Russak Dermatology Clinic’s Signature Lip Filler Techniques

When someone hears lip filler, there’s usually one of two emotions: one is excitement, the other is fear. Excitement comes when somebody has seen good filler, or has had good filler done in the past, and knows what great results you can see. When lip filler is done correctly, it’s not really a “filler”, but rather a correction or improvement of what you already have. Good filler looks natural and enhances your features. When someone is scared of lip filler, it’s usually the dreadful duck lips that appear in their mind, when the filler distorts the natural proportions of the face.

But not to worry, as this is something that you will never need to fret about in our hands! Remember, your result is 10% the filler, 90% the injector, and Russak Dermatology Clinic is in the top 5% of cosmetic injectors in NYC. The lip fillers used at RDC are hyaluronic acid fillers, which is a natural sugar that occurs in our body that gives our skin hydration and plumpness. So let’s talk about the many benefits of lip filler (and guess what, it’s not just bigger lips!)

HYDRATE – Fillers contain tiny particles of hyaluronic acid (also known as HA), which is one of the most hydrating molecules that exists. Hyaluronic acid is a humectant, meaning it draws water into the skin and retains moisture. As we age, we lose the natural hyaluronic acid that our skin is born with, leading to dehydration and dull, wrinkled skin. Lip fillers allow us to replace these HA levels underneath the surface of the skin. When HA is placed correctly and very superficially under the pink of the lip, it’s super hydrating and gives the lips a soft, supple gloss-like appearance.

DEFINE – As we grow older and wiser, the definition between the white of the lip and the pink of the lip starts to blur due to environmental and sun damage, “smoker’s lines” begin to appear above the upper lip, and the distance between the bottom of the nose and the top of the lip elongates. Luckily, delicate filler techniques can improve these signs of aging by defining the lips. Defining the border of the lips restores the lips’ sharp pink border, gives the lips more of a youthful outline, and can remove those pesky lines where lipstick bleeds into the skin. By giving the lips a more defined shape and definition to the lip itself, you can take years off the face and restore a patient’s natural beauty. A few millimeters makes a subtle yet impactful difference.

CORRECT – Lip filler is fabulous for correcting asymmetries, scars, and wrinkled lips. Generally, the correct proportion of the lips should be around 1/3 on the top to 2/3 on the bottom. We often see patients who are unhappy with only their too-thin top lip, or feel that one side of their lip is smaller or lower than the other. When patients come to us with scars in the lip area after an accident, filler can replace lost volume due to injury to the skin. Filler allows us to turn up corners of the lips, literally turning a frown upside down. Our experts strategically place filler to balance the lips, create correct proportions, and give a smooth, soft lifted appearance.

PLUMP – Of course, we can have some fun with fillers too! Fillers allow us to plump up the lips, but always in a very natural way, respecting each patient’s natural anatomy and shape of their lips. Want a little more volume? We can do that! Want a more defined cupid’s bow? Definitely! We can give you a little bit more of a luscious pout, but still your pout!


Our expert physicians use twisted threads in combination with filler to enhance the borders of the lips and add definition. The vermilion border between the pink of the lip and white of the lip is what defines the shape of the lip. By placing small threads here, we can accentuate the Cupid’s bow and can sharpen and lift the lip line for a pretty, youthful look.

Threads are made from dissolvable suture material that dissipate with time, but promote the body’s natural collagen production long-term, so the effects will last for a very long time.

If you’re new to lip filler or are ready for a touch-up, come get your lips ready for Valentine’s Day at Russak Dermatology Clinic! For the month of February only, our famous lip promotion is back! Roses are red, violets are blue, subtle or plump, which one are YOU?

Luckily February is the one time of the year that we offer half syringes for the lips which is perfect for first timers, and we always offer personalized consultations with our doctors to discuss which pout is best for you.

Give us a call at 646-873-7546 or email to schedule your appointment ASAP! We look forward to seeing you and your pretty lips!

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