Nothing compares to being confident and proud of your facial features. Women of all ages desire plump, kissable lips, as a sign of youth, femininity, and sexual appeal. Cosmetic products, such as lip liners and lip kits, can only create illusions that last a day or two. At Burt and Will Plastic Surgery and Dermatology in Burr Ridge, IL we provide long-lasting solutions. One of our best treatments is permanent lip augmentation.
How Is Permanent Lip Augmentation Achieved?
Permanent lip augmentation is a long-term solution for thin lips that lack volume and definition. You can choose from different treatments and cosmetic solutions to achieve your desired results. Most of these are non-invasive treatments with quick procedure times and recovery periods.
Cosmetic Facial Fillers
Also known as “lip fillers,” these injections are meant to plump up and shape your lips, restoring youthful volume. This treatment is popular among women of all ages and even celebrities. It can significantly enhance your facial features with minimal effort and cost.
Lip fillers are a “semi-permanent” solution, in the sense that they offer beautiful, long-lasting results but require touch-ups within 6-8 months.
Hyaluronic Acid Fillers
A temporary type of dermal filler, injectable hyaluronic acid is natural and can be found in the body. It is a smooth, injectable gel. It attracts water, allowing nearby areas to become more hydrated and look fuller. When used as lip injections, it can provide lasting results for 6 to 18 months.
Compared to other types of treatment, this is considered to be the most temporary option. If you are getting lip fillers for the first time, hyaluronic acid fillers are ideal.
Before hyaluronic acid fillers became popular, the “go-to” fillers for permanent lip enhancements used to be collagen-based. They plump up the lips and add volume and fullness. Collagen-based fillers also rejuvenate damaged or aged skin.
When used in lip enhancement, these types of fillers can smoothen the appearance of the lips. It also helps replenish the body’s natural production of collagen.
Also known as fat grafting, lip enhancement via fat transfer involves collecting, purifying, and injecting fat into your lips. Through liposuction, very little fat is taken from your thighs, buttocks, or even stomach. After the fat transfer, you’ll get increased lip volume and enhanced shape.
The results from this treatment are immediate, meaning you’ll notice a significant difference as soon as you get home from the doctor’s office. Because this procedure uses fat that came from your own body, the changes for bodily rejection are greatly reduced. Follow up treatments can be scheduled within 6-12 months.
If you’re interested in improving the plumpness and fullness of your lips for good, then lip implants might be the ideal solution for you. This procedure is increasing in popularity every year. With the use of soft plastic implants, such as silicone and expanded polytetrafluoroethylene, you can alter the shape and volume of your lips to get desired results.
This solution is recommended only for candidates who already have symmetrical lips and enough lip tissue. After the treatment, your lip tissue must be able to “stretch over” to conceal the implant and make the results look natural. A consultation with a certified plastic surgeon is necessary before getting lip implants.
What Are the Best Lip Fillers?
The safest, most convenient option for enhancing your lips is through the use of fillers. This treatment is increasing in popularity year by year, thanks to its convenience and relatively low cost. As experts, this is what we recommend to be the most effective and efficient way to achieve plump, kissable looks that look natural and effortless.
Juvederm Lip Fillers for a Fuller Appearance
Juvederm helps restore the natural contours of the face and combat the signs of aging. It is a popular cosmetic treatment for the mouth areas, lips, and cheeks. When injected into the lips, it creates a more plump, fuller appearance. The base of this filler is hyaluronic acid, which is a completely safe substance.
The use of Juvederm has been FDA approved since 2006, Since then, millions of treatments using this filler have been performed. It takes less than an hour to inject Juvederm, and it can even take only 15 minutes.
Restylane for Natural-Looking Lips
Would you like to have smoother, more natural-looking lips? Restylane lip fillers help you achieve silkier lips. This treatment is popular among those looking to enhance the shape of their lips while reducing wrinkles in the surrounding areas. Similar to Juvederm, this filler contains hyaluronic acid, making it completely safe and convenient.
Fine lines along the lips are also a common problem that Restylane can solve. Do you notice vertical lines right below the nose? If you’d like to get rid of them, considering Restylane injections is a good idea. It costs slightly less than Juvederm, although the results last for a shorter period. You can get follow up treatments after six months.
Is Permanent Lip Augmentation Suitable for Me?
Are thin, wrinkled lips with insufficient volume getting in the way of your self-confidence? Aging and stress can cause our lips to look wrinkled and lose their volume and plumpness. Would you like to enhance your sex appeal or generally feel better about yourself? Then having a pair of plump, full lips can help restore your confidence.
