Lip Augmentation – Top Corona (CA) Facial Plastic Surgeon
Marguerite Bernett, M.D.
Estrella Aesthetics & Surgical Arts
Lips perfectly contoured are a symbol of femininity and sensuality. Without realizing they reveal a little bit of our personality and is one of the things that men admire in a woman.
Full lips were associated with youth and beauty for hundreds of years in most cultures, are always desired regardless of age, and are considered a sign of youth and sensuality.
Lip enhancing procedures are designed to make your lips more attractive by defining and increasing them. Age, heredity and factors related to lifestyle, such as smoking, may contribute to thinning and wrinkling them.
Lip augmentation can smooth the fine lines from the surrounding skin around lips and can round up and accentuate lips.
There are now a wide variety of methods to enhance lips, from temporary hyaluronic acid, to the permanent silicone implants or transplants own fat (lipofilling).
Lip enhancement procedures
Lip augmentation is a procedure with spectacular results and has a final or temporary character (6-9 months) depending on the substance used. It is advisable at any age when the lips do not show the desired volume. Often women going through menopause loses lips volume and wrinkles, and that became visible especially on the upper lip. And in these cases, it is indicated lip augmentation that also is helping in blurring wrinkles.
Lip augmentation is currently made using several substances:
- hyaluronic acid with an increased viscosity which ensures a persistency in the tissue and a prolonged result (6-9 months)
- own fat
- permanent preparations (prostheses)
Lip augmentation using hyaluronic acid
Lip augmentation using an injection of hyaluronic acid is painless (is performed under local anesthesia) and therefore is not requiring any hospitalization. The compounds containing hyaluronic acid are extremely numerous. The latest (cross-linked hyaluronic acid) have the advantage that lasts longer (about 4-6 months), then the hyaluronic acid is reabsorbed by the body.
Its duration depends on the type of preparation, on the patient’s own enzymes that degrade the hyaluronic acid (there are cases, few indeed, when the patient degrade the hyaluronate very quickly) and the injection method. The advantage of such preparations is that are rapidly introduced, complications are minimal and give a very natural lips. But it must be repeated once hyaluronic acid has been degraded.
- Biodegradable product that spread naturally in the body;
- Reversible effect of the intervention in comparison with irreversible surgical aesthetic effect;
- Recommended for all skin types;
- Immediate visible effect;
- Moisturizes the skin;
- Fills wrinkles;
- Enhances the lips;
- Corrects expression lines;
- Corrects facial contours;
- Intervention with hyaluronic acid does not hurt and does not takes a lot a time;
- Hyaluronic acid is present in the body, cases of 1/15000 of injections have side effects;
- Hyaluronic acid injections lose their effect in 3-6-9 months and must be renewed;
- Redness, swelling and / or bruising around the injection area;
- Very mild side effects which disappear within hours / days
Lip enhancement with permanent preparations
Lip augmentation with fat injection is a procedure consisting in injecting fat in the lips using a special cannula. The procedure takes place under local anesthesia, the surgeon usually harvested fat from the abdomen, prepares it and introduces in the lips through minimal incisions at the corners of the mouth. The result persists for about 4-9 months depending on the person, the amount injected and the quality of surgical technique (preparation of the fat).
There are now many possibilities for enlargement (augmentation) of the lips, but enlargement using own fat remains the most harmless, inexpensive and with very good results. After augmentation with fat, lips gets increased volume, are beautifully shaped, extremely sensual and the results persistent for a long time.
The procedure is painless, it is performed under local anesthesia and does not require hospitalization or implies complications related to body intolerance to the injected material. After lip augmentation with own fat it might occur some discrete bruising of the lips associated with moderate edema and mild local hypersensitivity.
All these phenomena subside in a few days and the exceptional result remains for a period of 6-9 months when it is recommended to repeat the procedure for a persistent result. This procedure is very well tolerated by patients because own fat injected does not give phenomena of rejection.
Lip augmentation with fat
Lip enhancement with permanent preparations can be made with fillers or implants.
Implants includes Goretex, Softderm, Alloderm. Their introduction is done with local anesthesia. Goretex is more consistent than the other two, being derived from PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene). Alloderm is a purified dermal compound, softdermul is the latest generation, both have a softer consistency. The main advantage of such preparations is, as their name implies, they are permanent, but, as with any other implants may present complications (extrusion, infection, implant migration, the occurrence of granulomatous nodules).
PERMALIP avoid all these problems and can bring a remarkable and natural lip enlargement
It is the only permanent implant that is approved for use both in the EU as well as in the US. PERMALIP is a silicone elastomer, solid but finely, produced through a modeling process that leads to an implant with a natural shape and a smooth surface. This implant can not break or deflate and can be removed anytime.
The procedure to enhance lips with silicone implant PERMALIP is simple and fast. The surgery can be done under local anesthesia or sedation. Two small incisions are made in the corners of the lips. Implant PERMALIP is passed through a tunnel in the middle of the lip. The process is repeated for each lip and then the holes are closed with absorbable threads.
Although PERMALIP is a permanent implant, it is made so that it can be easily removed if the patient wants to return to its original size lips. Removal of the implant does not take more than 10 minutes.
Although apparently one of the simplest procedures, remodeling lips is an art. It must be performed by a specialist in order to get the effect you desire. Also, be careful what products you choose, knowing well the risks that you also have to assume. Last but not least you must take care to inject quality products with lasting effect and without side effects. To avoid septic complications, lip enhancement should only be done in specialized clinics, in stringent aseptic conditions.
Before and After Lip Augmentation Photos:
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Contact Marguerite Bernett’s Office for Your Free Consultation:
Marguerite Bernett and his staff are happy to discuss the Lip Augmentation procedure with you and answer your questions. Please feel free to call us at Estrella Aesthetics & Surgical Arts in Corona CA (951) 272-4455.