Lip Fillers: Everything You Need to Know

by Dr. Ramtin Kassir, M.D., F.A.C.S. | June 27, 2018, 11:12 a.m.

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Most people find that full lips are most attractive, which is why lip fillers have become an increasingly popular and simple way to enhance the lips and create greater symmetry within the face. The aging process tends to take a toll on the lip and mouth area, causing the pigment of the upper lip to fade. In addition to the lip pigments decreasing, collagen also decreases with age, causing a thinner lip appearance. Because of this, lip fillers are popular amongst all ages.


A lip enhancement procedure is the process of injecting a dermal filler, such as Restylane, into the lips to produce greater volume, enhance the cupid’s bow arch, improve symmetry, and improve the overall shape of the lips. This procedure is typically done in under 20 minutes under a local anesthetic, so there is no necessary recovery time for the patients.


Many patient’s primary concern with injectable fillers is if they are safe to use. Restylane, Juvederm, and other dermal fillers contain a biodegradable gel substance, called hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a natural carbohydrate found in the body which aids in collagen production and holds moisture within the skin. The body metabolizes the injections after 4 to 6 months, so consistency is necessary if you want to maintain your plump pout.


Another concern patients have is if they will look and feel natural. No one wants to go overboard with lip fillers, so it is important to have an experienced plastic surgeon perform the procedure to produce a natural look. If the fillers are done correctly, they should not feel lumpy or painful. Patients may have to get used to having the feeling of fuller lips, however, they should eventually feel natural.


Lip fillers can better one’s self image as they enhance the volume and symmetry of the lips, while also producing a more youthful appearance. Although it is a simple procedure, it is important to get it done by an experienced plastic surgeon to ensure that there are no lumps and they are natural looking. Dr. Kassir, a triple board certified plastic surgeon, has performed over 12,000 surgeries in his 22 years of practicing. To achieve your lip goals, schedule a consultation with Dr. Kasir to discuss the benefits of a lip augmentation.