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Lip Enhancement: Physical Assessment, Injection Techniques, and Potential Adverse Events

Hotta, Tracey, A., BScN, RN, CPSN, CANS, LNC

doi: 10.1097/PSN.0000000000000211

Lip enhancement is a common injection treatment that may involve several different injection techniques based on the patient's goals, expectations, and facial anatomy. It is the aesthetic provider's professional judgment to determine which technique will provide the desired results. Taking the time to provide a thorough assessment, review the potential complications, and discuss expectations is an important step in building a patient–nurse therapeutic relationship. Understanding the anatomy and the supporting structures around the perioral area will improve the overall results of a lip enhancement treatment.

Tracey A. Hotta, BScN, RN, CPSN, CANS, LNC, is an medical aesthetic provider, owner of TH Medical Aesthetics, and Director of THMA Consulting Inc, Thornhill, Ontario, Canada.

Address correspondence to Tracey A. Hotta, BScN, RN, CPSN, CANS, LNC, 75 Cricklewood Crescent, Thornhill, ON L3T-4T8, Canada (e-mail:

The author reports no conflicts of interest.

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