What Is Lip Augmentation?
Lip augmentation is designed to enhance the lips to create a fuller, more shapely appearance. This cosmetic treatment can be performed through surgical or non-surgical methods, and both approaches can effectively restore lost volume, plump the lips, improve the balance between the upper and lower lips, and smooth wrinkles that develop around the mouth. At our medical spa, Dermlounge, we perform lip injections with JUVÉDERM® Ultra XC, which is made of hyaluronic acid. This natural component in your body can plump the lips by binding water to the product. In addition to adding volume to the lips, JUVÉDERM can also smooth lines around the mouth.
Lip Augmentation Before and After Photos
For a look at the type of results you can achieve with lip injections at the Dermlounge, visit our lip augmentation gallery for patients’ treatment results.
What Does the Lip Augmentation Consultation Entail?
At your consultation with our plastic surgeon – Dr. Neil J. Zemmel – or our Physician Assistant, we will determine what concerns you have about your lips and how you wish to improve their appearance. Based on your anatomy, we will come up with a plan to augment your lips by correcting asymmetries, enhancing the outline of your lips, or providing more plumping and volume to accentuate your lips.
What Can I Expect in the Lip Augmentation Procedure?
Once a plan is generated, a topical numbing agent will be applied to the lips and left on for approximately 20 minutes. For additional comfort, we only utilize JUVÉDERM lip fillers which are impregnated with lidocaine to numb or anesthetize the lips while being injected. Ice will also be applied before and after your injections to help diminish swelling and bruising.
A simple way to slightly enhance the lips appearance is to add a small amount of volume to the lip border or vermillion border and philtrum ridges. Women often accentuate this area with lip liner to help the lips appear fuller. With that same premise, we can do the same with JUVÉDERM Ultra XC, utilizing half of a 1.0 cc syringe, along with improving the lips profile by slightly enhancing the two raised columns extending between the base of the nose down to the top of the cupid’s bow of the upper lip. The lips will look refreshed, more youthful, and mimic the appearance of a makeup artist’s work, only with long-lasting effects.
For women who have lost volume in the pink portion of their lips, the vermillion, injections can be placed directly into this region to plump and widen the amount of pink lip showing. This is an excellent option for those women or men who lose some of their upper lip width while smiling. In addition, the corners of the mouth are often filled with JUVÉDERM Ultra XC to soften the appearance of them looking downward turned, or at times lifting the corners completely again.
Will My Lip Augmentation Results Look Natural?
Many of our patients come to us wanting their lips to appear slightly fuller or more pronounced but are fearful of having too much filler injected leaving them with a “duck” appearance. Another common concern is that the lips will appear overdone or are too large for their facial anatomy. This is uncommon in our practice as we strive to achieve a balanced aesthetic appearance. Most individuals require one syringe or less to achieve a natural balanced look.
In order to ensure you are happy with the outcome of your lip augmentation, we will see you back in our office two weeks after your injections. At that time, we can evaluate the outcome and provide touch-ups if needed. Once you have healed, the lips should feel soft and natural.
How Long Does Lip Augmentation Last?
Non-surgical lip augmentation with JUVÉDERM Ultra XC in the lips generally lasts about six months, slowly dissipating over time while being naturally broken down and absorbed by the body. Patients can schedule follow-up lip augmentation treatments to maintain their fuller lips for long-lasting results. Side effects with the injections are minimal, typically consisting of redness, swelling, and mild bruising.
How Much Does Lip Augmentation Cost?
The cost of lip augmentation with JUVÉDERM Ultra XC will vary based on the patient and their unique treatment plan. Factors that typically influence the total price of treatment include the expertise of the aesthetic professional, the geographic location of the practice, the type of filler being used, and the amount of filler needed to achieve their aesthetic goals. In addition, if multiple sessions are recommended, this can affect the total cost for obtaining your desired outcome. During your consultation, you will be provided with a personalized cost quote to ensure you know what to expect. If you would like to break your total into smaller amounts by enrolling in a monthly payment plan, our staff would be happy to help you sign up for plastic surgery financing options to make lip augmentation fit more comfortably in your budget.
Additional Lip Filler FAQs
How Long Does Swelling Last After Lip Injections?
Swelling typically goes down within two to three days after JUVÉDERM lip injections, with residual swelling lasting up to two to four weeks. Note that mild to moderate swelling is a common side effect of lip injections and should rarely be cause for concern.
Will I Have Bruising After Getting Lip Fillers?
Bruising is the most common side effect of JUVÉDERM and is particularly prevalent in patients who take blood thinners, such as NSAIDs. The bruising is usually insignificant and should fade gradually.
Will My Lip Filler Migrate Over Time?
Migration, which occurs when injected filler moves from one location to another, is a rare phenomenon. Believed to be an inflammatory response, migration is typically seen in patients who have been administered the wrong type of filler. As such, the chances of migration are significantly lower when the injection is performed by a high-quality provider.
How Can I Get the Most Natural Lip Filler Results?
As the goal of any injector should be to enhance the beauty of the patient, the best way to achieve natural-looking lip filler results is to seek out an experienced professional to perform treatment. Since our medical spa opened, our team at Dermlounge has consistently produced non-surgical outcomes that are both subtle and noticeable.
What Is the Difference Between a Lip Flip and Lip Filler?
Whereas lip fillers are injected into the lips to provide volume and shape, a “lip flip” refers to a specialized BOTOX® Cosmetic technique. During a lip flip, BOTOX® Cosmetic is injected into the muscles above the upper lip to relax them, creating a more prominent “pout” and fuller appearance. In many cases, patients choose to combine a lip flip with dermal filler injections for optimal results.
Contact Our Office
If you are interested in lip augmentation with JUVÉDERM Ultra XC or JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA XC and would like to schedule a consultation at Dermlounge, please contact us today.