Most people dream of having full, voluminous lips like those of celebrities and models. But genetics, aging and lifestyle factors like smoking can all cause the lips to appear thin and diminutive. Lip augmentation is a solution for people who want to enhance narrow lips or otherwise rejuvenate lips that have become wrinkled with age. Patients have several options for lip augmentation, including injectible fillers, synthetic implants Fillers are injected into the lips and offer only temporary results. Implants, on the other hand, offer long-lasting results that can provide enhanced lip volume for several years, or even a lifetime.
The number of lip augmentations using fillers has grown exponentially over the past 5 years.
Am I a good candidate for lip augmentation?
Your candidacy for lip augmentation depends on the type of augmentation you will undergo. Dr. Shetty can help you decide whether lip enhancement is an option for you and if so, whether certain lifestyle habits like smoking could affect the outcome of your procedure.
What should I expect during lip augmentation procedure?
Depending on the type of augmentation you underg, Injectible fillers, which offer temporary enhancement, are usually performed under local anesthetic during an office visit that is likely to last only a few minutes. Lip grafts or synthetic implants require more time and are often performed with light sedation. However, all lip enhancement procedures are performed on an outpatient basis, allowing patients to return home the same day.
What post-operative instructions will I need to follow after my lip augmentation?
Temporary fillers will have a little swelling which subside in a few days. If you opted for permanent lip implants, you’ll be instructed to sleep on your back and keep your head elevated in the days and weeks following the procedure.