More full and defined lips can be achieved through non-surgical lip enhancement. Dr. Rodwell uses filler injections for lip augmentation. Some patients can also benefit from a permanent surgical procedure known as a “lip lift.”
Fillers can be injected in other areas of the face at the same time as lip enhancement to target other lines and wrinkles. These injectable fillers include Restylane and Juvederm. For wrinkles caused by muscle activity, Botox or Dysport may be recommended.
Why consider Lip Enhancement?
Lip enhancement can:
- Make thin lips more full and pouty
- Make lips more even
- Support the corners of the mouth
- Improve fine lines around the mouth
- Redefine the lip line
Dr. Rodwell’s Approach to Lip Enhancement
Enhancement (not augmentation) is the key to understanding Dr. Rodwell’s approach to natural-appearing results for your lips. The goal for most patients is to better define the natural features of each subunit of your lips and provide some fullness in a way that will not be detected as a cosmetic procedure. Some patients desire a more dramatic improvement which can be achieved as long as the other features of the face can balance with full lips.
This approach provides a much more subtle and natural improvement than lip implants, and in Dr. Rodwell’s experience it is more effective and predictable than fat injections.
The filler is injected using a fine needle, and it contains Lidocaine within the formula for greater comfort. The procedure itself takes only a few minutes after applying a topical numbing cream before the injections.
What to Expect After Lip Enhancement
Some swelling and bruising is to be expected, but you can return to work and other activities right away. Heavy exercise should be avoided for 24 hours. Once the swelling has fully subsided, which should take no more than a few days, you will be able to see the final outcome of your lip enhancement treatment.
If you are considering lip enhancement in Charleston, contact Dr. Rodwell today to discuss your candidacy.