Facial filler treatment can be performed in the office setting using topical or local anesthesia.
Using the body’s own fat is another way to improve facial volume loss and treat wrinkles. The advantage of fat transfer is that (1) it uses the body’s own natural tissue and (2) it has the potential to be permanent. The fat that lives after it is injected will stay in place forever. The fat is usually harvested from the abdomen or thighs and then injected to the area of concern on the face.
The procedure is usually performed under sedation and takes about 45 minutes to perform. The recovery is usually 5-7 days and there may be bruising and swelling.
Lip Augmentation FAQs
What Happens To the Lips With Age?
By the age of 50, our bodies are producing 30 percent less collagen than they did when we were 20. This affects our face, creating saggy cheeks, sunken areas around the mouth, and allowing wrinkles and creases to form.
The lips aren’t spared. Collagen loss makes the lips thinner, and they lose shape and definition. Also, vertical lips lines, sometimes called “barcode lines,” form.
Would Lip Augmentation Be Right For Me?
If your lips have thinned and seem less defined then lip augmentation could be a good option. Or, you may have never been satisfied with the shape, fullness, or the symmetry of your lips. Augmentation allows you to have the fuller lips you’ve always wanted.
Your choices for augmentation are dermal fillers such as Juvederm Ultra XC, Juvederm Volbella XC, or Restylane Silk. Augmentation with fillers will last up to one year. Fat transfer, where we harvest some fat from an unwanted area, purify it and re-inject it back into your lips offers a permanent volume enhancement, but that depends on the number of fat cells that “take.” A percentage of the fat injected won’t properly acquire a blood supply and will eventually be absorbed by the body. If you want a permanent solution, Dr. Ward can surgically augment your lips with implants.
What Are Some Lip Features That Can Be Addressed With Augmentation?
Dr. Ward seeks to enhance your lips in two ways: to add definition or create symmetry, and to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles on the lips and surrounding the mouth.
These are specific areas he addresses:
- Fullness in the center – Beautiful lips are more full in the center, with that fullness tapering off at the corners.
- Cupid’s bow – We add definition to this area in the middle of the upper lip, which looks the most attractive when it is well defined and when the two sides are equal.
- Side-to-side symmetry – We make both sides of the lips equal for patients bothered by a lack of balance or symmetry.
- Profile projection – When someone is seeing your lips from the side, the upper lip should project slightly beyond the lower lip.
Are There Any Risks of Lip Augmentation with Dermal Fillers
Juvederm and Restylane dermal fillers are made from hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the human body responsible for hydrating, plumping, and firming the skin. Because hyaluronic acid is part of the human body, reactions to these fillers are very rare. Lumps can sometimes develop, but these usually resolve in a couple of weeks. If there is a problem or you don’t like the look of your lips, an enzyme can be injected that immediately breaks down the hyaluronic acid.
How Long Do Fillers Last?
Juvederm Volbella XC and Juvederm Ultra XC add volume and shape to your lips for up to one year. Restylane Silk adds volume for about six months.