Get Fuller, Plumper Lips

“Getting a lip augmentation means enlarging or reshaping the lips to improve their dimensional relation with the patient’s surrounding facial structures. Alternatively, lip augmentations can be used to restore the volume and fullness of the lips while reducing the appearance of fine lines,” explains Dr. Trelles, plastic and laser surgeon at state-of-the-art dentistry, plastic and aesthetic laser surgery clinic Vilafortuny.

So are you a candidate?

A lip augmentation is appropriate for individuals in good overall health, who desire full, shapely lips, and have realistic expectations.
You may be a good candidate for lip augmentation if your lips:

  • Have lost volume due to ageing.
  • Have developed fine lines or wrinkles.
  • Are asymmetrical.

Preparing for the procedure

There are two steps you need to take two weeks prior to a lip augmentation to minimise bruising and swelling:

  • Stop smoking.
  • Stop taking anti-inflammatory medications, such as aspirin.
Woman with red lips pouting

What to expect

Lip augmentation is performed on an outpatient basis and takes just a few minutes to complete. A local anaesthetic may be applied in order to reduce discomfort. Injections are administered using very fine needles to further minimise any discomfort.

There are two types of lip augmentations treatments – both are made from hyaluronic acid, which is a natural substance, found in the human body:

  • Juvederm
  • Restylane

What to expect after

“Patients can immediately resume their daily activities after the injections are complete,” says Dr. Trelles. “The lips may be slightly swollen and tender to the touch, but this will subside as the anesthesia wears off. If needed, over­ the­ counter pain medication can be taken to reduce these symptoms.”

Results

The final results of a lip augmentation are apparent immediately after the treatment and appearance continue to improve over the next few days. The results can last up to six months, but follow-up treatments are recommended every three to six months.