Lip Fillers (Injections)
Introduction to Lip Fillers
With the ever-increasing presence of social media and Celebritism in our culture, we all want to look our best, and for some, that means possessing plump lips. At our boutique clinic in San Jose and the Bay area, Lip Fillers are becoming an increasingly popular cosmetic enhancement choice for our patients. Whether you were born with thinner lips, or the effects of aging have caused you to gain wrinkles around your mouth, Lip Fillers are a fantastic treatment to gain the full, pouty lips that are widely considered so attractive.
What are Lip Fillers?
Lip fillers are a type of dermal filler that adds volume to your lips via fine needle injection. It is a minimally invasive procedure that can also help improve lip symmetry and address aging issues such as wrinkles and vertical lip lines.
Widely renowned as a highly safe procedure because the activating ingredient is a compound known as hyaluronic acid, which is naturally produced by your body.
What are the Benefits of Lip Fillers?
So many of our San Jose patients have discovered the benefits of lip fillers, including:
- Boosts your self-esteem
- Corrects the shape of your lips
- Restores previous lip size
- Safe and low risk
- Smoothes out wrinkles
Who are the Best Candidates for Lip Fillers?
The best candidates for lip fillers in the San Jose and Bay area are those who:
- Desire to increase the size of your lips
- Don’t have an active oral infection (including canker sores or cold sores)
- Have realistic expectations
- In good physical health
- Maintain positive opinions about cosmetic alterations
What’s the First Step?
The first step to getting Lip Fillers in San Jose, CA is to contact our office and schedule your consultation. During this appointment, you will be able to have your questions and concerns addressed, you will be able to discuss your cosmetic goals, and you will be given a realistic timeline and pricing.
What to Expect on the Day of Lip Fillers
When you come into our office, your procedure will begin by having a topical anesthetic applied to your lips. When applied, it will numb your lips so you won’t feel any pain and have a very comfortable procedure. For our patients with a BLT allergy, a nerve block injection can be utilized to numb their lips. An ice pack can also be applied to your lips throughout the procedure to minimize swelling and bruising.
The technician will then use a thin needle to inject the lip filler into any or all parts of your lips: which include the edges of your lips (vermillion border), the curve in the center of your upper lip (Cupid’s bow), and the corners of your mouth (oral commissures). Although the procedure isn’t painful, you may feel a pinching sensation, which can cause certain patients’ eyes to water.
On average, 1 milliliter (mL) (or about 1/5 of a teaspoon) of lip filler will be injected into your lips, with the needle not going deeper than 2.5 millimeters (mm) into your skin.
The entire procedure may take as little as 30 minutes or as long as two hours.
Lip Fillers Recovery
Once you are finished with your procedure, the technician will gently massage your lips to help absorb the filler, along with using ice on your lips as well to prevent excessive swelling.
You will be monitored for up to 15 minutes just to make sure you’re not experiencing any side effects. After your technician feels you are responding well to the lip fillers, you will be able to leave. Although a local anesthetic won’t make you tired or groggy, you may choose to have a family member or friend drive you home just in case.
During the first 24-48 hours, your lips may be swollen, sensitive, and bruised. Although rare, these reactions can last up to a week. To help encourage a healthy recovery, we suggest:
- Gently apply an ice pack for up to 10 minutes to reduce inflammation, pain, and swelling.
- Avoid wearing lipstick, lip balm, or any other product on your lips for at least 24 hours.
- Refrain from touching or puckering your lips, including kissing and sipping from a straw.
- Be careful brushing your teeth.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Avoid exercising for at least 24 hours
After about two weeks, you may be asked to return for a check-up to monitor your lips. During this appointment, pictures may be taken for your medical record so you can witness the changes.
How Much Do Lip Fillers Cost in San Jose, CA?
To determine the cost of Lip FIllers in San Jose and the Bay Area, many factors are taken into account. Some of these factors are the type of Fillers you will receive and how many vials will be required to achieve your desired look. You will be able to receive an accurate cost for the fillers when you come in for your consultation.
Schedule Your Consultation
Getting lip fillers can be a very empowering decision, but it should be your decision. If this is something that you would like to pursue in San Jose, contact our office today by requesting a consultation, or call our office at (408) 728-8887 to schedule an in-person appointment. Our highly trained and friendly team is ready to get you the ideal, beautiful, and pouty lips that you desire!
Lip Fillers FAQs
Are Lip Fillers painful?
Many patients feel a slight pinch from the needle insertion during the procedure, however, it shouldn’t hurt due to the anesthetic and ice application. You will probably experience some mild pain at the injection sights during the first 12-24 hours of your recovery, however, this should go away.
How many appointments will I need?
You will only require 1 procedural appointment for the lip fillers injection, however, you may be asked to return for a follow-up appointment about 2 weeks later. After that, you will only require procedure appointments as your body absorbs the injection, and if you so choose to maintain your appearance.
How long until I see results?
You will be able to recognize a change in your lips appearance immediately following your Lip FIllers procedure, however, you will notice the best results about 2 weeks later.
Can I combine Lip Fillers with other procedures?
Absolutely! Many of our San Jose and Bay area patients elect to combine their Lip Fillers with Non-Surgical rhinoplasty, other dermal fillers, or BOTOX. The combinations of these procedures can help shape and achieve your desired appearance.
What are the risks associated with Lip Fillers?
Even though the risks of Lip Fillers are rare, there is still the possibility of potential risks, such as:
- Asymmetry (lips may be of different sizes)
- Bleeding and pain at the injection sites.
- Cold sore reactivation.
- Discoloration or tenderness.
- Tissue death (vascular compromise)
- The lip filler may bleed into other areas of your face, usually toward the nose (migration).