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Lip Fillers

Plump, full lips are strongly associated with youth and good health. Thanks to advancements in cosmetic medicine, it is easier than ever to achieve fuller lips. Perhaps this is why lip enhancement procedures are more popular than ever with our Champaign – Urbana area patients. Dr. Russo frequently consults with individuals from Decatur, Charleston, Mattoon, Effingham, Danville, and beyond who are looking for ways to enhance their pout.

What Are Lip Fillers?

The term “lip filler” refers to any type of dermal filler that is injected into the lip area to replace lost volume and plump up the lips. Depending on the filler used and your unique response to the treatment, results from lip augmentation using dermal fillers can last up to one year. It is safe to undergo repeat treatments with injectable fillers to maintain your look.

There are many types of fillers available on the market today. Some fillers, such as Restylane, Restylane Silk and Juvéderm Ultra Plus XC, have been specifically designed for use in lip augmentation. The manufacturers of these particular fillers have taken care to craft a substance that mimics the natural feel of the lips once it has been injected. In some cases, Dr. Russo may opt to use a different type of filler in or around a patient’s lips. With a wide variety of injectable fillers available for use in our Champaign-Urbana practice you can be confident that Dr. Russo will select the best one for your needs.

Ideal Candidates for Lip Fillers

Anyone who is in good overall health and is seeking plumper lips is a good candidate for lip fillers. Some of the key reasons why people undergo lip enhancement include:

  • Naturally thin lips
  • Lips have become thinner with age
  • Dissatisfaction with thin lips that seem to disappear when smiling
  • Desire for better facial balance
Lip Fillers vs Lip Implants

Lip fillers are the most popular choice when it comes to lip enhancement, but the use of lip implants has been growing over the past few years. Dr. Russo frequently finds himself discussing lip implants with patients from the surrounding communities of Bloomington, Springfield and Peoria who wish to permanently plump up their lips. During the initial consultation, Dr. Russo will discuss the benefits and risks of both lip fillers and lip implants with patients who are interested in lip enhancement. The chart below provides an overview.

  Lip fillers Lip implant
Duration of results Depending on filler used and your body’s response, between 6 months and 1 year Permanent, unless implant needs to be removed
Appearance Highly customizable and natural appearance Less customization available
Risks Very little risk of allergic reaction to filler Post-surgical infection; rejection of implant by body; implant migration; scarring; permanent stiffness in lip region
Anesthesia required No anesthesia required Local anesthesia required
Recovery period Can resume normal activities immediately; lips may be swollen or bruised for a couple of days Lips will appear very swollen for a few days; head must be elevated for 48 hours; pain killers and icing may be required
Cost Substantially lower than lip implants, but needs to be repeated to maintain appearance More costly than lip fillers, but results are permanent, so the cost will be lower in the long run
Consulting with Dr. Ronald Russo in Champaign, Illinois

If you’re interested in lip augmentation, we encourage you to make an appointment with Dr. Russo at Rejuvenis Beauty. From the comfort of his Champaign-Urbana office, he will help you decide if enhancing your lips with dermal fillers is the best choice for you.