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New York is one of a few select cities in the world who have earned the recognition for being top plastic surgery destinations for the quality and scope of facial and body sculpting. Among many procedures that are performed in NYC, lip fillers have gained a reputation for being safe, quick and yet very transformative. The popularity of lip plumping has skyrocketed over the past few years as social media has been all over Kylie Jenner and the beauty trend of having full and luscious lips.

Lip injections NYC aren’t only for young social media users who want to imitate a Kylie Jenner lip, however. Many people get lip filler injections to add volume to their lips that with age have lost collagen, volume and definition. Many of us suffer from small vertical lines (or smokers lines) around the lips, which can sometimes be addressed with a little bit of lip filler as well to add some volume.

Lip injections still sometimes have a negative connotation and a reputation of creating a fake, duck-like lip shape, but what you may not know is that a ton of people have extremely natural looking lip injections that would only be noticeable if they were pointed out to you.

Dr. Schwarzburg specializes in this natural look at his cosmetic surgery clinic, Skinly Aesthetics, which has been voted as one of the best places for lip injections in NYC. Dr. Schwarzburg takes into consideration that everyone’s lips are different and unique and has a custom approach for each of his patients, catered to their specific needs. The reason why he is considered one of the best lip augmentation doctors in NYC is because of his meticulous and yet artistic approach to crafting the lips that make you look fabulous without being too obvious or overdone.

When you are looking for a person who does lip injections in NYC, you want to make sure that they have the most advanced training, are board certified, and possess a lot of experience in the field to make sure that you are getting the lip injections that will best fit your facial appearance.

Lip Fillers before and after
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What is lip augmentation?

One of the ways to determine whether a lip augmentation procedure will be one that is best suited to you involves careful evaluation by the injector of the patient’s individual and unique lips, to assess what kind of filler and technique would be most optimal based on the patient’s lip shape and overall goals. The goal of an attractive looking lip augmentation is to add volume and shape to the lips by injecting a hyaluronic acid filler. Good lip fillers take up to 30 minutes to complete and will last you from 6 to 12 months.

Our approach to naturally looking lip fillers

When you book an appointment at Skinly Aesthetics, our primary goal is for you to reach your beauty goals and to walk out with confidence while maintaining natural results. Before getting your lip fillers you will first have a one on one consultation with Dr. Schwarzburg to discuss your goals, questions, and concerns. Because everyone is different, Dr. Schwarzburg will establish the perfect treatment plan with the proper filler and technique to fit your unique lip. At Skinly we are not committed to one lip filler brand or company, instead we are committed to bringing out your natural beauty through a carefully designed process.

Naturally looking plump lips are the foundation of the lip injection process at Skinly and we will always create naturally looking beautiful lips that complement your overall appearance and style.

Lip filler styles

There are a variety of techniques and styles that can be used for a beautiful lip. At Skinly Aesthetics we take into consideration that each and every one of our patients has a different lip anatomy and that there is no such thing as a “one size fits all” approach for the perfect lip filler.

While there are a variety of lip fillers and techniques that Dr. Schwarzburg uses based on individual patient’s needs, some of our most popular lip enhancements includes the rose lip, using Restylane Kysse, which is a technique known for its voluminous, defined yet natural result. The rose lip technique requires a special set of skills, which is one of the many reasons why Skinly Aesthetics is known as one of the best places for Manhattan lip augmentation. With careful assessment during your one on one consultation with Dr. Schwarzburg, you will find the perfect type of lip filler for your unique lip.

Filled Lips types and shapes

What is lip filler made out of?

Today’s lip fillers have come a long way from where they first started out, which was liquid silicone injections. Fortunately, it wasn’t long before it was discovered that liquid silicone could have serious dangers and side effects, including the blockage of blood vessels should the silicone spread through the body, and death. The use of liquid silicone was banned shortly after this discovery, which has led us to the most commonly used substance for dermal fillers, hyaluronic acids.

