Like other features of the face, the lips can go through changes over time. Loss of volume due to collagen depletion and sun damage can affect this delicate area the same way they can lead to loose skin and the formation of wrinkles. The lips can thin, creating a worried or angry appearance, even when that is not how you feel. In some cases, the lips may have never sported the full look you want. With a greater focus on a plumper pout today, that lack of definition around the mouth may seem even more insufficient.
Whether you have had thin lips your whole life or have lost your pucker through the aging process, lip augmentation is a proven way to create shape, volume and definition. Injections are reasonably priced and can be done during your lunch hour in most cases. Dr. Barrett performs lip augmentation right in his office, using proven products that can bring you months of enhancement.
What are Lip Injections?
Lip injections administer dermal filler into the lips to create the fullness that has been lost over time or never was. Dermal fillers have been utilized for many years to smooth away wrinkles and restore youthful volume to the face, reversing some of the adverse effects of the aging process. Today, they have proven even more versatile with the addition of lip plumping to their long list of benefits.
The dermal fillers used for this treatment tend to be smoother with smaller particles than other formulations, producing natural volume without looking overdone. Dr. Barrett uses Juvederm, an FDA-approved product with hyaluronic acid at the base. Hyaluronic acid is naturally found in healthy human tissue and is widely used to treat wrinkles and augment the lips.
Are Lip Injections Right for You?
Lip injections can benefit both men and women looking to add subtle fullness around the mouth. The individuals that reap the most significant rewards from lip fillers tend to have the following aesthetic goals:
- Increase lip size or add subtle volume to the lips
- Create definition to the mouth that has been lost over time
- Correct asymmetries to the lips
- Smooth away vertical lines above the lips (known as lipstick or smokers lines)
Dr. Barrett will assess your situation to determine whether lip fillers will be the best way to help you achieve these goals.
Making the Right Choice in Injectors
Dermal fillers are offered by plastic surgeons, dermatologists and family practitioners. They are also available through med spas and by providers that claim to be “expert injectors.” While some may indeed have the qualifications necessary to administer these injections safely, the experience and intricate knowledge of a seasoned plastic surgeon promise an optimal outcome in comparison. Dr. Barrett is known for taking sufficient time with each patient to understand concerns and goals, so he can produce a result that meets your expectations. This extra time and attention make Dr. Barrett a top choice in Beverly Hills plastic surgeons, whether you are looking for an extensive surgical procedure or a quick injectable treatment.
Benefits of Lip Injections
There are a few good reasons to consider injectable dermal fillers for your lip enlargement procedure:
- Quick, relatively comfortable office procedure
- No downtime after treatment
- See the results soon after your appointment
- Subtle volume enhances your lips without looking overdone
- The new look will last many months before a touch-up is needed
The results of lip injections are only temporary, which means you will need to repeat the process to maintain your results. Dr. Barrett does offer surgical lip enhancement as well, which provides permanent improvement. He will go over your options with you at your initial consultation to determine the right choice for you. If you opt for lip filler injections, you may be able to proceed with your treatment on the same day as your consultation.
Preparing for Your Procedure
When performed by an experienced surgeon, lip injections are a safe and straightforward process. However, there are steps you can take before your treatment to increase your likelihood of a complication-free procedure. Dr. Barrett may recommend the following to minimize bruising and swelling risk:
- Avoid nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications before your therapy since these can increase your bleeding and bruising risk slightly. Substances in this category include naproxen, ibuprofen and aspirin.
- Some supplements can have a similar effect to the medications listed above. Talk to Dr. Barrett if you take fish oil, vitamin E or St. John’s Wort. He may recommend stopping these substances for a few days before your treatment as well.
- Do not smoke in the days leading up to your injections. Nicotine works as a vasoconstrictor, which may create a higher risk for bleeding and bruising during and after your treatment.
- Hydrate well before your procedure to ensure your skin is in its healthiest possible state before your injections are administered.
You may have additional recommendations based on your medical history or specific concerns. The closer you follow this advice, the more likely it is that your treatment will be safe, comfortable and successful.
Dermal lip fillers can take anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour to complete, allowing for time for the numbing medication to take effect before the injections are administered. Most patients will require a single syringe of Juvederm to achieve the results they want, although this can vary depending on the condition of your lips. Many patients find this procedure is not nearly as painful as they might have feared. Dr. Barrett takes numerous precautions to make your experience as painless as possible. These steps include topical numbing cream, ice packs and an injectable numbing medication. Most of Dr. Barrett’s patients claim a shot in the arm is more uncomfortable than their lip injections.
After Your Lip Injections
You will be able to return to your activities immediately following your lip injections. However, you may find your lips become swollen temporarily, sometimes up to one week, with accompanying bruising. Swelling can often be confused with a less-than-stellar result, so we encourage patients to wait a week to let that swelling subside before determining whether the outcome meets their expectations. In cases where excessive swelling occurs, or the patient does not like the results, Juvederm can be dissolved within minutes using a special dissolving agent.
Once the swelling goes down completely, you should see subtle fullness to your lips that enhances your appearance without belying the fact you had lip injections. The results of this treatment typically last six months or longer. If you want to maintain your new look indefinitely, you will need to schedule regular treatment sessions at our office. We do offer rewards programs to help make this procedure more cost-effective for you.
Achieving a Fuller Pout
When your lips don’t look proportionate to the rest of your facial features, it can throw your entire appearance off balance. By adding – or restoring – subtle plumping to the lips, we can produce a more youthful, vibrant look overall. Dr. Barrett provides dermal filler treatments to his patients daily for a wide range of cosmetic needs and has the experience and expertise necessary to provide you with a positive experience and an optimal outcome. To learn more about lip injections, contact Barrett Plastic Surgery today at 310-598-2648.