Each morning, many women reach into their makeup cases and apply lip pencils or plumping gloss to create the illusion of fuller lips. The trouble is lip makeup washes off at the end of the day and constantly needs to be reapplied. A more lasting solution is lip fillers, a cosmetic injectable solution that gives the lips a more defined and voluptuous appearance for months at a time.
When it comes to lip fillers Austin or Dallas residents shouldn't trust their lips to anyone but a board-certified Dallas or Austin facial plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Sarah Saxon. As the founder of Saxon MD, she performs lip enhancement with cosmetic injectables every day, integrating her artistic sensibilities and vast knowledge of facial anatomy into every procedure.
Lip fillers refer to a category of dermal fillers, or cosmetic injectables, used to add volume to the lip area. Upon injecting fillers, the lips immediately increase in size, lending volume and beautiful definition to naturally thin, asymmetrical, or wrinkled lips.
Most lip fillers today contain hyaluronic acid—a flexible, smooth hydrating and plumping ingredient that is biocompatible. Dr. Saxon favors HA-based fillers such as Restylane Kysse and Revanesse Versa. These products are great for adding subtle, natural-looking volume to the lips.
With lip fillers, you won’t have to rely on makeup skills to get the look you seek. Lip filler injections volumize thin or aged lips instantly, giving the lips a more youthful and plump appearance for several months to a year. When administered correctly, lip enhancement can make the entire face appear more visually appealing and proportional.
Top Reasons to Consider Lip Fillers
If you are dissatisfied with thin lips or lip wrinkles, want a more defined cupid’s bow, or crave a plumper look, consider lip fillers your go-to solution. To be eligible for lip fillers, patients must be aged 21 or older, in good overall health, and have realistic expectations. Lip fillers are not suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women. Dr. Saxon will review your medical history to ensure you don’t have any contraindications.
While the injections don’t take long to administer, you’ll need to allow about an hour for your initial consultation. That will give you time to discuss your goals and concerns with Dr. Saxon in detail. She never rushes the process and will make sure to answer all of your questions. Eligible candidates may be able to have their procedure done the same day so long as they have not recently taken NSAID medications, blood thinners, or certain herbal supplements such as Vitamin E. Smokers may have an elevated risk of complications, so you should be nicotine-free for at least several weeks before and after your procedure.
Lip fillers complement many other facial cosmetic procedures, from facelifts to chin augmentation to rhinoplasty and eyelid surgery to wrinkle fillers and Botox injections. The sky's the limit. Dr. Saxon will only suggest combining services if you have multiple areas of concern that you want to address. Please note that some services might not be able to take place on the same day.
After numbing your skin with ice or topical anesthetic, Dr. Saxon will make a series of injections, artistically molding your lips into the desired shape. You may feel sensitivity or pressure as she injects the filler, but the discomfort should only last a few moments.
Expect some inflammation, tenderness, and pinpoint bleeding immediately post-injection. Bruising may also occur since the lips are concentrated with tiny blood vessels. These temporary side effects generally resolve over the next few days, although bruising can last a week or two.
What you see in the mirror immediately after your appointment is not your final result. Your lips will likely display pronounced swelling, which is typically worst on day one.
Don’t be alarmed if your lips appear asymmetrical. One side could be more swollen than the other. You may also feel small, firm bumps at the injection sites. This, too, is likely temporary.
Today, your lips may start to look more normal (albeit fuller) as the swelling finally begins to resolve. Be patient! You are inching closer to seeing your final outcome.
After 14 days, your lips will be fully healed and looking much more natural. Any swelling and bruising will have typically faded at this point. Most patients are thrilled with their results! If you are considering adding more filler, you are welcome to come back to the office to discuss it with Dr. Saxon at this time.
By week four, you will have grown more accustomed to your new lip size and shape. You are less worried about whether friends or coworkers will notice if you’ve had anything done. Instead, you are more likely to be racking up compliments about how nice you look lately, even though most people won’t be able to pinpoint what you’ve had done.
Depending on the type of lip filler Austin & Dallas patients can expect the results to last between three to 12 months. Your body will gradually break down the filler ingredients. Over time, your lips should return to their original shape and size. Maintaining your results is as easy as returning to Dr. Saxon for a touch-up once your filler wears off. Source
Our founder, Dr. Sarah Saxon, is one of the few board-certified facial plastic surgeons Dallas & Austin has who performs the lip filler injections herself rather than outsourcing the task to a nurse or LPN. Her patients benefit from her complex knowledge of anatomy and precise injection techniques, giving them peace of mind knowing their face is in the hands of a true expert. More than a facial surgeon, Dr. Saxon is an artist and a skilled medical provider focused on natural-looking results.
Call our Dallas or Austin location to book your lip filler consultation with Dr. Sarah Saxon. Together, you’ll create a plan to get the plump, defined lips you desire.
The truth is the lips are one of the most sensitive parts of the face. Most people describe feeling pressure and a pinch during the injections. Many lip fillers have a numbing agent built-in to make the process tolerable. Dr. Saxon may also apply ice or topical numbing cream beforehand for enhanced comfort.
Lip fillers have a high safety profile. However, risks and side effects are possible with any minimally invasive procedure. Scarring, granulomas, infection, asymmetry, allergic reactions, and filler migration are some complications that can occur. Therefore, it is crucial to choose a board-certified Dallas or Austin facial plastic surgeon such as Dr. Saxon.
Hyaluronic acid lip fillers typically last a long time, but the results are not permanent. Many patients enjoy three months to a year of fuller and more luscious lips. The rate at which your filler dissolves depends on your metabolism, which explains why lip fillers last longer in some individuals than others. Source
Pregnant and nursing women should not receive lip fillers. There have not been adequate clinical studies to confirm whether or not dermal filler ingredients can affect fetal development.
You can resume eating and drinking as soon as your lips regain normal sensation, typically within one to four hours of injection.
Nationally, the average cost of lip fillers is approximately $648. Some patients pay more, while others pay less. The cost of lip fillers varies since it is a customized procedure. Dr. Saxon’s pricing reflects her expertise as a board-certified facial plastic surgeon. After speaking with you and creating a treatment plan, she will provide a price quote, so there are no surprises. Financing options may be available to those that qualify. Source
Most patients book a touch-up session at four to six months on average. Source
Make your tomorrow beautiful. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Saxon about facial plastic surgery in Texas. Dr. Saxon will answer all your questions in a caring manner and help you create a plan to bring your ideal looks to life!