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When it comes to the appearance of the lips, social media has popularized the perfect pout with full, pillowy lips. The ideal lip shape for many is a lower lip that is full and voluminous, with a perfectly contoured upper lip and accentuated Cupid’s bow. However, many people have the unavoidable reality of having naturally thin or asymmetrical lips. Older individuals additionally experience reduced lip volume and the development of fine lines around the mouth due to collagen production decreasing as we age. Luckily, natural-looking, fuller lips can be achieved without the need for invasive cosmetic surgery thanks to the development of lip fillers. Lip filler treatment is one of the most popular lip augmentation procedures worldwide due to its safety and efficacy for lip enhancement with little to no downtime or side effects. In order to achieve the most optimal and natural-looking results, your lip filler treatment must be performed by an expert injector such as Dr. Michele Green.

There are many different lip fillers available on the market, and it can be confusing to figure out which one is best for you. Hyaluronic acid fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane are perfect for lip augmentation, as their fillers come in different formulations to address various aesthetic concerns. These lip fillers are also long-lasting and can last for up to a year or more, depending on the filler used during treatment. Whether it’s correcting asymmetry, contouring the lips, or restoring volume, Dr. Green will work with your facial anatomy and desired cosmetic results to create a customized treatment plan and choose the lip filler best suited for you.

Dr. Michele Green is an internationally renowned board-certified dermatologist with over 25 years of experience treating her patients with non-invasive cosmetic procedures such as lip fillers, Botox, body contouring, and more. She has consistently been voted as a top NYC dermatologist by Castle Connolly, New York Magazine, Super Doctors, and The New York Times due to her accessibility and dedication to her patients. Well-known for her lip filler artistry, Dr. Green is an expert at choosing the best lip filler available for each individual patient to achieve their ideal, perfect lip shape. With Dr. Green, you will be able to have luscious, full lips with enhanced contouring and natural-looking results that last.

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What are lip fillers?

Lip fillers are dermal fillers designed specifically to enhance lip definition, volume, and fullness. These fillers are often created with hyaluronic acid (HA), a natural substance produced in the body. When injected into the lips, HA fillers can increase volume to improve the overall look of the lips and create a more luscious-looking pout. Lip fillers are an excellent option for individuals who suffer from thin lips, who notice volume loss in the lips, or who are looking to improve the shape or size of the lips. Lip fillers can also be injected to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles in the surrounding lip area. Lip fillers have become the most popular lip augmentation procedure around the world due to their minimal downtime and side effects. Lip fillers are available in a wide spectrum of formulations and consistencies to provide patients with their desired aesthetic results.

What is the best lip filler brand?

There are many different types of lip filler brands available on the market – however, the two most popular brands are Juvederm and Restylane. Both collections of dermal fillers carry a wide variety of products, each differing in their formulations to address various skin concerns and volume loss across the face. Juvederm and Restylane possess multiple fillers for lip rejuvenation, depending on the patient’s specific needs and goals. An expert injector such as Dr. Green can discuss your aesthetic desires to select the dermal filler best suited for your lip rejuvenation.

Juvederm is a collection of dermal fillers created by Allergan, the originator of Botox Cosmetics. Juvederm fillers are comprised of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring sugar in the body, and work to restore volume and enhance moisture content in the injected area. Each Juvederm filler carries unique properties to treat different areas of the face, such as the midface, nasolabial folds, and lips. The most common Juvederm fillers for the lips are Juvederm Ultra XC, Juvederm Volbella XC, and Juvederm Vollure XC. The XC at the end of the name denotes that the filler additionally contains lidocaine for maximum patient comfort.

