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Lip Augmentation

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Lip augmentation in Boston can restore or enhance the appearance of the lips. Patients have a number of surgical and non-surgical options for improving lip definition and volume.

Lips can define our beauty. Full well defined lips make us appear youthful, attractive, filled with vitality. Time takes its toll. With aging, sunshine and smoking we lose the volume and definition of our lips. The upper lip tends to flatten as it rolls downwards and inwards. The outer corners of our lips start to descend, giving us a more unhappy look. The distance from our nose to our upper lip also increases with age, taking away that youthful show of our teeth when we smile. Vertical wrinkles start to appear in the skin above and below our lips.

Lip Augmentation Techniques

Lip-AugmentationI use several techniques for enhancing lips. The ideal technique for you depends on many factors including your anatomy and your desires. A common procedure is placement of fillers to define the lips and/ or to increase the volume of the lips. They can be used to help drooping corners of the mouth and the small vertical wrinkles that inevitably appear above and below the lips. The most popular fillers are the hyaluronic gels, which include Restylane products like Kysse and Lyft and Juvederm products like Ultra and Vollure. They provide a reasonably long-lasting result and and are smooth and gentle enough for the precision needed for lips. Newer techniques in injection and numbing have made these one of the most popular cosmetic treatments.

Other techniques that we sometimes employ are fat transfers to the lips or lip implants. These can increase the volume of the lips but are not for defining the lips. Fat transfers and implants are more involved than simple injections but do have the advantage of longer results.

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Lip lifting techniques do just that. They lift the lip. For those that have a longer distance from the bottom of the nose to the top of the lip, which can lengthen the face and hide the teeth when smiling, a central lip lift may be indicated. This office technique elevates the central part of the upper lip by removing excess skin above the lip. The scar is hidden at the base of the nose.

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A lateral lip lift is also known as a corner lip lift or a Valentine lip lift. This procedure is used when the corners of the mouth are drooping to an extent that fillers are unable to correct. Occasionally a wee bit of Botox or a procedure known as a DAO resection can also help.

Ideal Candidates for Lip Augmentation

Patients who do not smoke or are willing to stop smoking before the procedure are excellent candidates. It is important to have realistic expectations regarding the procedure’s outcome.

The best candidates for lip augmentation are people in good health. Patients suffering from chronic conditions like lupus or diabetes and those with active skin infections must discuss these issues during their consultation.

Undergoing Lip Lifting

If you are considering undergoing lip lifting, at your consultation we will discuss your concerns and goals and determine if you are a good candidate for lip lifting. Both the central lip lift and also the outer corner lip lift are relatively simple procedures that can be performed either under local anesthesia in an office setting or under general anesthesia. Often, lip lifts are performed in combination with other procedures such as a facelift. These procedures require incisions and do have resulting scars. Scars from a central lip lift are placed at the junction of the nose in the skin above the lip and follow the contours of the bottom of the nose. Outer corner lip lifts also require small scars, these are at the outer aspects of the lip and are not for everybody. Usually outer corner lip lifts are performed on older individuals who may have some wrinkles to the scar. The procedures are usually easy to tolerate although as with all procedures one must be careful in the surgical region until healing has occurred. At your consultation Dr. Volpe will review your goals and discuss with you all aspects of these procedures to determine if you are a good candidate.

Lip Augmentation Aftercare

After the procedure, you will receive aftercare instructions to hasten the healing process. You might need to elevate your head when you sleep, follow a soft food diet for several days after the surgery, and refrain from moving your lips too much. Using an ice pack on your lips as directed can also help reduce swelling.

It might take a few days or weeks for redness, swelling, and bruising to subside. Make sure to plan for downtime after the procedure if it was surgical in nature. During recovery, you might need to stop working out or performing strenuous activities for several weeks.

Cost of Lip Lift

The cost for lip lift procedures depends on a number of factors including the techniques utilized and also the location of the procedure and anesthesia type. On selected individuals augmentation of the volume of the lip can be performed at the same time with fat transfers or other fillers. The price is lower if the procedures are performed under local anesthesia or in combination with another procedure. Prices can range in the 4-5 thousand range.


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Contact Dr Volpe Plastic Surgery at today to schedule a consultation in our Newton or Back Bay offices for your lip augmentation in Boston. We are here to provide you with the attentive excellent care you need throughout the entire process and we are dedicated to providing you with the results you want.