To shape lips and smooth wrinkles
(Information provided by Lorrie
wrinkles and folds or giving your lips a fuller,
more sensuous form can be easily accomplished
using Juvederm Ultra and Juvederm Ultra Plus.
Ultra and Juvederm Ultra Plus are gels created
from stabilized hyaluronic acid, a natural
material found in our own bodies. These gels
bind with water then slowly break down and are
then absorbed by the body naturally. In the
skin they create volume, resulting in a natural,
youthful appearance. Because they do not need
skin testing and last longer than collagen,
and are safer and more natural appearing than
many "permanent fillers" such as silicone. Most
experts agree that hyaluronic acids are the
products of choice for shaping lips.
Ultra is used for wrinkle correction and
lip enhancements. Juvederm Ultra Plus
is a thicker product and is used for shaping
facial contours, correcting deep folds and for
volume augmentation of the lips. Results from
these products last twice as long as collagen
and Cosmoplast and typically 1 month longer
than Restylane and Perlane. On average lip treatments
last about 6 months, while smile lines and folds
can last up to one year or longer.
During your treatment: Treatments last
10-20 minutes and are usually painless. Depending
on the areas treated, more than one syringe
may be needed to create the best look possible.
Enhancements are recommended
6-8 weeks after a treatment to "fine-tune" your
results and produce longer lasting improvement.
These are usually done using 1-2 small 0.3 cc
make lip treatments more comfortable, lidocaine
anesthetic may be injected under your lips immediately
before your treatment. These injections are
nearly painless and will make your Juvederm
treatment almost painless also. These products
are then injected with a very fine needle into
the desired areas.
to expect after your treatment: After injection,
some common, temporary, injection-related reactions
might occur: tenderness, redness, itching, bruising,
bumps, pain or swelling. If any of these occur,
they typically resolve within a few days. Occasionally
they can last up to 7-10 days after lip injections.
It's recommended you plan your treatments at
least one week before any special events.
for your treatment:
reduce discomfort it's recommend you apply
Betacaine ointment 60 minutes before your
appointment time. Apply it in a very thick
layer, like icing on a cake. This ointment
generally can be purchased at your doctor's
office for you to apply at home or you can
arrive one hour before your appointment and
have it applied in the office. For small
areas or touch-ups you do not need to apply
this ointment, a cold spray will be used to
numb the areas.
reduce the risk of bruising, you may want
to avoid aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil), vitamin
E and similar medications for 1-2 weeks before
your treatment. Arnica Montana, starting the
morning of your treatment or immediately after,
will also help reduce bruising and swelling.
A physician-strength version is available
for purchase at our office.
your physician know before your treatment
if you have a history of herpes (cold sores)
in this area. A medication that will help
prevent an outbreak of this can be prescribed.
Aftercare: No special care is needed
after treatment, however it's advised you not
to massage the area for several hours after
treatment, as this may displace the gel. If
swelling occurs after lip treatment, sleeping
on two pillows for the first two nights may
help. Ice may also help.
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Klein, M.D .
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