Larger, more sumptuous lips have become an increasing desire for many people. A variety of materials may be used for lip augmentation, each with advantages and disadvantages. This procedure is usually done with either an injectable filler material or a neurotoxin (like Botox®) to do a “lip flip.”
Dr. Greenberg will discuss your goals and expectations about lip enhancement during a thorough consultation. He will review Botox® versus the different dermal filler options, such as Juvederm® and Restylane®. Based on your needs and his assessment, he will recommend the best lip enhancement option.
With dermal filler treatments, a filler like Juvederm® will be injected into your lips to subtly increase volume and enhance shape. Alternatively, a Botox® “lip flip” is done with strategic injections around your mouth that cause your lips to flip outward slightly, creating a fuller appearance.
Am I a Good Candidate for Lip Enhancement?
You’re a good candidate for lip enhancement if you have thinning lips as a result of aging or fat loss. Lip enhancement can also help patients who have “smokers lines” – those vertical lip wrinkles that occur as a result of smoking. You should be in good health and have realistic expectations for this treatment.
How Long Does a Typical Lip Enhancement Treatment Take?
The procedure usually only takes a few minutes. Dr. Greenberg will walk you through what you can expect from your particular treatment. Whether you undergo dermal fillers or a lip flip with Botox®, you can expect to receive several injections with a small needle. Your provider may apply a topical numbing cream to ensure your comfort during the procedure.
What Results Will I See With Lip Enhancement?*
Depending on which lip enhancement procedure you receive, you can expect fast results that last several months. You’ll notice an immediate improvement in your lip volume if a dermal filler is used, and the results of Juvederm® or Restylane® typically last six months to a year. It takes two to four days to see the results of a Botox® lip flip, and results usually last about three months.
Is There Any Downtime After Lip Enhancement?*
A little swelling and bruising are normal after dermal filler or Botox® injections, but these begin to subside about 48 hours after the procedure. Your Winter Park provider will give you specific instructions to care for your lips after your lip enhancement procedure. We may recommend using ice for 24-48 hours to control swelling. Dermal fillers and neurotoxin lip enhancement does not require any downtime.
If you’d like to learn more, schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Scott A. Greenberg at Winter Park Plastic Surgery & Laser Center in Winter Park, FL (serving the Central Florida area). 407-644-3137