The most popular method of lip augmentation involves the injection of a soft tissue filler to plump the lips. This procedure is done with topical or local anesthesia to ensure comfort. The filler is placed along the lip lines, with extra care taken to preserve a natural appearance. Injections are placed to augment the upper lip, lower lip and Cupid’s bow.
After injection, ice may be applied for about 30 minutes to reduce swelling.
Many patients return to work or their regular activities immediately following the injections. You will see the results immediately. Hyaluronic acid fillers are often used, which provide results that last 3 to 6 months or longer. The most common side effects reported are bruising and swelling, which subsides within a few days.
One of the greatest challenges in plastic and cosmetic surgery has been the search for an exceptional solution to tissue augmentation. Past methodologies, both temporary and permanent, have met with disappointing results for both physician and patient.
Temporary solutions typically involve the use of commercially produced fillers or autologous fat, which can be unpredictable with respect to how long they last, and require repetitive treatments that are painful, repetitive, and costly.
Permanent solutions have relied on implants that may, due to their surface characteristics, promote tissue ingrowth. This may result in a restriction of movement and an unnatural appearance.