Candidates for lip augmentation are typically looking to plump up thin lips. Some individuals are born with thin lips, while others lose volume in the lips as they age. Lip augmentation can also help to redefine the lip border and even improve fine wrinkling around the mouth. As with other cosmetic procedures, patients should also be in good physical health and have realistic expectations for improvement.
Injectable fillers have become very popular for lip augmentation. While there are many types of fillers that can be used in the lips, hyaluronic acid fillers are among the most common. These include Restylane, Perlane, and Juvederm. Many find that these provide a very natural result with little risk of an allergic reaction. In addition, the material can be dissolved with a simple injection if the results are unsatisfactory. Other options for lip augmentation include surgical procedures and lipo transfer.
Injectable lip augmentation is performed in the office setting and takes just fifteen minutes or so to complete. Our doctors use a dental block to numb the lips. A very fine needle is then used to inject the substance into the lips.
There is little to no downtime associated with injectable lip augmentation. Some minor swelling may occur and can be alleviated by gently applying ice. Work and other normal activities can often be resumed right away, though patients should avoid lipstick or other lip products immediately after the procedure. Other temporary side effects may include bleeding, bruising, redness, or tenderness at the injection site. Results can be seen immediately after treatment. The duration of results will vary depending on the particular filler used. Hyaluronic acid fillers may last for four to six months. Fat transfer often lasts longer.
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