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What You Need to Know About Lip Augmentation

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Your skin isn't the only thing that loses volume as you age. As collagen breaks down, your lips may lose fullness, too. So if your pout no longer rivals Rihanna's, lip augmentation may be right for you.

If you're considering this type of cosmetic procedure, you're not alone. Lip enhancement is extremely popular among both women and men, with the number of cases doubling since the year 2000.

There are several ways to enhance your lips so they're smoother and more voluminous. Read on to learn more about how to improve the appearance of your lips.

Dermal Fillers

The easiest way to add volume to your lips is using a dermal filler. Juvederm is one of the most popular ways to plump your lips. There are several different varieties of Juvederm on the market that work well for lip augmentation.

Juvederm is a synthetic form of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid attracts water molecules from your body, which helps make your lips look fuller. The filler is injected into your lips using a very fine needle. There's no downtime or surgery involved.

Because the filler will break down over time, you will have to get subsequent injections. Filler in the lips is rather long lasting though. You'll probably only need to repeat the treatment annually. In short, the right dermal filler for lip augmentation is safe, effective, and well tolerated.

A note of caution: the lips are an extremely sensitive area that require a skilled hand to achieve a natural look. Too much filler can make lips look artificial; filler in the wrong places will cause asymmetry. Be sure to find a reputable cosmetic doctor to administer lip filler enhancement injections. Getting injections from an unqualified individual may not give you the results you expect.

Fat Transfer to Lips

Another option for improving the appearance of your lips is through fat transfer. Your cosmetic surgeon can make your lips fuller and more defined using fat from elsewhere in your body. Using liposuction, unwanted fat is harvested from your thighs, abdomen or flanks. After it's purified, the fat is injected into your lips.

The process adds volume and is completely natural since it uses your existing fat. Fat used in this way looks good and feels good, and there is no chance of allergic reaction.

If you'd like to learn more about lip augmentation, please give us a call at 650-562-6762. Our staff will schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our cosmetic surgeons, who will help you decide what's right for you.