How About Those Lips?
Having more prominent fuller lips has become increasingly popular in this day and age. If you are one of these people who desires some more fullness to your lips, I can help! Techniques to adding fullness to the lips varies from placing permanent lip implants to injecting fillers. These fillers may be either permanent or dissolvable. I like to use dissolvable fillers to augment the lips. By dissolvable, I mean that the body will slowly degrade the filler material over the course of 9-12 months. The material I use is hyaluronic acid – a naturally occurring substance found within the human body. This material is easy to use and flows nicely into the lips and the ultimate size of the lips depends on how much material is injected. I tend to be conservative at first and slowly try to achieve the desired size of lips that you seek. Most of the time, the desired look is for slightly bigger lips, just a subtle amount of augmentation to make the lips look more prominent. I can work with you on whatever size of lips makes you feel happy. The before and after photos are of one of my patients.
So, you want to know the downsides of this procedure? As with any procedure on the face, there is going to be some swelling, bruising, and discomfort afterwards. Infections are very rare with this type of minimally invasive procedure. The new lips are going to take time to get used to, and the initial swelling that takes place is not the way that the lips will ultimately look. Remember, swelling will settle down! Once the swelling goes away, the desired appearance should be achieved. And let’s just say that you absolutely do not like the way they look. There is a solution! There is a material out there that will actually dissolve the filler material that is injected within the lips to make them go back to square one again. That process takes 2-3 days.
What about the procedure itself? This procedure takes about 20-30 minutes and is painless after the numbing injections are given. Local anesthesia is administered prior to the filler injections so you don’t have to endure all of the pricks from the filler.
What about downtime? Downtime is short – 3 to 5 days of mild swelling, and maybe a small amount of bruising. I have performed many lip augmentations where the patient actually went back to work the same day. That is one of the perks of the lip augmentation. Being minimally invasive, there is not much in the way of tissue injury and repair going on.
Ok, now what are you waiting for? Come on by and let’s talk about accentuating those lips!
See you soon!