Over the years surgeons have tried many different things to increase the volume and fullness of the lips. Not surprisingly, many of the techniques have been abandoned for producing less than stellar results. Fortunately, there is a safe, natural-looking, convenient way to achieve lip augmentation. With hyaluronic acid dermal fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane, lip volume can be restored precisely in the areas that need it. Unlike implants, which do not move with the fluidity that the lip normally moves with, Juvederm and Restylane are soft and pliable, giving you a very natural result. The exact appropriate amount of dermal filler can be titrated by the surgeon during the injection, ensuring precise filling without producing a “ducky” look.
Treatments can be performed in 10-20 minutes with topical anesthesia and/or local nerve blocks. Using a needle-less, blunt cannula technique bruising is rare. Some swelling is expected to occur and resolves over 1-3 days. Patients can resume all of their usual activities immediately after the treatment.