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Pump It Up!
What You Need To Know About Lip Injections

by P.P.

Angelina Jolie, Brigitte Bardot, Carly Simon… all women blessed with beautiful luscious lips. Many women wish they had naturally plump lips like them. Ever since I was a little girl, I would purse and puff out my lips to make them appear bigger. I recently found the answer to my aesthetic envy: lip injections. I visited with Nurse Karen who answered all of my questions before she helped to give my lips the perfect pump for summer! My experience was wonderful and a very quick process. After a consultation, Nurse Karen numbs the mouth area with Lidocaine. Depending on how much pump you get, she then injects an even amount of shots with Juvederm. I saw my lips pump up in a matter of seconds!
If you’re thinking about getting lip injections, Nurse Karen has all of the information you need.

Is there any preparation before getting injections?

You need to avoid Advil or aspirin prior to lip injections as it will cause bleeding and bruising. Tylenol is OK to take.

Can anyone get lip injections? Are there any allergic reactions to be aware of?

There are not any allergic reactions necessarily, but a patient may want to take Valtrex for cold sores if there is a history. Juvederm is hyaluronic acid which we already have in our bodies, so we tend to adapt to it very well.

You use Juvederm for the injections, what is Juvederm exactly?

Juvederm (hyaluronic acid) is the “internal sponge” that keeps us plumped up. As we age, it tends to shrivel up like an old sponge, so adding Juvederm just replaces what we are losing or have lost.

When you consult with the patient, how do you determine how big or small the outcome? How does one decide how big they want their lips?

I usually have the patient bring me pictures so I can see what they want. We look at their lips and face together and see what would be the best for their face. Not everyone can just march in and get big lips. They don’t always fit everyone’s face. Some patients have very large lips because it is a fad, but there face is too small for such large lips. “Duck lips” can occur if too much Juvederm is placed in a small lip that can’t handle it.

Does it hurt?

I like to do a cosmetic dental block, similar to the dentist dental block, without numbing the teeth. Then it doesn’t hurt at all.
What is the process?

Lidocaine is the medication used to numb the lips for injection. It usually wears off in about 20 minutes for most people. It does hurt a great deal if the lidocaine isn’t used.

How long will the injections last?  
Juvederm to the lips can last up to a year, and still look terrific until then.

If the patient wants to continue getting injections, how long should they wait and how often should they get them?

The injections can be repeated as soon as a few months if the patient is trying to get them bigger. I like to wait for a few weeks at least between two injections because it gives the lips a chance to settle in. For the most part, every 9 months to a year my patients return for more Juvederm to their lips.

Is there any post-maintenance needed and are there any side effects?

No post maintenance, just enjoy! There aren’t any post side effects usually. If pain or cold sores were to occur, call your doctor right away. Juvederm lips are for the most part, side effect free. Ready to go and enjoy!

$550 for Juvederm Ultra, $650 for Juverm Ultra Plus
Brilliant Distinctions offers discounts which are honored by Nurse Karen at Dr. Sanders.
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Tel: 818.981.3333