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Next up, lets talk lip filler…
Q. I’ve never had fillers around my lips. If you do that over and over again, does it look distorted? Is there scarring in that area or any area that’s injected multiple times with filler?
A. Lips are the hot area to treat right now, thanks to the Kardashians being so open about their filler experiences. But most of us just want to look like a better version of ourselves when we take the filler plunge. The reality though is that our lips are shrinking every day and not addressing that can make our lower face look aged. Not to mention it allows vertical lip lines to form – the dreaded ‘bar code’.
The great thing about fillers is we can be very precise in their placement and amount that is injected. If the goal is to smooth out the surface of the lips, we use a thinner filler and the result is like lip gloss in a syringe. If we want to give more roundness or size to the lip, we use a more structural filler. Often we use a combination of the two and treatments are done in stages to achieve the final result.
Hyaluronic acid fillers are the safest types of fillers to use in the lips. These fillers are sugar molecules that are naturally occurring in the body so no skin testing is needed. They are reversible with a simple enzyme that dissolves it should it be necessary. And they are broken down naturally in the body. Fillers in the lips generally last 6-9 months and we advise coming in for a touch up when you first start noticing your lips returning to normal. At that time, we touch up whatever needs it and address any new areas that may have cropped up. Our goal is to keep you looking as natural and refreshed as possible. Returning for touch up treatments keeps your lips looking youthful and smooth and there should be no distortion at all.
During the filler appointment, your skin is numbed with a topical anesthetic. We use a tiny needle to administer the filler and your skin heals within hours, leaving barely a trace of a puncture mark. There is no risk of scarring with continued filler treatments. In fact, evidence shows that even injections will stimulate new collagen so you are replacing lost collagen just by getting filler! Click here for some before and after’s so you can get a visual of what a lip filler treatment can accomplish.
To best evaluate what is needed for you, we can set up a face-to-face consultation and go over your treatment goals. From there we can recommend a detailed treatment plan and how to maintain your new, refreshed lips. Call 713-850-0240 to set up your complimentary consultation today.
April Harrison, MPAS, PA-C
April Harrison has been a practicing PA since 2000 and has worked in medical and cosmetic dermatology since 2001. She received her Bachelor of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and her Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. She is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and is a Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants (SDPA) diplomate. In fact, April is the first PA to ever receive diplomate status with the SDPA. This designation indicates that she has achieved the highest honor possible as a Dermatology PA. After joining Suzanne Bruce & Associates in 2005, she specialized in cosmetic dermatology. With a sharp eye for aesthetics, April particularly loves working with Botox, Dermal Fillers, Lasers and Ultrasound based technologies. She is a member of the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants, the Texas Academy of Physician Assistants, and the American Academy of Physician Assistants.