With popularity soaring due to the non-surgical aspect combined with celebrity uptake (Ellie Goulding, Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Hudson, Britney Spears, Kylie Jenner and Heidi Montag just to name a few), lip enhancement procedures continue to increase in numbers every year. Even men are getting involved, with male lip injection and augmentation procedures increasing by around 10% to 20% per year in recent years and now accounting for 5% of the overall total. But whether they are called Lip Injections, Lip Augmentation, or refer to popular Hyaluronic Acid Fillers such as Restylane, Restylane Silk, Juvederm, Juvederm Volbella or Belotero, how does one even choose what option is best for them?
What are the most common lip enhancement options?
In most cases, if you are seeking any of the looks listed in the image above, Dr. Michele Green will recommend Restylane, Restylane Silk, Juvederm, Juvederm Volbella or Belotero injections.
Juvederm – Dr. Green uses Juvederm Ultra XC for lip enhancement. The lip fillers last for about 9 months before additional injections are needed. In most cases they are used for enhancement, but sometimes can be used to help even out one’s lips (such as the Rubina example in the list above). Find out more about Juvederm.
Juvederm Volbella – Recently approved by the FDA, Dr. Michele Green is one of the first NYC based cosmetic dermatologists to offer this procedure. The dermal filler formula addresses lip fullness, lines around the mouth and potential age related loss in the cheek area. With a lower hydrophilic concentration, it absorbs less water from surrounding tissue and thus results in less swelling. Find out more about Juvederm Volbella.
Restylane – Restylane Silk is designed specifically for your lips and the lines around them, it was also the first FDA approved filler designed for the lips and smoothing of wrinkles around the mouth. Results generally last from 6 to 9 months. Find out more about Restylane.
Belotero – Another popular lip filler is Belotero Balance, which entered the market slightly later than Restylane or Juvederm. These fillers last from 6 to 12 months and have a unique mixture that works better on thinner skin. Find out more about Belotero.
Who gets lip injections (chart source: Amara)
While most popular with women in their 20’s, more and more thirty and forty-somethings are having lip injections too. And as noted earlier, an increasing number of male patients are starting to get lip injections too. The most common types of lip injections / lip augmentations these days use hyaluronic acid (which is a natural substance found in one’s body), such as via the three options listed above.
Last but not least, it may be much easier to get lip injections and fillers these days but to avoid any potential issues, you should always discuss all options with a professional dermatologist or surgeon. Dr. Michele Green is a board certified dermatologist based in NYC and an expert in various lip enhancement procedures. Find out more and contact us online or at 212 535 3088 to schedule an appointment.