Hyaluronic acid is a substance naturally found in the body and you may have heard of it in some serums and skin care products that you use. It works in combination with water, which is what creates volume when it is injected under the skin. Hyaluronic acid fillers are safe to use and typically last between 6 and 12 months. There are several different kinds of hyaluronic acid fillers including, Juvederm (Voluma, Vollure, Volbella, Ultra XC), Restylane (Silk, Kysse), Belotero, Revanesse, and Teosyal.

While every one of these Hyaluronic Acids can be used and there isn’t necessarily the best type of lip filler, however one of the best known and most common fillers used for the lips is typically Juvederm or Restylane. If you are unsure of what filler to use on your lips, you can always ask your lip injections dermatologist for their professional opinion before choosing your hyaluronic acid based filler. You want to make sure that whoever is injecting your lips is conducting board certified lip injections and are medical professionals with experience, to confirm that the filler you are getting is right for you.

What are the benefits of lip injections?

Overall the main purpose of good lip injections is to add volume to the lips and make them plump. This may apply to someone who is generally insecure about their lips and wants to add more volume with some top lip filler, or to someone who has lost volume in their lips with age. Some people also go for the most natural looking lip injections to even out asymmetry in the lips. All in all, the benefit of lip injections is whatever your reason is to get them, whether that be for volume or symmetry or a perfect unfiltered selfie.

Types of lip fillers

What’s the best lip filler? There is no specific answer to this question. Because everyone’s lips are unique in shape, there is no single lip filler that is the best for everyone. Not only are there multiple types of lip fillers that can be injected, but there are also a number of techniques that can be used to create a specific shape and look.

This is where the critical eye and expertise of your injector come into play. In order to get the best lip injections NYC, you want to make sure that your injector is not only board certified, but an expert with tons of experience in the industry. If you want to think more into detail about the type of lip filler you want to explore, here is some information about different kinds of lip fillers.

  • Juvederm: The most commonly used and best known hyaluronic acid lip filler, used for volume for the famous pouty lips NYC.
  • Juvederm Voluma: Used for extra volume and tends to last longer than regular Juvederm.
  • Juvederm Volbella: Often used to refine the shape of the lip and cupid’s bow.
  • Restylane: Often used for a more subtle and natural look. Restylane Kysse is commonly used for the rose lip technique to create beautiful subtle lip injections.
  • Restylane Silk: Commonly used to address fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth, like smokers lines.
  • Restylane Kysse: Used to add volume and address fine lines around the mouth.
  • Belotero: Commonly is used for fine lines and wrinkles as well as volume.
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Are lip fillers temporary and how long do they last?

If you are searching everywhere online on where to get temporary lip fillers, you can stop looking. Hyaluronic acids are always temporary and typically will last you anywhere from 6 to 12 months. Hyaluronic acid fillers are also dissolvable with the injectable enzyme hyaluronidase, which will reverse the effects of any hyaluronic acid immediately. Some people want something even more subtle and temporary such as a botox lip lift NYC, more commonly known as a lip flip, which is a very subtle lip augmentation through the injection of 5 to 10 units of botox right above the top lip, to create a “flip” resulting in a fuller top lip. This will last you 3 – 5 months, however, keep in mind that botox is not dissolvable and will have to be metabolized by the body before results begin to fade.

Some people wonder if their lips will look weird or stretched out after their lip filler has faded. Fortunately, lip fillers do not stretch out your lips to the point of them becoming loose once they begin to go down again. You can look up temporary lip fillers before and after photos to see what your lips look like before, during, and after the fillers are metabolized by the body. In order for your lips to look strange and stretched out afterwards, you would have to get an abnormal amount of lip filler injected, so there is no need to worry. Most of the lip fillers you see in NYC are natural lip injections that you wouldn’t even know are filled unless you were told so.

How much do lip injections cost in NYC?

For a good lip enhancement, the prices in New York may vary. A lip augmentation treatment in NYC can range anywhere from $400 to $1500 per syringe, and depends on the type of filler, technique used, experience of the doctor and the location of the clinic in New York. After 6-12 months most clients opt for a touch up and that could cost another $800 to $1000. While it is possible to get a deal that will allow you to get a lip filler for $400, when you are looking to get your lips enhanced with hyaluronic acid, be sure that you are searching for quality and impeccable work over cheap lip fillers in NYC.

