What is Lip Augmentation Surgery?
Lips tend to thin out due to the natural aging process. Lip enhancement is a procedure that provides you with fuller lips. There are several different ways to enhance the lips, including lip injections using natural or synthetic fillers, lip implants, lip lifts and even permanent makeup. Another procedure is called vermillion advancement, where the colored portion of the lip is cut and stretched, then re-sewn to give the impression of larger lips.
It’s important to note that using synthetic fillers requires repeated injections over time as the lips will lose their fullness.
Lip Augmentation Cost
Costs can vary based on individual patient needs and the amount of surgery required.The costs involved in this procedure include facility/hospital fees, medical tests, anesthesia fees, Dr. Jimerson’s fee and any medication or post-operative garments that may be required. Our staff will provide you with a detailed cost estimate for your procedure.
Head: Lip Augmentation Candidates
As with most elective cosmetic procedures, there are several basic criteria that determine if you’re a good candidate for the lip augmentation surgery. They include:
- You are insecure about the appearance of your lips
- Aging has caused the lips to shrink and lose volume
- You enjoy relatively good health without any medical conditions that could jeopardize your healing or present surgical risks
• You’re a non-smoker (smoking can impair the healing process), and you have realistic expectations on what the surgery can do for you
Lip Augmentation Recovery
If you have nonsurgical augmentation like injections, your recovery time is minimal There may be some bruising or swelling, but this will subside rather quickly. Lip filler injections require only a topical anesthetic at the most and there is little or no downtime.If you have an implant there will be swelling, bruising and discomfort for several days. Cold compresses will help to reduce your swelling and pain, and you may be placed on a liquid diet for 1-2 days. You will need to restrict your activities for a week or so after the surgery.
You will be able to return to work one week after your implant surgery, and stitches will be removed in 4-6 days. Stitches inside your mouth will dissolve in the same time frame.
Lip Augmentation Results
Results from fillers are immediate. If you have fat injections, you may require multiple injections in order to achieve permanent enhancement. Some synthetic fillers require repeat injections every three to six months, but others may last up to one year.
Lip implants, lip lifts and vermillion enhancement provide permanent results.
Lip Augmentation Procedure Steps
Another option is a dermal graft, where a fat graft is taken from deep layers of your skin and then placed under the lining of your lip. All incisions are done inside the mouth.
If you’re having a vermillion advancement, an incision is made on the border of the colored portion of your lip, then raising the border to increase the area of the lip.
Lip implants are usually done through tiny incisions inside the corner of your mouth, with different natural or synthetic implant options available. You can discuss the options with Dr. Jimerson at your consultation.
A lip lift involves an incision made under the nose, where the skin is shortened in order to pull up the lips. If you have a mouth that turns downward, small incisions are made on the side of the mouth and excess skin is removed. The incision is closed using very small sutures.
Lip Augmentation Risks and Safety Information
As with any surgical procedure, there are some potential risks or complications. You have to determine if the benefits that you’ll obtain from your procedure outweigh the risks involved.Dr. Jimerson and his trained staff will do everything possible to minimize risks and postoperative complications. Risks of the procedure may include:
- Anesthesia • Bleeding • Infection • Bruising • Hematoma • Changes in sensation • Scarring • Allergic reactions
It’s important to discuss any concerns you have with Dr. Jimerson prior to your surgery. If you have a question – please ask!
Your Lip Augmentation Consultation
You will also be able to learn what options are available to you, along with the risks and possible complications of the procedure.
Preparing for Lip Augmentation Surgery
What happens prior to the lip augmentation procedure? You will have lab tests, and the doctor may have you take new medications or adjust the medications that you’re currently taking.If you smoke, you must stop several weeks prior the surgery, as it can severely impeded the healing process.
Finally, you should arrange to have someone available to drive you home after your surgery, and to be with you for the first night.
Lip Augmentation Words to Know
Augmentation: enhancement or increase in volumeLiposuction: a procedure that takes fat from one part of your body using suction and an instrument called a cannula
Cannula: an instrument that is a thin, hollow tube used in liposuction procedures
Suture: the stitches used to close an incision
Vermillion: the colored portion of the lip
Questions to Ask Dr. Jimerson
During your appointment, it’s good to ask Dr. Jimerson questions about your procedure.Here are some questions to consider:
– What surgical technique is recommended?
– How long will the recovery period be for my surgery?
– What risks are associated with my surgery?
– What type of complications can happen?
– When will I be able to see the results of my surgery?
– Do you think that I’m a good candidate for this procedure?
Bes sure to ask any other questions you have about Dr. Jimerson, the procedure or anything else that concerns you about your surgery.
Schedule a Consultation
The best way to determine if lip augmentation surgery is right for you is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jimerson. The doctor will discuss the procedure, evaluate your concerns relating to your body and answer any questions you may have. To schedule your appointment click here.