Millions of dermal filler injections are performed every year around the world. When treating the face, there are two primary uses of fillers: to fill in hollowed, aging areas and then to augment certain features. When it comes to augmentation with fillers, one of the most common areas to treat is the lips. Dr. Alberico Sessa and the team at Sarasota Surgical Arts provide the best lip filler Sarasota offers.
Injecting material into the lips first began as a way to treat lip deformities caused by disease. While an extremely small esthetic market eventually opened up, the practice became more commonplace towards the end of the 20th century. However, instead of fat, hyaluronic acid fillers were used (though fat transfer to the lips does sometimes still occur).
Lip fillers remain among one of the most popular treatment areas for dermal fillers. Since the beginning of the new millennium, lip filler injections have seen an increase in popularity of over 50%. This trend continues each year, especially since plump lips are one of the most sought after beauty standards of the decade.
How did lip fillers become so popular in recent years? To answer this question, let’s go back a few decades. In the mid-20th century, providers experimented with different substances for lip augmentation. This led to a period of extreme looking results and sometimes even complications. It was not overly common for the average person to undergo lip injections.
In the 1990s that began to change, the use of human collagen was–at the time–the safest and most effective option for lip augmentation. Finally, in the early 2000s, hyaluronic acid became the dermal filler material of choice, proving safer than all other previous fillers. At this point, a few notable celebrities and a few thousand Americans underwent lip filler injections. While many celebrities with naturally plump lips began to influence beauty standards, it would not be for about another decade before lip fillers would see the sharp increase we notice now.
In 2015, Kylie Jenner publicly discussed her use of lip fillers. This led to increased interested in lip fillers and public crazes concerning plump lips. By 2016, lip filler injections saw an overall increase of 50% from 2000. While at first thought to be a passing beauty trend, plump lips and fillers have proved to stick around.
Lip fillers come with many advantages and benefits. Not only can they plump lips, but they can also address signs of aging and broader cosmetic concerns. Some of the benefits of lip fillers in Sarasota include:
Hyaluronic acid filler is the most popular way to augment the lips. However, it is not the only way. Since fillers are temporary, patients sometimes want to explore more permanent options. As far as permanent options go, there are only two: lip implants and fat transfer.
Fat transfer to the lips is typically the preferred surgical method for lip augmentation because it provides the most natural results and is a fairly low risk, quick procedure. Lip implants are more complicated to place, may not feel as natural, and come with more risk overall than fillers or fat transfer.
So, if you want to augment your lips, should you see out dermal fillers or fat transfer? The table below provides a comparison of the two procedures to help you get an idea of which is right for you. Ultimately, Dr. Sessa can make the best recommendation based on your goals, anatomy, and medical history.
Fat Transfer To Lips
As mentioned, if you have never enhanced your lips before, fillers are often the first step. Going immediately to a permanent solution before knowing if you will like the look of your plumped lips risks dissatisfaction and regret. Since the lips are a highly visible area, it is best to start with temporary fillers before trying something more permanent like fat transfer. However, fat transfer can be extremely fulfilling in the right candidates.
Before you undergo Sarasota lip fillers, you will meet with your provider for a free consultation. This can often take place on the same day as your injections if you are a good candidate. Your provider will want to know your goals, review your medical history, and discuss the procedure with you.
As a non-invasive, non-surgical procedure, most healthy patients can safely have lip fillers. If they believe you are a viable candidate, they will relay the various filler options and create a customized treatment plan.
The first step your provider will take is to disinfect your lips. Then, they may apply some topical numbing cream and allow this to set. This helps keep the injections more comfortable since the lips are a particularly sensitive area. After ten to twenty minutes, they will wipe away the local anesthetic and begin the injections.
Your provider will gently insert the needle or cannula into your lips. You may feel some slight pressure or a pinch. Luckily, most hyaluronic acid fillers also contain a small amount of lidocaine to ease discomfort. After injecting both lips, your provider may gently massage the filler to prevent lumps and help it settle into the correct position.
Injections, once your lips are numb, typically take around ten minutes or less. The entire appointment is generally around a half hour. While you can choose not to opt for numbing, most patients do.
Before you leave the office, your provider will give you aftercare instructions. You can resume your daily activities immediately, but will need to take it easy and take a few precautions. Routine instructions after lip filler injections in Sarasota may include:
The amount of time you can enjoy your lip fillers depends on the type of filler you choose and how quickly your body metabolizes it. On average, lip fillers last between six and nine months. Though some patients experience their lip filler lasting from as little as three months to as long as eighteen months.
Lip filler is largely considered a safe procedure. Of course, like any medical treatment, it does come with some risks. In general, complications rarely arise from lip fillers. Most of the time, side effects and complications can easily be managed via at-home remedies or in-office. More serious complications, while possible, are rare, especially when choosing an experienced provider like those at Sarasota Surgical Arts.
Swelling after lip filler injections is normal, though not every patient will experience it. If you do see some swelling, it should resolve within a few days. Occasionally, swelling can last up to one or two weeks. It is unlikely that it will last longer. If your swelling is particularly severe, your provider may advise you on the best ways to reduce it.
Like with alcohol, you should avoid smoking after lip filler. However, it is generally recommended to not smoke until the filler settles, unlike drinking which can resume within a few days. It should be noted that smoking can prolong healing time and cause your filler not to last as long.
Dr. Alberico Sessa at Sarasota Surgical Arts is among one of the top providers of surgical and non-surgical cosmetic treatments in the state of Florida. With decades of experience performing facial filler injections, Dr. Sessa performs techniques that limit, if not eliminate, side effects. He also has experience with both fat grafting and fillers, so he can provide his expert opinion on which procedure is right for you.
Sarasota Surgical Arts offers the best lip fillers in Sarasota. With a facility designed to cater to both outpatient surgery and in-office injections, Dr. Sessa provides the top cosmetic care in Florida. In addition to himself, Dr. Sessa also has another physician on staff to perform filler injections.