Does the idea of having full, kissable lips appeal to you? Aging takes a toll on every part of your face, including the lips.
If you want lips that people notice but don’t like the idea of undergoing a surgical lip lift, consider a
non-invasive lip augmentation.
Lip augmentation is performed through a series of quick injections of dermal fillers or fat transfer. There is no downtime with filler injections, and you’re able to drive yourself home following the lip augmentation.
You can even go right back to work or social activities the same day. Fat transfer, on the other hand, is a little bit more involved but recovery is still minimal.
The end result of both techniques is beautiful lips that no longer make you look angry or even sad. Learn more about the different ways lips are enhanced without the need for invasive surgery.
Lip Augmentation and Dermal Fillers
Hyaluronic acid fillers are commonly used to add volume to the lips, as well as to help smooth the fine lines and creases that appear around the mouth. The two popular choices for these fillers include Juvederm and Restylane.
Juvederm XC is an injectable filler that Dr. Gregory Chernoff, a renowned Indianapolis facial plastic surgeon, uses to add volume and smooth lines. Prior to your Juvederm XC injections, Dr. Chernoff uses digital imaging to show you the differences dermal fillers can make.
Once you are happy with the potential results, your lips are iced to help numb the areas where the needle will be inserted. The filler also contains lidocaine to help ease any discomfort during the injection.
Treatments take a matter of minutes, but you may have some swelling that lasts for approximately two hours. Once the filler is injected, the fullness lasts approximately six to eight months. After that you will need a touch-up treatment to maintain your lip appearance.
Lip Fillers and Fat Transfer
An alternative to dermal fillers, fat transfer involves the removal of your own autologous fat from a fattier area of the body, such as the thighs, hips, or buttocks. To remove the fat, a liposuction technique that uses ultrasound to help break up the fat cells is used. These fat cells are then suctioned from the body using a cannula. Once the fat is harvested, it is prepared to be injected into your lips.
The clear benefit to fat transfer is that the results are permanent. The fat cells develop a blood supply and remain in place permanently, though some fat may initially be reabsorbed by the body. There is also no risk of an allergic reaction because the fat cells come from your own body. In addition, excess fat can be stored by the facial plastic surgeon. If you decide to have a little more volume added in the next few months, you do not need to undergo a second liposuction procedure.
View before and after photos of a lip augmentation performed by facial plastic surgeon Dr. Chernoff. The lips look fuller without looking unnatural. You can have these same results. Call Chernoff Cosmetic Surgery at (317) 573-8899 in Indianapolis, IN, (707) 544-3232 in Santa Rosa, CA, or (800) 482-5499 in Beverly Hills or Newport Beach and set up a consultation today.
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