Women who wish to have plumper, fuller lips may consider lip augmentation. This is accomplished with the use of injectable filler inside the lips to add volume and shape. Our Sarasota cosmetic surgeons recommend fillers, such as Restylane and Juvederm, are great options for the lips and can last up to a full year. A fat transfer, which uses fat from the patient's own body to fill in the lips, can also be used. All of these lip augmentation methods offer nice results and can be discussed in detail during the initial consultation.
Lip Lifts are a small surgical procedure to elevate the lips. There are 2 kinds. One that lifts the corners (oral commisures) of the mouth when they appear down turned. Our doctors refer to this as "lip darts" or Lip Lift. This is performed by placing two small incisions at the corner of the mouth. The other procedure is to lift and reduce a long upper lip. This incision is placed just under the nose. Neither of these procedures reduce wrinkles around the mouth. Those wrinkles are either reduced with fat, dermal fillers such as RestylaneSilk or laser treatment.
Lip Enhancement Options@headingTag>
- Injectable Filler: This is a popular way to enhance the lips in a nonsurgical manner. Fillers are made from substances that are found naturally within the body such the hyaluronic acid or collagen based solutions. The result is realistic and looks and feels natural. Fillers produce beautiful results, however, they are considered short-term and reinjection is advised every 6-9 months.
- Fat Filler: Also known as fat transfer, fat deposits are harvested from the patient’s own body by means of liposuction. These collected fats are purified and reinstated with tiny syringes into the lips. The doctor will take the extra measure of reinstating the fat tissues, slowly layering the filler to reshape the lips to meet the patient’s aesthetic desires.
The surgical technique employed with lip augmentation depends on the type of material used.
For injectable fillers, incisions are not necessary. The substance will be injected using a small, fine needle directly into the lips. During this process, the doctor manipulates the shaping of the filler by putting pressure on the lips where it is needed.
"This Specific Doctor! - I view the choice for a plastic surgeon in 3 areas. Reputation; manner; results. I was walking in with a face that had been treated with Botox in such a way that, to me, I looked grotesque. I could smile on one side and the other side of my mouth was paralyzed by the fact that Botox took effect on one side but not on the other. The Botox had been administered by another doctor in another state. To say I was nervous about doing anything else at all was an understatement. I remember Dr. Graham saying to me, when I was considering a lower-priced dermatologist to address my face, "Think about it; it's your face." Good words. I did think about it and I did proceed with Dr. Graham. I had known numerous people who had seen him for successful surgeries, and many of them could afford to go to any doctor in the world. They chose Dr. Graham. He took the time with me, explained, reassured and scheduled me in a time frame for which I could be in town. He was very well recommended and has an unusually admirable reputation. That is what initially got me there. His manner was kind and sweet yet also had a touch of confidence and conviction that he could help me that sort of made me pay special attention to the level of expertise and care I was about to receive.That brings us to the results. No one but a few close friends know I had this surgery. Yet everyone says how great I look, that life must be treating me well, that I seem so happy and content these days. Dr. Graham created the perfect look with a gentle touch, with not too much but very much enough for significant improvement and for rolling back the clock. I am 64. Most people guess that I'm in my early to mid-40's. Maybe that's just being polite but the fact that these compliments come from such diverse individuals and on the heels of this surgery must be more than coincidental.I must compliment, too, the staff at Sarasota Plastic Surgery Center. Helpful, polite, kind, caring, reassuring....they are extremely supportive and no question seems to mundane or silly for them to answer. They are prompt at returning a phone call and bend over backwards to make scheduling work. The office feels good. It is comfortable, tasteful, clean, nurturing, peaceful.I would go to Dr. Braun Graham again. Plastic surgery is not inexpensive but we don't get another body to live in. Not only would I recommend his work to others, I would return to his care myself knowing I was in the best hands possible. I say this, too, because I have had previous procedures and while I have interacted with some very good physicians and surgeons, I believe Dr. Graham is at the very top of the list in the qualities I value."- F. / RealSelf / Nov 16, 2016
"DR. Derby is a wonderful Dr. Did surgery on my eye lid that was pulling down. Did a great job. I would recommend him to anyone. Had a wonderful staff everyone was really nice. If I have to have anymore surgery he will be the one to do it."- G. . / Healthgrades / May 12, 2017
"Takes very good care of me! - Sarasota, FL - Dr. Derby is very down to earth, frank and easy to talk to. I've had several Botox treatments with him and am extremely satisfied with my results. Would definitely work with him on any other treatment"- D. / RealSelf / May 12, 2017
"Dr. Mobley took his time with me and I never felt like he was rushing me. He answered all of the questions I brought along and I left feeling like my face would be in good hands with him as the surgeon. I love that he has lots of experience, but yet is still not an old man! I also like that he calmed my nerves by calling the face lift a medium level surgery" and that he said he thought my face would have good results because of my bone structure. Finally, the idea of returning the day after surgery through the back door and getting my hair washed was a nice bonus." "
"Highly Recommend Dr. Brian Derby - Dr. Derby was an amazing surgeon. I went to him for a breast lift and augmentation and could not be happier with my results. He is caring, professional and conveyed his desire to achieve the best possible results through his work and bedside manner. I would highly recommend Dr. Derby and will utilize him in the future should I decide to have any additional cosmetic surgical or nonsurgical..."- T. / RealSelf / May 05, 2017
Injectable fillers require no anesthesia, however, a local numbing medication is usually used. After the procedure, the lips will be swollen and there may be bruising present. This will go away after a few days and the patient will instantly see results of the treatment. It may take a few more weeks for the best results to show.
Lip Augmentation FAQs@headingTag>
Which Fillers Should I Use?@headingTag>
This often depends on the patient's concerns and goals. The patient's size and shape of the lips before the procedure, and the doctor's or patient's preference will all determine which injectable filler is used.
How Real Will It Look?@headingTag>
Lip augmentation performed correctly should not look fake or altered, but rather enhance or restore the beauty of the lips.
Can I Have It Removed?@headingTag>
Fillers go away naturally over time as the substance is absorbed by the body, although a minimal fraction may be retained and may take a while before fully absorbed. There are injections that can be performed to make the fillers dissolve more rapidly.
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