Lip Filler Questions

Everything You Need to Know About Lip Fillers

Lip fillers are increasingly popular, but it's important to do research before scheduling a lip augmentation procedure.

This guide functions as an FAQ, answering the most common questions about lip augmentation and more:

  •             What are lip fillers?
  •             How long do lip fillers last?
  •             How much are lip fillers?

Whether you just need an answer to one of these questions or you'd like a full introduction to lip augmentation, Bruno Plastic Surgery has covered key information about lip fillers below.

What Are Lip Fillers?

Dermal fillers are typically made of hyaluronic acid. This is a malleable substance your body naturally produces. It's great for augmentation because of its natural plumping abilities. Unlike collagen fillers, hyaluronic acid has few side effects and is temporary. Fillers are injected during lip augmentation procedures which help lips look fuller and decrease wrinkles.

How Long Does It Take to See Results?

Most likely, you'll start to get a good idea of what your lips look like about 24 hours after you get fillers. Your lips will be swollen during the first day post-procedure. This will make your lips look bigger than they actually are. Rest assured, once the swelling goes down, you'll see the final results.

How Safe Is Lip Augmentation?

A big part of medical safety is making sure your practitioner is qualified. Hyaluronic acid injections are FDA-approved and can be dissolved if you have any individual issues after your procedure.

Does Lip Augmentation Hurt?

Your mouth will be numbed for your procedure, so any pain should be minimal. In the following days, you may experience some tenderness or soreness from the healing process. You can take paracetamol if this is uncomfortable. Ask your practitioner what numbing options they offer patients, so you know what to expect.

What's an Appropriate Amount of Filler?

Generally, your first lip augmentation will use somewhere between 0.5 ml and 1 ml of filler. This amount is good for creating a natural, full lip look. If a more voluminous look is more your style, speak to your practitioner about what amount of filler is right for you.

How Long Do Lip Fillers Last?

On average, hyaluronic acid fillers will last 6 to 10 months. Some people may need fillers sooner than others, while others may be able to go longer without needing more fillers. If you decide you don't like how your injections look, hyaluronic acid can be dissolved.

How Much Are Lip Fillers?

Injections tend to range from $500 to $2000. The exact price may vary depending on how much filler you want, your practitioner, where you get your procedure done, the brand of filler used, and more.

Be aware that lip augmentation procedures that fall below this range may give you a lower-quality experience. Surprisingly cheap deals can indicate that you're dealing with an unqualified practitioner, so always do your research before scheduling an augmentation appointment.

Are There Any Side Effects?

It's normal to experience swelling, soreness, and tenderness for up to a few days after getting fillers. You may also experience bruising or redness. Chances of prolonged side effects increase if you do activities that aren't recommended, such as exercising within 24 hours of injections.

With any treatment, there is a very small chance of an allergic reaction. Your practitioner should explain potential side effects and what can be done about them.

Additional Factors To Consider  

To improve the healing process and avoid complications, there are a few tips you should remember.

Before Treatment

The most crucial part of lip augmentation is your practitioner. Doing research on your practitioner is always recommended, and you should find evidence of experience, qualification, and satisfied patients.

A week before you receive fillers, you should avoid blood thinners. Drinking alcohol can cause excessive bleeding or bruising because alcohol is also a blood thinner.

After Treatment

Your practitioner should advise you on how to have a smooth healing process. Generally, you should avoid rigorous activities for at least 24 hours. An ice pack can reduce swelling and discomfort.

As with any procedure, if any aspect of your healing process is concerning, don't hesitate to get in touch with your practitioner.

Scheduling a Lip Filler Appointment

The lip filler process can be simple once you understand the basics of the procedure. The most important factor to remember is that you should only schedule appointments with a qualified, experienced practitioner.

For professional lip filler services, contact Bruno Plastic Surgery today.


4 Common Myths About Laser Hair Removal

If you’re like most people, you probably struggle with unwanted hair. There are plenty of at-home methods of getting rid of hair, but none that are as effective as many of us would like. Shaving is extremely short term, tweezing and waxing can be more painful than they’re worth, and hair removal creams can irritate the skin. Still, many of us deal with these methods to try and get rid of our unwanted hair. A far better solution is laser hair removal, a popular non-invasive cosmetic surgery in Pennsylvania.

For stubborn unwanted hair, laser hair removal is the best thing you can do. Like most cosmetic procedures, there are many rumors surrounding laser hair removal that might make many people who could benefit from it afraid to give it a chance. 

Here, we debunk four common myths about laser hair removal so you have a better understanding of what to expect from the treatment at Dr. Bruno’s office.

Myth: "Your Hair Will Grow Back"

One common laser hair removal myth is that all of your hair will grow back after. This can make it seem not worth it to go out of your way and spend money on laser hair removal if it only comes right back. Some hair does grow back after laser hair removal, but not in the way many think. For example, your hair can come back days after shaving or waxing, but it can take months or even up to a year for hair to grow back after laser treatment. While everyone is different, most people can expect a different type of hair to grow back after. When hair grows back after laser treatment, it’s often much softer and thinner than your original hair. After enough laser treatments with one of the best cosmetic surgeons in Scranton, PA, hair might eventually stop growing back.

Myth: "It Can Be Painful and Damage Skin"

You might often hear that laser hair removal is painful to go through. Some people might feel slight discomfort during the procedure, especially those who are sensitive to pain to begin with. While a pinprick feeling is somewhat common, it’s only mild and less painful than waxing. Topical treatments to reduce this discomfort are sometimes an option as well. Laser treatments also won’t cause damage to the skin in a majority of cases, but this is also something to discuss with your plastic surgeon in PA beforehand if you’re worried. Some redness and small bumps will occur after your treatment, but they fade quickly and there’s no downtime required after the procedure. 

