Done conservatively and correctly, lip augmentation can leave you with supple, beautiful lips, without the obvious “injected” look. We pride ourselves on excellent lip injections with hyaluronic acid fillers such as Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Ultra Plus, Restylane, or Restylane Silk. Everybody’s lip structure is different. And the most important part of lip injection is going to someone who has done so many, that they can accurately predict what will and wont work for you. At Balikian Facial Plastic Surgery, we’ve done so many lip injection, we can create an injection plan specifically made to make your lips look pretty and natural. We tend to the side of conservative yet effective. After your evaluation, a topical numbing cream will be put on to help numb the lips. There is also numbing medicine in the filler itself, which further eases the discomfort. After the injection, lipstick can go on right away. Swelling usually lasts one day, but often is less than that. Fillers can also be used to treat the wrinkles around the lips and mouth to further rejuvenate the look of the lips.
While Juvederm and Restylane are used for lip augmentation, Dr. Balikian can also treat vertical wrinkles of the upper and lower lips with injectables as well. To prevent lumps and bumps, or too thick a lip, he uses the softest injectable fillers available for these wrinkles. These are Restylane Silk and Belotero. These smooth out wrinkles of the lip, but often not completely flat. Other techniques such as Botox and Laser treatments can often help complete the treatment.
We advise patients to avoid using blood thinning medications such as Aspirin, Ibuprofen or Omega-3 Fish Oils for one week before any injection to help decrease the risk of bruising. In addition, avoiding alcohol a few nights before injection and taking the herbal medication arnica may help decrease the risk of bruising.
For more information about Lip Injections or to schedule a consultation with either Dr. Balikian or the Nurse Practitioner, please call Balikian Facial Plastic Surgery today at (951) 719-2950 or use our online appointment request form.