Lip augmentation with Dermal Fillers – the good, the bad, the NATURAL

Channel: Fox 26 Houston
Aired On: February 8th, 2020

With Valentine’s Day approaching, Dr. Sami visited the Fox 26 studio to discuss a popular option for women trying to look their best for that special someone: lip augmentation with dermal fillers.

The lips are the most youthful aspect of the face and are very central. Millions of women consider lip augmentation with fillers to achieve plump and full lips.

When it comes to lip fillers, less is more. A more natural look helps preserve harmony and balance between the facial features. Respecting proportions is key. For example, the upper lip is always more prominent, but the lower lip is always fuller. When the natural proportions are ignored, patients end up with that overworked look and the appearance of “duck lips.”

The most common complications are minor and are only temporary. Slight bruising and swelling, along with soreness at the treatment site, can last anywhere from two days to a week.

Major complications are quite rare. They can be permanent. When a filler is accidentally injected into an important blood vessel, this is known as vascular compromise and can lead to tissue death. Infections, ulcerations, and blisters are other types of major complications.

Overall, lip fillers are the safest options in comparison to surgery and implants, which tend to have more major risks associated with them.

Hyaluronic-acid fillers like Restylane, Juvederm, Volbella, and Revanesse are quite popular, and if needed, they can easily be reversed. This is done using an enzyme called hyaluronidase. Since the body naturally makes this enzyme, hyaluronic-acid fillers are not permanent and dissolve naturally over time. People typically need 2 to 3 injections per year.

Most importantly, always do your research and make sure to go to a skilled surgeon like Dr. Sami for your lip augmentation using dermal fillers.