When to Consider Lip Augmentation Surgery
The “full” look is all the rage, but sometimes Mother Nature doesn’t provide you with the plumpness you desire. Thanks to modern science, however, you don’t need to settle for less in the lip department.
Lip augmentation is a procedure that injects fillers like collagen and fats are into your lips (and the surrounding area) to increase your mouth’s volume and shape. The most common materials used in these procedures emulate hyaluronic acids, a substance found naturally in the human body. They provide suppleness, firmness and even moisture to the skin. By increasing your levels of hyaluronic acid, you take control of your lips.
Augmentation injections help you alter your lip volume gradually; you may opt for a series of treatments over multiple sessions to get accustomed to your new look in due time. This approach also minimizes bruising and spreads out the effects of the injections, which will dissipate after a number of years.
Lips for the Ages
One of the collateral benefits of lip augmentation is how the procedure reduces wrinkles around the mouth area while improving the contour of the lips. People in their late thirties often experience thinner looking facial features, which is a natural bi-product of the aging process. If you want to waltz into your 40’s (and beyond) by putting your best face forward, consider a consultation now.
Most beauty trends revolve around symmetry and balance. In keeping with these goals, lip augmentation is performed in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures to create a harmonious balance within the face. Since the lips may not be the only facial feature that needs cosmetic attention, the surgeon might also need to deal with wrinkles around the mouth and may also need to add fillers to the cheek areas. It may look unbalanced if you merely have lip augmentation done while your cheeks and eyes look hollow and sunken.
Finding the Right Fit
There are several different methods by which cosmetic surgeons perform lip augmentation surgery, and these approaches vary depending on your goals, needs, and general state of health.
For instance, fat transfers are achieved by harvesting fatty deposits from elsewhere in the body via liposuction. The biomaterial is then injected into your lips. Due to the fact that you have produced this tissue, the risk of your body rejecting the fat is minimized. You are essentially your own donor.
Rather than resorting to liposuction, surgeons can perform what is known as a dermal graft; this excises a section of flesh from your body, keeping the skin and it’s fatty layer attached. This sample is then sculpted (like the work of art you want to become) and surgically attached to the lips. The graft takes a couple of days to integrate into your facial features.
Some patients may wish to enlist the help of another person’s tissue in the form of AlloDerm. This biomaterial can be implanted into a subject’s lips by itself or in conjunction with any of the procedures listed above (using one’s own grafts and/or fatty tissue).
In conjunction with implants and injections, a successful procedure will involve a re-shaping of the lip. This is an exacting craft that focuses on the Cupid’s Bow, or the center of the lips. This top lip area should be well defined while the lower lip should be fuller and less sculpted.
Is Lip Augmentation Right for You?
Most people are born with naturally thin lips. If your lips are thin, such that they disappear especially when you smile, then you can get a lip augmentation to improve their shape and volume. It is important to note that your doctor will not just blow up your thin lips and make them fuller. The doctor needs to deal with certain landmarks on your lips and will augment them specifically so that the end results are natural looking.
A good candidate for lip augmentation should have stable overall health. Suffering from medical conditions such as oral herpes, lupus, and blood-clotting disorders are warning signs that you shouldn’t have this procedure. While lip augmentation is considered one of the easiest outpatient cosmetic surgical procedures, not everyone should (or can) get it.
Cosmetics, Self-Doubt, and You
If your lips are causing you self-confidence issues, then it is high time that you should consider getting lip augmentation. Getting this procedure will help you save a lot of time and effort defining your lips with cosmetics to shape them. Getting a lip augmentation can help you improve your image without breaking the bank at the makeup counter.
However, you need to understand that since the body naturally produces hyaluronic acid, it also absorbs it. The effects of lip augmentation can be temporary, especially if you discontinue treatments. Make sure that you work with your cosmetic surgeon so that he or she can recommend what kind of procedure to get and how often it needs to be redone. If you don’t repeat the process, then your lips will retract to their original shape.
Find Your Balance, Face Yourself
Everyone has those days when they look in the mirror and see a stranger. If the face staring back at you doesn’t reflect how you see yourself, you might be unsure of your overall facial balance. To amplify your lips and achieve the look you desire, a lip augmentation might be just what the doctor ordered.
It starts with a facial assessment. This will help us determine the end result and make sure that your facial features maintain their proportion and unique personality. Don’t forget: a reliable doctor will not just pump in the fillers without studying your face first.
Dr. Binder’s surgery center in Beverly Hills is considered the best option for solutions regarding facial cosmetic surgery. Our office is dedicated to establishing proper communication with prospective patients. Contact us today to schedule a consultation for lip augmentation surgery in our Beverly Hills office.