Lip augmentation can restore shape and volume in your lips, while also correcting visible lines around your mouth. A cosmetic surgeon can use injectable collagen, hyaluronic acid or a special lip implant to perform lip augmentation. Currently, the most common method uses a hyaluronic acid dermal filler such as:
After a consultation and examination, cosmetic surgeon Dr. Melanie Petro can recommend the best product for your lip enhancement procedure.
WHEN TO CONSIDER LIP ENHANCEMENT
Aging can cause a variety of changes in and around the lips. Conditions such as smokers lines, laugh lines or marionette lines can appear around the lips, while they also lose volume, taking on a flatter, thinner appearance.
If you are bothered by these conditions, or if you feel that your lips are small or lacking shape, you may be a candidate for lip augmentation. Be sure to inform the doctor about oral conditions or a tendency to experience skin eruptions near the lips.
YOUR LIP AUGMENTATION PROCEDURE: WHAT TO EXPECT
This procedure can accomplish multiple goals. Depending on your needs, the doctor may design the procedure to restore volume, reshape or rejuvenate your lips. The upper lip, lower lip and Cupid’s bow can all be treated.
To manage discomfort, a dental block is typically administered before injection. Using a special technique, the filler is injected evenly along the lips and lip borders. Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Melanie Petro adds the filler conservatively, taking special care to preserve your natural lip borders. After injection, a brief massage of the treated area may be necessary to ensure proper contour.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER LIP AUGMENTATION?
After lip enhancement, you may experience some swelling and mild discomfort for a few hours as the numbness from the dental block wears off. Bruising can occur and may last several days. Most lip augmentation procedures achieve results lasting about 3 – 6 months, but duration varies depending on the method chosen. If injectable filler was used, your body will gradually metabolize it and clear it away, a process that is typically faster in facial areas with frequent movement.