Lip augmentation is a procedure that adds volume to the lips to enhance their size and shape. Younger patients may only desire a fuller pout, but older patients can benefit from augmentation as well as improving the area around the lips. Dr. Renato Calabria has been on the forefront of lip augmentation procedures and offers several treatment options to address various patient concerns.
Benefits of Lip Augmentation
- Plumps the lips for fuller, more attractive lips
- Reduces the appearance of fine lines, rejuvenating the entire face
- Reveals your inner youthfulness through your newly enhanced features
- Produces natural-looking results that can boost self
Dr. Calabria’s Surgical Lip Augmentation Techniques
The lip lift procedure is necessary if you desire to shorten the distance between the upper lip and the nose. This procedure is performed under local anesthesia and involves creating a small incision at the base of the nostril. When combined with a filler to add volume to the lips, this technique yields stunning results.
Lip Augmentation With Dermal Graft or Alloderm Implant
Lip augmentation with a dermal graft or Alloderm implant involves placing the previously harvested graft or implant material into the lips through a stab incision. Results from this type of lip augmentation technique are long lasting and, in some cases, are considered permanent.
Lip Augmentation With Fat
Fat can be harvested directly from a patient’s body and injected into the lips using a minuscule cannula. The results of lip augmentation using fat injections are quite beautiful, and they tend to last longer than fillers.
Lip revision is usually done when a patient is unhappy with a previous lip augmentation that was performed using a permanent filler like silicone. When used for lip augmentation, silicone can cause an allergic reaction or result in scarring. In select cases, the silicone granulomas can be removed successfully with surgery, and the residual scarring may be improved with non-permanent filler.
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Dr. Calabria’s Nonsurgical Lip Augmentation Techniques
A laser peel may be the most effective approach for reducing the appearance of fine lines around the lips. It is essential to consider the patient’s skin type to select the proper laser and obtain ideal results. A Fraxel® laser is usually suitable for darker skin tones, while a fractional CO₂ laser may be more appropriate for lighter skin tones.
Restylane® is an injectable gel filler composed of hyaluronic acid that enhances the lips by restoring youthful volume and smoothing fine lines. Hyaluronic acid is a substance that occurs naturally in the human body to plump and smooth the surface of the skin. The injection process takes less than 30 minutes, and improvement is noticeable immediately following treatment. Results can last up to six months or longer before necessitating follow-up treatment.
Like Restylane®, JUVÉDERM® is an injectable gel composed of hyaluronic acid that can be used for nonsurgical lip augmentation. Because hyaluronic acid does not contain animal-derived ingredients, JUVÉDERM® does not require an allergy test prior to treatment. Injection takes about 15 minutes, and patients can expect to see a noticeable improvement immediately following the procedure. Any discomfort or redness should dissipate within seven days or less, and results can last up to one year.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can I combine lip augmentation with other facial rejuvenation procedures?
A: Yes, lip augmentation can be combined with both nonsurgical and surgical facial procedures. Laser treatment, facial fillers, facelift, and brow lift are some of the more popular procedures that can be performed in conjunction with lip augmentation.
Q: Is lip augmentation painful?
A: Nonsurgical approaches to lip augmentation tend to cause less discomfort and may only require the use of a mild topical anesthetic during treatment. Minimally invasive lip augmentation can be performed using a local anesthetic to ensure patient comfort during the procedure.
Q: How long is recovery after lip augmentation using Restylane® or JUVÉDERM® Ultra?
A: A patient’s recovery timeline depends on several factors, but usually the bulk of recovery occurs during the first 24 hours after injectable treatment. In that initial stage of recovery, patients are advised to avoid strenuous exercise, sun exposure, heat exposure, and alcoholic beverages. Patients may experience mild discomfort related to swelling, tenderness, or bumps at the injection sites for up to seven days.
Q: What results can I expect after my lip augmentation?
A: You should notice a difference in your lips immediately after treatment, whether you choose a surgical or nonsurgical enhancement. Residual swelling can obscure the final result for about seven days. Nonsurgical lip augmentation can last between six months and one year without needing follow-up treatment.
For more information about lip augmentation procedures, call our Beverly Hills office at 323.612.0867, our Rancho Mirage office at 760.836.0077, or our Milan, Italy office at +39.349.4662323.
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