Juvederm Ultra Plus XC?
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I recommend a softer filler for the lips, especially for first-time users, but a thicker filler may last longer
Thank you for your question. You are getting a lip filler for the first time, and the doctor you chose recommended Juvederm Ultra Plus XC. You are getting some conflicting comments as to whether or not it is right, as you found out it may be too thick, so there is a risk of creating lumps.
It is understandable to be a little confused about the best options of fillers that would be right for you, especially since this is the first time you are having lip filler. A little background: I’m a Board-certified cosmetic surgeon and Fellowship-trained oculofacial plastic and reconstructive surgeon. I’ve been in practice in Manhattan and Long Island for over 20 years, and injectable fillers are a very big part of what we do in our practice. Lip enhancement is a very popular treatment in our practice, particularly for people who notice volume loss due to facial aging.
When you think about your own lips, and since you did not submit a photo, may I ask you to just look at your lips in the mirror, or take a photo and look at the different elements. When we look at a lip for enhancement, I look at: whether or not there are some lines around the lips, the lip border, the area called cupid’s bow. I look at the pillars. I look at the volume of the pink part of the lip. I look at the proportionality between the upper and lower of the lip. I look at the lines around the corner of the mouth.
Essentially, there is both a gestalt and from a doctor’s point of view, you’re looking at different elements of the lip, and customization of fillers is important. Generally, in my practice and experience, I use softer filler like Restylane for people getting their lips done for the first time. What I am able to do with Restylane is not only add volume to the body of the lip, but also place it at the superficial lines, along the vermilion border, and really sculpt the lips, while being conservative and minimally traumatic. The goal is, especially when you are trying this for the first time, is to really make this a positive experience.
It is also important that your lips feel and look natural. It is also important you feel comfortable with the doctor. Different doctors all have their go-to materials they like using based on experience. It might be your doctor’s experience that Juvederm Ultra Plus XC is a material they like to place, maybe at the deeper level of the lips so the volume is more robust, or maybe because the material lasts. There is a spectrum of filler, whether it is from the Restylane or the Juvederm family, where they all have different viscosities and different lengths of effectiveness from the FDA trials the companies went through to get their material approved. However, there is a wide spectrum of the longevity of these fillers in the real world.
That said, I feel like because the lips are sensitive and tend to swell, there is a tendency to be very aware if there is a lump, so I tend to go towards the more conservative and use a softer filler. This is in no way to disparage your doctor and the decision your doctor is making, but I think since you’ve done this type of research, you should ask your doctor about this option, and really understand what you want to see improve after you are done with this first-time procedure. I hope that was helpful, I wish you the best of luck and thank you for your question.
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As a first timer, I know you're also concerned about looking "natural." Believe it or not, the "ducky" look is more a product of the patient, not the doctor. Most doctors like myself will fill lips on the more conservative or natural side, keeping lips proportionate with the patient's face. There are some patients who get used to having inflated lips, forget how they looked before filler, and end up thinking a little bit more each time will be better until it looks ridiculous - to everyone but her. Get your baseline look down - it may take more than once as a little touch up 3 to 4 weeks later may be necessary to get the final result you're happy with. Once you're satisfied, note the number of syringes it took to get that look and stick with that. It will help you avoid "filler amnesia." Best of luck!
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