At Vancouver Laser & Skin Care Centre we see clients every day that are looking for a subtle lip plumping but are understandably concerned about looking unnatural. It’s difficult to envision your results, especially if you’ve never had dermal fillers before.
Scrolling through social media we are inundated with photos of plump, juicy lips and while they may look nice, they definitely don’t look natural. In the real world, none of us wants to look like we’ve joined the ‘one syringe too many’ club especially when we want to be taken seriously in our professional lives.
So here’s what you need to know before you make a decision…
Things You May Want to Know Before Getting Lip Fillers?
Make sure you're having a natural, biodegradable product like hyaluronic acid. While the results diminish over time, it's important to work with fillers that are compatible with our bodies and reversible, that way you're not stuck with a permanent problem.
Another consideration is choosing your injector. The best way to determine if an injector's style is right for you is to view photos of their work and ideally, to see real life examples. If you don't know any of their patients personally, go in for a consultation and take a look at the staff.
You want to see features that are proportionate and harmonious with the rest of the face, not big lips but sunken cheeks or hollow temples.
A skilled injector will listen to what you're trying to achieve but also help you to keep a realistic viewpoint if there are factors that might affect a natural looking outcome.
Nearly all women would like to see more fullness in their upper lip but it's not a cookie cutter look for everyone and there are different injection techniques and products that your injector can use to help you achieve your desired results.
How Does Lip Filler Work?
You should also understand that 1 syringe of filler is about 1/5th of a teaspoon so it's virtually impossible to get that 'trout pout' effect. We sometimes use a visual representation of gel on a teaspoon in our consultations so clients have a relatable image and can feel reassured before proceeding.
While the initial plumping results are immediate, you really see the full effect after about 2 weeks. By this time we know that the filler has had a chance to settle into the tissue and any firmness is typically resolved.
Some patients need a bit more volume than what 1 syringe can achieve so they might choose to add a bit more filler within 2-4 weeks after their initial treatment; by doing it in stages we are able to gradually volumize the lips without it being overtly obvious to everyone else.
What To Expect After A Lip Filler Treatment?
The average duration for fullness ranges from 3-6 months but everyone is different in the rate that they break down the gel as well as when they personally notice deflation. However, we've found that over time many clients can sustain their fullness and go longer between treatments.
Plump lips are one of the most underrated features that make a person look youthful overall and when done correctly, it provides subtle fullness and hydration. Check out our Instagram feed for examples of our beautiful work and then come in for a consultation to see if a subtle lip enhancement is right for you!