Over 3 million Americans chose dermal fillers as a cosmetic procedure in 2020 according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, continuing a trend of popularity for injection-based aesthetic treatments. Fillers can restore lost volume, support lines and wrinkles, and even augment your features beyond nature’s starting point.
The desire for full, youthful lips is a common wish that’s led to questionable practices in past decades. Contemporary fillers, though, are now far more reliable and subtle, using synthetic versions of substances found naturally in your body. These products are specially formulated for lip enhancement, and in practiced hands, they provide satisfying and natural results.
In Fort Lauderdale, look to Bayview General Medicine and Dr. Richard Blanchar for your dermal filler needs. Dr. Blanchar and our team are filler specialists, whether you seek lip enhancement or other aesthetic goals.
The principle behind dermal fillers
Over time, your skin loses youthful volume and elasticity due to changes in its middle layers. Collagen and elastin tissues start a natural decline, usually when you’re in your 20s. Skin becomes drier and looser, and features that once described as plump and full, like your lips and cheeks, settle into a flat, mature condition.
Dermal fillers are typically water-based gels that use substances already found in your body to compensate for natural tissue loss. Perhaps the most common filler ingredient is hyaluronic acid, which is found extensively throughout the body. It’s a component of the fluids in your eyes and joints, serving as a filler and lubricant. Fillers using a hyaluronic acid base include Juvéderm® and Restylane®.
Calcium hydroxylapatite is a natural bone mineral, and it’s the key ingredient in Radiesse®, another common dermal filler. The microspheres of calcium hydroxylapatite not only add volume, they also stimulate your skin to produce new collagen. This often extends the results of your filler treatment.
Dr. Blanchar chooses to offer Juvéderm, Restylane, and Radiesse products to his patients because of the range of properties the various formulations provide. Your lips are unique, and your aesthetic preferences mean that each lip filler treatment is a custom experience.
Since each filler formulation has its own characteristics, you can think of these as similar to paints in an artist’s palette. One gel may be better for adding noticeable volume, while another fills the fine vertical lines above your lips more effectively. Some fillers stay close to the injection point while others spread and blend. The right filler product for your treatment depends on your skin conditions and desired outcome.
All fillers are administered with fine needles, after a topical numbing gel is applied to the injection sites, and the fillers themselves often contain lidocaine to control pain and swelling. The most you’ll feel is a tiny pinch sensation. Bruising, irritation, or redness after your session are usually minimal. Many patients return to their regular activities right after their appointments.
Find out more about how lip fillers can benefit you by contacting Bayview General Medicine by phone or online. The look you want is waiting for you, so book your consultation now.