Cosmetic lip enhancement can plump and volumize your lips, achieving results that both look and feel natural, soft, and smooth. Non-surgical lip augmentation procedures are the perfect solution for women who weren’t born with lush, full lips but want a more kissable and proportionate mouth.
How Lip Enhancement Works
Because of their ability to provide instant lip enhancement results without surgery, most patients seek injections with lip filler products to shape and add volume to their lips. These products act as a kind of injectable liquid lip implant.
Lip implants made of silicone or other solid synthetic materials such as Gore-tex are also used for lip enhancement, however these implants must be surgically implanted through incisions in the mouth.
Surgical lip augmentation with lip implants is preferred by some patients to lip augmentation with injectable fillers because lip enhancement surgery provides permanent results. However, as lip injections are often more forgiving and typically softer than permanent lip implants placed during surgery, many patients prefer this non-surgical option, even though they must repeat treatments periodically to maintain the results.
Regardless of whether you seek surgical or non-surgical lip enhancement, all procedures designed to plump thin lips work much the same. Natural lip tissues are enhanced from beneath the skin to provide a fuller, shapelier mouth.
Lip Injections: Choosing a Lip Filler
Lip filler products most commonly used for lip injections are made of either hyaluronic acid (HA), collagen, or a patient’s own fat tissue. Collagen injections in the lips produce great results, but some patients have allergies to bovine-derived collagen products and the results typically last only 1-2 months. Fat injections for lip augmentation can provide longer-lasting results but involves body liposuction, a surgical procedure.
For non-surgical lip enhancement, HA fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane are the best choice for most patients. As HA already exists in the body, there is no risk of allergic reaction, and these fillers typically last 4-9 months or longer.
Juvederm vs. Restylane for Lips
Juvederm is one of the most popular HA fillers used for lip injections because of it has a reputation for being a very smooth filler product that is easy to inject and can achieve very soft lip enhancement results.
Many patients also choose Restylane for lip enhancement, as this product is made of a slightly thicker version of same material as Juvederm and produces similar results. Each of these lip fillers takes about 15-20 minutes to inject, and may produce temporary side effects such as mild bruising, swelling and/or redness that resolves within 1-2 weeks.
The latest formulations of these fillers, Juvederm XC and Restylane L, also contain lidocaine, a local anesthetic. This allows patients to bypass a separate series of injections known as a dental block in order to reduce discomfort during the procedure. Ice may still be used to numb the treatment area and minimize swelling before and after lip injections are administered, however local anesthesia is typically unnecessary.
There is no downtime associated with lip enhancement when either Juvederm or Restylane are used, and although strenuous activity should be avoided in the first 24-48 hours after treatment, there should be no disruption of your normal daily routine following the procedure.
Both injectable fillers last about 4-9 months in the lips, although many patients report Juvederm, which has a slightly higher price point, lasts a bit longer than Restylane.
Schedule Your Lip Augmentation Consultation
Widely regarded as one of the best plastic surgeons in Texas, Dr. Basu has an eye for aesthetics that helps him sculpt luscious, natural-looking lips in his lip augmentation patients and balance the proportions of their mouths and other facial features.
If you desire plumper, poutier lips, contact Basu Plastic Surgery at 713-799-BASU (2278) to learn more about your options for lip enhancement in Houston. Dr. Basu performs lip augmentation procedures at his offices in Katy, Cypress, the Woodlands and downtown Houston.