Lip Fillers Frequently Asked Questions

Lip enhancement is a cosmetic procedure which gives the patient smooth, plump, and youthful lips. The overall aesthetic of the lips is refined, by smoothening vertical lip lines, bringing out the true shape of the lips. The volume of the lips is also increased with carefully placed injections which add hydration. The goal is to give the patient the perfect lips he or she envisions, while ensuring it looks natural.

Lip injections fill the lips with Hyaluronic Acid to increase volume and remove lines. Because Hyaluronic Acid is a naturally occurring substance in the body, it is accepted by the body quite effortlessly. Over the following 6-12 months, it is slowly broken down until it is gone. This makes it a temporary lip filler, which modern dermatologists consider to be much safer than permanent fillers such as silicon or implants.
In the right hands, lip enhancement is a very safe cosmetic procedure. There are beauty spas and salons which offer lip augmentation, but it is highly recommended to AVOID getting lip injections anywhere other than an established dermatology office. With a trained dermatologist, the patient should rest assured that he or she will be getting the safest filler product, and the safest amount of filler.

Contrary to common belief, lip injections do NOT hurt when done with a specialist. That is because the practitioner meticulously injects in carefully selected sites. On top of that, numbing cream is applied to the lips. Juvederm lip injections and Restylane lip injections also contain lidocaine, a pain reliever, in the syringe. With the right doctor, it is only about as uncomfortable as getting your eyebrows threaded!

We encourage all new patients to first begin with a consultation with one of our board certified NYC dermatologists. If a patient wishes to get injections the day of their consultation, we would recommend avoiding for two weeks over the counter medications and vitamins that increase chances of bleeding, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, St. John’s Wort, Vitamin E, etc. Averting usage of any blood thinning medications is to help minimize swelling and bruising afterward.

Immediately after receiving injections, the lips will have some swelling. This is normal with Juvederm lip injections and Restylane lip injections. Swelling and bruising is very dependent on the individual. To minimize swelling by the time the patient leaves the office, we ice the lips immediately. If there’s still swelling, we recommend applying ice to the lips periodically over the day. Swelling should reside fully by the next day or two. Any bruises can be covered with make up.