The lips are a prominent facial feature, and full lips can make a strong – and attractive – first impression. Those with thin lips that lack definition often feel self-conscious about this aspect of their appearance. If you have thin lips and aren’t satisfied with their effect on your facial appearance, you may benefit from a lip augmentation.
Depending on your cosmetic needs, lip augmentation typically involves dermal fillers or fat grafting injections. Because the recovery time is so short for these options, a lip augmentation is one of the easiest ways you can enhance the overall look of your face.
INJECTIONS VS. LIP IMPLANTS
A less popular option for lip augmentation is a lip implant procedure. Very few respectable surgeons do lip implants anymore. Injections are the better choice for a variety of reasons.
While lip implants are invasive, injections are only minimally invasive. Because of this, injections require very little to no recovery time, whereas surgical implantation necessitates a period of downtime. Generally, those who are leery of going under the knife will find injections to be a more comfortable option.
Implants have a risk of migration over the years, leading to unsatisfactory results, and they carry with them a risk of infection. Surgical implantation is also more expensive.
Lip Augmentation with Injectable Fillers
Injectable fillers are one of the most popular facial rejuvenation options available. Fillers like Restylane® and Juvederm are known for providing great lip augmentation results, but the right dermal filler for you will depend on a few different factors. Some fillers are more effective than others, and the longevity of your results will also vary from filler to filler.
Many dermal fillers are made from synthetic hyaluronic acid, a substance that creates volume in the skin tissues. In its natural form, hyaluronic acid is found in the body, where it bonds with water molecules.
Lip augmentation with an injectable filler only takes a few minutes and requires virtually no downtime. This makes it an ideal lunchtime procedure for busy patients who want to return to their work day afterwards.
During the procedure, the lip region is first numbed. Small injections of the chosen dermal filler are then precisely and carefully administered to the area. This creates volume and definition.
Following the injections, lip sensitivity occurs in a very small amount of patients. It will be best to avoid pressure on the lips for a time.
Lip Augmentation with Fat Transfer
Although less common, lip augmentation via fat transfer is a revolutionary method of improving your lip volume. First, your surgeon will carefully prepare a small amount of fat that has been removed from a different area of your body. Excess fluid and damaged and dead cells will be filtered out, leaving only the healthiest cells for grafting. Using these healthy cells ensures the best possible chance of them thriving in their new location, making your results last even longer.
Once your harvested fat cells have been prepared, your surgeon will inject them into your lips. Since this tissue comes from your own body, it is far less likely to be rejected or cause an allergic reaction, and your results will be supple and natural.
Best of all, lip augmentation with fat transfer only requires a few hours of downtime before you can return home and go back to your daily activities.
If you have further questions about your lip augmentation options at Marietta Plastic Surgery, please contact our experienced Marietta lip augmentation team today to schedule a free initial consultation. We welcome patients from Marietta, Atlanta, and Woodstock, Georgia, as well as other areas of the southeastern United States.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
A. Lip augmentation is a cosmetic procedure for people who are unhappy with thin or asymmetrical lips and wish to improve the shape and size of their lips.
A. Generally, there are two types of procedures used for lip augmentation: injectable fillers for non-surgical temporary lip augmentation and lip implants for surgical permanent lip augmentation.
A. Owing to our clients’ high satisfaction with non-surgical filler options like Restylane, Juvederm, and fat grafting, we do not use implants for lip augmentation. Implants have a higher risk of infection and migration, and they require downtime and recovery time.
A. Juvederm and Restylane are smooth gel fillers consisting of a naturally hydrating substance called hyaluronic acid. With advancing age, the level of hyaluronic acid in the skin declines, leading to a loss of volume and structure. Juvederm and Restylane injections work by inserting hyaluronic acid into the deep dermis of your skin on your lips and around the corners of your mouth. This gives you plumper and better-defined lips.
A. Owing to the biocompatible nature of the fillers, a non-surgical lip augmentation generally lasts for about 6 to 12 months. After this, maintenance treatments may be available.
A. The procedure of fat grafting for lip augmentation involves taking fat from another part of your body and then injecting the fat into your lips as a lip filler. Fat grafting, also known as fat transfer, can help you get beautiful, symmetrical, and contoured lips.
A. Fat transfer for lip augmentation is a long-lasting and often permanent procedure. This is because the filler product for this augmentation is a patient’s living fat cells, which connect to the blood supply and thrive in the new region.
A. The results of a lip-augmentation procedure are almost immediate. Lip augmentation is sometimes followed by mild symptoms of temporary swelling, redness, and tenderness. To address these symptoms, it is suggested that you do not indulge in any strenuous exercise or consume alcohol. Although these symptoms go away in under a few hours, you can use an ice pack to relieve the mild discomfort.