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Lip augmentation creates fuller, plumper and more attractive lips and reduces fine wrinkles around the mouth. It is designed to reverse the effects of aging on thinning lips while restoring lip definition and contour. Each lip can be treated separately or both lips can be augmented at the same time. Lips may be injected with a filler such as Juvederm® or Restylane®— or with fat transferred from another site in the patient’s body. Both filler and fat are absorbed, so repeat treatments are eventually necessary to maintain results. In select patients surgical correction may be necessary. Surgery can be used to create a more pouty lip with central upper lip definition. A direct lift can be used if the upper lip has lengthened.
If you’re considering lip augmentation, many different types of treatments are available. Talk with Dr. Moradzadeh about the risks and limitations of each product, along with the details of the procedure. He can provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision regarding cosmetic enhancements.
Understanding the Procedure
A facial filler is injected into the lips. If a fat transfer procedure is used, it is inserted through tiny incisions inside the corner of the mouth.
What to Expect Afterwards
Allergic reactions can range from prolonged redness, swelling or itching, to firmness at the injection site. Normal swelling and bruising can last from three days to a week.
Is Lip Augmentation Right for You?
Patients who are allergic to lidocaine (a local anesthetic) may not be suitable candidates for lip augmentation. Treatment is generally postponed for patients with active inflammatory skin conditions or with infections. Dr. Moradzadeh can advise you whether it’s the right option for you.
Lip augmentation is often done in conjunction with other procedures to enhance results. These may include the use of the same or similar fillers in other areas of the face (a liquid face lift) or Botox injections. Fractional laser treatments or chemical peels can help refine perioral fine lines and laxity. Sometimes, lip augmentation is done as the last step in a complete facial “makeover” while the patient is still under anesthesia after getting an operation such as a facelift. Dr. Moradzadeh can discuss what combination of treatments is right for you, based on the objective you’re trying to achieve.