Non-surgical lip enhancement, or lip injections, offers patients a quick, safe, and effective way to restore symmetry, fullness, and definition to the lips without the risks of surgery. Due to their distinct color and importance in both verbal and non-verbal communication, the lips are often the first focus of attention on a person’s face. Most people are not genetically blessed with full, naturally beautiful lips. The aging process, sun exposure, and smoking all reduce the natural beauty of your lips.
Who is a Candidate for Non-Surgical Lip Enhancement?
Healthy patients who desire more attractive, luscious, full lips may be perfect candidates for lip injection or lip enhancement.
What is the Recovery like from Non-Surgical Lip Enhancement?
Lip enhancements, or injections, are performed in Dr. Mitchell Blum’s office with a topical or injectable numbing medication. The dermal filler solution is gently injected into the lips with a very fine needle. Minimal, if any, discomfort or pain is experienced.
Patients are instructed to avoid eating and drinking until numbness resolves, generally within two hours. Ice may be applied to the lips for a short time immediately following the procedure to minimize bruising and swelling. Most patients report minimal discomfort or pain following lip injection but may be treated with Tylenol if needed. Aspirin, NSAIDs and other medications known to cause bleeding and bruising are discouraged for 1 week prior and 1 week following the procedure. If present at all, mild swelling and bruising may last 7-10 days and can be treated with a cold compress. Makeup and other cosmetic products may be used on the lips on the day after injection. Most patients return to their occupational and social activities the very same day.
What are the Substances that are Injected?
Historically, there has been a myriad of products tried, most of which are no longer used because of short lived efficacy, difficulty in getting a satisfactory appearance, late complications and patient discomfort. Presently there are only two types of injectables in common use: Hydroxyapatite (a basic component of bone with the product most frequently used being Radiesse). However, the gold standard is hyaluronic acid (also a substance natural to our bodies that I like to refer to as ‘joint juice). Both of these biologicals are therefore well tolerated. Hyoluronic acid is modified by complex cross-binding to create a paste that is easy to inject and absorbs into the body very slowly. Juviderm (from Allergan) and Restylane (from Galderma) both offer several derivative products that deliver specific benefits depending on where on the face they are injected. For the lips, in my practice, there are now two superior products: Refyne and Defyne from Galderma.
Courtesy of Galderma:
While there are other fillers on the market that can plump wrinkles, Refyne and Defyne are meant to give a more natural-looking result than previously thought possible. Galderma claims results can last up to 12 months, which means you'll likely need to get pricked twice a year to keep things looking smooth. But it's the new type of hyaluronic acid in the filler gel that's the real news here. The new technology is called XpresHAn—which is pronounced like a French person trying to say the word expression—and it allows the hyaluronic acid gel to flex within the skin as you move your face. So whether you're smiling, frowning, or wrinkling your face any which way, the result looks soft and natural, not puffy or stiff.
Non-Surgial Lip Enhancement Before and After Photos