There has been a huge increase in the popularity of lip enhancement procedures in recent years. There are multiple treatments options for lip enhancement that cost varying amounts, use different techniques and last for different lengths of time. This blog aims to outline and explain these various techniques so that potential Dallas lip augmentation patients can be well informed before choosing which lip augmentation procedure they wish to undergo.
- Lip Augmentation
- Lip Implants
- The Cost of Lip Implants In Dallas
- Fat Transfer To Lips
- Lip Fillers Dallas
- Natural-Looking Lip Fillers
- How Old Do You Have To Be To Get Lip Fillers?
- How Long Do Lip Fillers Last?
Many patients feel insecure with the size of their lips as they feel they appear too small or are not proportional to their other facial features. There are a number of different lip augmentation techniques that can be performed to enhance a patient’s lip size. These different techniques will produce varying results for patients and so not all procedures will be suitable for every patient’s needs.
Lip implants can be inserted into a patient’s lips to enhance the size and alter the shape of either the top or bottom lip. According to Healthline two types of plastic implants can be used including silicone or expanded polytetrafluoroethylene. Suitable candidates for lip implants will be those who have enough lip tissue to be able to stretch over the implant. A plastic implant allows for the longest-lasting result of all lip augmentation procedures as it can have permanent results.
This procedure is performed by creating an incision at the corner of the mouth and adding a clamp to the incisions so that a tunnel or pocket can be created and the implant can be inserted into the lips. The incision will then be closed over the implants with sutures. Since this is a relatively minimal procedure and is performed on a small area, the recovery period tends to only last a few days. As with other implant procedures, it is important to avoid applying too much pressure to the area and pain medication may be needed for the first few days.
The Cost Of Lip Implants In Dallas
According to Healthline and the American Society of Plastic Surgery, lip implants tend to cost between $2,000 and $4,000. This procedure is generally one of the more expensive lip augmentation procedures as treatments such as lip fillers tend to cost an average of $1,000. This is often why patients choose to get lip fillers rather than implants or have a graft material inserted. However, lip fillers are only temporary and so a lip implant tends to be the most cost-effective option over a lifetime as the procedure is unlikely to need to be repeated.
Fat Transfer To Lips
A lip fat transfer procedure typically uses a fat graft taken from the patient’s own body. This means that the patient tends to first undergo a liposuction procedure on another area of their face or body. Liposuction is a surgical procedure that involves creating a small incision so that a cannula can be inserted into the skin and is used to suction out fat deposits from the body. The fat deposits harvested from the procedure are then purified so that they can be used for the Fat Transfer. The fat is injected into the lips to create the size and shape the patient desires.
Around half of the fat that was injected into the lips will be absorbed by the body during the recovery period. However, the remaining fat that was transferred will last for a significant period of time and most lip fat transfers tend to last an average of five years. This procedure, therefore, lasts significantly longer than using lip fillers and so many Dallas lip augmentation patients opt for a fat transfer procedure. For more in-depth information on fat transfer procedures, you can read our blog ‘A Patient’s Guide To A Fat Transfer Procedure In Dallas’. Additionally, if you want to find out more information on the possible areas of the body and face you can have liposuction performed on, then you can read our blog ‘What Areas Of The Body Can Be Treated With Surgical Liposuction?’
Lip Fillers Dallas
There are a range of lip fillers that can be used to enhance the size and shape of a patient’s lips. Examples of different lip fillers given by the American Society of Plastic Surgery include Juvederm, Restylane, Voluma, and Perlane. For more information on the lip filler options offered by Dr. Liland, you can view our Restylane Juvederm Page.
These lip fillers can all be inserted into either the upper or lower lip or the entire lips. This procedure can be performed relatively quickly compared to surgical procedures as it tends to take an average of 15 to 30 minutes to insert lip fillers. However, lip fillers are only a temporary solution and will only enhance the lips for a short period of time.
How Old Do You Have To Be To Get Lip Fillers?
The FDA has approved the use of dermal fillers for lip augmentation for patients over the age of 21. This means that the procedure has not been properly investigated or has been shown to have negative impacts on patients under the age of 21. However, lip fillers are often given to patients who are under 21 and it is important that these patients are aware that this procedure is not FDA approved.
How Long Do Lip Fillers Last?
According to Healthline, lip fillers tend to last an average of six to eight months. This means that patients who choose to have lip fillers will need to have top-up treatments once or twice a year if they wish to maintain their results and therefore, this can end up being the most expensive option over time. This also makes the procedure more of an inconvenience as it is time-consuming to continually undergo appointments. However, some Dallas lip augmentation patients prefer this option as they do not want to make a permanent decision. Some patients wish to get lip fillers so they can see the result of a lip enhancement and can try out various size options before undergoing a more permanent procedure.
Natural-Looking Lip Fillers
Many Dallas lip augmentation patients desire to have a natural result and do not want it to be too obvious that they have undergone treatment on their lips. However, there is not a specific type of lip augmentation procedure that can be used to achieve natural results. The most important aspect of achieving a natural result is the skill and expertise of the professional performing the treatment. It is important that the filler, fat, or implant is inserted appropriately, evenly, and is proportionate to the rest of the patient’s face. Often the results of lip filler or graft look unnatural because the overall look of the lips is not properly balanced. Furthermore, the smaller the enhancement, the more natural the result is going to be. If you desire more natural-looking lips, it is important not to increase your lip size too much. To help achieve a more natural look it is important to have a consultation with a professional and someone who has significant experience and expertise in inserting fillers or performing surgical augmentation procedures.
This blog was designed to inform potential patients of the various lip augmentation treatments and how long they tend to last and how much they generally cost. Any potential Dallas lip augmentation patients should ensure they seek advice from a Board-Certified Plastic surgeon if they wish to undergo a surgical procedure for lip enhancement. Contact Us if you wish to book a consultation with Dr. Liland a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon in Texas with 30 years of experience in performing different cosmetic procedures.
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