  • Juvederm Ultra XC is an FDA-approved filler used in patients looking for more dramatic lip augmentation. This filler contains a very highly cross-linked form of hyaluronic acid and is not broken down very quickly. Results using Juvederm Ultra XC are long-lasting and generally last nine to twelve months before additional treatment is required.
  • Juvederm Volbella XC is also FDA-approved for use in the lips and is commonly used to restore lip shape and correct lip asymmetry. Treatment with Juvederm Volbella XC adds more volume to give the lips a softer, plumper feel. This filler can also be used to smooth lip lines and perioral lines around the top lip and mouth that develop from smoking or general skin damage. Results with Juvederm Volbella XC can last for up to one year.
  • Juvederm Vollure XC is a thin hyaluronic acid filler used to restore volume in the lips for subtle enhancement. Its thin formulation allows for the filler to move smoothly with lip movements, producing a very natural-looking appearance. In addition to adding volume, Juvederm Vollure also improves the appearance of wrinkles and lines on the lips. Juvederm Vollure is one of the longest-lasting fillers in the Juvederm family and can last for up to 18 months for the lips.

Restylane is another family of hyaluronic acid dermal fillers created by the pharmaceutical company Galderma. When injected, Restylane fillers are excellent for promoting volume and hydration to the treatment area. In addition to treating deep facial wrinkles and volume loss across the face, Restylane dermal fillers are often used for lip augmentation. The most common Restylane fillers for the lips include Restylane-L, Restylane Silk, and Restylane Kysse.

  • Restylane-L was the original Restylane filler used to restore volume and correct signs of aging in various areas of the face, such as the corners of the mouth, laugh lines, and undereye hollows or tear troughs. Restylane is used to increase lip volume and enhance the “cupid’s bow” appearance for soft, natural-looking lip augmentation. Results with Restylane can typically last six to nine months.
  • Restylane Silk was the first FDA-approved hyaluronic acid filler designed specifically for lip augmentation. Its formulation contains small particle sizes to allow for precisely sculpt the lips for natural lip enhancement. Restylane Silk can also address the appearance of perioral lines and “smoker’s lines” around the mouth. Restylane Silk can last for six months or more.
  • Restylane Kysse is one of the newest members of the Restylane family and is formulated to plump and hydrate the lips, often creating a “Russian doll” effect. In addition to plumping the lips, Restylane Kysse also improves lip texture and color to enhance overall definition. This filler is typically used for patients looking for a subtle, natural-looking lip enhancement. Restylane Kysse generally lasts for up to one year.

What type of lip filler is best?

No one type of lip filler is best, although there is a lip filler product that may be best suited for you based on your facial anatomy and desired results. Lip fillers that provide subtle yet beautiful enhancements are typically best for patients with thin lips, while lip fillers that provide a more glamorous and voluminous effect are better suited for those with naturally fuller lips. Although there is no “one size fits all” approach to lip augmentation, Dr. Green can help you choose the best lip filler based on your lip shape, volume loss, skin texture, and aesthetic goals.

Which lip filler is best for volume?

Patients looking for a full, voluminous pout can turn to Juvederm Ultra, Restylane, or Restylane Kysse for their lip injections. These fillers are excellent for enhancing the shape and size of the lips to create more dramatic, plumper-looking lips.

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What is the best lip filler for thin lips?

Patients with a naturally thin set of lips are typically suited to lip fillers that produce a subtle yet beautiful enhancement. For thin lips, Dr. Green recommends lip fillers such as Juvederm Volbella, Juvederm Vollure, and Restylane Silk.

Is Juvederm the best lip filler?

The Juvederm collection of fillers is an extremely popular choice for lip enhancement, as these hyaluronic acid fillers can plump and volumize the lips to enhance shape and definition. Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Volbella, and Juvederm Vollure are all effective for augmenting the lips. However, the Restylane family of fillers is equally effective in providing beautiful and luscious-looking lips. Restylane, Restylane Silk, and Restylane Kysse are often used by injectors to plump and rejuvenate the lips. The best way to decide whether Juvederm or Restylane is right for you is to consult a board-certified dermatologist such as Dr. Green. Dr. Green is an expert injector who has been employing innovative, non-invasive cosmetic procedures such as dermal fillers in her practice for over 25 years and can assess your facial anatomy and desired cosmetic results to choose the lip filler best suited for you.

Is 1ml filler enough for lips?

