Am I a candidate for Lip Augmentation?
As we age, collagen breaks down and fat is lost creating thinner, flaccid appearing lips. Patients in good general health who desire a more youthful appearance by adding the appearance of volume to their lips are good candidates for surgical lip augmentation. Patients with thin or uneven lips who desire more fullness to improve their lip appearance and self-esteem are good aesthetic candidates for lip augmentation.
What is the recovery process following lip enhancement?
Most patients are able to return to work/social activities the day following lip augmentation with hyaluronic acid-based fillers.
What type of anesthesia is used for lip augmentation?
Lip augmentation with hyaluronic acid-based fillers can be performed either with or without blocking the nerves supplying the lips with lidocaine. Recently, with the use of vibrational anesthesia, lidocaine injections have become unnecessary for most patients. We also offer PRO-NOX™ for added comfort during non-surgical lip augmentation.
Can the wrinkles around my lips be treated?
There are several causes for wrinkling of the lips including muscular action, volume loss, and sun damage. We have the experience and technology to address each of these issues with Botox, fillers, laser resurfacing, Halo™ and radio frequency based treatments depending upon your anatomy and personal preference.
What type of fillers are used for lip augmentation and for smoothing wrinkles around the mouth?
Because of their safety profile and efficacy, Dr. O’Connell prefers the hyaluronic acid based group of fillers. Some fillers such as Juvederm Volbella® XC and Restylane® Silk are specifically intended for this purpose and are routinely used at Total Aesthetics.
What are the types of Lip Augmentation procedures?
There are generally two categories of Lip Augmentation procedures – non-surgical and surgical. At Total Aesthetics due to the brief recovery time, absence of scarring and lower cost, non-surgical lip augmentation is more popular. Because of their safety profile, hyaluronic acid-based fillers are most commonly used, although fat can be used for a longer lasting result.
Is there any downtime with a lip augmentation?
There is little to no downtime with a non-surgical lip augmentation.
What are the side effects of a lip augmentation?
Most effects of injectable fillers are temporary and usually only last a few days. Some of the more common early side effects are bruising, swelling and tenderness in the areas of injection.
How long does it last?
Lip augmentation with filler usually last about six months. To maintain the volume of your lips, more injections will be required after the filler has been absorbed.