Both healthy men and women of legal age can be successful candidates for lip augmentation. Getting your lips done is never too late if you’re worried about the damage that has been previously caused by your lifestyle. However, for your safety and best results, we highly recommend that you must be in good health for the treatment.
What Lifestyle Changes Do I Need to Make?
If you are considering lip augmentation soon, our experts recommend that you stop smoking for at least six months before the treatment. Smoking causes damage to the skin and may interfere with your healing and recovery. Don’t forget to keep yourself hydrated.
Also, if possible, avoid taking medication that might cause increased bleeding. Aspirin, anti-inflammatory medicines, and even some herbal supplements can interact with your treatment. Our experts will discuss these matters with you during the consultation.
How Long Do Lip Fillers Last?
Lip fillers are considered to be “semi-permanent” solutions when compared to lip implants. But it doesn’t mean there are no permanent and lasting results from this treatment. We recommend that you get follow-up treatments within 6 to 12 months, to maintain the consistency of your desired results.
But did you know that lip fillers can stimulate the skin to produce natural substances that can cause you to have fuller, plumper lips? After going through multiple rounds of injections, you will begin to produce more collagen. This helps repair the skin and maintain natural elasticity and plumpness.
What Is the Treatment Like?
Lip augmentation is a quick, convenient treatment that can be done on the same day as your consultation. The simplicity of the treatment makes this cosmetic solution so appealing among women. If you choose the most non-invasive treatments, such as lip fillers, you can expect to see changes in less than an hour of treatment.
Before the Treatment
A consultation is necessary before the treatment. Make sure that you are seeking advice from board-certified, experienced, and qualified specialists. During your appointment, expect an in-depth discussion. This will ensure that you are well-informed about the treatment, safety procedures, and the exact results you can expect.
Make sure that your specialist is well-informed about any relevant information about you, such as:
- Your goals and motivation for the treatment
- Medical conditions or allergies
- Previous surgeries or treatments you’ve done
- Prescriptions you’re taking
- Use of substances such as alcohol and tobacco
The consultation is key to ensuring that you and your specialist are on the same page. You may use mirrors, computer imaging technologies, and anything else to make sure that we are aligned when it comes to your goals. Nothing is more important than making sure that you will be safe, confident, and satisfied with the treatment.
During the Treatment
If you choose to go for lip filler injections, you can think of it as getting permanent makeup from a specialist’s office. The treatment will last for only an hour or less, so feel free to make yourself comfortable. There will be minimal preparation and almost little to no recovery period for you.
Numbing creams are applied to lessen the sensations you’ll feel. Try to relax as much as you can during the treatment. Gently and carefully, the synthetic materials of your choice are injected safely into your lips. These fillers will create volume and give you the plump, kissable lips you’ve always desired.
After the Treatment
Within a day or two, you should be able to return to your day-to-day activities. As a non-invasive treatment, lip fillers do not have long recovery periods.
You may use a cold compress to enhance your comfort during the recovery stage. For best results, we advise you to minimize the use of makeup. As soon as you completely heal, you may further enhance your appearance through the use of cosmetic products.
What Can I Expect From the Results?
You might be wondering how long the results from lip augmentation last. Depending on the treatment you choose, your results will likely last anywhere from three months to five or more years. Permanent lip fillers, done through the use of implants, have the most long-lasting effects.
On the other hand, collagen-based fillers can last you four months at most. The most popular treatments, Juvederm and Restylane, will have lasting results for about a year. We highly recommend these treatments for their flexibility, convenience, and long-lasting effects.
Why Lip Fillers Are Still the Best Treatment
Lip injections don’t last forever, but celebrities and doctors both agree that they’re the best treatment when it comes to achieving fuller, natural-looking lips. Other more long-lasting procedures, such as fat transfer and lip implants, may end up looking “over-inflated” over the years, especially when you experience weight fluctuations. On the other hand, lip fillers are non-invasive, reversible, and compatible with future innovations.
Also, if you’re getting lip fillers every six months to a year, you can schedule and plan for other facial rejuvenation treatments offered by your specialist. Consider follow-up treatments as a part of your regular beauty regimen, something to look forward to now and then. When it comes to maintaining your beauty and confidence, you deserve only the best treatment.
Invest in Your Beauty and Confidence Today
The plumpness, shape, and volume of your lips can change the overall look of your face. Do you think it’s time to restore your lip volume, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and enhance your natural beauty? Contact Will Plastic Surgery and Dermatology in Burr Ridge, IL today and schedule your consultation. We offer lip augmentation treatments through the use of high-quality dermal fillers that will help you achieve your desired appearance.