One syringe of Juvederm or Restylane contains one milliliter of filler. Typically, patients find that 0.5mL – 1mL of filler is satisfactory for achieving natural-looking, luscious lips. Depending on the patient’s natural facial anatomy and lip shape, more than one milliliter may be needed to achieve the desired cosmetic results.

Which lip filler lasts the longest?

The longest-lasting lip filler is Juvederm Vollure, which can last for up to 18 months before additional treatment is required. Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Volbella, and Restylane Kysse are also long-lasting, with results lasting for up to one year.

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Can lip fillers be permanent?

Unfortunately, lip fillers are not permanent, and results typically last between six months to a year, depending on the lip filler used. Regular treatment sessions are recommended once or twice a year to maintain optimal cosmetic results. In the past, plastic surgeons used silicon implants as a permanent lip augmentation solution; however, these implants have been discontinued due to complications and risks associated with their use. Liposuction can also be performed to transfer fat from other areas of the body to the lips, although this procedure comes with a host of side effects, risks, and long periods of downtime. Today, lip filler injections are the number one treatment option for providing voluminous, luscious lips safely and effectively. The benefit of lip fillers not being permanent is that treatment can be adjusted over time to reflect evolving cosmetic desires and concerns.

Additionally, hyaluronic acid fillers can be dissolved with hyaluronidase in the case of any unwanted effects from treatment. Hyaluronidase, known by the brand name Hylenex, is an injectable enzyme that breaks down hyaluronic acid to reverse the effects of hyaluronic acid filler treatment. Typically, hyaluronidase is used in cases where lip filler is inappropriately placed or over-injected or if a patient is unsatisfied with the results. In order to prevent needing lip filler dissolved, it is important to have your injections with an export injector such as Dr. Green to ensure your lip filler is carefully planned and performed.

What is the best lip filler to use?

The best lip filler to use will depend largely on your unique facial anatomy and what change you are looking for in your lips. Some individuals look to lip fillers to improve thin lips, while other individuals with naturally full lips look for lip fillers that will provide their lips with more definition and a voluminous effect. Additionally, older patients typically look for lip fillers that will restore lost volume or treat fine lines around the lips. There are so many different lip fillers to choose from, and each lip filler contains a different formulation suited for specific skin concerns. Whether you have thin or full lips or are looking to replace lost volume, Dr. Green can work with your aesthetic goals to choose the best lip filler for your lip rejuvenation.

What makes lip fillers last longer?

Unfortunately, no method can make lip fillers last longer, as the dermal fillers used for lip augmentation are temporary. Depending on the specific lip filler used and the patient’s metabolism, the results from lip filler injections can last anywhere from six to eighteen months. Dr. Green recommends engaging in regular touch-up sessions to maintain your desired cosmetic results. The frequency of the sessions varies between each individual, although patients typically engage in maintenance sessions once or twice a year.

How to take care of lip fillers

Lip filler injections are an excellent treatment option for lip augmentation, as the procedure has little to no side effects or downtime. A numbing cream is applied before the procedure to minimize any pain during the injection process. While it is rare to have any discomfort after lip filler injections, Dr. Green recommends taking Tylenol over an NSAID and applying an ice pack to the injection sites if any pain occurs. Patients prone to bruising can take Arnika Forte, a topical or oral herbal supplement, to reduce bruising. It is safe to wear makeup or lipstick after lip filler injections as long as the treatment area and lipstick are clean and there is no bleeding occurring. Patients can eat and drink after the procedure but should avoid using straws for drinking beverages for 24 hours. Smoking or drinking alcohol should be avoided for at least 24 hours post-treatment. Patients should additionally refrain from kissing and aerobic exercise for 48 hours after lip filler injections and avoid placing too much pressure on the lips.

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Should the top lip filler be bigger than the bottom?

