Aesthetics, Injectables

When it comes to lip injections, how big is TOO big?

Lip Injections in Lethbridge, Alberta

When it comes to lip injections, how big is TOO big? Yes! There is such a thing. As you know, here at Lethbridge Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics, we are committed to sharing helpful information to provide more awareness around cosmetic injections. We share this information on our blog, website, and Facebook and Instagram.

The answer really depends on individual anatomy and your practitioners understanding of anatomy and sense of restraint. Rest assured, Dr. Secretan will assess the potential space in your lips, and fill accordingly.

That said, something that you may not know is that when you repeatedly enlarge the lips and pump them as big as possible, the filler can act as a tissue expander. That results in permanently stretching the skin, causing lips to sag and deflate when the filler eventually degrades. Sadly, that leaves you in worse shape than when you started.

Since this isn’t a textbook risk or complication (like, say — swelling, bruising, or a rogue lump), injectors rarely discuss the potential long-term pitfalls with patients.

In the event that you’re left with loose lips as a result of habitual over-inflation, the only remedy is lip reduction surgery. The process involves trimming away the excess skin which can leave scars. We don’t want this for you!

We see so much overfilling on social media these days and feel obligated to continue to educate and guide this industry. If you start to question whether or not your own perfectly adequate lips seem too small in comparison to what you see online, come and chat with us.

Pictured here are the results 6 months after her last lip filler treatment with Dr. Secretan.


✔ She has no migration or lateral protrusion

✔ She’s retained lip fullness and volume

✔ Her lips are symmetrical

Give us a call and we’d be more than happy to answer any and all of your questions!

Aesthetics, Injectables

Cosmetic Injections in Lethbridge, Alberta

Cosmetic Injections in Lethbridge, Alberta

As you know, here at Lethbridge Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics, we are committed to sharing helpful information to provide more awareness around cosmetic injections. We share this information on our blog, website, and Facebook and Instagram.

There is, without a doubt, a need for an ongoing (if not strengthened role) for medical boards and the government in regulating professional conduct. What we are currently seeing in the injectable industry is concerning.

We will share everything that we’ve learned from our experiences over the years, in hopes that you can learn too!

Aesthetic medicine is not 1 + 1 = 2. There are SO many variables and medicine is never an exact science.

If you are considering filler, Dr. Secretan will discuss realistic and attainable expectations prior to receiving treatment.

Restoring natural facial contours and providing our patients with safe, normal looking injectable treatments is our priority.

Featured here is the before and after result of dermal filler used to improve the appearance of nasolabial folds.

It’s important to remember that fillers and botulinum toxin cannot “cure” marital infidelity, existential crises, or family dysfunction. However, they CAN and have demonstrated measurable and meaningful improvements in the emotional and functional status of patients, like the results featured here. Restoring natural facial contours and providing our patients with normal looking injectable treatments is of the utmost importance.

Questions? Put them in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you!

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Experiences at Lethbridge Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics

Experience Lethbridge Plastic Surgery

Here is some of the feedback we’ve received from patients who have had experiences at Lethbridge Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics.

“First off, let me start by saying Dr. Secretan is amazing! He is definitely the best! I trusted him the moment I met him. He is very detailed, honest, and genuinely cares about his patients. He is relatable and personalizes what you need and want. His team is just as great! I am beyond happy and in love with my results! I am two months post-op and I feel and look amazing! I did it all; a complete mommy makeover. As busy and on-demand as Dr. Secretan is, I feel very, very lucky I had him as my surgeon! I am forever grateful for this life changing experience. I wouldn’t have picked anyone else to do this. Thank you and thank you to all of your dedicated staff!”

“Dr. Secretan is an excellent plastic surgeon. I recently had a procedure done and he did a great job. I would highly recommend this clinic. I had my surgery done in their on-site surgical suite which is well equipped, clean, and bright. Thanks to all the staff for a job well done and for making me feel comfortable.”

“Dr. Secretan is amazing! I had been suffering with carpal tunnel, in my right wrist for many years. He performed release surgery just over 4 weeks ago. I’m healing amazingly… and I have full feeling back in my fingers, and you can barely tell where the incision was made!”

