More full and defined lips can be achieved through non-surgical lip enhancement. Dr. Rodwell uses filler injections for the majority of lip enhancement procedures. Some patients can also benefit from a permanent surgical procedure known as a “lip lift.”
Scroll down to learn more about other treatment options.
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
- Lift the upper lip to a more youthful position and shape
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.
Lip Enhancement Treatment Options:
As discussed above, fillers such as Restylane offer the most versatile options for treating a variety of lip concerns.
Dysport & Botox
These injections can be used to reduce a gummy smile or soften the appearance of smoker’s lines, and when placed very precisely they can also help to improve downturned corners of the mouth.
Long term improvement of smoker’s lines and other creases around the lips can be treated with skin resurfacing treatments such as lasers or chemical peels to improve fine lines and stimulate collagen growth.
Nanofat is a great option for fine lines around the mouth. Some patients benefit from micro fat injections to add volume directly into the lips for long lasting results.
Lip lift surgery is quickly growing in popularity. It has long been an option reserved for older patients to lift the upper lip which tends to lengthen and roll in on itself as it thins with age. Many younger patients are also starting to realize the benefits of a modified lip lift procedure which can be performed safely in the office.
If you are considering lip enhancement, lip fillers, or lip lift surgery in Charleston, contact Dr. Rodwell today to discuss your candidacy.
Lip Enhancement FAQs
How many treatment sessions will I need?
The number of sessions will depend on the type of treatment and the results you expect. For subtle changes, only one session is necessary, but those seeking more dramatic results will require multiple appointments. This topic will be discussed during your consultation.
How long do the results last?
If you choose injections, on average, the benefits will last up to nine months. Because some patients’ bodies will metabolize the dermal filler more quickly than others, it’s not possible to predict the exact duration.
What are the risks with lip injection?
Although lip injections carry a few minor risks, some patients may experience swelling, bruising, or an allergic reaction.
What if I’m not happy with the results?
If you are not happy with your lip appearance after treatment, we can dissolve the filler using the product hyaluronidase. This injection will break down the filler and return your lips to their former state.
How long is recovery?
Generally, there is no downtime. However, your lips may be a bit swollen or slightly bruised at the injection site. These minor effects will resolve within a couple of days.
Will my lips feel the same after the injections?
Yes, you will have more lip surface area, but your lips will feel the same.