What You Need to Know About Lip Augmentation

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Lip Injections

Lip augmentation is a cosmetic procedure that can give you fuller, plumper lips. These days, an injectable dermal filler is the most common method of lip augmentation. There are many types of dermal fillers that can be injected in your lips and around your mouth. But the most common fillers today are products that contain a hyaluronic acid base. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in the body. It helps increase volume in your lips. These types of dermal fillers have been given the name “hyaluronic acid fillers”. This will eventually lead to natural collagen growth.

Injectable Hyaluronic Acid

Injectable hyaluronic acid is a type of temporary dermal filler. Injectable hyaluronic acid is used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, facial folds, and to create structure, framework, and volume to the face and lips. Hyaluronic acid is found naturally throughout the body and grows naturally throughout the skin, with the highest concentration in the joints, eyes, and skin. In the skin, hyaluronic attracts water, which allows the skin to become more hydrated. The effects of injectable hyaluronic acid are seen immediately.
Have a consultation with your practitioner and ask to see the before and after pictures of their patients. Some Medical Spas will even show a video of them performing the treatment on someone so you can see the results and procedure. It’s very reassuring to see. Even more reassuring is, if you’re unhappy with the results, your practitioner is able to dissolve the Hyaluronic acid filler instantly with another injection, which is called Hyaluronidase. Make sure you see the product you’re being injected with too. During your treatment the product should be taken directly from the box, and not previously diluted. Everything should be transparent. You should be able to see exactly what is going on and what is being used.

Fillers like Juvederm, Belotero, Radiesse and Voluma

Fillers, including Juvederm, Belotero, Radiesse and Voluma also use a very small needle. However, for fillers, more fluid is usually injected under the skin’s surface. For this reason, fillers come with Lidocaine which helps numb the injection site. Your practitioner can also use a topical numbing cream and/or ice to further reduce the likelihood of pain and swelling. Some practitioners might recommend you take arnica or apply it, topically, to help reduce swelling after a dermal filler treatment. Applying ice is a well-known treatment to reduce swelling after injuries, and the same effect can be seen when you apply ice to the treated area after a dermal filler treatment. Another way to avoid swelling and bruising is to stay away from alcohol and anti-inflammatory medication prior to your treatment.

What To Expect After Lip Filler Treatment

Swelling after lip filler treatment is completely normal and therefore the size of your lips immediately after treatment is not a true reflection of the final result. Minor swelling can last between a few hours to days, or possibly longer, depending on multiple factors. Tips to lessen the time of dwelling is to apply ice to the treated area, stay hydrated, focus on eating healthy foods like fresh fruits & vegetables. The vitamins and minerals, from the fruits and vegetables, will assist with the healing process. Avoiding strenuous exercise and extreme hot temperatures for 24-48 hours post treatment will also help. Things to avoid include processed foods, fast foods. heavy activity or exercise for the first two days after treatment, excess salt (it is dehydrating), spicy foods, blood-thinning medications, including aspirin and ibuprofen (unless prescribed by your medical practitioner), smoking and exposure to smoke.

Unnatural Lips

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Duck Lips…?

A couple years ago one of the biggest trends was getting huge lips, duck lips as some would call them, because of celebrities like Kylie Jenner. But now the natural look is becoming a trend again, which means there’s a lot of providers are doing lip correction procedures. It has become a more popular treatment of our facility as well. One of the biggest sayings in our spa is quality over quantity. Whether that is only doing natural styled lips with our injections, to the product that we use in the lip. A lot of the time patients who come in for lip correction have gone to facilities who do the procedure at a lower cost, are in a different country, or to providers who are not as experienced as our Nurse Practitioner, Gita. That is why we stress the experience and skill that Gita has, to all our patients who come in and ensure the high quality of the experience we provide.

Quality Over Quantity

I understand that everyone has a budget when it comes to aesthetics and cannot spend an unlimited amount of money for their fillers and lips. I completely understand that however quality over quantity once again. Your lips are one of the center points of your face and so it is imperative you go to someone who knows what they are doing. Make sure that your provider is familiar with the different lip filler products and knows which one is best for lips. On Instagram I see a lot of influencers and everyday people that get lip fillers and a popular one I have seen is Juvederm Voluma for the lip. But, as our NP Gita has stated, that product is a bit too thick for the lip area and can result in overly big lips as well as bumpy lips.

