The lips, along with the eyes, are the two most beautiful regions of a woman's or a man's face. Lip augmentation techniques can be used to add fullness to the lips, creating a “plump” appearance. They can also reduce the fine “lipstick lines” around the mouth. It is not just for those who want larger, sexier lips. As we age, our lips lose fullness, which makes us appear older. Sun damage, smoking, and the natural aging process can all lead to a loss of collagen, the skin protein that gives lips fullness and shape. This can result in thinner lips and more noticeable fine lines.
When your lips are thin and drooping, that can cause your confidence to droop as well. Dr. Capone is highly skilled at performing lip augmentations right in his office in the Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, PA. You’ll leave your short appointment with fuller and plumper lips. To learn more about lip augmentation and less invasive facial rejuvenation treatments, call our Shadyside office or book an appointment online today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Capone!
Techniques used for lip augmentation can be divided into those that provide temporary, or permanent results, as well as those that require an office injection versus an operating room procedure. Deciding which procedure will work best for you depends on many factors including your medical history, the desired length of effect, and what changes you want to your lips. Temporary injectable fillers are good for you if you want non-permanent changes before moving to permanent lip augmentation. At present, there are a number of surgical techniques available for lip rejuvenation and augmentation. Sometimes a combination of techniques will be required to obtain the desired result.
Lip fillers are the most commonly used method of lip augmentation. They are injected in your lips and around your mouth. Injectable fillers can be divided into two categories:
Lips can be injected with a variety of fillers, including Restylane, Juvederm, or your own fat that has been removed from another part of the body. Both Restylane and Juvederm are eventually absorbed, and repeat treatments are necessary to maintain the results of lip augmentation. Fat grafting lasts for many years.
While the injectable dermal fillers can certainly deliver full, plump lips, the results aren’t usually long-lasting. When you opt for more permanent lip augmentation with Dr. Capone, the results will last for a lifetime. This is done by harvesting your own fat from your abdomen or thighs and injecting the fat graft obtained directly into your lips under local anesthesia. Dr. Capone uses the safest injectables available on the market to augment your lips and strives to make your lips look fuller, yet still very natural.
Fat transfer from another part of the body is the safest way to provide a permanent enhancement. Dr. Capone makes tiny incisions at the corners of the mouth for both your upper and lower lips. After gently placing the implants into your lips, the incisions are stitched to complete your procedure.
Injections for lip augmentation are performed during a routine office visit. Normally it only requires about 15 to 20 minutes.
Only minimal swelling will be noticed immediately after surgery. Healing in these sites is very fast, usually taking place within days. Patients can return to normal activity after the procedure.
For more information about Lip Augmentation, contact our Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania cosmetic surgery practice today. Call us at 412.363.6626 or use the convenient online appointment booking tool to get in touch with us. Betsy, our Patient Coordinator and our team of care experts are happy to do a FREE CONSULTATION with you to understand your needs and help you figure out the next steps.