The Most Popular Lip Augmentation in New York

Who would not admit the fact that having confidence in your appearance and particularly in your facial features is one of the best feelings? No matter what age you are at, full and sexy lips are always desirable and are often associated with femininity and youthfulness. It is the desire of the majority of women to have perfectly formed and shaped lips. Cosmetic products, such as lip kits and lip liners, offer to create such an illusion, not for long, though –  for a maximum of a day or two. However, we need a long-term solution.

The Kardashians have influenced millions of women maling fuller and plumper lips a major trend. Thus, lip augmentation in New York City has been highly demanded by women of different age groups. These women are more than eager to visit the nearest medical spa and try out different lip augmentation techniques meant to achieve their desired lip shape.

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Russian Lip Augmentation

Lip augmentation is a cosmetic procedure which helps achieve a juicy looking, full and plump form of lips. Nowadays, the most popular method for lip augmentation are the injections with dermal fillers. Juvederm, Restylane, Teosyal and others are among the brands that produce injectable dermal fillers used on the lips. All of them can also be injected into various other treatment areas on the face and body. The most up-to-date dermal fillers are made of hyaluronic acid gels. Hyaluronic acid is a substance that can be found in the human body. It is a natural substance that absorbs water and expands in volume upon injection. As a result we end up getting voluminous, better defined and hydrated lips.

Before hyaluronic acids were introduced into the market of cosmetic products as injectable dermal fillers, liquid silicone injections were the sole solution for lip augmentations. However, they were found to have some adverse side effects and therefore, were illegalized. Now hyaluronic acid based fillers have come to replace them. These are modern and safe dermal fillers. With hyaluronic acid based fillers it is possible to achieve more predictable and more natural results. Although there are other lip plumping options available, such as fat injections and permanent implants, they are not widely used today because of a greater risk of side effects and more unpredictable results that are difficult to reverse. That risk is minimized in case of hyaluronic acid fillers.

About the Russian Lip Technique

The advantage of the Russian lip technique is adding extra volume to the lip body with a minimal chance of migration. It’s main purpose is giving intentional plumpness or a natural fullness to the lips; this is what  you will classically see on models and celebrities. When the Russian lip technique is used for lip augmentation tiny droplets of filler are vertically injected into the lip, widening, lifting and opening the lip body. There is no risk of projection with this lip augmentation technique, which means that you won’t have the issue of a “ducky” appearance.

The name of this new trend is not chosen by accident. The results that the technique achieves resemble the lip shape of Russian women who naturally possess flatter and wider lips. Thus, a new trend in lip augmentations has been brought forth. Most women who choose to undergo a lip enhancement procedure mainly want to achieve a larger and plumper shape of lips without having to be concerned about filler migration that can result in ‘duck lips’ or ‘trout pout’. That’s how the Russian lip trend entered the market. Russian lips come from the ‘Russian Doll’ with heart shaped, flatter and higher lip form.

Nearly everyone who has ever gotten a lip augmentation with dermal fillers will most likely agree that the results made them radiate more confidence and that the procedure was absolutely worth it. However, the standard lip enhancement procedure has some limitations, which is where the Russian lip technique comes to play.

The lip augmentation process involves one or more dermal fillers, namely Restylane or Juvederm,  that are used to make the lips more voluminous and accentuated. The traditional lip augmentation is performed mainly via horizontal rather than vertical injections. Thus, it uniformly increases the overall size and prominence of the lips in the horizontal direction, resulting in the “sausage effect”, as some patients call it.

However, not everyone who has chosen to get a regular lip augmentation suffers from the so-called sausage effect. We simply cannot disregard the classical augmentation as it can be successfully administered with amazing results.

The Russian lip filler technique is a perfect method of lip augmentation for those who want vertical projection apart from the horizontal one and also want to improve the shape of their lips. It is a means of vertical enhancement of lip contour and accentuation of the cupid’s bow. As a result of the procedure doll-like lips are achieved with a natural looking and shapely pout. This is the very technique that can give your lips the sought after magazine-like perfection while keeping the plumpiness natural.

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What is the Russian Lip Technique of Injections?

The Russian Lip technique is not administered in the same way as the standard lip filling techniques. This is to be taken into account when booking an appointment. The technique implies a different price and a different duration.

If Russian Lips are what you have chosen, then tiny droplets of dermal filler will be injected into your lips, mainly close to the central part of it meant to create a heart-shaped look. The injections are carried out in vertical direction into multiple injection points and drawn upward from the base of the lip to the top. With traditional lip augmentation the direction of the injections is mostly horizontal. Russian lips tend to be higher rather than wider and imply a different type of precision. This is why the Russian lip technique takes more time to achieve the desired look.

