting your lips in order to obtain a "fuller" appearance. They can add shape and fullness to the lower, upper, or both lips at the same time.
Many plastic surgeons like to err on the side of caution by adding just a little filler at a time. Not only does this give you time to adjust to your new look, but the results are subtle. An experienced board-certified plastic surgeon in New Orleans and Metairie, LA, such as Dr. Walters, will examine the anatomy of your lips and provide his feedback on how much filler your lips can reasonably handle.
For individuals considering lip injections in New Orleans and Metairie, LA, Dr. Walters has detailed six important facts about the procedure that will help you decide if this treatment is a good fit for you and your ultimate aesthetic goals.
1. Know that results will vary
Setting realistic expectations is key for anyone considering lip injections. New Orleans plastic surgeon Dr. Jules Walters is excellent at determining your lip's maximum potential so you will love the final results and feel comfortable with your new look. Everyone's face is a different shape, so it's best to let your doctor suggest what size to augment your lips based on your facial structure. However, it is also a great idea to bring in pictures of lips that you like or envision for yourself to your consultation in order to give your plastic surgeon an idea of what you're trying to achieve.
2. The type of filler you choose determines your results
There are several dermal fillers on the market, and each can provide a different outcome. Some fillers provide subtle, more natural results while others can result in a plumper, more dramatic look. Plastic surgeon, Dr. Walters, uses Juvéderm for many of his lip enhancement procedures. Juvéderm is a temporary hyaluronic acid-based filler that works by restoring volume to the area once injected. Facial skin is smoother, plumper, and more natural-looking in appearance after having received dermal fillers. Juvéderm Volbella and Ultra XC are known to add shape to the lower and upper lips while also correcting the look of fine, vertical lines on the lips.
3. Lip fillers are not permanent
Dermal fillers are a fantastic way to enhance the look of your lips without a permanent commitment like many other cosmetic procedures. For patients who opt for permanent or semi-permanent filler, or non-hyaluronic acid products, they cannot undo the changes made. The results of temporary fillers can typically last anywhere from six months to a year. So, if you're happy with the fuller-looking results of your lip injections in New Orleans, it is important to keep in mind that it is recommended for patients to return each year for touch-up injections to keep them looking fresh and full. Most of Dr. Walters’ patients look forward to returning to our office when they need an extra lip boost.
4. Adjustments can be made
More often than not, New Orleans lip injection patients walk out of our office with subtle changes. Size adjustments should be made gradually so you can adjust to your new look. Remember, less is always more. Many patients opt to inject a little at first to see how they react to the filler and then realize that they might want to go bigger. You can always add more filler in. Dr. Walters wants you to enjoy natural, subtle results. Trusting his expert judgment and having a thorough consultation allows him to recommend just the right amount of filler that will make your lips look natural and beautiful.
5. You may not bruise
Not everyone experiences bruising after lip injections, though there is a chance for bruising. Whether or not you will bruise depends highly on the type of filler that was used and the injection site. While everybody responds to the fillers differently, it is essential to follow your doctor's after-care instructions. Apply ice immediately after the procedure, and as needed. It's also good to stay away from aspirin and sit upright for a few hours following the procedure. Following these simple instructions can help you recover quicker and have your lips looking their best.
6. If you don't love your lip fillers, it can be fixed
It can be hard to envision your new lips and pull the trigger on this decision. One of the best things about dermal fillers such as Juvéderm in New Orleans and Metairie, LA, is that they can be dissolved if necessary. An enzyme called hyaluronidase can be used to safely break down and melt away the hyaluronic acid that was previously injected. While it is rare for patients to choose to dissolve their fillers, New Orleans plastic surgeon Dr. Jules Walters makes it a point to understand his patients’ desires while creating a detailed notation of the structure of their lips. This attention to detail allows Dr. Walters to express to realistic outcomes for his patients when it comes to lip injections.
Lip injections, or dermal fillers, are an excellent, nonsurgical way rejuvenate your lips. Your goal of having fuller, more voluptuous lips is dependent not only on choosing the right, qualified plastic surgeon but also on your thorough research into the procedure itself. Contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Walters and get that ideal look to your lips that you’ve been waiting for.