Dermal fillers are pretty commonplace in the United States, and lip augmentation is a popular option. A 2020 annual report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons shows that 3.4 million Americans had some form of soft tissue filler injection.
While many people get lip fillers to simply have fuller lips, this treatment can be used to correct lip asymmetries, reduce fine lines around your mouth and lips, and define lip shape. Whatever your reason may be, it’s important to understand how lip fillers work, what their overall benefits are, and what makes you a good candidate.
If you live near Tempe, Tucson, or Yuma, Arizona, and you’re looking for lip filler treatments, Peach Skin & Laser is here to help. Our experienced practice specializes in the latest and greatest technologies to get you the results you want.
Understanding lip fillers
Dermal fillers overall are designed to give volume and fullness to the treatment area and to diminish wrinkles and fine lines.
Our practice uses Radiesse®, which is a nontoxic, hypoallergenic dermal filler. Radiesse stimulates collagen production in your lips to fill the area and help your skin develop new collagen over time.
Benefits of Radiesse lip filler treatment
Radiesse is our choice for lip augmentation for a variety of reasons:
- It’s made of calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) gel microspheres that are composed of ions that can be found in your body and easily absorbed.
- It can also be used around your mouth and on your hands.
- It’s an outpatient procedure that takes around 15 minutes and can last at least a year and even longer.
Once the gel is injected into your lips, it fills the area. As time passes, the CaHA works to activate increased collagen production, and the hydrogen, oxygen, and carbon work to build material that mimics connective tissue. As it’s absorbed back into your body, the collagen continues to work, keeping your lips fuller for longer.
Candidates for lip filler treatment
Most people are good candidates for lip fillers, as the ingredients of the injection are natural to the body.
However, there are some who may want to avoid using lip fillers, including people suffering from bleeding disorders or multiple severe allergies, and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Mild side effects, like swelling, itching, bruising, and redness may occur, but they should disappear in a few days. The treatment isn’t permanent, so maintenance injections may be necessary, but some people will only require follow-up treatments every couple of years.
Using Radiesse as a lip filler is a low-maintenance, outpatient treatment with plenty of upsides. If you’re interested in seeing what lip fillers can do for you, make an appointment with Peach Skin & Laser today at one of our three locations.