Lip injections have gained immense popularity due to their ability to enhance lip volume, redefine shape, and address concerns like asymmetry or age-related volume loss. They can help you achieve fuller, more youthful lips and enhance your facial harmony within a few days. At Ingrid E. Trenkle, MD, in Redlands, CA, we use a wide variety of products such as BOTOX and hyaluronic acid fillers to provide you with quick and long-lasting results.
How Soon Do You See Results From Lip Injections?
The results of injectable lip treatments typically become noticeable almost immediately after the procedure. Patients often experience enhanced volume and shape in their lips right away. However, it’s essential to note that this initial effect isn’t the final result, which may take a few days to appear. During the first three to four days, the settlement process occurs, which means that the injected substance distributes evenly in the lip area.
The speed of your results can be influenced by factors such as metabolism, overall health, and the specific type of injectable used. Maintaining good hydration and avoiding strenuous activities in the first 24 to 48 hours can contribute to a faster recovery. Additionally, following post-treatment care instructions provided by our team, such as avoiding blood-thinning medications, can help you achieve optimal and long-lasting results.
How Long Do the Results Last?
The longevity of lip treatment results varies based on several factors, but you can expect them to stay in place for at least six months to a year. The substance used significantly influences duration; botulinum toxin typically lasts three to four months while hyaluronic acid-based fillers last six to twelve months. More semi-permanent or permanent options might offer even longer-lasting effects.
Individual metabolism also plays a role, as faster metabolisms may break down the filler more quickly. Additionally, lifestyle factors such as smoking, sun exposure, and rigorous exercise can contribute to a faster breakdown of the filler substance. Regular maintenance appointments are crucial to sustain results. Speak to our team about your goals and expectations, so we can match you up with the correct product and create a sustainable treatment plan.
What Is the Appointment Like?
The process begins with a consultation where we discuss your desired outcome and any concerns. After establishing a plan, we will cleanse the treatment area and apply a topical anesthetic to minimize discomfort. Once your lips are numb, the substance is strategically injected into predetermined areas using fine needles or cannulas. The actual injection process is relatively quick, taking only a few minutes.
Afterwards, we may massage the treated area to ensure even distribution of the filler. After the injections, you have to avoid strenuous activities, excessive sun exposure, and certain medications for a few days. We will provide more detailed post-treatment care instructions, and we may schedule a follow-up appointment to check on your progress and ensure optimal results.
Am I a Good Candidate for Lip Treatment?
Ideal candidates for lip treatments are people seeking enhanced lip volume, definition, or correction of asymmetry. Those with naturally thin lips often find lip injectables beneficial for achieving a fuller and more youthful appearance. Additionally, patients experiencing age-related volume loss in the lips or fine lines around the mouth can benefit from these treatments to restore a more youthful look.
Candidates should be in good overall health, without a history of severe allergies or specific medical conditions. A qualified candidate may also have realistic expectations and an understanding of the need for maintenance appointments. Because this is a minimally invasive treatment, most people are good candidates, even those who aren’t in perfect health.
What Age Should I Get My First Treatment?
In your 20s, you may opt for lip injectables to enhance naturally thin lips or address asymmetry. In your 30s, the focus may shift to addressing the early signs of aging, such as fine lines and a decrease in lip volume. In your 40s and beyond, lip treatment can be used to combat more noticeable volume loss and deeper lines.
Starting early allows for subtle enhancements and preventive measures, while starting later may involve more significant corrections. The advantage of having your first treatment in your 20s lies in the ability to maintain a more consistent and natural appearance over time, while starting later allows for targeted corrections and rejuvenation. Ultimately, the decision should align with your goals, lifestyle, and preferences.
What Are Fillers?
Dermal fillers are substances injected beneath the skin’s surface to add volume, diminish fine lines, and create a smoother appearance. Hyaluronic acid, one of the most common filler ingredients, is a naturally occurring sugar molecule in the body that attracts and retains water. In filler formulations, HA is cross-linked to enhance its stability and longevity.
Once injected, these fillers integrate into the skin, binding with water molecules to create a volumizing effect. The cross-linking prevents rapid breakdown, extending the duration of the filler’s effects. Furthermore, hyaluronic acid stimulates collagen production, contributing to improved skin elasticity and overall rejuvenation.
What Is BOTOX?
BOTOX, short for Botulinum Toxin, is a neurotoxin commonly used for therapeutic and cosmetic purposes. BOTOX works by temporarily inhibiting the release of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter responsible for muscle contractions. When injected into specific muscles, it blocks signals from the nerves to the muscles, causing temporary paralysis or muscle relaxation.
In cosmetic applications, this effect is utilized to soften and smooth the appearance of lines caused by repetitive muscle movements. When injected into the lip area, it temporarily relaxes the muscles responsible for lip movements, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Additionally, BOTOX can induce a subtle outward relaxation in the lip area, so it helps to enhance the shape and size of the lips.
Achieve Plump and Youthful-Looking Lips with Injectables
At the clinic, we offer various fast-acting and effective lip treatments. They include hyaluronic acid-based fillers, BOTOX, and semi-permanent injections. In some cases, we even combine these treatments to achieve a more comprehensive and personalized result. Give us a call at Ingrid E. Trenkle, MD, in Redlands, CA, to schedule your first appointment and find out which lip injections are right for you.