Over the past few years, one little procedure has been gaining some ground as the new must-have treatment on the block. In fact, 2013 saw lip enhancement take the top of the list of most requested non-surgical procedures around the world. As that same treatment stays at the top in 2014, you might be considering a lip plumping treatment yourself. The idea of soft, supple, and instantly rejuvenated lips can be very tempting indeed. If so, there are a few things you might want to know before you pick up the phone to book your appointment.
#1 – Lip Enhancement Doesn’t Need to Involve Surgery
A lip enhancement, or lip augmentation, is performed to add volume to your lips, whether they are thinning as part of the aging process or have just never been as plump as you’d like them. Unlike other facial procedures, lip enhancement can be entirely nonsurgical and very simple. While surgical implantation of an implant is an option, many patients instead opt for the nonsurgical route with injectable fillers. During this procedure, your plastic surgeon may first inject lidocaine to numb the area before then injecting a dermal filler into the lips. There is no incision, no need for general anesthesia, and little to no recovery time. Plus, the whole procedure takes about 15 to 30 minutes. The nonsurgical benefits of lip enhancement make it a popular choice among women of all ages and for many different reasons.
#2 – Lip Enhancements Is Performed With Many Different Injectable Fillers
Dermal fillers include a range of related substances that can be used in cosmetic procedures to enhance certain areas or diminish others. Injectable fillers can be used as an anti-aging technique instead of surgery or facial implants, as well as for procedures like lip enhancement. Delivered by needle injection, dermal fillers can restore volume to areas where it has been depleted due to aging, like thinning lips or cheeks. When applied in other areas, dermal fillers add volume to smooth away visible wrinkles and fine lines. Plastic surgeons commonly use dermal fillers along the jaw line, in the hollows beneath the eyes, and to fill smile lines around the mouth, frown lines between the eyebrows, creases through the forehead, and also to fill depleted lips.
One of the most common ingredients in dermal fillers is hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring protein found in the human body. Because of this, side effects are very rare. It is also safe for the human system to break this down and process it. While there are many different options available, Juvederm® injectable gel and Restylane® are particularly popular choices for lip enhancement.
#3 – Lip Enhancement Delivers Fast Results
Another huge benefit to the lip enhancement procedure is how quickly you will notice the changes. Dermal fillers work right away to add volume and suppleness to your lips, so you’ll walk out of the clinic with a new pair of lips! While some patients do experience some itching or irritation near the injection site, this is very rare and will most often subside on its own within a few days. Some minor swelling of the lips is normal for the first day or two, but there is no long recovery or rest time associated with nonsurgical injectable fillers for lip enhancement. While it may take a week to 10 days before you can see the full results of your treatment, you should notice a difference right away.
#4 – Results of Lip Enhancement with Fillers Are Not Permanent
Unfortunately, lip enhancements achieved with fillers do not last forever. Because the body breaks down the dermal fillers gradually over time, you may find yourself wanting to get a booster of Juvederm, Restylane, or whatever filler was used. It won’t happen right away, however, so don’t be afraid that your results will disappear as soon as you fall in love with them. Most dermal filler results will last several months, typically 3 to 6 on the lower scale and over one year on the higher end. The staying power of your own plumped lips will depend on the injectable filler your surgeon uses and how your body processes it. Discuss this with your doctor for a better idea of how soon you’ll be visiting for a touch up.
#5 – You Do Have Options for Your Lip Enhancement
For some patients, a simple injectable lip enhancement treatment is not the right choice. Other options do exist to help plastic surgeons achieve the results their patients’ desire. For example, Sternocleidomastoid muscle and fascia grafts can be applied to the lips to add volume and contour. During this process, muscle grafts are taken from the back of the neck, typically during a simultaneous facelift surgery, and then shaped to fit the patient’s lips. They can help to alter that shape or just enhance it with additional volume. The surgeon then transplants this muscle tissue through a small incision in the corner of each side of the mouth. Because they are taken from the patient’s body, there is no risk of tissue rejection or other negative reactions. Obviously, this is a surgical option and very different from an injectable filler treatment; however, these grafts offer patients a long-lasting solution for their lip concerns.
The Perma® Facial Implant is yet another surgical alternative to an injectable lip enhancement. Approved by the FDA in 2007, Perma® Facial Implants are made of a soft silicone that gives the lips a natural look and permanent plumpness. Your facial plastic surgeon will insert the implants into the lips under local anesthesia in a procedure that lasts about 30 minutes. Patients typically experience swelling for up to two weeks, but there is very little risk of additional side effects or complications. Perma® lip implants will not limit your natural smile, thanks to their softness and smooth surface. This procedure is ideal for someone looking to achieve permanent results.
Schedule a Lip Enhancement Consultation
If you can’t decide if lip enhancement is right for you or which kind of lip enhancement you’d like, it’s best to speak directly with an expert in all varieties of this procedure. Contact the Aesthetic Surgery Center to book an appointment with Dr. Anurag Agarwal or Dr. Richard Maloney, double board certified facial plastic surgeons. They have been featured on many of the major news networks, including ABC News, NBC News, and FOX News, as a recognized expert on a variety of facial plastic surgery topics. Drs. Agarwal and Maloney believes that educating and communicating with their patients is the key to helping them achieve the natural-looking results they want in a healthy way. Book your appointment at the Aesthetic Surgery Center, located at 1175 Creekside Parkway #100 in Naples, FL, by calling (239) 594-9100.