Juvederm for Plumper Lips
It is a natural part of the aging process that your lips will become thinner, with fine lines appearing around the edges. Certain lifestyle habits may increase this process, including excessive sunlight and repeated weight gain and loss. However, you need not allow yourself to appear older because of these effects. Using Juvederm in order to restore the natural, youthful appearance of your lips is a healthy and simple way to turn the tide.
While there are many products on the market that are supposed to help with this, Juvederm is one of the best. This is due to the natural substances found within it, and the manner in which these interact with your natural tissues. The primary component is hyaluronic acid. This acid naturally occurs in mammals, including humans.
The formula in this product is cross-linked through a process known as Hylacross, which means that it has been chemically bound to become a gel, rather than remaining in the natural liquid state. This allows it to remain in place longer and provides a natural, smooth feel to the treated area.
Not only that, in areas that have been treated with hyaluronic acid, the production of elastin and collagen is increased. These proteins are found in the skin, and are vital to full, elastic skin. This doubles the benefits of using Juvederm to treat thinning lips with fine lines.
Hyaluronic acid was first discovered in the 1930’s by researchers in New York, and it quickly was found to have industrial uses. In the 1909’s, it entered into the medical field, where it has benefited patients with a variety of conditions, including increasing skin volume. In 2006, the FDA approved the use of it by cosmetic practitioners as a facial filler in the United States.
When injected into the skin, the hyaluronic compound found in Juvaderm absorbs water, up to 1,000 times the weight injected, which provides additional skin volume. It also binds with existing collagen and elastin for a smooth finish.
Planning for Your Visit
You should discuss your expectations with the cosmetic surgeon prior to the application. During this initial consultation, you may view pictures and talk about what you want to look like once the procedure is complete. Keep in mind that you want a natural appearance, not one that looks overly full when complete. A bit of definition and additional body can do wonders for transforming your daily look.
It is recommended that patients cease using aspirin, ibuprofen and related over-the-counter pain killers a week or so prior to Juvederm injections. This minimizes the chance of injection site bruising.
What to Expect During Your Lip Treatment
When you visit the cosmetic surgeon, the lip area must undergo numbing through a dental block or a topical ointment. This is to prevent pain during the injections. Additionally, ice packs are sometimes employed to minimize swelling.
The procedure generally takes 15 minutes and you can return to your regular activities once you leave the office. If your lips have undergone numbing, be certain to wait until full sensation returns before eating or drinking. Once the area is numbed, the doctor will fill in your lips according to your consultation visit.
Within one week, your lips will appear fuller and naturally more kissable. Any swelling or sensitivity will have abated. Depending upon a variety of factors determined in your initial visit, and your own body, the effects should last several months, with some patients still seeing benefits after one year. This makes Juvederm an affordable option for creating fuller lips naturally.
There are a few potential side effects with the use of Juvederm, including bruising and swelling at injection sites. It is also possible that the areas will be red and tender for a few days. However, these symptoms should pass. Small bumps may appear, which your doctor can treat with a follow-up visit. In some cases, allergic reactions may occur. These are incredibly rare, and are generally only found in patients with a long history of severe allergies.
If you live in the San Diego area, you can have your lips restored to a more youthful appearance at the San Diego Cosmetic Laser Clinic. We offer this and other procedures for men and women interested in looking and feeling their best. Call today for a consultation appointment.