For this is advanced treatment extra filler is required. However, the extra filler needed for Russian Lips does not create excessive plumpness but increases the height of the lips. This is the reason this lip enhancement is recommended especially for those who are new to lip treatments; it results in a natural yet noticeable plumpness in the lips.

The sessions of the Russian lip technique are tailored to achieve the patients’ desired result. This means that if the patient requires extra volume can be added to the lips. However, at Skin Genity, the best Russian Lip doctors always do their best to achieve 100% natural looking results. In case the client asks for too much product, they are warned about the possibility of unnatural appearance.

Usually, a lip filler treatment session takes about 15 to 30 minutes. However, if the more filler is used the longer it will take, increasing the overall duration of the treatment to 30-45 minutes.

The Russian Lip augmentation technique implies a few more entry points than is the case with traditional lip enhancement. However, the vast majority of injection points are near the vermillion border, hence pain is really kept at a minimum level.

One of the main differences between the Russian Lips and traditional lip injections is that with the Russian lip technique the filler is placed in the superficial subdermal plane. Here the filler functions as a strut to support the lip weight and this process is known as tenting. This is not the case with standard filler injection techniques. The Russian lip technique implies injections at a few more points on the outer border of either the top or bottom lip. In spite of the fact that this procedure involves more injection points, it assumes a lot lower risk of bruising. The probability of bruising is low due to the fact that the subdermal plane (the target of the Russian lip injections) is less vascular than the deeper layers of the lip. However, you need to be aware that although swelling accompanies most filler injections, there will be more initial post-procedural swelling with the Russian lip technique because in this case the filler is placed more superficially. The needle utilized for the Russian Lips goes only 1-2 mm deep under the skin, where there are not as many nerve endings as in deeper layers, thus, there is less irritation and less discomfort than with a normal lip filler treatment.

There are certain steps that can be taken to reduce possible bruising. Try to avoid excessive alcohol consumption the night before the procedure, take arnica tablets one week prior and one week after the procedure, apply ice packs before and after the procedure and avoid saunas, steam rooms and hot baths for approximately 48 hours after the procedure.

Give your body some time, approximately one to two weeks for the swelling, tenderness and bruising to subside and judge the results only after that. The filler normally takes some time to settle and fully shine, especially if you are prone to bruising.

What is the Russian Lip Technique of Tenting?

There are several different techniques by which lip fillers can be administered. With the Russian lip technique, the hyaluronic acid filler of choice is vertically placed into the lip base – along the outer edge of the lip. This technique creates an upward turned shape with a lift or a flip of the lip. The outcome is a pouty lip rather than outward projection. This technique is also known as lip tenting or the pillar technique, which is developed to improve the cupid’s bow without resulting in a visible protrusion in the lips from a side profile. This is the preferred technique of many clients as the results achieved by it are very natural looking.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Is the Russian Lip Injecting Technique Carried Out?

The purpose of the Russian Lip technique is adding extra volume to the lip without creating an outward protrusion or an effect of fake looking lips, especially from a side profile. With the application of the Russian Lip technique tiny filler droplets are vertically injected into the lips, aligned with the vermillion border. The technique also involves a molding process during which the lip is gently sculpted upward and not outward. This creates a nice and natural pout.

The Russian Lip Technique in Comparison to Different Lip Filler Injection Techniques

When it comes to more common or traditional  lip augmentation techniques, they imply the injection of dermal fillers into the vermillion border and then likely into the lip body using a cannula or a needle. The needle enters the lip from the outside to the inward part, creating a more visible lip border, enhancing its shape and volume. The outcome of such a technique is the extension of lip profile which is easily visible from a side perspective.

As for the Russian lip technique, the injection of the filler is carried out vertically into the base of the lip towards the outer edge. As a result the lip is lifted or flipped instead of being excessively volumized. This technique is also called lip tenting or the pillar technique. It works great for improving the cupid’s bow without adding more volume into the lip border and accentuating the side profile of the lips.

What is Implied by the Russian Lip Filler Technique?

The Russian Lip Technique can be administered by several different types of fillers. Even though different types of fillers can be used for this technique, Dr. Schwarzburg always recommends using a hyaluronic acid filler. For example, Restylane Kysse is a gentle and light filler, which is why it is one of the most commonly used fillers for the Russian lip technique. The list of other applicable hyaluronic acid fillers include Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Volbella, Revanesse. Dr. Schwarzburg chooses the most optimal  filler for every one of his patients based on their lip type and lip peculiarities.

