Improving Injectable Techniques for Lip Augmentation

What an exciting meeting I just attended in Orlando last week. The American Society Of Cosmetic Physicians (ASOCP) 2015 annual meeting took place in Orlando and offered new developments in the way of injectable techniques in cosmetic facial surgery. This is an organization I recently became a member of and I’m glad I did. The atmosphere is relaxing and the attendees do not hesitate in answering questions no matter how small. Even the speakers were open to speak privately about certain nuances of their techniques. I found the people of the meeting friendly and informative.

The one of the procedure techniques I took away from this meeting was the lip augmentation with injectable fillers. There are various facial fillers on the market and some last more than others, but there was a general consensus among all the doctors I spoke with: Use the cosmetic filler you’re most comfortable with. Some like the more permanent silicone fillers which will last forever, others the semi-permanent which will last 4-5 years. However, I was more on-board with those who utilize the filler I currently use: Juvederm. Juvederm is hyaluronic acid (which is a natural substance already found in the body), and the biggest advantage of this particular facial filler is that it is reversible. If you don’t like the way your lip looks, there is a substance that can dissolve it completely away in 8 hours. The other permanent and semi-permanent options do not offer this benefit. In addition, the more permanent solutions such as silicone can result in adverse reactions such as granuloma formations, migration to another area, irregular contours, and infections. Yes, Juvederkk selfiem only lasts 9-12 months, but it is an all natural product, is easy to use, and comes with fewer negative effects than the more permanent fillers.

I also enjoyed learning about utilizing cannulas instead of needles to inject these fillers. Cannulas are blunt and longer, so they are less traumatic to tissues and blood vessels. They offer a nice smooth spread of the filler product and eliminates the bumpy irregular contour. The cannulas also eliminate the need for multiple sticks with the small needle. I will start using cannulas since they look to be beneficial for various reasons.

Overall, the meeting was pleasant. The presentations were informative and the food was appetizing.

Thanks for reading.

Dr. Kim