An elegantly shaped mouth complements the balance of other facial features. We are proud to provide comfortable, convenient lip augmentation in our San Antonio office, where lip enhancement using dermal fillers is one of our most popular procedures.
What is a Lip Augmentation?
Lip augmentation is a term that can be used to describe both surgical and nonsurgical treatments. In our practice, lip augmentation involves the use of biocompatible dermal fillers to improve shape and volume in the upper or lower lip. Since the early 2000s, lip augmentation using dermal fillers has grown exponentially in popularity.
Who is a candidate for Lip augmentation?
Many adults are good candidates for lip augmentation with dermal fillers. Some people seek lip injections because, as they have aged, the decrease in collagen production in the skin has resulted in thinning or deflation of the lips. As the lips lose volume, tiny vertical lines can also appear around the mouth. The curve of the upper lip known as the cupid’s bow may start to flatten out. The shape of the mouth can also change over time, turning downward as the structure of the face changes. Dermal fillers can temporarily correct these signs of aging.
Some adults seek lip injections to achieve a greater degree of fullness than they have naturally. Often, treatment seeks to improve the defined shape of the upper lip. Treating both the upper and lower lip, a skilled provider can improve the shape of the mouth and proportion with other facial features.
How is a Lip Augmentation performed?
The nonsurgical lip augmentation procedure takes only a few minutes after our consultation. Prior to administering injections, the provider may apply a topical anesthetic. However, because this often takes several minutes to work, patients may choose to forego this step. Most dermal fillers made today contain a numbing agent in their solution so injections are only mildly uncomfortable for some people.
To enhance the shape of the lips, the provider uses a very fine needle to insert the selected dermal filler to appropriate areas. Because dermal fillers work immediately, we can observe the changes as they take place, ensuring the most uniform and natural-looking appearance.
What is recovery like from a Lip Augmentation?
There is no recovery from lip augmentation injections to speak of. Patients should expect some degree of swelling. Bruising is also possible. However, these side effects are mild enough that most people go right back to their normal routine.
The minor recommendations for lip augmentation patients include:
- Avoid strenuous exercise for about 48 hours.
- Avoid excessive heat like saunas and hot tubs for about 48 hours.
- Avoid massaging the lips.
- If swelling or bruising occur, apply an ice pack for a few minutes at a time (do not apply ice directly to the lips, place a cloth in between).
- Sleep with the head slightly elevated for a night or two.
Are there any negative side effects of Lip Augmentations?
In most cases, there are no negative side effects to lip augmentation with dermal fillers. The vast majority of treatments involve a hyaluronic acid filler formulated specifically for the lips. While very rare, there is a chance that a patient may experience exaggerated swelling after treatment. Lip injections should only be performed by a trained, board-certified provider to decrease the risk of vascular occlusion, in which dermal filler is injected into or in close proximity to an artery. This, too, is an unlikely event that happens very rarely in the hands of an experienced lip injector.
How soon after my Lip Augmentation will I see results?
Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers work by binding to water molecules immediately upon settling in the skin. Our patients see the beautiful outcome of lip augmentation injections as soon as their procedure is done. It is important to keep in mind that minor swelling may make the initial results look slightly exaggerated but not unnatural.
Is lip augmentation permanent?
Lip injections using hyaluronic acid dermal fillers is not permanent. This is precisely why so many people like this option. Unlike silicone lip implants, which require surgical insertion, dermal filler lip augmentation works quickly and can last up to several months. At the same time, because the unique nature of hyaluronic acid also provides patients with the opportunity to reverse the effects of their treatment if they so choose.
Schedule Your Consultation Today!
There are several ways to achieve beautiful lip augmentation. Our goal in performing lip injections is to achieve natural-looking shape and volume that makes the mouth a gorgeous focal point on the face. To schedule your consultation for lip augmentation, call our San Antonio office at 210-800-9696.