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Your guide to lip augmentation in Kelowna and Kamloops with a Naturopathic Doctor.

As with any cosmetic procedure, it’s normal to have questions—a lot of questions. Lip filler is no different. In this full guide, I’ll break down all the most common questions I get asked during lip augmentation consultations as a practicing Naturopathic Doctor and cosmetic injector in Kamloops and Kelowna, BC.

What is lip filler?

Lip filler is used for lip augmentation, a cosmetic procedure used to add shape, volume and structure to the lips. There are several types of lip filler formulas on the market today, but the most common are hyaluronic acid based. This naturally occurring substance is known for its natural looking results.

Should I get a lip flip or lip filler?

In your research (or scrolling), you may have heard of the term lip flip, which differs from lip filler. Lip filler is when a hyaluronic acid dermal filler is injected into the lips to volume, add symmetry and define shape. Lip filler typically lasts three to six months. A lip flip, on the other hand, does not add any volume to the lips. Instad, lip flips use neuromodulators (commonly referred to as botox) to relax the muscles above the top lip (Orbicularis oris) to cause the lip to “flip” outwards. This causes the lip to appear fuller without actually adding volume. There is no “right” answer for which is better: lip flip or lip filler. Lip flips typically last three months. The best treatment for you depends on your natural lip, desired results and where you are in your treatment journey. The best way to determine if you should get a lip flip or lip filler is by booking a consultation.

Should I get a half or full syringe of lip filler?

I typically recommend those trying lip filler for the first time start with just a half syringe (0.5ml) before opting for a full syringe (1ml). By starting with a half syringe, we are able to better gauge how your body will respond to the filler and build up the vermilion border to reduce the risk of filler migration. By slowly adding filler, we are able to control the overall shape and structure more. More filler can always be easily added in follow-up appointments, but dissolving filler after overfilling is slightly more complicated. That being said, the best way for me to gauge what amount of filler would be best suited for your needs is through a complimentary lip filler consultation at one of my Kelowna or Kamloops locations.

What does “building lip filler” mean?

As previously mentioned, the best way to achieve fuller lips that still appear natural is by building lip filler overtime. Lip filler typically lasts between three to six months so by staggering your touch-ups we are able to gradually build volume while maintaining structure. This means, to build up your lip to your desired appearance, it may take a few treatments.

In my experience, building the lips’ volume slowly with half syringes yields for the most natural looking shape and better reduces the risk of filler migration (if you haven’t heard of this term, think “duck lips”). This patient transformation happened over a series of treatments starting with a half syringe of Revanesse® Ultra™+. As you can see the structure and shape of this patient’s lips is well maintained and the product is sitting well within the vermilion border.


Does lip filler hurt?

Lip filler treatments cannot be described as comfortable, but are very tolerable. Most patients describe the sensation as “pinching” which can be managed using a topical numbing cream. I personally offer my patients BTL numbing cream which has a quick onset and lasts 30 to 60 minutes. If you are concerned with your pain tolerance or are nervous for the treatment, please let me know during your consultation. There are several things we can do to ensure you feel comfortable in my chair:

  • Request a stress ball to hold on throughout your treatment as a welcomed distraction.

  • Come up with a plan for breaks. Let’s talk before we begin your injections about how many pokes before you need a rest. And if you feel good to keep going, we can skip the break and keep going.

  • While most patients are treated lying down, if you are prone to fainting, we can also elevate your legs to just above hip level. This will help regulate blood flow and get circulation to the brain and vital organs (making it harder to faint).

  • Let’s listen to some music or your favourite TV show to help distract you.

  • Don’t rush standing up, I have ice packs ready to help ease any discomfort and give you a minute to slowly sit up.

  • Juice boxes, sugary drinks or a snacks are always a good idea immediately following your treatment.

  • Hydrate well the rest of the day (well, and always).

How long does lip filler last?

Hyaluronic Acid lip filler typically lasts three to six months, with some individuals enjoying results for much longer. That being said, a variety of factors can contribute to the longevity of filler: metabolism, stress levels (inflammation), sun exposure and nutrition.

Lip Filler in Kelowna and Kamloops | Patient Transformations

Lip augmentation remains at the top of my list for favourite cosmetic procedures to perform due to their uniqueness. Each individual’s lips are to them and with proper lip augmentation technique, we can maintain that uniqueness while addressing individual concerns. Here are just some of the beautiful patient lip filler transformations from the last few weeks.