Did you know that every part of your body can be affected by age — even your lips?
It’s true. As a normal part of the aging process, the upper lip gets thinner and flatter and can even fold over the teeth. Unfortunately, this can make it appear as though your upper lip is disappearing.
This happens because lips get their shape in part from collagen, one of the most vital proteins of the body. As we age, we produce less collagen, and the lips start to lose their volume.
Something to Smile About
Don’t despair if you see the signs of aging in your lips. Dermal fillers can help replenish lost lip volume and give you back a more youthful appearance — which would make anyone smile!
What Are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are soft, gel-like substances injected under the skin to give the area they’re treating a boost. Dermal fillers can be used to treat several signs of aging, including:
- Under-eye circle
- Sunken cheekbones
- Creases around the mouth
Dermal filler injections can also help smooth out lip lines and increase the volume of your lips.
Some dermal fillers are made of naturally occurring substances such as collagen or the compound known as hyaluronic acid (HA). HA occurs naturally in the body and is critical to keeping your skin cells hydrated and volumized.
Dermal fillers are excellent for boosting your lip volume and can be subtle or not so subtle, depending on your preference.
Lip injections are popular and are increasing in demand because they are minimally invasive and safer than silicone lip augmentation.
Lip Injections Are Safe
Lip injections and lip fillers are incredibly safe, especially when administered by someone with training and experience like Dr. Sanchez-Garcia.
Here are some things you should consider about getting dermal filler lip injections and why you want to choose our practice.
First, consider materials. The best and most often recommended lip injections are those made with hyaluronic acid, including popular brands like Juvederm and Restylane.
We stress that you should only opt for lip injections made with materials that are approved by the FDA for use in the lip.
These products produce very consistent results and have an extremely low risk of side effects. They also don’t require the same downtime as other cosmetic interventions, including surgical lip implants.
Additionally, if you don’t love your new lips, you can reverse the results of your hyaluronic acid fillers.
Once again, we want to stress that you should use FDA-approved dermal fillers.
It’s worth mentioning again because as dermal fillers can be expensive, some individuals seek cheaper options. And it’s also worth noting that while these options may cost less upfront, they could cost more in the long run because of the complications they can cause.
Using lip-injection products that are very cheap is likely too good to be true, and may mean that you’re injecting yourself with materials that are not FDA-approved for use in the body. Some of these black-market products have included everything from hair gel to household caulk used for tiling your bathroom. Gross! And dangerous.
In the last few years, there have been many reports of dangerous complications surrounding black-market fillers.
In most cases, they can cause an allergic reaction or even disfigurement.
We also want to mention experience. With any medical, dental or aesthetic service, you want to select a provider who knows what they’re doing. This is absolutely critical.
Does the provider you picked have expertise in administering these injectables? We recommend that you do your homework on the provider you selected to verify if they’re allowed to administer these injections and how long they’ve been doing them.
Choosing a less qualified provider for your injectable fillers can put you at risk of having complications, such as lumps and bumps or uneven distribution of material. These situations can be avoided by choosing someone who is qualified.
Additionally, you can be at risk of more severe problems, including tissue damage, tissue death, stroke and even blindness if a wrongly placed injection blocks a blood vessel and cuts blood flow.
While we know it’s tempting to have lip fillers or other injectables done at a neighborhood party or a salon, we caution you that you should use someone who is very experienced and whom you can trust.
Why Go to a Dentist for Facial Rejuvenation?
Because dentists have extensive training in the anatomy of the face, head and neck and understand how facial-rejuvenation treatments, including injectables for the lips, work. We also understand how your smile and facial features affect each other and can ensure the proper balance to complement your appearance.
Are you interested in lip fillers or other facial-rejuvenation services? Give us a call today to schedule an appointment or consultation.