What is Lip Augmentation?
The lips are a central feature of the face that, when voluminous, are more youthful and attractive. Changes to the structure of the face, however, due to aging, genetics, sun damage and other factors, can cause the lips to become thin and cause the corners to droop. Lip augmentation is a facial cosmetic surgery procedure which combats these changes, helping you maintain plump, wrinkle-free lips as you age. Lip augmentation is just one of the facial rejuvenation procedures Dr. Berardi offers plastic surgery Scottsdale patients, to help them preserve their youthful appearance. Read more about what lip augmentation can do for you.
Who Is a Candidate for Lip Augmentation?
Lip augmentation is a strictly cosmetic procedure which can be performed if you are unhappy with loss of volume or thinning of the lips. You should be in good general health and have realistic expectations regarding the outcome of treatment. Although lip augmentation can reverse some signs of aging, it cannot completely stop the aging process. During a pre-surgery consultation, Dr. Berardi will evaluate your overall health and cosmetic goals to determine if lip augmentation is right for you.
How is Lip Augmentation Performed?
Dr. Berardi performs lip augmentation using a number of methods, including fat injections, dermal fillers, lip lift and lip implants. Each of these treatments can accomplish different cosmetic goals. The type of augmentation surgery you receive will be decided during your pre-surgery consultation. Typically, lip lift surgery is performed under local anesthesia or local conscious sedation, meaning you will be awake throughout the procedure but will not experience any discomfort. The length of your treatment will vary based on the extent of changes being made, as well as the type of treatment you undergo.
Lip augmentation using dermal fillers helps to add volume to thin lips. Dr. Berardi may administer dermal injectable fillers, such as Restylane or Juvéderm, to plump the lips. He may also apply the filler around the corners of the mouth to eliminate wrinkles and fine lines. This procedure can be completed in less than one-half hour and requires only a numbing cream or local anesthetic. The results of lip augmentation with fillers can last about one year, though they will last longer with repeat treatments.
Similar to dermal filler injections, lip augmentation with fat injections can be performed using fat from other parts of your body, typically the buttocks, abdomen or thighs. Dr. Berardi will first perform liposuction to extract the fat from your body before purifying it and re-injecting it into the lips. This procedure is ideal if you are apprehensive about placing foreign substances, such as dermal fillers, in your body. Unlike fillers, autologous fat grafting is permanent.
Lip Lift Surgery
Lip lift surgery is the most comprehensive form of lip augmentation we provide in Scottsdale. During this procedure, Dr. Berardi will make an incision just beneath the nose to access the skin above the lip and lift it to a higher position on the face. This procedure may be performed in conjunction with lip implants, in which small implants are placed inside the lips to both lift and volumize them.
A lip implant may be used in patients that desire more volume. Like fat grafting, it is permanent but does not require a separate surgical site. This involves using a soft silicone implant placed through two very small incisions in the corner of your mouth.
What is Recovery Like After Lip Augmentation?
Your lip augmentation recovery period will vary based on your individual characteristics and the type of lip augmentation procedure you receive. If you undergo lip augmentation with dermal fillers, you will need little to no downtime and experience very little discomfort. Lip augmentation through fat injections will require some rest while the site where fat was taken from recovers and the swelling of the lip resolves. Lip implants will have a similar degree of swelling and bruising. Either of these surgeries will require approximately a week of recovery time while swelling and bruising resolves. With lip lift surgery, you should expect the lips to be swollen and possibly bruised for several days after treatment. You will be able to return to work and normal activities after about four days, possibly sooner. Dr. Berardi will prescribe pain medications and antibiotics to facilitate a safe and comfortable healing process. Dr. Berardi will monitor your recovery closely and is available around the clock to address any concerns that may arise during your recovery period.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
Lip augmentation is a subtle yet noticeable way to enhance your appearance. If signs of aging have altered the appearance of your lips, we encourage you to contact our practice today at 480.397.0711 to schedule a consultation. Dr. Berardi will review all of your options for lip augmentation, as well as other facial rejuvenation procedures such as Scottsdale rhinoplasty, facelift and eyelid surgery. If you are interested, he can also discuss other cosmetic procedures such as Phoenix breast augmentation and body contouring surgeries such as abdominoplasty.