Everything You Need to Know About Lip Injections
There’s no better feeling that walking down the street, into a job interview, or arriving to a first date with full confidence in yourself. This confidence partially comes from within, but in many ways comes from efforts into putting our best face forward and showing the world who we are on the outside by the means of our physical appearance. We all have our insecurities, and for some people, some of our greatest insecurities surround the appearance of our mouths. Sixth Street Dental Aesthetics takes a compassionate approach to cosmetic dentistry and aesthetic treatments, which is why we look to keep our patients informed about the confidence-boosting benefits that we offer. Here, the experts of lip injections in Pittsburgh will break down the 5 W’s - the who, what, why, when, and where - of lip injections for you.
What are Lip Injections?
Lip Injections are a cosmetic treatment in which fillers are injected into the lips. The filler typically used in lip injects is Juvederm - specifically speaking, either Juvederm Ultra XC or Volbella XC - which is a hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally-occurring acid in the human body that stimulates the production of collagen: a connective tissue that plumps skin, creating a full, youthful look. As we age, our bodies create less hyaluronic acid and collagen, which is why many people turn to Juvederm to create the youthful look they once had. Juvederm is minimally invasive and FDA approved, meaning it’s a great, safe option for many people.
Who are Lip Injections for?
As a cosmetic procedure that has boomed in popularity since 2015, lip injections are have become one of the most popular confidence-boosting procedures. This may be in part due to the world’s fascination with keeping up with the Kardashians and a roaring interest in Kylie Jenner’s lip injections, but also because our definition of beauty is constantly evolving and changing. Luckily, it’s safer than ever to use cosmetic filler like Botox and Juvederm to help you look your best.
But lip injections aren’t just for stars like Kylie Jenner and Kim Kardashian, but for everyday men and women. Not only are the number of men and women receiving cosmetic treatments rising as a whole, but more people are choosing Juvederm lip fillers than ever before. Prior to a boost in popularity in 2015 - following, of course, Kylie Jenner’s lead - doctors reported most of their patients receiving lip injections as women in their 30s, but the age has dropped to many women in their 20s showing interest, and even teens. Deciding whether lip injections are right for you is an important personal choice than doctors can help you through with professional knowledge and expertise.
Why do people get them?
Patients seek lip injections for a variety of different reasons, all of which are healthy, valid, and a empowering choices for a person to make. Ranging from genetic issues to aging, here are a few reasons patients seek lip injections:
- Asymmetry: some people genetically have lips that are larger and more full on one side of their face, leading to asymmetry that can cause low confidence
- Thin Lips: some people’s lips are thin and can be a source of smile insecurity
- Gummy Smiles: for people with a high gum to deep ratio, lip injections can help create a more proportionate smile
- Aging: as we age, we create less collagen that keeps our facial structure and lips looking full, youthful, and healthy
- Facial Proportions: some people feel as though their mouth is disproportionately small in comparison to their face, and use lip injections to give them a full, proportionate look
- Downward Facing Lips: rather than curving up to signify a pleasant smiling face, some people have downward-turning lips, making them appear mean, sad, or unapproachable
When do Most People Get Lip Injections?
Since lip injections, in some cases, are used to reduce the signs of aging, many women begin utilizing Juvederm lip injections and other cosmetic treatments in their thirties and forties. The age in which lip injections are used for anti-aging varies as signs of aging progress differently in every individual.
For others, lip injections are often used earlier in life for cosmetic reasons other than aging. Many people find their lips to be disproportionate to the size of their face, uneven, or simply not as full as they would like and opt for lip injections in their late teens or twenties. Additionally, as beauty is redefined and full lips are “in style,” more people are opting for lip injections and are receiving treatment at a younger age.
In terms of frequency, Juvederm lip injections last about three to six months on average - which is longer than other fillers like Elevess and Hylaform tend to last. Different types of fillers are used for different reasons - including the location in which the filler is going and patient allergies - all of which can be discussed with a doctor prior to lip injection treatments. However, since every patient is different, it is difficult to pin down exactly how often each person will need injections on an individualized basis. The good news, however, is that lip injections can be done fairly frequently due to their safe, non-invasive nature.
Where do You Get Lip Injections?
Although Juvederm lip injections are safe and FDA approved, this comes with an underlying clause of ‘when performed by a trained medical professional.’ The nightmare stories that people sometimes hear regarding fillers and other cosmetic treatments are caused by unsafe practices, chemicals, and conditions. That’s why we cannot tell you enough how important it is to go to a licensed professional for all cosmetic procedures.
In Pittsburgh, many people trust in SIxth Street Dental Aesthetics for their cosmetic needs. As a licensed Botox and Juvederm office, Sixth Street Dental will work with you to decide a course of treatment for helping you find your confidence in your face and smile. Sixth Street Dental Aesthetics goes the extra mile in all cosmetic treatments to create a warm, calming atmosphere for veteran first time lip injection patients. When it comes to lip injections in Pittsburgh, there is nobody you can trust quite like Dr. Zotis and the Sixth Street Dental Aesthetics team.
So what do you think; do you think lip injections are right for you. As a great way to boost confidence and reduce sign of aging, lip injections are a great option for men and women of every age and lifestyle. So give it a shot -- schedule a consultation at Sixth Street Dental Aesthetics and take the first step in putting your best face forward.