A plumper looking pout is definitely en vogue. Patients of all ages are coming in with photos of celebrities, notably Jennifer Lawrence and Angelina Jolie, wanting to know how they can get a similar look to their lips. A lip augmentation is a non-surgical procedure in which either filler or fat is injected into the upper and/or lower lip to create a fuller, but still natural-looking result.
As with any other cosmetic procedure, your results are going to depend on your anatomy. During your lip augmentation consultation, Dr. Robert Whitfield will discuss your desired outcome and examine your lips. He is assessing not only their skin elasticity, but also the relationship of your lips to the rest of your face. While Kylie Jenner may have the lips of your dreams, that does not mean that you can physically or aesthetically pull off that same look.
Dr. Whitfield’s goal with all of his lip augmentation patients is to deliver a plump, youthful-looking lip that is proportional to the rest of the face.
Gone are the days when a lip augmentation meant an overblown pout that made the patient look like a puffer fish. Thanks to the wide variety of new fillers on the market that are specifically designed for the lips, Dr. Whitfield has quite a few tools in his tool chest for delivering truly natural-looking lips. Oftentimes, he will use a combination of different fillers to create the best lips for your individual face.
Dr. Whitfield uses the following fillers in a lip augmentation:
Part of the Restylane family of fillers, Restylane Silk was specifically designed to increase fullness in the upper and lower lip. It is a hyaluronic acid (HA)-based filler. HA is a naturally occurring substance in the body. The nice thing about HA fillers is that they are safe; most patients have no adverse or allergic reaction to them. Additionally, if you dislike like your results, HA fillers can be dissolved.
This is also an HA filler from another respected manufacturer. Dr. Whitfield uses it on both the upper and lower lip to restore lost volume.
Designed specifically for the lips, Volbella is less about pumping up the volume than it is about smoothing out the appearance of the lips. Patients who have tried this HA filler describe it as achieving a look of permanent lip gloss.
No matter which filler is used, Dr. Whitfield will start with a small amount, 0.5 – 1ml, and build up from there. This allows him to achieve a natural-looking amount of volume without going too far. It is always easier to add more filler than it is to take it away.
For some patients, Dr. Whitfield will recommend a lip augmentation with fat transfer or fat grafting. Here, he will remove a small amount of fat from an area of the body where you don’t want it such as the abdomen or outer thighs. The fat will be cleaned, purified and placed into a syringe. Dr. Whitfield will then carefully inject the fat into your lips using a cannula to reduce bruising.
The important thing to keep in mind with a lip augmentation with fat transfer is that not all of the fat will “take” or survive. At first, your lips may look overdone, but they will adjust with time. While many patients like the idea of using their own fat – since it means that they aren’t putting something foreign into their bodies – a lip augmentation with fat transfer is less predictable than one with an HA filler. Also, the fat that is transferred will heal but may be variable
The lips are particularly sensitive, so you can expect to be swollen for a week to 10 days. Dr. Whitfield advises his patients to apply ice during the recovery phase. You may have some mild bruising as well. Beyond this, there is no downtime associated with a lip augmentation; patients can return to daily activities immediately. As with all filler treatments, it will take 2 weeks before you’ll see your final results.
The cost of a lip augmentation is going to depend on the filler used as well the amount. During your consultation, Dr. Whitfield or his staff will be able to give you an accurate estimate of the cost of your lip augmentation.
To find out more about a lip augmentation with Dr. Robert Whitfield, call us today at 877-785-2382 or schedule a consultation at our Austin location in West Lake Hills.