The Russian Lips are the new aesthetics trend in social media. This revolutionary lip filler technique has really taken the cosmetic world by storm and has a lot of fans everywhere.
Taking its name after the Russian Doll aka, Matrioska or Babushka, it aims to achieve a perfect heart-shaped pout with extra volume on the center of the lips.
It is a lip augmentation technique that puts height over plumpness and tends to lift the lips rather than adding lots of volume. That’s why it is also called the “lip lift.”
What is the difference between the Classic and the Russian Lips?
In the case of Russian lips, tiny droplets of filler are injected vertically, starting at the base of the lip and working its way towards the border. It goes from the inside out!
On the other hand, the classic technique works horizontally from the borders towards the body of the lips, which gives you more prominent lip borders.
The Russian lip technique focuses on achieving height and improving cupid’s bow, whereas the traditional technique aims at volume and lip contouring.
Also, the Russian lips tend to be more of a lifting than anything else, giving you a beautifully balanced profile!
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Written by Dr Osama Bahsas Zaky
Written by Dr Osama Bahsas Zaky
Updated on July 28, 2021
Am I a Good Candidate for the Russian Lip Filler Technique?
If you have no previous experience with fillers, the Russian lip technique might be the right fit for you. Also, it can be useful in patients who want to enhance their cupid’s bow and are not expecting to add excessive volume, or who do not want to reshape the borders of their lips.
However, you should discuss your goals and expectations with your doctor, so he can guide you and choose the right technique for your particular case!
What is the difference between the Classic and the Russian Lip Filler Technique?
Apart from the technical differences explained above, the procedure is essentially the same for the patient:
- Numbing cream.
- The icing of the lips.
- Injection of the lip filler with the help of a needle or cannula.
However, Russian lip technique takes double the time and product compared to the traditional technique. So, it essentially can be pricier and with slightly more downtime to recover.
How Long Do the Russian Lip Fillers Last?
The difference is in the technique, but the lip filler product injected is the same in both cases. However, some say that the results could last a little longer, between 12-18 months, because of the amount of filler used, with a touch-up at 6-9 months.
If I had a Previous Lip Injection, I Can’t Have My Russian Lips Done?
If you have previous work done, it needs to be dissolved, so there is no product present at the border of the lips. That’s the beauty of hyaluronic acid: it is not permanent and can easily be dissolved by injecting hyaluronidase! This substance is also used in case of botched lip jobs or to correct lumps or asymmetries.
What to Expect During Russian Lips Recovery?
The aftercare of Russian Lips can be slightly longer. You can expect a little more swelling and bruising due to multiple injection points, but nothing to worry about! You just need to follow your doctor’s recommendations and be gentle with your new lips.
Keep away from aspirin and ibuprofen, take Arnica for bruising, rest with your head propped high the first hours, and use ice packs for the swelling.
Also, you should avoid direct sun exposure, saunas, or going to tanning salons the first two weeks after your procedure.
A Final Word
When it comes to lips, less is sometimes better, especially to avoid a cartoonish, artificial, duck pout appearance that can result less than flattering!
That’s why you should choose the Russian lip technique. It can be excellent to improve your profile, give you a beautiful cupid’s bow and an instant lift of both your upper and lower lips.
However, no matter the lip filler technique you choose, it should be a perfect marriage between your expectations and your lips’ natural shape, considering the overall structure of your face. In the end, you still want to look like yourself, only a better version with more kissable lips!
How Much Russian Lips Cost?
The price of 1 ml of Juvederm / Teoxane is 435 euros. Usually, this is the quantity used for a traditional lip augmentation. However, the Russian Lip technique may take double quantity of product.
No more than 2 ml of the product should be injected in the first lip filler session. In any case, if the patient wants a bigger size, it is better to take baby steps and build up lip volume slowly over time with several sessions.
Also, less is often better when it comes to lips, so you don’t end up with a fake duck pout! The idea is to achieve a lip-plumping effect while maintaining natural-looking lips.
With more than 20 years of experience, Antiaging Group Barcelona is a leading clinic in Spain in facial cosmetic treatments. Doctor Jesús Benito is a recognised authority in plastic, reconstructive and cosmetic surgery in Spain.
We welcome you to visit Antiaging Group Barcelona facilities for a free, no-obligation visit. You’ll have time to consult with the plastic surgeon, ask questions, and talk about any concerns. We’ll identify the best solution and the best price for you.
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Bibliography & Publications:
An Objective, Quantitative Assessment of Flexible Hyaluronic Acid Fillers in Lip Enhancement Andreas Nikolis, Vince Bertucci, Nowell Solish, Vanessa Lane, Alessandra Nogueira. Dermatol Surg. 2021 May
Study of Hyaluronic Acid Filler Effectiveness and Safety in Lip Fullness Augmentation Dermatol Surg. 2021 Ap
Lip Augmentation Dermal Filler Reactions, Histopathologic Features Roy Eversole, Khahn Tran, Doyle Hansen, John Campbell. Head Neck Pathol. 2013 Sep; 7(3): 241–249. Published online 2013 Mar 23
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