Many patients wish for fuller, more symmetrical, and flattering lips. This can be true for all ages but is especially prevalent among those who notice volume loss in the lips due to the natural aging process. If this is the case, a nonsurgical lip augmentation using Juvéderm may be an option. Dr. Skura offers lip augmentation with Juvéderm at Art Aesthetica in Chicago.
Juvéderm is a hyaluronic acid-based dermal filler. It is an injectable product that works using molecules that are naturally occurring in the skin and create a hydrated, plump appearance. The Juvéderm family of products includes several varying formulas each designed for specific treatment areas. In the lips, Juvéderm Ultra XC and Juvéderm Volbella XC are most common. During a consultation, Dr. Skura will select the product best suited to your needs.
For patients with naturally thinner or asymmetrical lips, Juvéderm can increase volume in a natural-looking yet impactful way. By injecting Juvéderm, Dr. Skura can create a balanced yet full appearance in the lips. These cosmetic results require no incisions or downtime and are long-lasting yet temporary, meaning that patients who are unsatisfied with their results can adjust them over time as the product is naturally metabolized by the body.
Prior to your lip augmentation with Juvéderm, Dr. Skura will complete a brief consultation. This includes reviewing your health history to ensure that you are a safe and suitable candidate for the procedure.
Following your consultation, injections can take place. After thoroughly cleansing the skin, Dr. Skura will make a series of injections to the lips using a fine needle. Topical numbing is not typically necessary, as Juvéderm contains lidocaine within its formula to increase patient comfort. However, numbing is available and can be discussed during your consultation.
Juvéderm injections can be completed quickly, with the procedure lasting about 15 minutes on average. This makes the treatment perfect for busy, on-the-go patients.
Juvéderm injections do not require downtime. After receiving your injections, you can drive yourself home and immediately return to your normal routine. Some common side effects include swelling, redness, and tenderness at the injection site. Some patients may also notice bruising. After receiving injections, you should avoid taking blood-thinning or anti-inflammatory medications such as aspirin or ibuprofen. Dr. Skura will also advise you to avoid alcohol, smoking, strenuous activity such as exercise, direct sun exposure, or applying makeup to the area for at least 24 hours.
Juvéderm effects are immediately noticeable, despite some swelling in the lips, which should subside within a few days of treatment. However, results are not permanent as the body will naturally and safely metabolize the product over time. On average, Juvéderm for the lips lasts about a year but may last up to two years. After the results subside, you may receive maintenance injections. During your consultation, Dr. Skura can review long-term treatment options.
To learn more about lip augmentation using Juvéderm, schedule a consultation with Dr. Skura. She will review your treatment goals and health history to ensure that Juvéderm is your best option. To schedule your consultation, contact Art Aesthetica in Chicago, Illinois.
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