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Everything You Need to Know About Lip Filler

Maybe it was the first time you saw Angelina Jolie’s pillowy lips on the big screen. Maybe you like your lips the way they are but just want a little added definition to your Cupid’s bow. Or maybe you found out the hard way that plumping gloss just doesn’t work after all. (If only!)

Regardless of what brought you here, we’re glad you’ve come. No more Google searches for “lip fillers near me.” If you’ve been daydreaming about making a change — no matter how dramatic — to the shape or thickness of your lips, get ready to flaunt your new pout. We love helping our customers feel and look their best, and we want you to feel safe and educated about every cosmetic treatment you try. Here’s everything you need to know about injectable lip fillers.

How Do Lip Fillers Work?

Unlike some other cosmetic injectables, lip fillers are made from a naturally occurring substance in the body. 

Here at Viva Day Spa we use two brands of lip fillers: Juvederm and Restylane. Both of these gel injectables use hyaluronic acid, a natural sugar found in your skin, to plump your lips for a subtly enhanced pout. We use an ultra-fine needle that employs Vycross technology to instantly and safely enhance the contour of your lips. Both injectables also soften existing vertical lines while augmenting your natural mouth shape, all in a single treatment. Talk about a two-for one!

Because hyaluronic acid is already a part of your body’s process, it has a remarkably strong hold. It also attracts and traps moisture under the skin, creating an unbelievably natural look to your new lip definition.

We offer five different fillers, all of which are in the Juvederm or Restylane filler family. The difference lies in their hyaluronic particle size. The smaller the particle, the more subtle the effects of your injections. Juvederm Volbella, which has the smallest particle size, is best for natural look that hydrates and addresses crepiness and fine lines. On the other end is Juvederm Vollure, which contains the largest particle size and is best for those who want more volume and change in the shape of their lips. One of Viva Day Spa’s Certified Cosmetic Injector will go over each of these options in your consult to help you decide which is just right for your kisser.

Your Viva Day Spa Advanced Aesthetic Injector will administer your lip filler with a local anesthetic to make sure you hardly feel a thing. The whole process is complete within minutes, although it’s important to note that you may experience slight bruising and swelling for three to five days after treatment.

How Long Will My Lip Fillers Last?

Lip fillers are FDA approved to last for 12 months, although it depends on which filler you choose. For example, Juvederm Volbella has the smallest hyaluronic particle, so it lasts closer to 6 months, while Restylane can yield results that last anywhere from 6 to 12 months. There’s also the issue of metabolism. Depending on how quickly your body metabolizes the hyaluronic acid, the life cycle of your fillers may vary. Your injector will choose the brand of filler that’s best-suited to your metabolism and lifestyle to make sure you have beautiful and long-lasting results.

When Will I Notice Results?

Once your treatment is complete, you’ll notice that your lips appear slightly swollen. You might even experience slight bruising, along with the swelling, for three to five days after your treatment. You can rest assured that this is completely normal.

The best practice — especially if you have to rush back into the real world immediately afterward — is to ice your lips for no more than 10 minutes per day. Patients can also use our prescription-strength Arnica to help with bruising. Your certified injector can advise you on how to speed up your recovery as well. But no matter what you do, be sure to drink lots of water! After a few days, the swelling will have noticeably settled, and you’ll be ready to rock your new Cupid’s bow. 

How Much Lip Filler Should I Get?

Here at Viva Day Spa, we believe that you should do whatever you need to feel good about your appearance. That said, we do recommend starting off with one syringe and build until you reach your desired goal for your new pout. 

During your consultation, one of our certified specialists will guide you through the process of understanding your aesthetic goals so that your results exactly match your vision. After all, lip filler is an art form, and everyone will want something different and unique to them. Here are just a few examples:

  • Stronger, more prominent Cupid’s bow
  • Fuller, more rounded top lip
  • A slight enhancement to fix asymmetry
  • Increased volume in either the upper or lower lip
  • Increased volume in upper and lower lip to varying proportions (40/60, 50/50 or otherwise)

We offer complimentary lip consultations so that one of our certified specialists can guide you through the process and get to know your aesthetic goals before you schedule a treatment appointment. 

Are Lip Fillers Safe?

Both Restylane and Juvederm lip fillers are completely safe. In fact, both lip fillers are industry standard, used in medical spa offices everywhere. The only situation in which they might not be right for you is if you have a history of severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis), or if you are allergic to lidocaine. Your certified specialist will go over what to avoid before your procedure (spicy foods, alcohol, excessive working out, etc.) to ensure you’re well hydrated and will experience as little swelling as possible. 

What If I Don’t Like Them?

Our number-one priority is to make sure you feel better when you walk out our doors than you did when you came in. That’s why your certified specialist will thoroughly discuss your augmentation goals before beginning with injections at a complimentary consultation. 

Another added bonus of hyaluronic acid, however, is that it can be removed with an enzyme called hyaluronidase even before it naturally dissolves. So if for some reason you decide against the filler after it’s already been injected, you can purchase a treatment for elective dissolving.

Now that you know how safe and painless the treatments are, you’re probably asking yourself “Okay, great, but how much does it cost to get lip fillers?”

Lucky for you, we’ve got some summer specials to make you feel even better about your decision. Because we’re all about self-care and helping you have confidence in your appearance, we’re offering specials with a 60-minute Swedish massage included (or without if that’s not your thing).

Ready to get started? Book online to schedule your complimentary lip filler consultation at any of our three Austin locations.