Plump, pouty lips and full cheeks can give your face a more youthful and refreshed appearance. While age, lack of sleep, genetics, and other factors can cause the skin around your cheeks and lips to lose volume, there are several treatments that can give you the boost you’re looking for. For fuller lips and fuller cheeks, here are the best options according to the certified clinicians at AK Beautiful You in Anchorage.
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People begin to lose skin volume with age due to a natural decrease in collagen, hyaluronic acid, and elastin. Many people notice less fat around the jaw, cheeks, and mouth. This loss of fat cells, decreased moisture retention, and decreased elasticity may cause people to have features that appear sunken and weary. Similarly, even people with the plumpest lips will notice their lips start to become thinner with age.
Injectable dermal fillers, like the Juvéderm® collection of fillers, are a popular choice for people of all ages looking to generally plump up their cheeks and lips or to restore volume due to age-related causes. This solution is minimally invasive, relying on a small needle to inject treatments into targeted areas instead of more extensive surgical procedures.
Most facial fillers apply hyaluronic acid to specific areas of the skin to help create a more full and lifted appearance. Hyaluronic acid is a sugar molecule that is naturally produced by the body. It offers several benefits, such as keeping the skin moisturized and well hydrated.
The Juvéderm® collection is the most popular type of dermal filler on the market, which can be administered safely by our certified clinicians at AK Beautiful You. The products from this line can instantly plump the lips, add volume to the cheeks, reduce wrinkles and fine lines, lessen the appearance of scars, and more.
For lip enhancement, we use Juvéderm Volbella® XC and Juvéderm® Ultra XC. Both products are designed to deliver results that last for up to a year and can make the lips feel and look fuller. The Ultra® filler offers a more dramatic plumping effect, while Volbella® is used to subtly increase lip volume and minimize lines on and around the mouth.
Juvéderm Voluma® XC is the ideal product for adding cheek volume. It can also be used on the chin to add definition. This filler is an effective combatant against midface volume loss.
Restylane® fillers also use hyaluronic acid to enhance the lips and face. You have several options for plumping the lips, including Restylane®, Restylane® Kysse, and Restylane® Silk. For adding volume to the cheeks, Restylane® Lyft is the most popular option from this collection.
Most adults can benefit from facial fillers, and the procedure is relatively low risk and non-invasive. Both Juvéderm® and Restylane® are designed for clients older than 21, should be avoided when pregnant or breastfeeding, and are not suitable for people with an allergy to hyaluronic acid or lidocaine (which is used in some products as a local anesthetic). People with severe skin allergies, bleeding disorders, pigmentations disorders, or skin scarring may not be eligible for treatment and should consult with a clinician first.
Most people are very happy with the results of their dermal filler treatment and experience little to no discomfort. It is not uncommon to experience some redness, bruising, itching, or swelling, which can last for up to two weeks. In rare cases, infection, blood vessel injury, or lumps can occur.
If you want full cheeks and lips, Sara Dunlap has years of experience in helping people safely achieve beautiful skin they feel comfortable in. She is Alaska’s leading injector of Juvéderm® and can help recommend the best treatment for your cosmetic needs.
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