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Is it Possible to Have Bigger, Fuller Lips?

Full, sensuous lips should enhance a face and not overpower other aesthetic features. Lip augmentation should feel soft and supple given the important function of one’s lips in daily activities such as eating, kissing, talking, and expressing emotions (smiling and pouting). You can achieve this look of bigger, fuller lips, the “Angelina Jolie”-style lips easily at CARE. Our Nurse Injectors use a conservative aesthetic eye that focuses on the shape, style, balance, and harmony between both the upper and lower lips and how the lips fit a particular face. They pay special attention to facial expressions and how the lips complement those expressions. Considerations for lip augmentation are age, facial shape, ethnicity, gender, and of course your personal aesthetic desires and wishes.

What Fillers Would You Use to Treat Your Lips?

The first step to treating your lips is knowing what aesthetic goals you wish to accomplish! Depending on the shape, size, and feel you would like to have, can help you determine which filler option is the best for you. At CARE, we use Juvéderm fillers by Allergan. These options range from Ultra XC, Ultra Plus XC, Volbella, Vollure, Voluma, and Volux. Some fillers are catered to specific regions of the face, while others can be used in combination with one another to create a harmonized look. To learn more about the functions of each filler, click here.

Am I a Candidate for Lip Filler?

Those who do not have any prior conditions or concerns are candidates for lip filler. You may want to avoid lip fillers if you have an active cold sore or current bruising, but this is something that can be discussed during your consultation. An injectable consultation with one of our Nurse Injectors can help to determine the best treatment plan catered to your desired aesthetic goals!

How is Lip Augmentation Performed?

Lip Augmentation can be performed as an injection of filler in the office or with fat grafting in the operating room. The type of lip filler for injection varies but has the advantage of an immediate result with no downtime. Like all fillers, the result only lasts a few months and must be repeated. Fat grafting is a more permanent solution to lip augmentation but requires a trip to the OR, has considerable swelling for a week or two and some of the transferred fat may disappear, requiring further fat grafting. Many patients try fillers first and if they like the look, consider fat grafting for a more long-lasting result. Lip augmentation with fat grafting is often incorporated with other facial cosmetic procedures like eyelid surgery, rhinoplasty, facelift, or other facial fat grafting procedures.

Why Choose CARE For Lip Filler?

At CARE, we have amazing Nurse Injectors that are specially trained to provide the highest level of service. One of our nurse injectors is a Nurse Practitioner and one is a Registered Nurse who is a Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist, or CANS, certified, so you are in great hands. CARE has been awarded numerous surgeries over the years, but in 2023 alone, we have received the Cary Maggy Award (2023) for Best Medspa and Plastic Surgeon, Top 10 North Carolina Allergan Location, Top 500 Status for Allergan Aesthetics, and a Top Member of the ZO Circle Club.

The Benefits of Lip Filler

Lip filler provides several benefits, making it one of the most popular forms of dermal filler. It adds volume, definition, and shape to the lips. This makes your facial features more proportional and balanced, creating a more youthful appearance. It provides fullness, which can treat lip lines and wrinkles. It is very customizable, gives immediate results, and has little to no side effects. This non-surgical procedure is a great way to boost your confidence and create a beautiful natural appearance!

Schedule a Consultation at CARE Plastic Surgery

Setting up an appointment at CARE Plastic Surgery is convenient and easy. Either click, call (919) 484-4884, or send us a direct message on our Instagram and we’ll be happy to schedule a time that works best for you. The length of your consultation appointment could vary depending on your evaluation and suggested treatment plan, but you could expect it to last anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour or more. Dr. Coan and our expert Nurse injectors are highly trained in the latest Filler aesthetic techniques for consistent, effective treatment. The CARE office is located minutes from Raleigh, is convenient to the RDU airport, and is just off Interstate 40.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do lip injections last?

At CARE, we offer top-of-the-line Juvederm fillers. Our most common lip fillers can last anywhere from 9 months to one year. However, patients who prefer a fuller look may opt to receive additional treatment prior to the 1-year mark. We encourage our patients to consult with our nurse injectors to help determine which lip filler will best achieve their desired goals.