Personalized Treatments at Neu Look

When her patients come in and are unhappy with their lips, Gita always asks what their concern is with them. It ranges anywhere from their lips feel bumpy or they’re lopsided or they felt as though there wasn’t enough or too much product. The first thing that Gita always reminds our patients is that everyone is asymmetrical and so there will always be one side of your lip that differs from the other. But providers should be able to identify that and correct it rather than inject in a way that makes it more prevalent. When it comes to hyaluronic acid based fillers like Juvederm and Restylane, there is a product by the name of hyaluronidase that can melt the product. This is ideal when providers inject too much product in one area or if the lips end up bumpy. It just melts the product and you will be left with your natural lip. Once all the product is melted, you will be able to get injectables seven days after. Then Gita will be able to use the proper lip filler and inject it in a way to achieve the patient’s desires.

Book your appointment today!

Gita’s main goal is to always please her patients and help them achieve the aesthetic looks they are striving to have. If you are looking to plump your lips or make them symmetrical, but still keep them natural, then Gita is the provider to go to. Call us at (858) 538-5665 to schedule an appointment for your lip correction!

Am I Too Young to Start Cosmetic Injections?

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Legality of Treatments

Let’s face it, social media, and celebrities are making a huge impact on the upcoming generation of young adults. Young adults and teenagers are witnessing a whole new world of anti-wrinkle, lip and cheek injections becoming the new “norm”. Many individuals view cosmetic procedures as a way of self-expression. It is also to be noted that neither Botox nor any filler injection is permanent. However it is a medically prescribed treatment and should not be taken lightly. At Neu Look Med Spa & Skin Center, in San Diego, legally, you qualify for any treatment at the age 18 years of age, with a consultation. But that doesn’t guarantee you will receive every treatment you desire, because at a young age, your body and face are still developing.

Uniqueness of Treatments

At Neu Look Med Spa & Skin Center, we know that each patient is unique and some treatments are specifically to correct an asymmetry, imbalance or deformity to avoid surgery. Other patients want to achieve a specific appearance that they see themselves as in their mind. Some people believe that waiting until you are older is better due to your advanced physical and emotional maturity. There are some practitioners who say as long as you are over the age of 18 or past your later teen growth spurts that there is no reason to not receive Botox or Filler. Other providers state that it shouldn’t be started until someone is in their mid-to-late 20’s or 30 years of age. The general consensus between disagreeing parties is that it is all depending on what the younger patient wishes to achieve and why.

Fillers and Skin Damage

According to Coco Ruby Skin and Anti-Ageing Cosmetic Blog, “What the Kardashians are doing cosmetically might not suit your face or your lips. Plus, chances are that the younger you are when you first start getting cosmetic injections; the more likely it is that you might regret it over time. Just like those colorful tattoos you’re considering investing in (or already have).” Our NP Gita, at Neu Look Med Spa & Skin Center, states that fillers will only stretch your skin or damage your appearance, long term, if it is injected incorrectly. “There is no treatment that I offer at my facility that is 100% permanent and I provide my patients with a thorough consultation before I make any decisions on treating them. I do not over treat anyone, to benefit financially, and I always do what is best for that unique individual based on their desires and my professional advice.

Botox and Dysport

Botox and Dysport are injected for many reasons such as anti-wrinkling, hyperhydrosis, headaches and more. Botox is manufactured by Allergan and Dysport is manufactured by Galderma. They are both Botulinum products. They essentially do the same thing except their molecular makeup is different. One unit of Botox is equivalent to three units of Dysport. Therefore, don’t think that you’ll need the same dosage. Our NP, Gita Izadi, likes to use Botox and Dysport for different areas of the face. It also depends on the patients and whether they prefer Botox or Dysport. They are both used to soften lines our patients develop on their faces.