While it is nice to save money, if it is saving money on a significant change to your face, you may want to reconsider your treatment options completely. A general rule of thumb is to go with a board certified doctor or injector that you trust the most after conducting thorough research through doctor review and social media platforms. Assuming that it is priced fairly based on the doctor’s expertise and the quality of their work, even if you end up with a filler that is at the higher end of the scale, you can be confident that you are getting the best treatment and the outstanding results.

The cost of lip filler in New York should probably be the last thing you take into consideration as you want to ensure that the work that you are getting done is exceptional and accentuates your best facial features. The most unpleasant thing you don’t want to happen is to go for the cheapest priced lip fillers in New York, and end up having to get a lip reduction surgery in NYC to reverse the results with hyaluronidase injection. While unfortunate, here at Skinly we are regularly dissolving lip fillers and other dermal fillers that were done poorly or incorrectly at other places. Hence, it is always better to play it safe and do extensive research on your injector, their background, their qualifications, their clinic, and their work.

Lip filler post care and common side effects

After getting your Manhattan lip augmentation, you may experience some discomfort, bruising, and swelling for 3-5 days. Until the filler is fully settled, do not rub or touch your lips to avoid shifting or moving the filler. For the first day after getting your injection, be sure to apply an ice pack or any kind of cold compress to decrease the general discomfort and the swelling. In order to reduce swelling from lip injections, you need to be very careful not to add heat to the area or stay in a very humid area. Use an ice pack and do not work out for 2-3 days so that the filler can settle completely.

If you got more than just the standard one syringe and were going for the large look with lip fillers, it is important to be even more gentle with your lips as the swelling may be excessive. Ice it and leave it alone for as long as you can until the filler has completely settled. If you bruise, apply a warm compress on day 2 until the bruising subsides. This can take over a week sometimes, depending on how badly you bruise and how well you heal. But even if you bruise, there is no need to panic as this is completely normal and will go away with patience.
A brand new lip filler can be uncomfortable at first. Particularly on the first day, when you are still numb from the numbing cream and lidocaine inside the hyaluronic gel itself, you won’t really be able to feel your lips. All you will feel is swelling and discomfort. Do not mess with your lips post injection. You may feel the need to touch them or lick your lips after getting the injections, but hold off on this until the filler is settled as this could lead to filler migration.

Lip filler Questions and Answers

Who is the best injector for lip fillers?

Ideally you want to get your lip fillers from a trained and experienced board certified doctor who will know what is the best lip filler for you. Your injector should be board certified and while it is not necessary for your injector to be an MD, many people do prefer to be injected by a doctor due to extensive experience in general medicine. However, it is equally crucial that the doctor who is a medical director at the clinic actually performs the procedures himself, as it is common for some clinics to keep the doctor only nominally, while all the injections are performed by nurses and other allied health professionals.

Are there permanent lip fillers?

While at the beginning, all lip augmentations were permanent lip fillers made of liquid silicone, these applications are long gone and officially banned and illegal. Liquid silicone proved to have negative, and even fatal effects on the body and would require surgical intervention in order to be removed. Hyaluronic acid fillers are not permanent, and totally safe and very low risk. For the best experience in lip injections, be sure to request a hyaluronic acid filler – if you are getting silicone or any other unapproved versions, run!

Are lip fillers safe?

Lip fillers are generally safe and low risk as long as you are getting them done by a medically trained and board certified professional or the best lip augmentation surgeon in your area. The product used for your lips should always be a hyaluronic acid whether you want a subtle lip filler or a top lip filler.

Be sure to get all the post care information from your injector to ensure that your fillers heal nicely and you maintain your beautiful results. You should ask them as many postcare questions as possible including how to reduce swelling in lip fillers, and whether you can wear lipstick after Juvederm, and any others so you leave the clinic with complete peace of mind. Most importantly, make sure that you do your research when looking for a place to get your filler, and with this approach you will find some of the best doctors for lip fillers in NYC where you will have the most beautiful and uncompromising results.

What are possible lip complications and how to avoid them?