Are lip injections temporary?

Yes, lip injections are temporary. However, lip fillers, including Juvederm Ultra and Volbella, last about 12 months. Oftentimes, patients are ready for additional filler a few months before that to “top off” the original added volume.

How much lip filler do I need?

We encourage our patients to consult with our injectors for a comprehensive clinical assessment. After listening to your desired aesthetic goals, they will develop a customized treatment plan for the best results.

Are lip injections worth it?

While ultimately this question is best answered by the patient, we have found our patients experience the utmost satisfaction with their lip injections u2013 they sometimes wind up wanting even more! For many of our patients, this is something they have considered for a while and it is exciting for them to achieve their aesthetic goals.

Are lip injections painful?

To create a more comfortable experience, your provider may recommend different methods to numb the treatment areas beforehand, including topical anesthetic and/or cool compresses. In addition, the fillers are comprised of hyaluronic acid, which works to add volume, and lidocaine, which numbs the area as the injection takes place.

What do lip injections cost?

Pricing will vary depending on the specific type of product used and how many syringes are recommended by your provider.

Is there swelling with lip fillers?

One of the most common side effects associated with lip fillers is immediate post-treatment swelling. This swelling peaks around 1-3 days after being injected, and it will continue to subside gradually. We often recommend patients use ice or cool compresses after treatment for added comfort.

Can I get lip filler in one lip?

If a patient is a candidate, he/she may only need filler in one lip to provide better balance. While it is more common to inject filler in both the upper and lower lip, each patient is unique in their aesthetic goals and anatomy. Ultimately, it will depend on a comprehensive clinical assessment by your injector.

Will my lips bruise after lip injections?

Bruising can be a common side effect after lip injections. Our injectors have been trained under our renowned double-board-certified plastic surgeon, and they utilize the best techniques to minimize any pain, bruising, and bleeding. Furthermore, there are measures patients can take to reduce the chances of bruising, including avoiding NSAIDs or other blood-thinning agents about 1-2 weeks before injections. Additionally, we recommend avoiding red wine about 48 hours prior to your treatment to minimize the risk of bruising.

Are lip injections safe?

Lip injections are safe, but there are measures you can take to increase overall safety. We recommend selecting a trained and well-qualified injector to perform your treatment. At CARE Plastic Surgery, our injectors have been trained under our double-board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Coan, to utilize all safety protocols while injecting. We also recommend using optimal products, and we consider Juvederm fillers to be the “gold standard” of fillers.

What is the recovery time for lip filler?

You can go back to work or home immediately after getting lip filler. You may expeirence minor swelling and bruising for 3-5 days post treatment.

What should I avoid after getting lip filler?

Avoid strenuous activities, alcohol, certain medications, and makeup in the first few days following lip filler treatment.

Do I need to do anything before getting lip fillers?

You will want to avoid blood thinner medication and drinking alcohol, and if you have an active infection or acne around the mouth, you will want to wait until it has cleared up before receiving lip filler.

Are there any side effects of lip fillers?

Some side effects may include bruising, swelling, some bleeding, and soreness at the injection site.

How often do I need to get maintenance on my lips after lip fillers?

You can get maintenance lip filler injections every six months to maintain the results.

How long does a lip filler treatment session take?

Treatment generally takes between 30 and 60 minutes.

Can you eat after getting lip fillers?

If your lips have been numbed before your lips were injected, you may want to wait for the numbness to wear off. But other than that, you can eat right after you get your injections.

What are lip fillers made of?

Lip fillers like Juvederm primarily consist of hyaluronic acid.

Can I exercise after getting lip fillers?

You should avoid exercise for the first 24-48 hours after lip fillers.

Do lip fillers look natural?

Absolutely! At CARE, we believe in “Timeless Elegance over Artificial Trends”. Our experienced professionals can help you achieve the results you are looking for.

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Everyone here at Care plastic surgery are completely amazing people. They all made me feel very comfortable and safe in their hands. Dr. Coan is an amazing surgeon and does his absolute best to make sure you leave here looking and feeling amazing. -Mary John

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