The entire look of your face can be renewed with procedures that add volume and fullness to the lips. With lip augmentation and enhancement from our Augusta and Evans, Georgia-area facial plastic surgeon, you can achieve more contoured, sensual-appearing lips quickly and effectively. At The Georgia Center, we offer a number of different injectable treatments that can provide long-lasting, beautiful results.
In women, full lips are a sign of beauty and youth. Thin lips may be present in youth or may appear as part of aging. Temporary fullness may be achieved or restored using filler materials such as JUVÉDERM™, Restylane®, or Radiesse®. These are injected to produce a fuller lip with the aid of regional anesthesia administered through nerve blocks. Lip augmentation procedures take very little time to perform, and the results are often extraordinary, giving the entire face a whole new aesthetic balance. Please contact our cosmetic surgery practice for more information on lip augmentation and lip enhancement. Achih H. Chen, M.D. can answer your questions.
Fat Transfer Lip Enhancement
Fat transfer, which is also referred to as fat injections, uses fat from another area of your body to add volume to the lips. Fat is harvested by liposuction using specially designed atraumatic cannulas from the area in the lower abdomen using a very small incision hidden in the belly button. The fat is then treated to remove any non-living or damaged fat cells. The remaining fat is then placed into injection syringes and placed into the lip in very small increments to give the transferred fat the best chance of survival. Approximately 30% to 50% of the fat will survive to achieve a long-term augmentation. Patients may require more than one transfer to achieve the desired augmentation. Fat transfer can also be used to plump up other areas of the face and fill in lines and wrinkles, producing a more youthful aesthetic balance.
V-to-Y-Plasty Lip Augmentation
The principle that skin may be advanced forward when a V-shaped incision is closed to form a Y-shaped closure can be exploited to create a fuller lip. Using the V-to-Y-plasty principle, the red lip tissue can be advanced from the portion of the lip that is inside of the mouth outward. All incisions are hidden so that they are not visible after healing. Often, the V-to-Y-plasty lip augmentation is combined with fat transfer to create the fullest-appearing lip.
SMAS Lip Augmentation
SMAS lip enhancement from our Evans, Georgia facial plastic surgeon is ideal for patients who would like to combine lip augmentation with a facelift. SMAS is an acronym for “superficial musculoaponeurotic system” – the layer of fat and muscle that is under the skin in the face. This is the layer that is lifted during a facelift or necklift. The excess SMAS that is trimmed during the facelift may be placed, through very small incisions, hidden at the corners of the mouth to increase the size of the lips.
Please contact our lip augmentation staff serving Augusta and surrounding areas with any questions you have.
In more severe cases, virtually no pink lip may be visible. In these situations, a lip lift may be a more appropriate procedure. During the lip lift, some of the skin of the upper lip (or lower lip) just above (or below) the pink lip margin is removed and the pink lip is advanced upward (or downward). This adds to the size of the pink lip, and it also may dramatically improve any "smokers’ creases” that have developed around the mouth. Sutures are removed one week post-operatively and lipstick can be applied ten days post-operatively to completely cover the healing tissues. Lipstick is usually not necessary at two months after surgery, as the area tends to heal very well. This procedure can be performed with or without sedation.
Lip augmentation and enhancement from our Augusta and Evans, Georgia facial plastic surgeon can be an excellent complement to other procedures such as rhinoplasty, mid-facelift, and facial enhancement with implants. A combination of these procedures can provide you with better overall aesthetic balance of facial features and result in a more complete makeover.
Lip Augmentation with Lip Implant
Lips may be enhanced with implants. Surgisil PermaLip implants are the implant of choice for Dr. Achih H. Chen. The Surgisil PermaLip implant is a soft implant that can be placed under local anesthesia through very small incisions to the inside corners of the mouth. There is very little downtime and the results are immediate. Surgisil PermaLip Implants are designed to provide permanent lip augmentation with no need for maintenance or touch-up sessions.
Depending on the type of lip augmentation you receive, results are typically immediate with little to no downtime after the procedure. Most patients are able to have lip enhancement performed in the time it takes to eat lunch and are back to their normal daily routines as soon as they leave the office. Dr. Achih H. Chen will discuss all aspects of the lip augmentation procedure with you, including details on recovery, at your initial consultation.