Hyaluronic Acid Fillers and the Russian Lip Technique

Hyaluronic acid fillers are developed to improve the appearance of the lips by giving them a certain shape, structure and volume. There are a number of hyaluronic acid fillers available on the market, such as Restylane, Restylane Silk, Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Ultra Plus, Juvederm Volbella, and Belotero. Hyaluronic acid works great for plumping the lips, filling in the cracks on the lip surface and keeping the lip cells moisturized. However, as hyaluronic acid is a natural substance present in our bodies, it breaks down inside the body, meaning you will need to consistently refill it in order to maintain the plumpy appearance of your lips.

Please see below the benefits of hyaluronic acid based fillers:

  • Controllable lip volume: The doctor can control the amount of the injected substance, which means that he can well predict the ultimate size and volume of the lip.
  • Gradually progressing treatment: You do not have to get the desired final result in a single appointment.  It can be achieved by means of several appointments during which the amount of the injected substance will be gradually increased.
  • Easily dissolvable bumps: The lumps and bumps that can occur after the injection of lip fillers can be dissolved easily with a special enzyme known as Hyaluronidase.
  • Less bruising: It implies a lower risk of potential bruising and swelling when compared to other dermal fillers.
  • Reasonably long-term results: Although the results are not permanent, they last for a reasonably long period of time (9-12 months).
  • Improbability of allergic reactions: Hyaluronic acid fillers make use of substances that are similar to those which naturally occur in the body. This is the reason they are not likely to bring forth allergic reactions. And yet, if you happen to be allergic to lidocaine, make sure to inform your doctor about that before the treatment.

Is It Allowed to Combine Hyaluronic Acid Fillers with Botox?

Botox is a well-known treatment used to address wrinkles and fine lines on the face. Hyaluronic acid fillers are frequently combined with Botox to improve the appearance of  deeper wrinkles that Botox cannot fully cover on its own. Aging comes with loss of fat and tissue volume, which is why we need the help of  fillers. It is safe and effective to combine Botox and Hyaluronic Acid fillers for achieving even better results.

Is the Russian Lip Technique Considered to Be Safe?

The Russian Lip Technique is composed of  dermal filler injections into the lip body. It mainly utilizes hyaluronic acid based fillers which are approved by the FDA as safe injectables. Just like with the rest of the injectable procedures, it implies the possibility of certain risks and side effects which are associated with dermal fillers. However, these side effects are minimal and temporary when it comes to the Russian Lip technique. Some patients may experience swelling and bruising after the procedure which typically subside within 3-5 days.

Is Local Anesthesia Necessary Before the Russian Lips Treatment?

Lips are one of the most sensitive areas on the face and ideally it should be treated after the application of a topical numbing cream. Even with the fact that the needle used for injections is very small, the pricks caused by injections can still be somewhat painful. There are different lip numbing methods that may be applied before the procedure to reduce the level of discomfort. Those methods include icing the lips, applying topical lidocaine gel, or a full dental block. At Skin Genity, we usually apply a topical lidocaine heavy numbing cream on the lips 15 minutes prior to the injection procedure to make sure our patients feel comfortable during the treatment and the painful sensations are minimized.

How Are the Russian Lip Technique Injections Delivered?

When the Russian lip technique is chosen for lip enhancements, the dermal filler is placed very superficially. This is what makes this highly advanced procedure especially technically challenging. The possibility of side effects is high if the procedure is performed by an inexperienced or unqualified injector. Side effects may include such abnormalities as unevenness, lopsidedness and lumpiness. Thus, it is of high importance to make sure that the treatment is carried out by a well-trained professional with extensive experience and relevant qualification in the field. This is the guarantee for your safety and the effectiveness of the procedure. Do confirm that the administering physician is board-certified specialist with extensive experience having performed many similar injections. If administered by an unqualified injector you will most likely end up having unsatisfactory results and adverse side effects. Dr. Schwarzburg, is one of the top lip injectors in New York City with several years of experience in the field and board certifications. He carries out the procedures at his boutique medical spa located on the Upper East side of Manhattan.

Is It Safe to Combine Botox Lip Flip with the Russian Lips Technique?

It is considered to be absolutely safe to combine a Botox lip flip with the Russian lips technique. By means of a Botox injection right above the upper lip the muscle gets relaxed and pulls the top lip upwards, thus creating a “lip flip”. There are no concerns related to pairing the lip flip with the Russian lip technique, as the latter is designed to create more of an upward shaped volume. Good to know that the results achieved by the Russian lip technique can even be enhanced with a lip flip.

Can Russian Lip Injections Be Combined with Other Aesthetic Procedures?