“Dr. Secretan and his staff were amazing in all instances in which I required services and surgery. I had a large lump removed from my forehead, non malignant fortunately, and the surgery was quick and efficient. Furthermore, there is virtually no scaring as the wound was properly addressed which is a good thing considering the high viability of the location. In addition, I have had laser hair removal and other laser skin treatments performed on my face that have been extremely successful. Probably the best part of the experience has been the front office staff and the considerate attitude of both Dr. Secretan and his medical team. Strongly recommend this Doctor for both cosmetic and laser surgery.”

Thank you to the many of you who share your kind words! We’re so happy to hear you are happy with the results and all doing well and are so appreciative that you chose Lethbridge Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics!

If you’d like to read more reviews and hear about more patient experiences, click here. Or, if you’d like to book a consultation, reach out! We are here for you.

Aesthetics, Injectables

Normal Looking Injectable Results

Lip Injections

We won’t all agree on what is attractive, nor should we. However, most of us can agree on what appears to be normal looking injectable results. Bigger isn’t necessarily better, less actually is more.

Our focus is to respect the structure of the lips and to recognize subtle lip shape changes rather than adding excessive volume.

Part of our mission at Lethbridge Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics is to continually provide insights and the latest information that will help you decide not only if this is the right procedure for you, but what to expect from the procedure (before, during, and after).

We recently received concerning information from one of our Instagram followers regarding her cosmetic injectable treatments… and sadly, this isn’t an isolated case. If you’ve had a bad experience with experience with injections, you’re NOT alone. It’s the reason why Lethbridge Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics has committed to providing more information regarding aesthetic medicine, specifically Botox and filler. Being more informed about procedures will help decrease the chance of physical and emotional trauma associated with poorly executed treatments. With that being said, we understand that unfortunate things do happen even when every recommended precaution is taken.

Lethbridge Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics is committed to ensure safety within our profession, for our patients and the public. We know how important it is to cultivate trust in the patient-practitioner relationship.

If you’re thinking about getting injections, take your time, do you research, and, if possible, get a second professional opinion.

Do you have questions about lip injections? We’d love to hear from you and talk it through. Give us a call!

Phone: 403-381-0083

And head over to our Instagram for some great examples of before and after results!

Let’s create more awareness in aesthetic medicine together — ask questions and do what is right for YOU.

Aesthetics, Injectables

Cosmetic Benefits of Dermal Fillers

There are many cosmetic benefits of dermal fillers. Listed below are a few of the cosmetic benefits of dermal fillers. We’ve also included information on one of the most common side effects.

Restoring Volume

Many facial fillers have a formula consisting of hyaluronic acid. This natural substance effectively plumps up regions that are sunken in due to volume loss. Facial fillers are especially effective at restoring volume around the cheeks and midface area. For example, facial fillers can diminish under eye bags of restoring volume loss in the upper cheek region.

Improving Acne Scars

Dermal fillers improve the appearance of acne scars by filling in the depressions caused by boxcar or rolling acne scars. Filling in the depressions smooths out the appearance of the acne scar. It also reduces shadowing often left behind with acnes scarring. Dermal fillers are often used in conjunction with other professional acne scar treatments to provide optimal results.

Filling In Lines & Wrinkles

Dermal fillers offer amazing anti-aging results by filling in the fine lines and wrinkles that crease the face as we age. Dermal fillers are especially effective at smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles that accumulate around the nose and mouth, such as nasolabial folds, commonly known as laugh lines.

Adding Facial Symmetry & Youthful Contour

Dermal fillers are often used as lip injections, dramatically plumping up and volumizing lips with attractive contour. Dermal fillers can also be used to add volume along the jawline to restore symmetry, an attractive benefit for men who want strong, square jaws.

One of the most common side effects of dermal fillers is bruising.

Even if you have never bruised before, it is always a possibility. This is why:

Bruises are just a small hematoma — they occur when small blood vessels get punctured and leak into the soft tissue beneath.

The areas where the skin shows the most visible signs of aging are also the most likely to bruise after filler injections. These areas include the upper lip, under the eyes, and in the tear troughs.

Depending on your body’s natural tendency to bruise, it can take as long as two weeks after a dermal filler treatment for the bruising to completely subside.

This is an example of how laser therapy can minimize the appearance of bruising. The collage image shows the healing progression over a 24-hour period. The second image shows healing at 48-hours.

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Healthline also outlined some side effects of dermal fillers. If you’re curious, read more here. Or you can always reach out! We are here for you.

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