In recent years, full lips have become popular and convey a sense of youth and vitality. However, one should be careful to avoid overcorrection which results in an unnatural or fake appearance. Lip augmentation can be achieved with a wide variety of natural or synthetic products. Some examples would be a patient’s own fat or fascia, alloderm, silicone, or injectable filler such as Restylane Silk or Juvederm. Most doctors will have a preference on which method works best for them and their patients. 

To minimize pain and discomfort, I use a needless technique using microcannulas to thread and precisely place the filler into the lips.  Using this technique, there is virtually no bruising, minimal pain, and dramatically reduced swelling.

My personal preference is to use a hyaluronic acid filler (Juvederm).  Juvederm is FDA approved for lip augmentation and lasts up to one year. I find these fillers are safe with virtually no side effects and the newer formulations last much longer. Hyaluronic acids are essentially a naturally occurring gel-like substance which bathes the cells of our body. This product feels natural to the touch and is easily injected with minimal bruising. The result is naturally appearing full lips without hardness, overcorrection, or lumpiness.

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Procedures: Lip Augmentation:  Juvederm Ultra Plus

*All patients are unique and results may vary 

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Procedures: Lip Augmentation:  Juvederm Ultra Plus

 

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Procedures: Lip Augmentation:  Juvederm Ultra Plus

 

Expectations

Length: 30 minutes

Anesthesia: Local 

In/Outpatient: Outpatient

Side Effects: Temporary swelling, bruising, and some pain

Risks: Incomplete Improvement or Palpability 

Recovery: Minimal

Final Appearance: 2 - 3 days

Duration of Results: About 1 year

 

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