- Medical Name: Lip Enhancement
- Common Name: Lip Augmentation, Lip Injection, Lip Fillers, Lip Rejuvenation, Lip Plumping, Juvederm, Collagen, Restylane, Radiesse, Fillers
- Anesthesia Type: Topical Anesthesia
- Procedure Duration: Varies
- Recovery Time: Varies
- Procedure Location: Office
About Lip Enhancement
In youth one has well-balanced and proportionate facial volumes along with smooth facial contours. The lips are full, cheekbones are prominent, the area under the eyes is soft and the face is wrinkle-free. As we age, the soft tissue of the face thins and the skin slowly wrinkles, loses elasticity and begins to lax, and the lips thin and wrinkle.
The lips can be effectively rejuvenated to their former plumpness or simply enhanced to a fuller shape with filler injections. Fillers include Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse, fat, collagen, implants and others. The only truly permanent option is an implant, however, most people do not opt for implants because they do not tend to look and feel as natural as other alternatives. Fat is the longest-lasting filler followed by the hyaluronic acid-derived fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane and Radiesse. These fillers are by far the most popular today. Both human- and bovine-derived collagen is still available, but the short-lived results have made it seldom used today.
For lines around the mouth, such as smoker’s lines, additional treatments may be required to achieve optimal results. This could mean a chemical peel, fractional CO2 laser resurfacing, CO2 laser resurfacing or dermabrasion.
Ideal Candidate for Lip Enhancement
The ideal candidate for lip enhancement is one who has lost volume in the lips and desires a fuller lip. He or she is in good health and has reasonable expectations for the procedure.
Benefits of Lip Enhancement
Men and women can rejuvenate lip volume lost with age. The most popular method is injection with fillers. When expertly administered, the rejuvenated lips have a natural, fuller appearance. Fat is another popular option as it is a “natural” implant that avoids the risks involved with using synthetic implants, such as implant rejection, transmittable diseases and autoimmune reactions.
Fat lasts longer than injectable fillers like Juvederm, Restylane and Radiesse, and fat is a refined and safe technique for volume restoration. However, patient satisfaction with fat transfer and fillers is very high and costs less. Injectable fillers and fat are soft and pliable and have the most natural appearance when administered by an expert.
Risks and Limitations to Lip Enhancement
Injectable fillers are very safe and have a very low complication rate. Fillers are not permanent, so you should expect to have touch ups every 3-5 months to maintain fullness. Lips may be swollen for up to 4 days after injection.
Although fat transfer is a very safe procedure, every surgical procedure has risks of complications. Risks involved with a fat transfer include bleeding, infection, bruising, allergic reaction to sutures, scarring and numbness. About 30% of the fat will resorb, so touch ups may be necessary. However, fat transfer is the longest lasting of the injectable options.
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