Q How can I make my lips look plumper yet not look like fish lips?
There are two options. A tissue filler or a lip implant. Dr. Urban recommends a lip filler before a lip implant which is semi-permanent. If you like your tissue filler and want a semi-permanent solution then a lip implant is a consideration. Remember Dr. Urban understands that nobody wants to look like a trout. He will do his best to help you look awesome.
Q. What is a filler?
Fillers are made of substances that are either similar to materials found in your own body or they are made of biologically non reactive substances (silicone). Fillers are use to plump up areas where you have naturally lost facial fat volume (atrophy). For instance, as we all age are lips naturally get thinner with time. A filler can be used to help fill that lost volume. Fillers can also be used to fill undesirable facial defects or wrinkles or grooves.
Q. Who does the injections?
Often at other offices the filler is placed by a nurse or ancillary staff. At Utah Facial Surgical Arts, Dr Urban places all of the filler personally. Just think of filler as paint and Dr Urban as the artist. Obvious what makes a great result is not only the quality of the paint but more importantly who is the artist. Dr. Urban will take the time to help insure you are comfortable and the desire outcome is achieved.
Q. How Are Fillers Administered?
Fillers are placed through very small needles. Sometime a micro canula will be used to mimimize bruising.
Q. Do fillers hurt?
No one like discomfort. So in order to make you comfortable Dr. Urban will prepare your skin and then placed topical anesthetic cream to anesthetize the area to be injected. Another method is a dental anesthetic to provide complete numbness. Our goal is not only perfect placement of your filler but also your comfort.
Q. What is the recovery like?
The procedure it self is actually quick procedure. Afterwards ice is apply to area of injection to minimize swelling. Sometimes there will be a little swelling afterwards. Consequently it is sometime best to have the procedure performed on a Friday to allow the swelling to subside before works starts on a Monday. Dr. Urban recommends a follow up appointment in 2 weeks to insure there are no asymmetries. Remember filler placement is very similar to art work. Sometimes a little touch-up is required to get it just right.
Q. How Long Does the Filler Last?
Juvederm ultra and Perlane have both been show in studies to last up to 12 months. However everyone is different. Consequently duration of filler can vary. Silicone is the only permanent filler Dr. Urban places.
Q. What happens if I don’t like the filler?
Well, removal of the filler is possible by enzymatic degradation through a product called Vitrase.