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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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  • How many fillers do I need for my lips?
    Depending on your natural anatomy and your desired look, it can take 1-2 or more syringes over a timeframe to reach your goal. It is also important to understand that there is an anatomical limit to the size that your lips can get to and that it is important to increase size slowly in order to reduce the risk of migration.
  • Does lip fillers hurt?
    Pain is very subjective. I like to compare it to popping a pimple on the border of your lip. It stings and your eyes may water, but most everyone can handle it. We also offer a mini dental block.
  • What is a duck lip or shelfie?
    Duck lips or "shelfies" happen when too much filler is placed incorrectly or adding too much filler too quickly. Our injectors avoid this outcome with correct filler placement as well as spreading out lip filler appointments over an appropriate amount of time.
  • How long do lip fillers last?
    Depending on your goals, if you have reached your ideal lip volume/shape after one session. We recommend repeating at 6 months to layer, then yearly for maintenance.
  • What can't I do afterwards?
    No working out or alcohol for 24 hours. This may increase the amount of swelling/bruising. No massaging the lips for 3 weeks.
  • Why do I need my chin done with my lip fillers?
    If chin filler is recommended to your with your lip fillers by your provider, it is necessary to do so FIRST in order to maintain appropriate proportions of your face. Ideally, your chin should at least be in the same line as your lower lip from the side profile. If your chin is even the slightest bit recessed, adding volume to your lips only will result in your chin looking even more recessed. This in turn gives your lips that "duck like" appearance from the side profile view.
  • How long does bruising and swelling last?
    Swelling generally lasts 3-5 days and bruising can last 1-2 weeks. Filler gets hard before it gets soft, if you see lumps and bumps, that's normal for up to 3-4 weeks. DO NOT massage until after 3 weeks.
  • When can I wear lipstick?
    You may use lipstick and other lipgloss after 12 hours.
  • What can't I do afterwards?
    Avoid vigorous exercise for 12 hours and stay sitting up for 4 hours. No facials, lasers, tight hats or head bands for 2 weeks.
  • How many units are generally needed?
    An in-person consultation is needed to know exactly how many units a person needs. These are typically the amount of units used in the following areas: Forehead 10-20 Glabella 15-20+ Crows feet 8-20 Brow lift 4-6 Lip flip 4-6 Gummy smile 4-6 Chin 4-8 Masseters 30-40+ Hyperhidrosis 100 Frown Lines 4-6 Chin 4-6 Note: Men typically require higher dosing due to the strength of the muscles.
  • How do I know when it's time for neurotoxins?
    Neurotoxins are used for preventative aging. A good rule of thumb is when you start to see fine lines on your face at rest. This means that you have fine lines on your face without making any expressions. Neurotoxins will improve these lines and keep them from getting worse. Deep lines are much harder to get rid once they are already there.
  • What's the difference between Botox, Dysport and Jeveau?
    All are neurotoxins that are created by different manufacturers. Here are some of the key characteristics of each: Botox - Starts working in about 5-7 days Dysport - Starts working in around 3-5 days - Somewhat stronger than Botox and is said to last longer (duration varies) Jeveau - Noticeable difference in 4 days - More natural-looking results
  • How long does it last?
    WE GENERALLY RECOMMEND TREATMENT EVERY 3 MONTHS. This could be different for everyone due to multiple factors, especially their metabolism.
  • What is a lip flip?
    A lip flip helps to relax the muscles that pull your lip into your mouth when you smile. This is also referred to as a "gummy smile". A lip flip will help to have more of your lips show when you smile. It does not increase volume to the lips like lip filler does. Treatment generally lasts for 4-6 weeks due to the increased movements of the mouth on a daily basis from talking, chewing, etc.
  • Does it hurt?
    Both the cannula method and insulin syringe method can be used in this area. The procedure is only slightly uncomfortable with slight discomfort. This area is more mental than anything else. The thought of something near your eye is discomforting more than the actual pain itself.
  • How many syringes will I need?
    1-2+ syringes may be needed for maximum correction of the under eyes. Only 1 syringe in total is injected at a time. If a second session is needed, this is to be done after 6 weeks. With filler alone we hope for a 70-80% correction. Very superficial volume loss cannot be corrected with filler as filler too close to the surface reflects blue, which is called the Tyndall effect. We can improve this area by adding a layer of PRF once filler sessions are completed in order to reach an 85-90% correction.
  • How bad is bruising and swelling?
    Bruising and swelling is always a possibility, but is less likely when only using the cannula method. Swelling generally lasts 3-5 days and bruising can last 1-2 weeks. Swelling will make results look worse before they look better. Filler also gets hard before it gets soft, so you may see the filler for 1-2 weeks until the body gets used to the filler and softens.
