Lip Injections Toronto
The skin on our lips is particularly vulnerable to sun damage, environmental stressors and the effects of aging.
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Lip Injections Toronto
As we age, our skin's natural collagen starts to break down, causing loss of volume in the lips, making them look thin, deflated and undefined. If this sounds like your lips — or if your lips have never been full or defined in the first place — you may benefit from injectable lip fillers like Belotero or Juvederm. Lip injections are a non-surgical, natural-looking solution that provides instant enhancement with very little downtime.
If you’re hoping to revitalize your smile with the best lip fillers, treatments at Facet Dermatology in Toronto are quick and comfortable, and always performed by Dr. Geeta Yadav, a highly skilled medical dermatologist with extensive experience and training.
How lip fillers work
Like many other dermal filler products, lip fillers are comprised of hyaluronic acid, a sugar molecule that is a naturally occurring substance in the body. (Hyaluronic acid is actually found in your connective tissue.) Hyaluronic acid is a humectant, which means it attracts and holds moisture. Specifically, hyaluronic acid can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water, making it a fantastic ingredient for creating plush, pillowy lips.
Lip fillers administered by a certified aesthetic injector like Dr. Yadav can create subtle enhancement to the lips' natural shape, whether that's to create a fuller look, add balance to a smaller upper lip, improve the appearance of asymmetrical lips or vertical lines around the lips, or define the cupid's bow.
That's not to say that those with a plumper pout can't opt for lip augmentation with dermal fillers. Most people are a candidate for lip injections, even those seeking more voluptuous lips.
Once the hyaluronic acid lip fillers have set into place, they'll instantly amp up the look of your pout, immediately creating beautiful lips, while the hyaluronic acid gel helps stimulate collagen production. This will help create naturally fuller lips over time.
As the lip filler wears off — hyaluronic acid based fillers can last anywhere from six months to a year — it will be metabolized by the body. To maintain the results of your lip enhancement procedure, you'll need to continue receiving lip injections.
What do lip fillers treat?
+ Thin or Aging Lips
+ Lip Enhancement
+ Smile Lines
+ Lip Volume
+ Flatter Appearance
+ Thin Lips
+ Lip Lines
+ Lip Shape
+ Lip size
Who should consider a lip augmentation?
Anyone who is unhappy with the appearance of their pout and want more perfect lips, regardless of age, gender identity, or ethnicity, could benefit from lip injections with a hyaluronic acid-based filler. Whether your lips have thinned over the course of the natural ageing process, you have uneven lips, or you've simply always wanted pouty lips, there's a good chance you'll be a good candidate for lip enhancement.
Who should not consider a lip augmentation?
While many patients qualify for lip enhancement with dermal fillers, but there are a few factors that could preclude you from being able to receive treatment. A thorough discussion of your medical history is essential to determining whether or not you can proceed with dermal lip fillers.
Some concerns that may preclude you from lip filler treatment include a diagnosis of diabetes or being an active smoker, both of which damage the thin blood vessels around the lips and can inhibit your lips' ability to heal. Another is a history of allergic reaction to either hyaluronic acid-based fillers or lidocaine, the pain reliever found in most dermal filler products. Lastly, your provider may not choose to inject you if you are experiencing active cold sores or have recently undergone dental work, which could lead to infection.
You may also want to consider surgical procedures if you're not satisfied by a temporary treatment like lip injections. Some options include lip implants or a surgical lip lift; however, we encourage you to try lip injections first before determining if you'd prefer a more serious commitment. If you decide you'd rather have a permanent result after experiencing lip injections, Dr. Yadav can refer you to a colleague at a Toronto plastic surgery center.
Are lip fillers safe?
Lip fillers are approved by Health Canada and the FDA, and considered very safe when injected by highly trained and experienced practitioners. Potential side effects include mild redness, swelling, tenderness, itching, and bruising at the injection site. The risk of allergic reactions in properly screened patients is low.
Like any medical aesthetic treatment, lip augmentation with dermal filler comes with risks and side effects. (Just because lip augmentation treatments are minimally invasive doesn't mean they don't offer dangers that are similar to surgical procedures!) Those risks go up significantly when you see an unqualified provider for treatment with lip injections.
In fact, the number one factor that could cause a lip injection procedure to be unsafe is the skill and expertise of your provider. In the best case scenario, you'll be merely unsatisfied by the outcome of your lip injections, but in the worst cases, your health could be put at risk. When lip fillers are injected incorrectly, they could block blood flow through the blood vessels in the lips, causing damage to the lips and even the surrounding tissues, which could even lead to necrosis, or death, of those tissues.
