or many people, having full, kissable lips are signs of health, beauty, and youth. As aging causes the lips to thin and lose their definition, many women resort to different methods of retaining or restoring their lips’ plumpness. While makeup can create the illusion of full lips, lip injections like dermal fillers offer a superior way of enhancing the lips that are more effective and long-lasting.
At Burt & Will Plastic Surgery and Dermatology, we offer lip augmentation using lip injections as a part of your overall facial rejuvenation or as a standalone treatment. We use only high quality and genuine dermal fillers, so you can achieve your desired look safely and effectively. Along with plumping the lips, our dermal fillers are also perfect for reducing lip lines caused by smoking, sun damage, or even constant contraction of muscles from years of drinking through straws and bottles. Depending on your individual aesthetic goals, we have a number of dermal fillers available for lip augmentation. We have Juvéderm and Restylane, which are both FDA-approved for the use of increasing lip volume. Patients also have the option of using Restylane Silk and Juvederm Volbella, which are effective for softening and reducing fine lines as well as adding soft, subtle volume to the lips.
Candidates for Lip Injections
In general, individuals who are in good overall health and are non-smokers make a great candidate for this minimally invasive procedure. Additionally, a candidate must not have any of the following:
- Blood-clotting issues
- Oral infections, like herpes
- Allergy to substances found in the fillers, such as lidocaine
During your consultation, your doctor will ask about your medical history and any medications that may interact with the dermal fillers. She will also ask about your aesthetic goals so she can recommend a treatment plan suitable for you.
How Lip Injections Are Administered
Lip injections are a fairly simple, comfortable procedure. As this is an outpatient procedure, this will be done at the doctor’s office—with no downtime required afterwards. Before administering the lip injections, your doctor will apply a topical numbing cream on the targeted area, as the lips are one of the most sensitive areas in the face. If a numbing agent is ineffective, nerve block injections may be given to numb the lips completely.
The doctor will mark the areas of the injection sites, and she will use fine needles to inject dermal fillers into the lips. Following the injections, you may experience some swelling and discomfort, however we will provide some ice packs to ease the discomfort.
Lip injections can do more than give you fuller lips: they also have the benefit of giving patients a more defined smile, as well as revitalizing their overall appearance by upturning the drooping corners of the mouth.
Recovery After Lip Injections
As there is no downtime required, you can return to work immediately after the treatment. You will also see immediate changes in your lips; once they have completely healed, your lips will look and feel naturally plump and voluminous.
[abm-callout type=”doctors”]If you would like to learn more about Injectable treatments with Dr. Burt and Dr. Will, please contact their plastic surgery practice.[/abm-callout]