Frequently Asked Questions about Lip Filler

While some esthetic trends rise in popularity seemingly overnight and then fade, others have some staying power. Lip fillers have proven they are here to stay, and over the last few years, theyve only grown more beloved. One reason is because these beauty hall-of-famers are for more than just making your lips look more plump; they can add fullness and give you a more youthful look. However, its essential to note that although this procedure is non-invasive, you should be well-informed before joining the more than 3.4 million patients with tissue fillers in 2020. At Renew Medical Spa, here are some of our patientsmost frequently asked questions:

What fillers are offered at Renew Medical Spa in Southern Oregon?

JUVÉDERM®: JUVÉDERM® XC is a Hyaluronic Acid dermal filler thats injected under the surface of the skin. It works to smooth lines around the mouth and is FDA-approved to treat severe wrinkles and folds, while the Ultra XC version is FDA-approved for lip augmentation. Either version can fill out and smooth lines in the lips or treat fine lines around the corners of the mouth.

JUVÉDERM® VOLBELLAXC: VOLBELLA is a Gell type of filler that adds structure to the areas where its injected. It is used for lip augmentation, as well as for lip lines or wrinkles in the lips.

RHA: A weightless filler that is meant to mimic the structure of Hyaluronic Acid within the skin, RHA provides a filler that moves with you. As a result, emotional moments such as smiling and talking can look more natural, and RHA can prevent the frozenlook that many parents are wary of.

How long does lip filler last? How often will I need it?

There are a number of factors that affect how long filler will last for a patient, such as sun exposure and lifestyle (like smoking), but most are estimated to last around 6-12 months. Filler metabolizes faster in patients who are younger and more physically active, and patients who have a very small volume injected will also see a shorter duration. Its critical to remember that lip fillers are not permanent, so your results will not last indefinitely. Your provider will guide you through the proper aftercare and spacing of your treatments to achieve optimal results.

Which filler is best?

Ultimately, the bestchoice is the one that is right for you, your medical history, your needs, and your unique skincare goals. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that you undergo injectable procedures in a medical spa or medical office to minimize any negative side effects. Our talented staff at Renew Medical Spa can help you choose the filler that will meet your needs during your consultation.

How can I reduce swelling afterward?

Its common to have swelling after a lip filler procedure. Thankfully, there are many things that you can do to minimize the swelling directly after your filler appointment:

  • Cold compresses
  • Avoiding sun exposure and heat from saunas and showers
  • Over-the-counter medication: Taking ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help reduce swelling and minimize any mild discomfort.

Depending on the patient, most swelling will subside between 24 and 72 hours post-procedure. Some patients may experience mild swelling up to a week after their filler treatment.

What is lip filler made of?

Most commonly, lip fillers are made of hyaluronic acid or hyaluronic-acid-based materials. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the body that helps maintain skin hydration and volume. Synthetic hyaluronic acid is typically created using a cross-linked process, which makes it more flexible and long-lasting. Other types of lip fillers include collagen-based fillers, which are less commonly used, and synthetic fillers, such as poly-L-lactic acid and calcium hydroxylapatite.

Who is qualified to do lip filler injections?

When choosing where to have your lip filler injections done, a medical facility or medical spa will help you minimize adverse side effects and achieve the look you are hoping for. Choosing the right treatment center with an experienced provider can make the procedure more comfortable and effective. In most countries, the regulations for who can perform lip filler injections vary, but generally, licensed medical professionals are qualified to perform the procedure. This may include:

  • Plastic surgeons
  • Dermatologists
  • Cosmetic surgeons
  • Registered nurses who work under the supervision of a licensed physician
  • Physician assistants who work under the supervision of a licensed physician

Getting lip filler is a personal decision and should be approached with thoughtfulness and care. This procedure, when done under the proper supervision of a medical professional, can enhance your appearance and boost your self-confidence. To consult with our caring team about whether this is right for you, please reach out to us today.