In Austin, a smile goes a long way. While beautiful teeth are important to a smile, it can also be enhanced by full, well-balanced lips. No matter what heredity provided for your lip-line, lip augmentation can enhance your natural beauty with safe and effective fillers.
Is Lip Augmentation Right for You?
Lip augmentation is a personal decision based on individual preferences and your own notion of beauty. Age can play a role as the face—including the lips—begins to lose fatty tissue, causing an individual to appear older than they might prefer. For patients who are unhappy with their thin or uneven lips, lip augmentation can provide attractive and satisfying results.
The Lip Augmentation Procedure
Lip augmentation can be achieved through the use of injectables. JUVEDERM®, a popular injectable option, can be administered in an office setting to provide thicker, fuller lips. The effect is temporary and follow-up injections are required to maintain the result. SurgiSil™ PermaLip Implants are an FDA-approved alternative providing great results. The soft, silicone implant is an in-office procedure that increases the fullness of the lips without the need for periodic touch-ups. Another alternative is injecting fat from another part of the body. This is a more invasive procedure requiring outpatient surgery but the results are much longer lasting. Dr. Hall has experience with each of these methods and will consult with you on the preferred option for your individual needs.
As with any surgical procedure, lip augmentation has risks and the possibility of side effects. Risks include swelling, bleeding, unevenness, lumpiness, over-filling, redness, itching, scarring and numbness. Other risks include reactions to anesthesia or allergic reactions to medication or filler material.
With an injectable, the procedure is quick and patients can resume normal activities almost immediately. Bruising can take up to a week to fade completely. Patients usually can resume normal activities the next day. If surgery or grafting is required, patients may need a few days before resuming work and healing may take several weeks.
A follow-up visit may be needed to evaluate results and monitor healing. Discuss the need for a follow-up appointment with your surgeon prior to undergoing your procedure.