William A. Wallace, MD FACS

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Pump Up The Volume

Ok Maria, I want plumper lips, but I don’t want to look like a puffer fish!

Many people assume that anyone that gets fillers will look overdone and crazy. Believe me, that is what many people that are not familiar with fillers associate it with. They see Kylie Jenner’s lips or women on the ever so popular Housewives shows on Bravo and its true, you can tell they have had their lips done. What you don’t notice are the men and women that you may encounter every day. Many people do not share their experience with others for fear of judgement. Those individuals may get fillers to add subtle volume to lessen the lines of their face, or maybe just to add volume and/or definition to their lips. If done correctly, you shouldn’t be able to positively identify that filler has been injected.

I need more deets Maria!

Well, from my experience lips have been popular among all ages to add volume. Some individuals with thin lips desire a fuller lip and others with moderate fullness may desire more volume or just definition. Everyone’s lips are not the same shape or size and during our assessment, we will give you a clear explanation of our treatment plan based on your needs. If you have a pair of lips that you desire to emulate, we can discuss if that result can be attainable based on realistic expectations. Also, if you have thinner lips and desire a much more volumized lips, we will start off with one syringe and have you come back after the swelling subsides before adding anymore. Many times, individuals are happy with one syringe.

So, I feel like I have lost volume in my cheeks. Is there a non-surgical solution for that?

Yes! Fillers come in many different forms and are meant for different areas on the face.

Dermal fillers are products that are placed in the face for added volume. It is typically placed in the lower 2/3 of your face for example the cheeks, nasolabial folds, lips, and marionette lines.

As we age, our cheeks lose subcutaneous fat and bone which can cause our skin to sag, wrinkles, and give us the unwanted droopy jawline (jowls). Dermal fillers improve lines immediately after injection, however, swelling occurs for 48-72 hours. You may not see the final results for at least one week after the swelling and bruising subsides.

There are so many options, how do I know which one is right for me?

The appropriate filler choice depends on the treatment area. Trust your provider in choosing the right product for you. For example, we have two options for cheeks. Radiesse and Voluma. Radiesse is placed on the cheek bone because its calcium hydroxyapatite ingredient in the gel’s consistency is like human bone. You wouldn’t want anything soft, palpable or moveable in your cheeks. This consistency offers smooth and firm results that lift and add volume. Voluma is another option and is also injected similarly into the cheeks.

How long do fillers last?

For cheeks the products can last anywhere from 18-24 months. For the lower face, those fillers can last anywhere from 6 -12 months due to location. The areas around the mouth or lips are always moving with talking and eating, which metabolizes more quickly than the cheeks or midface. Every person is different, and results may vary.

After reading this I am ready for an injection consultation!

I would love to meet you to discuss your concerns and aesthetic goals. At Fleming Island Plastic Surgery, we always want to educate our patients and share the beauty of what we do here. With that in mind, Consultations for fillers, neuromodulators (Botox/Xeomin), and skincare are always complimentary.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.