Myth: "It Only Works for Certain Skin Tones"

Many people think they can’t get laser hair removal done because they have the wrong skin tone for it. Laser treatments have come a long way over the past few years, so skin tone isn’t a major issue when it comes to hair removal. All skin tones and types can benefit from receiving laser hair treatment, although the tone of a person’s skin might affect how many treatments they’ll need. Darker skin tones absorb more of the laser during treatment than lighter skin tones do, so while it’s still an effective way of removing hair, you might need a few extra sessions at Bruno Plastic Surgery depending on your skin tone. 

Myth: "Laser Hair Removal Doesn’t Work for Some Hair Types"

People with especially thick hair may have been told that laser hair removal won’t be effective in removing it. Laser hair removal works differently for everyone, and while the number of sessions needed varies, most people will find that plastic surgeons in Northeast PA can effectively remove hair. For those with thick hair, you might just need a few more sessions to remove all of the hair. Laser hair removal also works for most hair colors, with the expectation of white hair, as it has no pigmentation.

For expert laser hair removal from a board-certified plastic surgeon in NEPA, contact Bruno Plastic Surgery for a consultation!


3 Benefits of Non-Surgical Fat Removal

Many patients who come into Bruno Plastic Surgery ask for help with the shapes of their bodies. It is not exactly that being overweight is always the problem. Sometimes men and women just suffer from stubborn fat around the chin or at the abdomen that prevents them from enjoying the bodies they want. Whether it is a past pregnancy, weight loss, or weight gain, maybe the skin around your stomach just sags and looks stretched in a way that is unsightly to you, and diet and exercise have not been helping.

In a situation like that, you may find yourself looking at plastic surgery near Scranton, PA, and wondering what can be done. Maybe you have heard of what plastic surgery has been able to accomplish for people you know, but invasive procedures hold a negative place in your mind. To that end, Bruno Plastic Surgery would like to recommend non-surgical fat removal processes, particularly CoolSculpting, as one possible solution to your issue

In this post, we’ll first explain how CoolSculpting works and then detail three ways you can benefit from this kind of procedure.

How Does CoolSculpting Work?

CoolSculpting is an easy enough process to understand, especially when we boil it down to its essentials. The most direct way to explain it is that it freezes fat cells so they die and are absorbed by the body. Let us elaborate.

CoolSculpting is also known as cryolipolysis. Surgeons use an applicator that presses down onto the fat you want to eliminate and cools it with special plates. Those plates freeze the fat cells beyond a point that the cells can stand, thereby killing them. Over the next few weeks, the body starts to dispose of those dead cells, and that process should be complete after about three months. At that time, the fat you wanted to get rid of should be entirely gone

If this process seems incredible, trust that Bruno’s plastic surgeons in Northeast PA can handle the job.

How Can Non-Surgical Fat Removal Help?

Given that, how can non-surgical fat removal such as CoolSculpting help you? We lay out three ways below.

No Surgery Is Required

The first and most obvious benefit of using non-surgical fat removal techniques is that no invasive surgery is needed. To some people, this is more than enough of a reason to go for a non-surgical method. Even those people who are enthusiastically seeking cosmetic surgeons in Scranton, PA, to correct issues with their body may not love the idea of being put under anesthesia or being cut with a scalpel.

Those concerns are understandable. Surgery is not for everyone. Particularly in the case of elective surgeries such as cosmetic procedures, if there is a less invasive option, many patients lean toward that. Additionally, a treatment such as CoolSculpting is typically an outpatient procedure, so patients can go home the same day rather than taking time to recover in a hospital after traditional surgery.

Non-Surgical Fat Removal Can Offer More Consistency

Fat removal can be done surgically or not, and each type of method achieves the same end. However, once educated on the subject, some patients may decide non-surgical methods are for them because of how those methods seek out fat cells. The applicator we mentioned earlier kills fat cells and nothing else.

Meanwhile, surgical methods of fat removal rely on a surgeon’s steady hand to do the work. If you are someone who is already disposed not to like the idea of surgery, you may respond better to the precise targeting of CoolSculpting more than another, more invasive process of excess fat removal.

Remember, you always have options available to you when seeking plastic and reconstructive surgeons in Northeast PA.

Non-Surgical Fat Removal May Be More Available

The third and last benefit of non-surgical fat removal partially ties into the first on the list: more people may be able to have fat removed through non-surgical means than through invasive surgery. What does that mean? Some people have medical conditions that could prevent them from having surgery, or that at least could put them more at risk when undergoing that surgery, i.e. sensitive immune systems or heart problems.

Non-surgical fat removal procedures, such as CoolSculpting, can remove some of those barriers for people who want stubborn fat removed but cannot medically consider surgery. Our job as cosmetic surgeons in Lackawanna County is to help make our patients happy by delivering the procedures they want to be comfortable in their own bodies. Therefore, we want as many patients as possible to feel they can come to Bruno Plastic Surgery for the solutions they need.

Plastic Surgeons in Northeast PA

When CoolSculpting or another type of non-surgical fat removal procedure is the answer you want for your body’s tough fat, come to Bruno Plastic Surgery. We understand that everyday happiness can be strongly intertwined with body image. It is our job to make your dreams a reality.

Contact us to learn more about all of our procedures and other practices. We will be happy to consult with you on everything we offer.