Full and beautifully-defined lips can have a positive effect on your entire facial appearance. Procedures such as injectable lip augmentation or surgical lip lift can add volume and new contours, giving the lips a more youthful and sensual appearance. Our Orange County plastic surgeon, Dr. Semira Bayati, offers a number of techniques to help you achieve your goals with successful, long-lasting results.
Lip Augmentation with Injectable Fillers
Effective lip augmentation can be accomplished with non-surgical injectable dermal filler treatment. The upper or lower lip may be treated individually, or both upper and lower lips may be augmented at the same time. The procedure involves injection of the dermal filler into the treatment area with a very fine needle. A local anesthetic can be applied before injection to minimize discomfort. Lip augmentation with injectable fillers typically takes only about 30 minutes or less, and the results are often immediate. While there may be some bruising or mild swelling in the treatment areas after the procedure, these side effects should diminish quickly, and most patients are able to resume normal daily activities right after treatment.
Depending on the particular type of injectable used for lip augmentation, results can often last up to six months or more. The effects of lip augmentation with injectable fillers can also be maintained with occasional follow-up treatments.
Surgical Lip Lift
For patients who have very thin lips and lips that are exhibiting advanced signs of age, a surgical lip lift may be a good option for lip enhancement. With a subnasal lip lift technique, Dr. Bayati will remove a very small amount of skin above the upper lip and slightly pull the remaining skin together, allowing more of the red part of the lip to show. This creates an appearance of added volume and renewed contour to the upper lip, and the results can last for many years. Incisions are very small and can be hidden in the natural depression beneath the nose. This makes it possible for very slight and barely noticeable scarring. Surgical lip lifts can be performed as an outpatient.
There will be some bruising and swelling for a few days after surgery; however, any discomfort can be alleviated with medication. Patients who have surgical lip lift surgery are typically able to resume normal daily routines within one to two weeks after surgery.
With lip augmentation and surgical lip lift procedures, you can enhance the appearance of your lips with beautiful results. For more information on these procedures, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bayati, please contact our practice today.