If it Quacks like a Duck….

Okay, I admit it- I have been a bit remiss in getting postings up.  Let’s blame it on the winter doldrums.  I don’t know what the weather is like where you are, but here in Cleveland, we’re still getting snow.  Heavy, wet snow.  Ugh.

So let’s talk about something fun.  How about fuller lips?  I’ve brought up lip filler before, and that is because I’m a huge fan (and yes, I do get lip filler myself).  But I know many of my patients are afraid of looking artificial, and yes, I’m going to say it- like a duck.  How do you avoid those fake looking lips?  Because let me assure you, it is possible to have fuller lips and still look natural.

Courtesy of office.com

Courtesy of office.com

Plumping up the lips is done with hyaluronic acid, a slippery substance that lubricates our joints.  When used to plump the lips or smooth wrinkles, it generally lasts around 6-9 months.  If you have seen some of the overdone lips in the popular press, I can understand why you might want to avoid a duck-like appearance.  So here are a couple questions for you to consider: first, what is your treatment goal?  Do you want fuller lips over all, or just to improve the appearance of the fine lines around your mouth?  The technique can be adjusted by your doctor depending on the look you would like to achieve, so it’s important to share these goals with your doctor at your initial visit.  In addition, be aware that you will have some swelling and bruising for up to a week after getting filler.

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