Read My Lips… It’s All About Hyaluronic Acid!

Many women want to get their lips enhanced, but also want to avoid the dreaded, overfilled “duck lips” look. Thanks to the ever-increasing art and science of lip augmentation fillers as well as the technique of a skilled surgeon, women can now have fuller lips without looking overdone.  Dr. Baroody uses a number of products and treatments to help the lips look fuller, however, using injectable hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers to plump the lips and reduce fine lines around the mouth for a sexier pout is what he prefers and this has also become the gold standard.

Dr. Baroody believes that HA materials are the best type of facial filler to use in the lips.  The other types of fillers (collagen, calcium hydroxyapatite, etc) can cause nodules in the lips. Juvederm XC has a unique smooth-gel consistency thanks to its trademarked HYLACROSS technology.  Juvederm is a hyaluronic acid with lidocaine (a local anesthetic numbing agent) mixed in with the product to minimize patient discomfort during injections.

Used off-label for years to plump lips, hyaluronic acid filler was given FDA-approval in October for that exact purpose and now doctors swear by it for natural-looking lips. But even though it is possible to have lips look completely natural with filler, there still has to be a delicate touch when it comes to augmenting the lips. It is extremely important for patients to find a qualified, board-certified plastic surgeon with considerable experience in this procedure. There is a great deal of artistry involved in lip augmentation, as the results should look good but not overdone.

Most skilled plastic surgeons are conservative with the amount of filler used in the first injection and therefore in some cases, a second injection may be needed for the best results. Also, lip augmentation should be approached cautiously in patients who have a large space between the base of the nostrils and the red part of the lips, as fuller lips could create an unflattering appearance similar to a duck’s bill.

Some other noteworthy “Pros” to using hyaluronic acid fillers include:

  • These fillers provide instant results.
  • No allergy testing is needed.  Injections can be given the same day as your consultation.
  • Juvederm XC is the ONLY FDA-approved HA filler that lasts up to one year with one treatment.
  • If there is a misapplication of hyaluronic acid-based filler, or the patient is unhappy with the results… this can be often corrected by injecting hyaluronidase, an enzyme that breaks down hyaluronic acid.

Call today to schedule a COMPLIMENTARY filler consultation with Dr. Baroody!  203.790.5700

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