There are both surgical procedures and non-surgical treatments for creating fuller, plumper lips. While implants were at one time the most popular method of lip augmentation, their use has been waning, and such invasive surgery has been largely replaced by the injection of dermal fillers.
Another form of surgical lip augmentation is a fat graft or transfer. In this procedure, fat is harvested from a patient’s own tummy, buttock or thigh—wherever there is enough fat to be taken. It is then immediately processed to separate the desired components of the fatty tissue (which includes stem cells) and injected into the patient’s lips. This may sometimes be offered as an alternative, if the patient is already undergoing some type of surgery.
Unless a condition makes surgery an absolute necessity—such as severe burns that require restorative procedures—why go under the knife and deal with the greater risk of side effects, the pain and the downtime for recovery, when you can be in and out of your doctor’s office in under an hour and back into your life?
Of course, the biggest difference between a surgical procedure, such as a fat transfer, and the use of a hyaluronic acid filler is that the surgery provides a permanent solution, whereas the fillers must be replenished periodically, often within six months to a year or so.
Various types of hyaluronic acid, such as the one found in Juvéderm and Restylane, are the approved injectables for lip augmentation in the United States. They come in a soft gel form and can be manipulated easily for beautiful results, when performed by Dr. Kaado.
Lip enhancement fillers generally produce a soft, smooth, natural look. Also, the lips feel soft and plump, allowing them to move normally. Collagen fillers were the option used in the past, but they do not last as long as an advanced hyaluronic acid filler.
Before the injections, a topical numbing agent may be applied or an anesthetic injection given, similar to Novocaine. The injection sites are marked, and the injections are given. Ice may be applied after the injections to reduce any discomfort and swelling, but pressure should be avoided.
Dr. Kaado uses three products to enhance the lips, depending upon the circumstances:
Other benefits of using hyaluronic acid fillers are as follows:
To achieve the natural-looking—and feeling—result that you want, it is critical to have a physician who understands the proper lip aesthetics and balance between the upper and lower lip, the proportion of the mouth to your other features and the role that surrounding muscles play in the aging process.
Knowing the aesthetically correct dimensions and landmarks of the face goes back to Leonardo Da Vinci—it is important to follow the golden ratio.
What goes wrong with lips that look obviously done or unattractive? The simple answer is that ratios and landmarks are ignored. Several common errors are: upper lips that are bigger than lower lips, lower lips that project more than the upper lip, tubercles (or other landmarks) that are obliterated, and no attention to the cupids bow.
Also, enhancing lips to the “age appropriate size” is part of the art of an experienced injector. Selecting the appropriate filler is important too.
Achieving desirable, sensuous lips requires a skilled injector with a keen awareness of natural ratios and landmarks. It is an art, and you have to have an artist.
Dr. Kaado is a recognized leader in aesthetic treatments, all performed at his exclusive Virginia Beach clinic, built around a positive, discreet patient experience. Clients fly from all over the US and the world to get their lips “Kaadofied” by his Virginia Beach lip injections.
If you want to enhance the look of your lips, you are likely a good candidate for lip augmentation at Dr. Kaado’s luxury private clinic in Virginia Beach. If you have thinning lips due to aging or were born with less lip volume than you want, your vision for luscious, full lips can be achieved.
If you are thinking of a lip augmentation before a big event such as a wedding or reunion, it is best to allow at least two weeks prior to the event. It is important that you stop taking any blood thinners at least two weeks before the treatment. If you are a smoker, you’ll need to stop at least three days before the procedure.
Small bumps and irregularities may be seen on the lips. These may last up to three days after treatment and typically resolve on their own. Bruising and swelling are common and temporary. Do not rub the area, and if uncomfortable, an ice pack can be applied to reduce any residual swelling. After injections minor bleeding could occur. The care with which your augmentation is performed is important! Ensure the enhancement is performed by a highly-skilled, expert injector so your results are beautiful, fresh, and natural looking, not overfilled.
Lip injections are relatively pain-free. Lips will be numbed ahead of time with a topical numbing cream. The cream will take approximately 30 minutes to work and is effective in minimizing pain. A fine gauge needle with a small amount of lidocaine will be injected into the area for a comfortable treatment experience.
Bruising is a common side effect of lip augmentation. It is a collection of blood under the lip’s surface causing a bit of swelling that may end up feeling like a bump. Any minor bumps will resolve on their own as the dermal filler settles into place. The most important factor is how the filler is injected, in what quantity, and into what area. Dr. Kaado and his team are recognized for their excellent work in facial enhancement, including lip augmentation.
Results will depend on each patient and the specific procedure performed. Lip augmentation is long lasting, but your body will eventually reabsorb the filler. Patients who opt for fillers and enjoy the new appearance of their lips will have to maintain the look with additional treatments, typically in about three to six months. Why not have the perfect pout? With modern dermal fillers, injected correctly, you can enjoy fuller lips, create a cupid’s bow, smooth lip lines, or just add sexy volume to thinner lips.
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