Complications after getting lip fillers are rare but always a possibility. The most commonly reported side effects include displacement or migration of the filler, formation of small nodules, skin irritation, or infection. These possible complications can happen even with most advanced celebrity injectorts, but what actually differentiates an inadequately trained person from a board certified doctor is their approach to handling the unexpected and undesired events.

Highly educated and experienced doctors know exactly what to do and when to do it, and whether it’s actually necessary. They will provide clear and explicit post-procedural guidelines, including not manipulating your lips right after the procedure and avoiding certain activities.

One of the most important points that a knowledgeable doctor will communicate is that initial results do not represent the final outcome, as fillers take time to settle. You should also schedule a follow up appointment with your doctor to confirm everything has settled nicely a week after the procedure. It’s usually sufficient to look up before and after juvederm lip injections photos to see what looks normal and what doesn’t to compare.

I have too much swelling after injections and my lips look ducky, what should I do?

As previously explained the recovery process after lip injections is not instantaneous and takes time. The recovery period is very important as some intended and unintended consequences can spontaneously occur. This is where the expertise and experience of your doctor matter the most and this is what separates an average injector from an accomplished doctor.

First, initial swelling post lip injections can be overwhelming for someone who hasn’t experienced that beforehand. They may and will look completely exaggerated as the lips take on this disproportionately large and sometimes even asymmetrical appearance. This is all normal as the hyaluronic acid may cause an intense inflammatory response and some lip areas can look lopsided. If this is not recognized as a normal response various degrees of distress may ensue leading to unnecessary dissolving of the filler and future averson to lip filler injections.

Second, the increase in lip volume can be so dramatic that it extends above the vermillion border and creates the dreaded duck lip filler look. Again, most of the time this only persists for a few days at most and resolves without any consequences, but must be recognized as such to avoid unnecessary patient anxiety.

Third, certain lip filler brands have a propensity to form small knots and lumps in the body of the lip. They may look alarming to an untrained eye, but most of the time can be addressed with vigorous massaging for complete resolution.

Taking into account all of the above, always choose an experienced and preferably a board certified doctor for all your lip augmentation needs, as it will allow you to avoid a potentially stressful situation.

Do lip fillers hurt?

While getting lip injections isn’t necessarily pleasant, it is a fairly painless experience as very strong topical numbing cream containing lidocaine is applied before the procedure, and the filler product itself contains lidocaine for a relaxing experience. Some people only wanting a half syringe lip filler NYC think that getting less of a filler will be less painful, however that is untrue as it will not decrease or increase the amount of pain. Depending on your pain tolerance, you may experience a stinging sensation, however the procedure itself will only last up to 30 minutes and is overall mostly painless.

Will I get a bruise after a lip filler?

Lip filler injections are advanced non-surgical procedures and must be only done by highly experienced doctors. Lips are a highly vascular organ and there are numerous ways that you can get bruised. It’s critical that your doctor understands the highly detailed anatomy of the lips as injecting into the wrong vessel can lead to some dreadful complications beyond just a hematoma.

But bruises are different, and for example a bruise from a small vein has minimal consequences versus a bruise caused by perforation of an artery can have devastating consequences if not immediately recognized.

A highly skilled injector knows the vascular lip map and will avoid dangerous territories. Even if minor discoloration occurs secondary to a perforated vessel the effects are short lasting with quick healing time.

What is a lip flip?

A lip flip is not a lip filler, but may be used in conjunction with a lip filler, or to just add a subtle lift to your top lip. A lip flip is a procedure involving only a few injections of 5 – 10 units of botox right above the vermillion border, which will flip it upward (just a little bit) to create a fuller appearing top lip. Keep in mind that the results of a lip flip will not compare to those of a lip filler, but can be a great way to add a little plump to your top lip.

What is a gummy smile?

A gummy smile is when your top lip lifts up when you smile, showing a lot of your gums and full teeth. Some people do not like having a gummy smile, in which case Botox can be injected to relax that muscle, making the smile less “gummy”. Treating a gummy smile is not related to lip fillers.

