Lip augmentation, or lip enhancement, is a procedure designed to restore fullness to the aging lips or provide augmentation to genetically thin-lipped individuals. Since the lips are such a central feature of the face, involved in kissing, smiling, chewing, and talking, they must be approached with the utmost care and finesse.
Our plastic surgeons, Dr. Agarwal, Dr. Maloney, and Dr. Ross utilize several options, non-surgical and surgical, to augment the lips. Non-surgical options include injectable fillers such as Juvederm® Injectable Gel or Restylane®. These temporary treatments provide a glimpse of what permanent augmentation may provide and are often a good starting point. Permanent surgical options include Sternocleidomastoid Muscle and Fascia Grafts to the lips or the Perma™ Facial Implant.
Perma™ Facial Implant
Perma™ Facial Implants are soft, solid silicone implants that were FDA cleared for cosmetic facial augmentation in 2007. They are often used off label for lip augmentation, although not FDA cleared for lip augmentation. They are inserted in the lips in the office under local anesthesia, requiring no secondary harvest site. The procedure takes about 30 minutes, and there is some degree of swelling lasting up to two weeks. Because the implants have a smooth surface, there is no tissue ingrowth, and therefore, no limitation of one’s natural smile or lip movement. This procedure is ideal for someone seeking a permanent lip augmentation option in the office or someone who does not want to have muscle harvested from the neck. The lip implants are mobile within the lips, because they are designed to avoid restricting lip movement.
Dr. Agarwal is featured on Fox News 4 the lip enhancement Perma™ Facial Implant.
Subnasal lip Augmentation
The subnasal lip lift, also known as the bullhorn lip lift and upper lip lift, is a procedure designed to shorten the skin portion of the upper lip and increase red lip show. The incision is placed artistically at the base of the nose, where the nose meets the lip. Whether due to aging or genetic factors, sometimes the upper lip looks excessively long in terms of its vertical height, and the vermilion or red portion of the upper lip is deficient. The subnasal lip lift addresses these concerns. It also increases dental show of the upper teeth, which can become covered when the aging lip lengthens and rolls inwards. Please find out if you are a candidate for this procedure by consulting with one of our plastic surgeons.
The Subnasal lip lift, Bullhorn lip lift, Upper lip lift by Dr. Anurag Agarwal
Sternocleidomastoid Muscle and Fascia Grafts to the Lips
The procedure is performed by both Drs. Agarwal and Maloney when indicated. The muscle grafts are taken from the back of the neck, commonly during simultaneous facelift surgery, and are contoured to fit the patient’s desired configuration and intrinsic lip shape. They are then transplanted into the lips through a small incision inside the corner of each side of the mouth. These grafts are taken from one’s own body, thus there is no issue of any rejection or an artificial feel. The aesthetic cupid’s bow is maintained and unlike other artificial materials, enhancement can be achieved along the center and the sides of the lips. This offers a natural, long lasting solution to thin or atrophic lips.
Cosmetic Lip Augmentation with muscle transfer.
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