lip injections; how to get the good (and avoid the bad & the ugly)

Lip injections. Lip filler. Lip enhancement. Lip augmentation. You name it, we've heard about it. We've all seen the good, the bad and the ugly. Thanks to Kylie Jenner for finally owning up to the fact that her lips are not natural (obviously!) and not due to some crazy lip suction device (see this Buzzfeed article for some laughs), the topic isn't so taboo.

First, a little history behind dermal fillers. The products we work with are HA (hyaluronic acid) based meaning our bodies eventually metabolize the product AND they can be dissolved with an enzyme called hyaluronidase. This is good news, people. It allows for some reassurance that if you do have a bad experience, it can be taken care of. More good news, it's very rarely needed.

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Let's talk about lips, baby.

Let's talk about you and me. Let's talk about all the good things and the bad things that may be. Let's talk about lips! [inspo shout out to Salt-n-Pepa!]

Way back in the day, Restylane was one of the only options. Injectors all over the world were using it anywhere and everywhere on the face to add volume and reduce fine lines and wrinkles giving a tighter, younger looking appearance. Think cheeks, laugh lines, fine lines around the mouth, lips for smoothing and volume, and the chin. Now days, we have many many products to choose from that have been developed for specific areas of the face for very specific needs. This allows for much more natural looking results. Thanks, science!

Now, let's talk about products we use for lips. Restylane, Silk, Refyne, Juvederm Ultra, Ultra Plus, Volbella and Vollure. Seems overwhelming, right? The good news is that a good injector will listen to your expectations and help choose the right product for you, getting you the results you want. Factors to think about:  price? how long does it last? will it hurt? how much volume will I get? will it look natural? can I build volume over time? will they just deflate after its been so long? will I look like a duck?

Here's the short of it. The injector is key; and I'm not afraid to toot the Hollyday horn (toot toot!) because Holly and Jenny are two of the best in the city! The product determines all of the answers to the questions above. Let's just say $450-500 is a good average for price and 6-12 months for how long they last. We numb every client with a topical lidocaine so you'll barely feel a thing. Some post treatment swelling and tenderness is normal, but it subsides quickly. If you have tiny lips that disappear when you smile, we can give you a little oomph without everyone and their mother knowing you've had something done. If you're happy with what yo mama gave you, we can smooth and define them. If you want volume, we can give you Angelina Jolie-esque lips that look soft and natural, not ducky. HA fillers give something for your own collagen to cling on to, so over time your lips will be naturally more plump and pillowy. They aren't just going to disappear over night.

The bottom line is this - if the thought has crossed your mind (don't lie to yourself!) the answer is yes! You won't be disappointed.