Lips come in a multitude of different shapes and sizes, and the ideal ratio between the top and bottom lip will vary based on your facial anatomy and natural lip shape and volume. A study performed by JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery found that a 1:2 ratio of the top and bottom lip was deemed most attractive by participants. However, another study by the Journal of Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery found that a 1:1 ratio was deemed to be more attractive. Many individuals additionally believe that the lower lip should be 1.6 times the size of the upper lip to fit the golden ratio standard. The ideal lip shape and ratio of the top and bottom lip are constantly changing to reflect evolving trends and aesthetic goals, and it is important to consult with an expert injector such as Dr. Green, who can recommend a lip augmentation plan that best suits your facial anatomy and cosmetic desires.

Will lip fillers look good on me?

Absolutely! As we age, collagen production decreases, leading to volume loss and fine lines in and around the lips. Some individuals may also be unhappy with the size or appearance of their natural lips. Lip fillers can be a great way to restore confidence and add definition and semi-permanent volume to the lips. The best candidates for lip fillers are individuals who have good overall physical and mental health and who have realistic expectations regarding their lip augmentation treatment. If you are interested in lip augmentation with lip fillers, the first step is to consult with Dr. Green, an expert injector with over two and a half decades of experience treating her patients with the best non-invasive cosmetic treatments available, including lip fillers.

What is the best lip filler on the market?

There are so many excellent lip fillers on the market, and it is hard to determine which one is truly the “best.” Hyaluronic acid fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane are typically the most popular lip fillers due to their safety and ability to restore volume. Additionally, hyaluronic acid fillers can be dissolved with hyaluronidase, an injectable enzyme, if an individual is unhappy with the results. The best lip filler to choose for lip augmentation will highly depend on the results someone is looking to obtain. Individuals with thin lips may find that the best lip filler for them differs from individuals with naturally fuller lips. In your consultation with Dr. Green, she will review your facial anatomy and desired cosmetic results to determine the best lip filler for your lip augmentation treatment plan.

How many months does lip filler last?

Lip fillers today are very effective and can last for many months. The duration that your results will hold is dependent on the type of lip filler used. Each lip filler has a specific formulation that affects will affect how the filler is broken down. For instance, Juvederm Ultra contains a very high cross-linked form of hyaluronic acid, allowing for results with this filler to last for nine to twelve months. Generally, most lip fillers can last anywhere between six and twelve months, although Juvederm Volbella can last for up to eighteen months.

Can lip filler last forever?

As much as we’d like them to last forever, lip fillers are not permanent. Depending on the type of lip filler used, results from lip augmentation with lip filler can typically last six to twelve months. Dr. Green recommends scheduling regular treatment sessions one to two times a year to maintain your desired cosmetic results. Although it may be annoying to come in every year for maintenance sessions, the semi-permanence of lip fillers allows individuals to adjust their treatment plan to suit their aesthetic goals at each moment in time.

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How to get started with the best lip filler today

The lips are one of the most defining facial features and often one of the first areas that we notice the effects of age-related volume loss. The popularity of lip augmentation with lip fillers has skyrocketed thanks to the safety, efficacy, and ease of lip filler treatment. Juvederm and Restylane are two of the most popular hyaluronic acid fillers used for lip augmentation, each with different formulations to provide patients with a plumper, more luscious pout. Lip fillers have very few side effects and little to no downtime, revolutionizing lip augmentation treatments and making many invasive plastic surgery procedures obsolete. Dr. Green is known as the “lip queen” due to her expertly performed lip augmentation treatments and natural-looking results.

Dr. Michele Green has been treating the world’s most discerning men and women with innovative, non-invasive procedures for the past two and a half decades. From lip fillers, laser treatments, Botox, and skin care, her “less is more” philosophy to non-invasive cosmetic procedures has her consistently voted as one of the best cosmetic dermatologists in New York by Castle Connolly, Super Doctors, New York Magazine, and The New York Times. When you consult with her in her private Upper East Side dermatology office, she will work with you to create an individualized lip rejuvenation plan and choose the lip filler best suited to address your specific concerns. Contact us online today or call our NYC-based office at 212-535-3088 to learn more about which lip filler is best for your perfect pout.

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