Fine lines and wrinkles on your face have multiple causes. Many fine lines and wrinkles are from expressions we make on a daily basis but they are largely from genetics. “Everyone’s skin retains lines differently. Therefore, one patient may start developing deep set lines, that can be softened with Botox or Dysport, at the age of 30 and another patient may start forming a deep set line at the age of 22. The goal of Botox or Dysport is to prevent deep set lines that will need to be filled eventually. It is not bad to be cautious and proactive with your face,” Gita states. Meaning, if you feel as though you have lines that you want to be corrected, don’t avoid coming in to see our NP, Gita. Come in for a complimentary consultation and discuss your concerns with her.

Quality Over Pricing

At Neu Look Med Spa & Skin Center, we suggest that at ANY age, when receiving ANY treatment, to choose QUALITY over pricing. With injections, you often get what you pay for. Sacrificing professionalism and experience for lower pricing is never a good idea. Cheaper practitioners and facilities are often guilty of diluting their product, injecting lesser quality fillers, or non-approved substances. Anyone can be at risk for a poor injection but many unprofessional facilities prey on younger potential patients using social media as a tool. Please do not fall prey to these practices.

Call Neu Look Med Spa & Skin Center, at 858-538-5665. We’ll be glad to offer further information or advice on this topic. You can also email info@neulookskin.com to schedule your complimentary consultation or appointment.

Edited by Gita Izadi, NP

Lip Injections

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Lip Injections at Neu Look Skin Med Spa in San Diego California

Lip Injections are currently one of the most popular treatment options in the world. Whether you are correcting asymmetry, wanting to make them more full or replacing what has diminished over time – Gita Izadi at Neu Look Med Spa can help you achieve what you’re looking for with over 15 years of experience as a Nurse Practitioner. Juvederm Ultra or Ultra Plus, Juvederm Volbella, Juvederm Vollure and the Restylane family (Refyne, Silk) are our most popular filler choices here at Neu Look Med Spa. You will arrive 15 minutes early so Gita can apply a topical numbing cream before your injection for comfort. The lip fillers also have lidocaine mixed in them for that extra numbness to be provided.

The main ingredient in Juvederm and Restylane is hyaluronic acid which is a natural occurring component in our bodies. That being said, no one is allergic to it so there is no fear of having a negative reaction to the filler. There are no side effects from the filler, only from the injection itself being swelling, possible bruising and tenderness.

  • Juvederm Vollure by Allergan is an FDA approved for the lower face, chin, nasal labial line and jaw line. At Neu Look Med Spa we use this for lip augmentation as well. This product comes in a 1cc syringe and can be customized
  • Juvederm Ultra by Allergan is best for patients who want a more full or plump lip shape. The product comes in a 1cc syringe and is the equivalent to ¼ teaspoon. This particular filler is a thicker emulsion of hyaluronic acid that Gita can customize to give you the desired shape you want.
  • Juvederm Volbella by Allergan is thinner formula that will give you a softer look opposed to the Juvederm Ultra. This product comes in two treatment options being a ½ cc syringe and a 1 cc syringe. First time filler patients have the option to start with the smaller dosage and gradually work up to a full cc. This product (0.5 cc) is good to use for the vertical and horizonal lines on the upper lip area. It can be used for patients who don’t want to have plumper lips. The 1cc will provide an elegant volume that will look very natural and part of it can be used to soften the lines on upper lip area.
  • Restylane (Refyne, Silk) by Galderma is perfect for smoothing fine lines around the mouth and giving a natural looking result. This is a great product that will never leave you looking overdone. It comes in a 1cc syringe that injects in seamlessly.

Pre-Treatment:

  • To reduce the possibility of bruising start Arnica.
  • Reduce the intake of anti-inflammatory.
  • Reduce the intake of alcohol and vitamins.

Post Treatment :

  • You can see immediate results and 5 days post treatment you will see the final result of your lip augmentation.
  • Lips will be swollen for 5 days,
  • Apply ice for 2 hours.
  • Continue using your Arnica.
  • Use Anti Aging lip balm with SPF since your lips will be extremely dry for 5-7 days.

We retail Epicuren lip balm for you to take home after your appointment to ensure there is minimal dryness post procedure because it is so important to keep your new lips hydrated! Call Neu Look Med Spa at 858-538-5665 to schedule your lip appointment today and as always contact us with any questions you may have at info@neulookskin.com.

Edited by Gita Izadi, Nurse Practitioner