The lips are the most neglected part of many anti-aging regimens, despite being a dead giveaway of how old or young a person is. But thanks to dermal fillers such as Juvéderm® and Belotero®, you can achieve fuller, more attractive lips without surgery.
As we age we dehydrate and lose the natural fat and collagen in our tissues that provide and create a look of fullness and youth. Collagen is the substance your body produces that creates fullness and volume in the tissues, including the lips. Over time our mouths lose volume, which leads to thinning of the lip and flattening of the cupid’s bow.
Wider, fuller lips are more attractive lips. At Bloor Village Cosmetic Medicine clinic in Toronto, Dr. Alves performs non-surgical lip augmentations with dermal fillers. In this treatment, ultra-fine needles are used to inject biodegradable fillers such as Juvéderm® and Belotero® into your lips for natural, long lasting, and beautiful results.
Dr. Alves is highly experienced and skilled in performing this procedure to artistically create volume, shape, symmetry and proportion in the lips.
Common Questions about Lip Injections
How does it work?
Juvéderm® and Belotero® dermal fillers help restore a youthful, plump appearance to lips by mimicking the fullness that the body’s natural collagen and elastin produce. The fillers are made of hyaluronic acid, a natural substance found in skin, muscles, tendons, and other tissues of the body. Regular follow-up injections will keep your lips plump, smooth, and looking young.
How is it administered?
Very fine needles and/or cannulae (blunt tipped needles) are used to inject fillers: This provides minimal trauma to the tissues of the face. As such, dermal fillers do not require any down time from your life! You will be asked to avoid exercise, alcohol, or excessive heat or sun exposure the day of your treatment. You will also be instructed not to massage or rub your face for the day as your body will need to recover in the hours after being augmented.
How long does the treatment take?
Lip enhancement treatment with Juvéderm® and Belotero® is quick, typically taking about 30 minutes. Prior to your treatment a consultation will be scheduled at our clinic, located in Toronto’s Bloor West Village. Dr. Alves will ask you questions about your medical history, current medications, and any other relevant medical information.
Will I notice the difference right away?
Results are typically seen immediately and maximal benefits should be apparent by one week*(see disclaimer). Follow-up treatments can be undertaken for touch-ups and if you wish to have further lip enhancement, but this is not commonly necessary.
How long do the results last?
Both Juvéderm® and Belotero® lip augmentation treatments can be expected to last 9 to 18 months*(see disclaimer), with follow up recommended at one year. However, every patient’s results depend on their metabolism, activity level, lifestyle, and the amount of product injected.
How soon can I return to normal activities?
Some patients experience minor swelling, itching, slight pain or redness at the treatment site. These effects are short-lived and most people return to their daily activities without any downtime!
Who should not have dermal filler injections?
Juvéderm® and Belotero® should not be used in pregnant or lactating women, as well as people who have had a previous allergic reaction to the drug or any of its ingredients. Anyone with a serious systemic disease, or on blood thinners, will need to consult with Dr. Alves to determine their ability to undergo treatment.
Can people tell I’ve had Juvéderm® or Belotero®?
The treatment philosophy of Dr. Alves is that every patient should look like a refreshed, more youthful version of themselves, without people being able to exactly pinpoint why they look so good. We believe that nothing looks worse than when a patient looks swollen or as if they had an allergic reaction!
Are dermal fillers permanent?
No. After being injected into the lips, Juvéderm® and Belotero® will be broken down by the body over several months. Most people can expect their treatment to last from 6+ months to up to 2+ years*(see disclaimer). Every person will break down the products over a different amount of time depending on age, metabolism, activity level, the injected area and the amount of product used.
What happens to Juvéderm® and Belotero® once it is in my body?
The products will volumize the areas they are injected into and integrate with the body’s natural collagen and tissues. Over time the body will slowly break down the product naturally.
How much does it cost?
The price of Juvéderm® and Belotero® are calculated on a “per syringe” basis. This means that each individual will need a specific amount of product to achieve the cosmetic results they are looking for. Therefore, the cost of the treatment varies by each patient depending on the areas, specific product, and amount needed.
What are the potential side effects of Juvéderm® and Belotero®?
The vast majority of patients do not experience any side effects. Common and minor side effects include infection, local irritation, minor bruising at the injection sites, and headache. Rare side effects include skin necrosis, embolism, or serious allergic reaction. Dr. Alves undertakes a thorough discussion of side effects for all procedures. Please feel free to discuss any and all concerns with him at the time of your free consultation.
Dr. Alves has experience with multiple dermal fillers and will help determine the best option for you. All fillers offered at Bloor Village Medical Cosmetics are FDA and Health Canada approved.
Contact us today to discuss whether Juvéderm® or Belotero are right for your lip enhancement! Call 647-347-7516 or send us a message online.
Juvéderm® is a registered trademark of Allergan Inc.
Belotero® is a registered trademarks of Merz Inc.
*Disclaimer: Similar results are not guaranteed. Individual results are dependent upon multiple factors including the procedure and the patient’s age, metabolism and activity level.