  • How long does it last?
    Filler is to be repeated at 6 months to layer, then yearly for maintenance.
  • What can't I do afterwards?
    No working out for 48-72 hours. No alcohol for 24 hours. No aggressive eye rubbing EVER. No facial massage or laying on your face for 4 weeks. Try to sleep on your back as much as possible.
  • Why do I need mid-cheek filler before my under eyes?
    If mid-cheek filler is recommended with your under eye filler by your provider, it is necessary to do so FIRST. This is because the mid-cheek supports the under eye. If the mid-cheek fat is sunken and falling, it will continue to do so without restoration. This means that if filler is placed in the under eye area, and the mid-cheek is not restored, the under eye will fall and sink as well, leading to filler migration and poor outcomes.
  • How is facial balancing achieved?
    Facial balancing is achieved through multiple modalities such as filler, Sculptra, and microneedling with radio frequency.
  • What is facial balancing?
    Facial balancing is key to maintaining proportions that fit your face and also follows the "guidelines" of aesthetics and your personal anatomy. Most areas of the face you cannot have done without the other! For example: - Under eye filler with no mid-cheek support will result in migration of the under eye filler because the filler doesn't have a cheek to "sit on". If the mid-cheek continues to sink and fall, so will the under eye filler without proper restoration of the mid-cheek first! - Lip fillers with no chin and chin shadows leads to ducky, protruding lips that overtake the face - Lateral cheek contouring with no chin will lead to a wider/shortened face Ultimately, facial balancing enhances your face without looking "done" or augmented.
  • What are chin shadows and why are they important?
    Chin shadows are the areas to the left and right of the center of the chin. They connect the chin to the jawline. Volume loss in this area leads to a "stuck on" appearance of the chin. If we add projection to the chin, we must ultimately treat the chin shadows in order to create flow from the chin to the jawline. The chin shadows also serve as the "backdrop" to your lips. For example, if you were to take a picture of someone in the middle of room, they may appear smaller and less detailed. On the other hand, if you were to take a picture of them in front of a backdrop, their features stand out more and they appear "larger". This is the same concept for your chin shadows and lips.
  • Will cheek filler make me look more round?
    When placed correctly, cheek filler can restore natural volume loss and add definition to the cheek bones, much like the look we try to achieve when using bronzer to contour our cheeks. If chin filler is needed for facial balance as well. It is recommended to do so before any lateral cheek filler. This is because if we do lateral cheek contour, without adding length to the face with chin filler, your face will appear even shorter by only doing lateral cheek filler.
  • What can I expect afterwards?
    - With these three areas, you can expect to feel sore for the next 2-3 days. The chin will be the most sore area out of these three. - Swelling can last for 3-5 days. - Bruising is always a possibility and can last for 1-2+ weeks. - Final results will be after 4-6 weeks.
  • How long does it last?
    Cheeks: repeat at 6 months, then yearly Chin: repeat until desired results, then yearly Chin shadows: every 6 months (due to increased motion of this area with talking, eating, etc) Jawline: repeat at 6 months, then yearly Starting out, you will use multiple syringes in order to reach your goal. Once you are at maintenance, the number of syringes needed will never equate to the original number unless you wait over a year to maintain your results.
  • How many syringes do I need?
    Depending on your natural anatomy and your goal, it can take multiple syringes over sessions to achieve your desired look. Cheeks: 2-4 syringes Jaw: 3-6+ syringes Chin/Chin shadows: 2-3+ syringes
  • Where can you inject PRF?
    PRF can be injected in areas of volume loss including the under eyes, cheeks, temples and nasolabial folds (laugh lines). It can also be combined with fillers for more immediate effects.
  • What can I expect after treatment?
    Swelling is normal and to be expected. You will leave the treatment swollen (especially the under eye area). Swelling can last for 3-5 days and bruising is always a possibility. Once the swelling subsides, it will appear as though you had nothing done. This is NORMAL. Your body is now getting to work creating collagen in the areas we injected the PRF Over the next 3-4 months you will notice your results with the minimum 3 sessions!
  • How long do the results last?
    With maximum treatment, results can last for up to 1.5 with maintenance sessions suggested every 8-12 months.
  • When do you see results?
    Results are seen immediately for about 3-5 days. The fullness will then subside and the body will work to create more collagen. Maximum results are seen with 3 sessions done a month apart.
  • What is PRF?
    PRF is platelet rich fibrin that is derived from your own blood. We take your blood and spin it down to plasma, which contains healing and growth factors as well as platelets and white blood cells that stimulate collagen growth. In comparison to PRP, PRF is natural with no additives and a slow release of growth factors over days as opposed to only a hours with PRP.
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