As we age, we lose volume in many different areas of our body. This includes prominent facial features like cheeks and lips. When we lose volume in our lips, it affects our appearance and can make us look older as well as emphasizing fine lines and wrinkles that are forming around the mouth area. This is just one of the reasons why some women choose to get lip enhancements from their plastic surgeons, though others opt for fillers to increase the volume of lips that have been thin their entire lives due to genetics. Are you considering getting lip enhancements but want to make sure your results are natural-looking? Here is how you can achieve your goal.
Types of Lip Enhancements
There are two different types of enhancements: surgical and non-surgical. Surgical lip enhancements usually involve the transfer of fat from one area of the body where it is unwanted to the lips. This procedure is usually done in one session, and the results are permanent.
The use of dermal fillers is the most popular lip enhancement method among those who want natural-looking lip augmentation. Though collagen was the most-used injection substance for years, it has mostly been replaced by newer hyaluronic acid-based fillers like Juvéderm®, Restylane®, and Volbella. These trigger fewer allergic reactions in patients than collagen and can be used gradually to produce natural-looking results for patients.
How Can I Get the Most Natural-Looking Results?
Hyaluronic acid, or HA, naturally occurs in the body and not only attracts moisture (and volume) to the lips but also stimulates the lips’ own ability to produce more collagen. This means you get immediate, natural-looking results and you also see a gradual improvement in your lip area as collagen increases.
Dr. Zochowski usually recommends Juvéderm® or Restylane® products to his patients who want non-permanent results. While he finds that Juvéderm® fillers like Juvéderm® Ultra XC and Juvéderm® Volbella have the most effective and flattering results, he will sometimes suggest Restylane® products for those who want firmer, more sculpted lips. In general, those who want more volume usually achieve better results from Juvéderm® products while those who want more definition are more satisfied with Restylane® products.
Getting the Results You Want
When you consult with Dr. Zochowski and his talented team, you will be able to tell them exactly the amount of volume and definition you want in your lips. It may help to bring in pictures of celebrities or others whose lips you admire and would like to emulate. However, be aware that Dr. Zochowski will guide you toward the right lip enhancements for your unique facial structure and natural lip tissue and that achieving the same type of lips as others may not be realistic.
You can also tell the team about any previous lip enhancements you have had, any allergies you’ve experienced to dermal fillers or other substances, and any other health concerns that may affect your treatment. This will help the doctor choose the best type of filler for your needs. It’s always best to start small with injections as the treatment can be repeated if the results are not dramatic enough. However, even if you find your lips have too much volume after an injection, you can be reassured that the results are not permanent. The volume will naturally decrease as the HA is re-absorbed by your body and is generally completely absorbed in about a year, though many find their lips are still naturally fuller due to the increase in collagen production. You can choose to have your lips injected again after this time.
After your lip injections, you may experience some redness and irritation along with some asymmetry. However, these should fade in the days following injections. If for some reason you are not satisfied with the volume that has been achieved with your filler, you can come back into the doctor’s office to have more filler injected. If you’re ready to achieve natural-looking lips with restored volume and plumpness, schedule a consultation with Dr. Zochowski today!