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.