Lip Augmentation With Fillers
What Is Lip Augmentation?
Lip enhancement or Lip Augmentation is a type of cosmetic surgery that aims to improve the appearance of the lips by increasing their fullness through enlargement.
Aging, genetics and many other factors steal away our youthfulness over time – and while we can’t stop the clock – we do have age-defying options today that effectively restore youthfulness to keep us looking good. A thinning upper lip often makes you appear angry and old – while fine lines, often referred to as ‘smoker’s lines’, appear to make you look even older. Using today’s more advanced and reliable materials for lip enhancement we can rejuvenate your lips to what they once were – or give you the lips you’ve always wanted and never had.
- Lip Augmentation restores thin, droopy lips to their more youthful look
- Lip Augmentation plumps us thin lips to restore balance & proportion
- Lip Augmentation reduces fine lines & wrinkles around the mouth
- Lip Augmentation “lifts” droopy lip corners to a more youthful position
- Lip Augmentation is achieved with Injectable Fillers or Fat Injections
- Lip Augmentation is a safe, reliable in-office procedure
Who Are Good Candidates for Lip Augmentation?
Any man or woman who is unhappy with what their lips as they are today and who wants Lip Augmentation to rejuvenate and restore their lips to a more youthful appearance – or to create the lips they’ve always wanted and never had – could be an ideal candidate. You must be in good general health overall. You are not a good candidate for lip augmentation if you have:
- Current cold sores
- Certain diseases such as diabetes or lupus
- Any scarring of the lips
- Blood clotting problems
How Is a Lip Augmentation Procedure Performed?
The procedure takes about fifteen minutes to complete. Hyaluronic dermal fillers are injected into the lips with a needle. Before injections in the lips, a dental or lip block may be used, where a small amount of lidocaine (an anesthetic like the ones used by dentists) is injected into the lip area to help to numb them prior to treatment.
Recovery after lip augmentation is generally mild. Some swelling may occur but typically resolves within twelve to twenty-four hours. Patients can usually return to work on the same day or one day after the procedure. Temporary lip augmentation procedures will require follow-up treatment in order to maintain the results.
How Long Does a Lip Augmentation Injection Last?
Results lasting between six and nine months.
What Are Side Effects of Lip Augmentation?
When the lips are overfilled, the results can be comic, often supplying fodder to tabloid newspapers and offbeat websites. This look is sometimes mockingly called a ‘trout pout’. Overaggressive injections can lead to lumpiness while too little can result in ridges.
Common reactions can range from redness, swelling or itching at the injection site(s). Other possible complications include bleeding, uneven lips, movement of the implants or extrusion, when an implant breaks through the outermost surface of the skin. The usual, expected swelling and bruising can last from several days to a week.
Some patients are allergic to the common local anesthetics like lidocaine and probably should not consider lip injections. Other patients who should forego procedures to the lip include those who have active skin conditions like cold sores, blood clotting problems, infections, scarring of the lips or certain diseases like diabetes or lupus that cause slower healing. Patients with facial nerve disorders, severe hypertension or recurrent herpes simplex lesions should also eschew lip augmentation. As in all surgeries, smokers complicate completion of their procedure as well as the speed of healing.