Full, plump lips are often considered one of the marks of youth and vitality. If you are bothered by the appearance of thinning or asymmetrical lips, lines and wrinkles around your mouth or other similar cosmetic concerns, non-surgical lip augmentation with injectable fillers could help you achieve the youthful look you want.
What Is Lip Augmentation?
The most common type of lip augmentation uses non-surgical facial fillers to enhance the appearance of your lips. The filler is carefully placed in the lips to achieve fuller volume, treat asymmetry and fine lines and/or reshape the lips.
While non-surgical lip augmentation does have limitations compared to surgical lip enhancement, lip augmentation using filler is a relatively quick and easy procedure with little to no downtime and results that can last for several months.
Lip Augmentation at Sarasota Facial Aesthetics
The highly skilled team of injectors at Sarasota Facial Aesthetics in Southwest Florida are national trainers, instructors and consultants for Allergan and Galderma, two of the largest companies that manufacture facial and lip fillers like Juvéderm® and Restylane®.
Sarasota Facial Aesthetics is also a TOP 50 account in the country with Allergan Aestheticswhich places our practice is in the top percentile nationwide of practices offering injectable treatments of BOTOX, Juvéderm® and Juvéderm Voluma™. In fact, our practice proudly has two in-house Allergan Aesthetics National trainers that are recognized for their educational background and experience, and a true expert in medical aesthetics.
If you are interested in learning more about us or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our highly trained professionals, please feel free to contact us online or call our Sarasota office at 941-955-8384.
Areas of Treatment
Lip augmentation primarily addresses the lips, although many people choose to also include filler around the mouth and nose to address lines, wrinkles and other minor skin imperfections. Some of the most common uses for lip enhancement with filler are to:
- Add volume. Carefully placed lip filler can create a plumping effect, resulting in a fuller, natural-looking pout.
- Reshape. Lip filler can also slightly reshape the lips, creating more or less definition of a certain area of your lips.
- Address asymmetry. Most people have some level of asymmetry in their lips, though this may be more pronounced for some than others. Lip augmentation can temporarily address this concern.
- Treat lines and wrinkles. Fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth are a common cosmetic concern that can be addressed at the same time as your lip augmentation.
Am I a Candidate?
Virtually anyone looking to achieve fuller, smoother or more even lips and who is in good overall health can be a great candidate for lip augmentation. Before moving forward with any cosmetic treatment, it is important to maintain realistic expectations for your final results.
How Lip Augmentation Works
Lip augmentation uses facial fillers like Juvéderm and Restylane-L or Restylane Kysse that contain a naturally-occurring sugar called hyaluronic acid to plump, reshape and/or address asymmetry in your lips. Hyaluronic acid is known for its ability to retain up to 1,000 times its molecular weight in water, allowing it to offer a smooth, natural-looking plumping effect.
Hyaluronic acid lip fillers can be dissolved before fading away on their own if you are unhappy with your results or would like to return to your normal appearance for any reason. Other types of filler cannot be dissolved, making hyaluronic acid a popular choice.
Lip augmentation results will be immediately visible, though swelling, redness and bruising will likely be present for several days following your appointment. These side effects should gradually fade away over the next few days, revealing your final results.
It can take up to two weeks to see your final outcome after your lip augmentation, so we recommend scheduling your appointment at least two weeks before an important event.
Lip injections can last around 6 to 12 months before requiring a touch-up treatment.
Lip Augmentation FAQ
How much does lip augmentation cost?
Lip injections can cost anywhere from $500 to $2,000, depending on the type of filler used, the skill and expertise of the provider, your specific goals and location and other factors.
Is lip augmentation permanent?
Lip augmentation using facial fillers is not permanent and usually lasts six months to a year before a touch-up treatment will be required to maintain your same results.
Do lip injections hurt?
Most people say that lip injections are a relatively comfortable treatment. Topical numbing creams and ice can be used to maximize your comfort during your procedure.
How do I find a qualified lip augmentation provider near me?
Lip augmentation should always be performed by a trained and experienced professional. Start your search by checking for appropriate medical credentials. Here at Sarasota Facial Aesthetic, for example, our Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) have been selected as national trainers for both Allergan and Galderma, two of the nation’s leading aesthetic companies.
Next, look at before and after lip augmentation photos on the provider’s website, read online reviews and ask friends and family members in your area for recommendations to narrow your search and find the best fit.
Is nonsurgical lip augmentation the best option for me?
Nonsurgical lip augmentation using injectable fillers is often the best place to start when considering lip augmentation. Compared to surgical lip augmentation using synthetic implants, lip fillers offer a non-invasive alternative that doesn’t require downtime, yet still produces effective, natural-looking results.
Additionally, if you don’t love your results for any reason or simply wish to return to your natural appearance, hyaluronic acid (HA) lip fillers can be dissolved. Other types of fillers will gradually wear away on their own. Compare this to surgical lip implants, which would require a second surgery in order to remove them.
What is the best lip augmentation technique?
There are a number of lip augmentation techniques that can be used to achieve various desired lip shapes and looks, including the “keyhole,” “Russian” and “lip flip” techniques. The best lip filler option for you, however, will depend on your natural lip anatomy and your goals for your final results. Your lip filler provider will work with you to create a customized lip augmentation plan that takes these factors into consideration.
Will my lips go back to normal after lip fillers?
Yes, your lips will be restored to their normal natural appearance once the filler has been completely metabolized by and eliminated from your body. Depending on the type and amount of filler used, this process can take anywhere from around 6 to 12 months. If you choose to maintain your lip augmentation, you will require a touch-up treatment at this time.
However, it is crucial that you choose a qualified provider for your lip augmentation with fillers to avoid “overfilling” that could lead to potential complications.
How can I make lip augmentation last longer?
While lip augmentation with fillers is never permanent, there are some things you can do to help prolong your results. These include following your aftercare guidelines closely, wearing SPF, eating well and using a consistent customized skincare routine. Keeping up with regular maintenance appointments will also help you to maintain your same results with a smooth, even noticeable, transition in between.
What happens if you stop getting lip injections?
Your lips will return to their normal appearance, even if you stop lip injections and never get them retouched. Hyaluronic acid fillers like Juvéderm® and Restylane® fully dissolve within 6 to 12 months and are completely eliminated from your body, leaving no lasting effects.