Lip Augmentation 101

Lip augmentation is a non-invasive, safe procedure that can dramatically improve the shape and size of your lips. It can also restore fullness and elasticity, which will help you feel more confident about your appearance.

The best way to determine which type of augmentation is right for you is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Green at her New York City practice. During the appointment, she will discuss your lip size and shape, as well as your goals for cosmetic enhancement. Then, she will work with you to create a personalized plan that will achieve your desired results.

There are a variety of options for lip augmentation, including injectable fillers and implants. The most popular options are hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers like Restylane and Juvederm, as well as fat transfer procedures.

Hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers contain hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring compound that provides the skin with essential moisture and youthful suppleness. In addition to enhancing the appearance of lips, these fillers can soften lines and wrinkles around your mouth, reduce the appearance of smoker’s lines, and correct asymmetry or unevenness in your lips.

These hyaluronic acid-based fillers come in different concentrations of hyaluronic acid, so an expert injector will be able to recommend the ideal product for you.

Another option for lip augmentation is a specialized filler that uses calcium hydroxylapatite (Radiesse). These small, bone-like crystals cause the body to react and wall them off, giving you a firm result with long-lasting results.

For some patients, a more permanent option may be lip implants, which are made of plastic or silicone. These implants are custom-made and injected through tiny incisions in the corners of your mouth. The procedure can increase the volume of your lips significantly and can last up to five years or longer.

Injections are usually done under local anesthesia and can take between 10 and 30 minutes to complete. Your doctor will give you instructions about how to prepare for theĀ Lip augmentation procedure, including avoiding smoking and blood-thinning medications.

During the procedure, your doctor will use a small needle to inject the specialized hyaluronic acid-based lip filler into your lips. Then, she will gently massage the area to stimulate collagen growth and help the injected material blend with your own lip tissue.

The result is a natural-looking, softened lip that will make you feel more confident and enhance your smile. This procedure is especially useful for thin or asymmetrical lips.

Lips can also be enhanced by rearranging the mucosa, which is the lining on the inside of your lips. This can be performed in a non-invasive procedure called V-Y Lip Advancement, which involves making a small incision under the nose and pushing forward the lip tissue. This is a great alternative for people who are not a good candidate for surgical lip enhancement, as it can be performed comfortably under local anesthesia.

If you’re ready to take your look to the next level with a lip augmentation, call or email Dr. Green today to schedule your consultation at her Manhattan office.