Month: April 2019

All about Removing Lip Fillers

Fillers The interest in lip enhancement has increased exponentially in the past few years as the trend of va-va-va-voom has been fueled by high-profile celebrity-selfies. Like all things that are once hot, though, a cooling-off period inevitably follows. The influence of Kylie Jenner and her notoriously famous lips is a prime example. When the reality star removed her lip fillers, we witnessed almost as much uproar as when she first got them. The response also included questions from many people wondering “can lip filler be removed?” The answer is yes, maybe.

The Caveat You Need to Know

Today, various products are used to enhance the lips. Many people choose to temporarily increase lip fullness with dermal fillers. Common products used include base ingredients like:

  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA)
  • Poly-L-lactic acid

In our Cincinnati office, we offer Juvéderm and Belotero hyaluronic acid fillers as well as Radiesse, a CaHA filler. It is beneficial to have as many choices as we do today because every person’s individual needs are unique and it would not be possible to meet them all with just one type of product. Hyaluronic acid fillers are a synthetic version of the same acid that occurs organically in the body. Hyaluronic acid assists in joint and eye lubrication as well as the moisture retention in the skin.

The natural tendencies of hyaluronic acid dermal fillers make them ideal for many parts of the face. In addition to looking and feeling very natural, hyaluronic acid fillers can also be dissolved. In fact, hyaluronic acid fillers are the only type of filler that can be reversed if a patient desired. Other fillers, including Radiesse, can only degrade over time.

How Lip Fillers are Removed

Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers aren’t literally removed from the lips or any other area; they are dissolved. This is possible by injecting an enzyme called Hyaluronidase. This is also an enzyme that is found naturally in the body. Its role is to metabolize hyaluronic acid. When injected in the same area as a hyaluronic acid filler, the enzyme breaks down the particles of hyaluronic acid, which releases the water molecules that have accumulated in the lips to add fullness.

Should You Have Lip Fillers Removed?

If you’re unhappy with the results of lip filler treatment, you may obtain injections of Hyaluronidase to reverse the effects of your initial procedure. However, it is important to know that this enzyme dissolves natural hyaluronic acid along with the synthetic version. This means that the lips may appear thinner than they were before dermal fillers. This usually resolves itself over time, but can present frustration in the interim.

It is beneficial to receive cosmetic enhancement, even dermal fillers, from a board-certified medical professional. Doing so can help you get results you love the first time around.

Learn more about removing lip fillers by calling our Cincinnati office at 513.985.0850.

Want to Keep Your Breasts Perky? Do This, Not That!

Breast Augmentation Cincinnati, OH Breasts can frustrate a woman. When they are too large, they get in the way and create discomfort. When they are quite small, some women feel less feminine than they’d like. When they sag, just forget about it. We can’t even. If you’re facing the physical changes that come with age, you know what we mean. If your breasts are still perky, you may still feel slightly concerned. You may wonder what you can do to keep your breasts “in good shape.” Here, we offer a few insights that can help you regardless of where your breasts fall, literally.

DO This

  • Apply sunscreen to the chest area anytime your skin is exposed. Also, use moisturizer on your chest and breasts. These steps will not reverse tissue degradation, but they can minimize it.
  • Watch your weight. Healthy eating and regular exercise are excellent strategies for maintaining an average weight. Alongside weight fluctuations, the breasts inflate and deflate, causing tissue stretching that can increase the severity of drooping.
  • Exercise the chest muscles. There is no way to completely prevent tissue sagging. The breasts contain fat, which will deflate with time. The breasts are covered in skin that will lose elasticity with age. Muscle tone is something well within each woman’s control. The more toned the pectoral muscles are, the better breast tissue may be supported to retain some degree of perkiness.
  • Wear a properly-fit, supportive bra. When we say supportive, we mean a bra that gently holds breasts in their natural position. More on this in a moment. Breasts may change over time, so regular bra fittings are recommended for every woman.
  • Consider a breast lift. Sagging breasts can be recontoured and repositioned as needed to restore height and also the appearance of fullness. Breast lift surgery can be performed on its own or in combination with breast augmentation.

DON’T Do This

  • Wear extreme push-up bras. Magazines and movies have a way of making lacy, push-up lingerie look appealing. The eye candy may be lovely and probably won’t do much harm if worn for short periods of time. But to wear a push-up bra all day, every day, that could be a problem. When the breasts are too supported, the muscles beneath them don’t have to work at all. They become lazy and lax, which could worsen droopiness.
  • Shy away from the bounce. Many women believe that they should steer clear of exercise that makes the breasts bounce. However, the connection between aerobic activity like running or dancing and sagging breasts has not been confirmed. With the support of a good sports bra, women should feel empowered to engage in any form of exercise they wish.
  • Get breast implants thinking that will solve a laxity issue. Breast implants are not immune to the effects of gravity. If you are considering breast augmentation and your breasts are already somewhat saggy, talk with your surgeon about a breast lift.

Give your breasts the help they need. Call our Cincinnati office at 513.985.0850 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Donna Krummen.

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