Lip augmentation is a popular procedure that can greatly improve the size and contour of the lips.
However, despite the relative simplicity of the procedure itself, the process is much more complicated than many people think.
Often, the results of lip augmentation are not asnatural-looking and aesthetically pleasing as the patient would like.
People who do receive natural-looking results, however, are typically very pleased, and may find their confidence grows due to the improved contour and volume. Here are some tips for getting a natural look with lip augmentation.
Fillers: Passing the “Kiss Test”
In addition to looking natural, patients want the lips to feel natural as well. “Passing the kiss test” means that a lip augmentation is subtle and natural enough, with a soft feel, as to be unnoticeable during a kiss. Currently, the best augmentation option that can achieve this goal is with dermal fillers, like Restylane or Juvederm. These injectable treatments require little to no downtime and discomfort, and produce great results.
Duck Lips vs. Cupid’s Bow: Natural Contour and Volume
The key to getting a beautiful contour and avoiding “duck lips” is to make sure the lips do not get overfilled. After the procedure, the area may look fuller than desired, but this is due to the swelling that occurs immediately after injection, and should not reflect the final results. After several days, the true contour and volume provided by the treatment should become apparent.
The Art of Lip Augmentation
Because the technique rests entirely in the facial plastic surgeon’s hands, the most you can do to ensure a good outcome from your treatment is to choose a provider who understands the art of lip augmentation. Lip augmentation involves more than just adding volume; it is also about shaping the lip correctly and adding volume to the right area of the lips. Lip augmentation can be a difficult procedure, and it is important to choose a plastic surgeon who has experience and a track record of giving patients beautiful results.
Unfortunately, while lip augmentation results with fillers can belong-lasting and look very natural, they do not last forever. Dermal fillers typically last about six months to a year, and many patients elect to receive annual lip injections to maintain their results. These sessions can take longer than dermal filler injections for wrinkles, due to the complexity of the procedure, but they should not last more than an hour in total. Most patients find the yearly investment of time and money very worthwhile, especially since the risks involved with lip augmentation are very low.
While many feel the temporary nature of lip augmentation with fillers is a drawback, there are also advantages to this aspect of treatment. If you are not pleased with the results, it is easy to try again at a later time to achieve the results you were hoping for. Be sure to communicate openly with your plastic surgeon before and after treatment so you can be sure you are on the same page.
An Experienced Surgeon
The most important factor in a successful lip augmentation procedure is the plastic surgeon performing the procedure. You should never choose a provider who is not a board certified plastic surgeon for a treatment demanding such finesse and experience. Though lip augmentation with fillers is non-surgical and temporary, poor results can be quite noticeable for many months, until the filler wears off. It is better to be cautious and select your doctor carefully.
If you are looking for a surgeon who emphasizes natural-looking results, come meet with renowned, board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Stuart Bentkover. Dr. Bentkover has over two decades of experience and understands patients’ desire for a beautiful, natural appearance. Dr. Bentkover is well-knownfor high levels of patient satisfaction and for producing great results with dermal fillers. To schedule your consultation in Worcester(508-363-6500) or Stoneham(617-247-0033), call either location today.