Alternatives to lip filler

At the end of the day, nothing will compare to a traditional hyaluronic acid lip filler. There are, however, a few alternative options for people who aren’t ready to commit to a full (or even half) syringe. One of those options is to get what is called a “lip flip”, which is a very subtle augmentation involving the top lip, after injecting 5 – 10 units of botox right above the vermillion border. The neurotoxin causes the circular lip muscle to relax and to turn upward slightly, resulting in a fuller and more voluminous top lip. Keep in mind that a lip flip isn’t effective for everyone and will not give you the type of result that you would get from an actual filler.

There are some treatments available that claim to add volume to your lips without having to get injections, such as a laser lip enhancement. Unfortunately these treatments may be great for your skin, however have no way of giving you any kind of volumizing effect.

Similarly, there are some needleless “lip fillers” such as the hyaluron pen that claim to give you the results of a lip filler without having to get any injections. Again, this treatment will not give you the results that an actual lip filler will give you. Hyaluron pen needleless injections are very dangerous as they lack any kind of precision or control that comes with standard lip treatment, and are usually administered by unlicensed quacks. If you want an authentic lip enhancement in New York, just find a reputable cosmetic surgeon to give you a beautiful and safe lip injection.

Lip injections for guys

Full lips may sound more popular in women, but there are a ton of men who are also getting lip fillers to add some volume to their lips. The truth is – men are just as subject to the effects and signs of aging as women, and this includes loss of volume and dehydration in the lips. Many men get top lip injections to fill out the top lip only as many men tend to have thinner lips than most women.

There is a common misconception about lip fillers looking fake and ducky, which is a primary concern amongst men getting lip fillers even if just to add a bit of volume to a thin lip. However, most lip fillers when properly administered by a board certified physician are barely even noticeable and chances are, you’ve seen far more filled lips than you would think. If injected skillfully with an impeccable technique, lip fillers are extremely subtle and can gently enhance a thin lip on a man to a slightly fuller lip, without making them look ducky or unnatural.

Can you wear lipstick after lip fillers?

This question is commonly asked after patients get their lip fillers and the answer is yes. While you should wait a few hours before you apply lipstick, and it is best to just give in a full day before you apply anything, you can absolutely wear lipstick after getting a lip filler as soon as one hour after the injection is complete.

When can I wear lipstick after lip filler?

You can wear lipstick 30 minutes after you get your lip filler, but if you can wait a full day, do that. Overall there is nothing wrong with wearing makeup or lipstick after lip fillers as long as you give it at least half an hour and are gentle with your application.

Am I a good candidate for lip fillers?

Most people are candidates for lip fillers. Depending on what your overall goal is with the filler, whether that be adding volume or to evening out asymmetry, be sure to speak with an experienced and board certified physician to establish what filler and what kind of technique and approach would be best for your lips. Remember that there are a variety of ways to inject lips and no “one size fits all” approach if you want a proper lip filler. If you are wondering whether or not you should get them, then it is up to you to decide what you want to get out of them. Will they make you feel more confident? Do you just want to try it? Is someone telling you to do it? As long as you want it and you will be happy with a new plump pout, then go for it!

Dissolving lip fillers?

If lips get too much of a plump and you are overall unhappy with your results, you may find yourself looking up “is lip filler temporary,” as you are frantically trying to reverse the effects, but there is no need to panic. Not only are hyaluronic acid lip fillers temporary, but they are also dissolvable. You can get a hyaluronidase injection any time after you get your lip filler to reverse the effects of the filler immediately.

Again, it is of paramount importance that you see a board certified doctor as dissolving lip fillers is not easy as it may sound. There are various lip layers and the lip dissolving medication must be injected precisely into the layer that contains the hyaluronic acid gel. At Skinly, we routinely dissolve lip fillers that were previously deemed dissolved, as other less experienced practitioners have actually left a lot of the product undissolved.

What is lip reduction surgery?

Lip reduction NYC surgery is a procedure in which the size of a patient’s lip is surgically reduced. Some people have large lips and would prefer to have smaller lips, in which case this procedure is applicable.

Dr. Schwarzburg is a board certified physician based in NYC and specializing in minimally invasive cosmetic surgery and is one of the few experts in natural looking lip augmentation procedures. Find out more and contact us online or at 212-774-4264 to book your appointment.