Lip Augmentation in Palm Springs, CA
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.
What Are the 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
What Are 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.
What Are 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.
Q: Will lip filler injections leave my lips looking limp and deflated when the filler dissolves?
A: No. Hyaluronic acid filler does not permanently stretch your lips out. In fact, the injections can help enhance natural collagen production. So, you may enjoy slightly plumper lips naturally from this reaction.
Q: Who is a suitable candidate for a lip lift?
A: When undergoing any surgical procedure, you should be in good health with no medical conditions that may impair healing. It is also vital that you do not smoke. Having reasonable expectations about the results of your procedure is also important.
If aging has your upper lift dragging and you have adequate skin between your lip and nose, a lip lift may be a good solution. Someone with a thin or elongated top lip can also benefit.
Q: Where does the fat come from for a fat transfer lip augmentation?
A: Dr. Calabria uses liposuction to harvest fatty tissue from your stomach, buttocks, or thighs. This is a minimally invasive procedure, and very little fat is needed. It’s done on an outpatient basis.
Q: Can lip augmentation make my lips look like my favorite celebrity?
A: Patients often come into their lip augmentation consultation with a picture of the lips they want. But it is not always possible to fulfill or approximate their requests. If you have very thin lips and your ideal lip model has large, puffy lips, it’s a no-go. They will look unnatural and duck-like. It is okay to show your surgeon a picture of the effect you desire, as long as you understand that it’s merely a tool to determine what you can actually achieve. Dr. Calabria can use the reference look to detail the effects that are and are not attainable.
Q: Do I need multiple injections for lip augmentation?
A: That depends on the size of your lips and the results you are looking for. Typically, one to two syringes during one session is adequate. But, if you have very thin lips or desire a fuller effect, you may need to return for more injections. Performing the injections over time is preferable, as it provides a more natural appearance.
Q: How do I know which lip augmentation procedure is right for me?
A: During your consultation with Dr. Calabria, he will examine your mouth and lips, discuss your aesthetic goals, and review your medical history. He will explain the options available to you and discuss the pros and cons of each. Through this thorough process, our experienced plastic surgeon can help you determine which lip augmentation approach best suits your needs and requirements.
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