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Full, sensuous lips should enhance a face and not overpower other aesthetic features. Lip augmentation should feel soft and supple given the important function of one’s lips in daily activities such as eating, kissing, talking, and expressing emotions (smiling and pouting).
Lip enhancement is a procedure that requires a conservative aesthetic eye that focuses on the shape, style, balance, and harmony between both the upper and lower lips, and how the lips fit a particular face. At CARE Plastic Surgery our surgeon pays special attention to facial expressions and how the lips complement those expressions. Considerations for lip augmentation are age, facial shape, ethnicity, gender, and of course your personal aesthetic desires and wishes.
Lip Augmentation can be performed as an injection of filler in the office or with fat grafting in the operating room. The type of lip filler for injection varies but has the advantage of an immediate result with no downtime. Like all fillers, the result only lasts a few months and must be repeated. Fat grafting is a more permanent solution to lip augmentation but requires a trip to the OR, has considerable swelling for a week or two and some of the transferred fat may disappear, requiring further fat grafting. Many patients try fillers first and if they like the look, consider fat grafting for a more long-lasting result. Lip augmentation with fat grafting is often incorporated with other facial cosmetic procedures like eyelid surgery, rhinoplasty, facelift, or other facial fat grafting procedures.