Full, plump lips are viewed as a sign of beauty, which is why many women choose to augment thin ones. For natural-looking lips that are thick and full, visit board-certified South Jersey plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Mohit Sood at his Linwood, New Jersey practice.
What Is a Lip Augmentation?
A lip augmentation involves the use of injections to help firm and plump the lips. Most injectable fillers contain some form of hyaluronic acid, a substance which is naturally found in the body.
Lip augmentation can also be performed by transferring fat or adding implants to the lips. These methods are used when a more drastic, long-lasting change is desired.
What Are the Benefits of a Lip Augmentation?
A lip augmentation restores volume lost over time due to the aging process. It can help South Jersey patients feel younger and more beautiful, thereby restoring their self-confidence.
How Is a Lip Augmentation Performed?
When using a dermal filler, an injection will be made in your upper and/or lower lip area. This is a very simple procedure that does not require the use of any anesthesia whatsoever.
A fat transfer procedure will require liposuction on another part of the body to be performed first. Fat will then be purified and cleaned, then placed in a syringe so it can be injected into the lips. This method typically requires local anesthesia.
Lip implants are also placed after administering local anesthesia. When implants are added, tiny incisions will be made in the upper and/or lower lip so that a pocket can be created for them to sit in. Internal tissues are then sewn shut, and then the outer tissues are stitched together or closed with surgical tape.
Preparing for a Lip Augmentation
You may need to refrain from taking certain medications, especially if undergoing a fat transfer or implant procedure. That’s because some medications may interfere with anesthesia. It might also be necessary to stop smoking in the days leading up to your procedure.
The day of your appointment, do not wear any makeup, lip balm, or sunscreen. You should also remove any mouth or lip piercings you may have.
Recovery from a Lip Augmentation
If your augmentation consists of only dermal fillers, little recovery time is needed. Your lips may feel tender or swollen, in which case you can apply an ice pack to help ease discomfort.
A fat transfer or implant procedure may require additional steps in the recovery process, including the following:
- Wearing a gauze or compression bandage over your lips
- Taking medication to help reduce swelling and inflammation
- Eating soft foods
- Talking only on a limited basis
How Much Does a Lip Augmentation Cost?
Cost depends on the exact method used to plump your lips. During your consultation, we will discuss your cost as well as the various payment options we have available. For your convenience, we accept the following methods of payment:
- Personal checks
- Major credit cards
- CareCredit® Financing
Is a Lip Augmentation Right for Me?
South Jersey patients would like fuller lips and have reasonable expectations of what benefits a procedure could provide, the answer to this question is “yes.”
Why Choose Dr. Mohit Sood for a Lip Augmentation?
Obtaining the best possible results from your lip augmentation depends on your choice of surgeon. Dr. Sood sees patients from all walks of life and can easily assess which method of augmentation might work best in your particular case. He’ll also provide you with exceptional care because he believes in putting his South Jersey patients first.
What to Expect During Your Lip Augmentation Consultation
Dr. Sood will discuss your health history to make sure no complications arise from anesthesia or dermal fillers. He will also show you before and after pictures to ensure you understand what results are attainable. After that, financing and payment options will be given.
You aren’t destined to have thinner lips as you grow older. A number of procedures can restore your lips to a fuller, more youthful appearance. Contact Dr. Mohit Sood at his office in the South Jersey area at (609) 904-5390 to find out more.