Dr. Yadav is a highly trained and experienced medical and cosmetic doctor and is well equipped to treat patients with all types of soft tissue filler in the lips, and—unlike unskilled certified aesthetic injectors—will be able to care for you in the rare case of an emergency.
How long does a lip injection procedure take?
Typically, lip injections are a quick procedure. Most patients at Facet Dermatology complete their treatment in under 20 minutes (though your appointment may be shorter if you need less treatment, or longer if you request numbing cream as it needs time to set in).
Before any injecting begins, treatment with lip augmentation involves a consultation. Dr. Yadav takes the time to get to know her patients before administering lip fillers; when you meet with her, you'll discuss any concerns you have about your lips and any aesthetic goals you may have for the outcome of your lip injections, whether that's to enhance your cupid's bow, smooth lines and wrinkles, create a more balanced upper lip, or correct a flatter appearance with volume. You'll also go over the pros and cons of each of the dermal fillers on the market that are designed for lip augmentation and select the right one for your needs.
Once you're ready, Dr. Yadav will begin treating each section of the lip to create your desired look. Because injectable fillers add volume instantly, you'll be able to see more defined lips instantly — even during the treatment itself. Once you're done with your treatment and both you and Dr. Yadav are satisfied with the result of your lip injections, she will send you on your way with ice packs to help relieve any discomfort or swelling.
How many lip filler treatments are needed?
The results that many patients hope to achieve can be created with just one treatment using one syringe (and in plenty of cases, less than one syringe), though older patients may require more treatment to restore lost volume. For those who are hoping to achieve particularly voluptuous lips with their lip injection procedure, we may suggest starting with a more conservative approach to ease naturally into the look of fuller lips.
Hyaluronic acid lip injections metabolize over time; lip fillers are not permanent treatments. To maintain the outcome of your lip enhancement procedure, you'll have to book maintenance appointments with Dr. Yadav.
Is lip filler right for you?
Lip filler is an effective solution for someone looking to safely and effectively add volume to their lips, correct an uneven smile, or soften fine lines around the lips and mouth. However, if you are a smoker, have uncontrolled diabetes, have a history of allergic reactions to hyaluronic acid or lidocaine, or are on blood thinners, you may not be an ideal candidate for receiving lip injections. In your consultation with Dr. Yadav, you will have a thorough discussion of your medical history to determine if hyaluronic acid based lip fillers are right for you.
Benefits of lip filler
+ Quick & easy treatments
+ No surgery required
+ Safe & effective
+ Desired results
+ Youthful appearance
+ Instant, natural-looking results
+ Long-lasting results
+ Little to no downtime
+ Beautiful lips
+ Plumper lips
+ Pouty lips
+ Defined lips
Recovery & Results
Unlike many non-surgical treatments, the effects of your lip enhancement treatment will be immediately visible; you'll see fine lines start to fade and instantly fuller lips. However, it will take a few days for the dermal filler to "settle in" post procedure.
During this time, you may also feel firmness at the injection site. As your body adjusts to your lip fillers, any hard sensations will soften, leaving your lips with a naturally plumper look. Expect to wait up to 14 days to see the final results of your lip injections.
There is very little recovery time required for lip filler treatments. Most patients return to their day-to-day activities immediately — with some even coming in for their lip injections on their lunch break!
However, you may want to consider booking your treatment on a Friday afternoon so you can recover over the weekend. Though the downtime isn't significant, you might see minor swelling around bruising around the injection sites after your lip injection procedure. This is completely normal; both can last up to a week after treatment.
There are a few steps you can take both before and after receiving your lip injections to help alleviate these side effects. Ahead of your treatment, talk to your general practitioner about how any prescription blood thinners you may be taking could affect your healing process, and avoid any over-the-counter medications like aspirin and fish oils that can thin the blood. You should also skip out on happy hour or drinking any other alcohol in the 24 hours before your treatment as alcohol also can cause a similar effect that could result in bruising.
After your treatment, avoid lying down or performing strenuous exercise, both of which can exacerbate swelling and bruising. Using ice packs or cold compresses will help soothe the area. Be sure not to rub or massage your lips, which could displace the filler, and do not apply makeup, which could cause infection. Avoid facials or saunas, this will help minimize the risk of raising your blood pressure and therefore minimize the risk of temporary bruising. You should also consider sleeping elevated the evening after being treated with lip injections; this will facilitate drainage and reduce swelling in your lips.
Each patient's experience with this non-surgical lip enhancement procedure is unique; how quickly your body metabolizes the filler in your lips will differ, depending on your genetics, the amount of product used, and which dermal filler was injected into your lips. On average, however, the results of lip filler injections last from six months to one year, after which you'll have to add volume again with another treatment to restore your pouty lips.