Lip fillers allow you to alter the shape and size of your lips by physically adding volume below the surface. Depending on the type of look you want, you can use fillers for many purposes, including simply making your lips larger, softening wrinkles on or around the lips, tweaking the shape of your lips, or adding definition to the lip borders. One of the major advantages of lip injections with Juvederm® treatments for St. Louis patients is due to the fact that the filler is made with hyaluronic acid. That means it is a temporary treatment that eventually metabolizes, allowing your lips to go back to their normal state over time. It can also be dissolved if you don’t like the look of your ultimate results.
Many people enjoy the benefits of lip fillers, but find that their temporary nature also has a down side, in that they require ongoing maintenance for prolonged results. There’s no definite timeline for how long your hyaluronic fillers will last; their lifespan varies depending on the type of filler used, how much of the filler is injected, where the fillers are injected in the face (or elsewhere), the metabolic rate of the patient, lifestyle factors, and more. The results of some Juvederm® fillers can last for up to a year or longer, but most patients will generally be ready to come back for additional lip injections about six months after their initial session. As fillers break down more quickly in areas where there is a lot of movement, lip fillers usually are metabolized more quickly than those used in other, less active facial areas.
Having to come back to a dermatologist’s office for extra treatments can add to an already busy schedule, but if you love the way your lips look with filler, aftercare is important. Although there’s no real way of avoiding having to schedule repeat sessions for long-term results, if you can’t get back to your injector for a while and simply want to extend the lifespan of your fillers, there are some things you can do to make them last a little longer between treatments. Try to avoid placing too much pressure on your lips, follow aftercare instructions, limit sun exposure, drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated, and don’t smoke.
Ready for lusher, shapelier lips? Talk about your plans for Juvederm® with our experienced physicians at the Laser & Dermatologic Surgery Center. Call us at (314) 878-3839, or send us a message for more advice on lip injections.