In fact, lip injections are often combined with other aesthetic procedures. There are no specified contraindication procedures to lip fillers. The only thing that is necessary here is the approval of the injecting specialist. Combining lip fillers with Botox or other facial fillers, like under eye, cheek, nasolabial fold, or jawline fillers is a common practice. However, you will need to avoid undergoing facials right after filler injections. It would be better to postpone them for 3-5 days after your lip enhancement treatment, thus allowing the filler to settle and preventing the possible migration.

How Long Do the Results Achieved by the Russian Lip Technique Last?

The Russian lip technique is about superficial injections delivered into the tissue plane which is minimally vascularized. Consequently, the gel tends to last longer, so do the results of the filler. Some patients’ bodies metabolize the filler slower which allows them to maintain the results for more than 12 months. However, for others the filler may be metabolized quicker and the results may last for about 9 months. The average longevity of the Russian Lip effect is from 6-12 months, based on the amount of filler used, as well as the desired results of the patient. The duration of the results is also conditioned by the type of the filler. When it comes to Restylane Kysse lip filler,  patients can anticipate having longer lasting results, meaning it could last well beyond a year without any touch ups.

The Side Effects Associated with the Russian Lips Technique

Lip fillers are often called a pretty easy ‘lunch time procedure’. This, however, does not mean that the procedure implies no risks or side effects. There are a few things that you should keep in mind when scheduling your lip filler appointment. Standard and more frequently occurring side effects and risks include bruising and swelling for up to a week after the procedure.

At Skin Genity, Dr. Schwarzburg is known to be the best Russian lips doctor. He often states that if poorly administered, even the correctly chosen technique can bring forth serious issues and horrible long lasting damage.

In recent years, more and more inexperienced injectors seem to have started offering treatments. The consequences of incorrectly injected fillers may include asymmetry, infections and even necrosis (tissue death). As for more severe side effects, bulging and split lip skin, uneven, lumpy lips, and allergic reactions are some of them. In case any of these side effects has occurred, the doctor turns to a  reversal agent for hyaluronic acid filler called Hyaluronidase. Quickly addressing the serious side effects and making use ofHyaluronidase is critical in order to prevent complications aroused by side effects.

It is also important to know that the fillers are not all the same and that there are many variations of fillers presented on the market. After making the decision of injecting something into your body, make sure to turn to a specialist who has the relevant experience and necessary qualifications to carry out the procedure, as well as uses high-quality products. At Skin Genity, you will be treated by one of the best Russian lips doctor in NYC, Dr. Schwarzburg. Not only does Dr. Schwarzburg have several years of experience in the field, he also continues to constantly add to his skills, always making his patient’s comfort and desired results his top priority.

When searching for a medical aesthetics clinic you will most likely come across package deals and coupons. Surely, deals can sound tempting, however confirm that it is a legitimate establishment, rather than a hidden spot with deals that are literally too good to be true. Put in the effort and do your own research, also ask whether there will be a need for an additional treatment being bundled in or sold.

How Long Does It Take to Have Lip Augmentation with the Russian Lip Technique?

The overall appointment is likely to take no longer than 45 minutes. Before the actual injections, you will be given a topical numbing cream to be placed on the lips which should stay on the lips for about 15 minutes. After removing the numbing cream and sanitizing the area of treatment, the injection process will start which will take 15 – 30 minutes in total.

What is the Russian Lips Price in New York?

The price of dermal fillers and lip augmentation is affected by various factors, like the location of the clinic of your choice, the anatomical complexity of the procedure, as well as the performing doctor’s level of experience and expertise. The Russian lip technique being a very sophisticated and technically advanced procedure, should be done solely by highly-trained doctors. Taking this into account, you can expect to pay anywhere between  $900 and $1200 for that particular treatment in New York City. Commonly more dermal filler is needed to get the flat and heightened appearance of Russian lips, which also contributes to the higher price range. Apart from the mentioned factors, this treatment may take slightly longer than the average filler injection would, taking up more of the doctor’s time, which should be compensated.

Russian Lip Technique in New York

If you are looking for ways to give your lips a caring transformation, then make sure to give us a call at Skin genity and book your consultation with one of the best Russian lip physicians in New York City. Dr. Schwarzburg performs the Russian Lip technique on his patients quite frequently as his philosophy is based on maintaining a beautifully natural appearance. Before the actual procedure, you will have the chance to raise your questions and concerns as well as discuss the results that you would like to achieve, during your one on one consultation with Dr. Schwarzburg. For more information on scheduling your appointment with Dr. Schwarzburg, please call us at 212-203-7415 or email us at