Throughout human history, full lips have been seen as a sign of vitality, confidence, and poise. While some women are blessed with naturally plump lips, others are not so lucky. Even for those that do have them, factors such as the weather, smoking, and aging can deteriorate the appearance of the smile over time.
Thanks to modern science, women are now able to have the lips they want throughout their lives. Dr. Andres can perform various cutting-edge techniques including lip injections, lip implants, and lip enhancement with fat transfer to provide the naturally beautiful and elegant look you desire.
What is lip augmentation?
As the name suggests, lip augmentation is a procedure that gives patients fuller, plumper lips. As we age, collagen and fat are naturally depleted from certain parts of the body (especially the face). With lip augmentation, we seek to revive the lips by replacing what was lost.
There are various methods to accomplish this, but the most commonly used one is injectable dermal fillers. Hyaluronic acid, a natural element found in the human body, has become the most frequent choice in recent years. It helps add volume, hydration, and suppleness to the lips. In the past, collagen, fat injections, and implants were the standard. While they are still employed today, hyaluronic acid fillers have taken the lead as the most popular option for lip injections.
How is lip augmentation performed?
- LIP FILLERS – There are several leading dermal fillers on the market today for lip enhancement. These include Restylane Kysse and Silk, and Juvederm Vollure and Volbella. Restylane product results typically last only six months, while Volbella lasts 12 months and Vollure lasts up to 18 months. These fillers can be injected into the upper lip region to give more definition to the ‘cupid’s bow.’ Other areas, such as the corner of the mouth, can be targeted as well. Vertical lines and wrinkles that tend to show up around the mouth can be smoothed out using the same filler.
- FAT TRANSFER – If a fat transfer is employed, the fat will usually be harvested from an area such as the belly or the flanks. However, patients have the option to choose other regions of the body if they prefer. This procedure is performed under local anesthesia and takes about an hour to an hour and a half.
- LIP IMPLANTS – Lip implants are the most permanent of all the options. Patients will consult with their doctor to determine which size implant is the most appropriate for them. During the procedure, two incisions are made on each side of the mouth, and a ‘tunnel’ is created using a clamp. This tunnel is tailored to match the form of the lips. Then, the implant is inserted, and the incisions are sutured shut. The entire procedure usually takes no more than thirty minutes.
What are the benefits?
Each of these methods comes with its own benefits. With dermal fillers, patients can rest assured that the volume of their lips will be kept under control by the doctor. The amount injected is increased slowly to ensure that the size doesn’t exceed what the patient desires. This process can also be staggered out across several appointments to give the patient more time to reflect on their appearance. Other benefits include less bruising, longer-lasting results, and a low likelihood of allergic reactions. Because hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the body, complications are not common.
When it comes to fat injections, there is an even lower chance of allergic reactions. Using fat directly from the patient’s own body ensures that the body will not reject it, as it is coming straight from the source. In addition to this, many are enticed by the opportunity to get rid of fat in another part of their bodies.
With lip implants, the primary benefit is that the results last the longest. While injections can last anywhere from 6 to 18 months, one lip implant procedure can last for years.
Who makes a good candidate?
Good candidates for lip augmentation are people that have been considering it for a long time. Looking at before and after photos will give prospective clients a good idea of what to expect and help them determine which method is best suited for them.
What will my recovery entail?
Those receiving dermal fillers will not have any downtime. Those taking the fat transfer route, however, will need to rest for a few days. In either case, it is recommended that the patient take frequent walks to help promote blood circulation.
Those receiving lip implants will need to rest for several weeks and keep mouth movements to a minimum. The final results usually appear approximately three weeks following the procedure.
Why choose Dr. Andres for lip augmentation?
Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Lewis Albert Andres is revered as one of the best surgeons in the Phoenix and Scottsdale area. He is always on the lookout for new techniques, only providing his clients with the most up-to-date care available. He prioritizes communication with his clients and guides them through the process of achieving their new look.