Full, plump lips are a sign of health, youth and sexuality. In Tampa, lip augmentation methods can help create the characteristics of ideally-shaped lips through the use of injectable products like hyaluronic acid, collagen, or fat injection. All of these agents are naturally-occurring in the body and easily absorbed and, therefore, may require repeated treatments to maintain ideal lip contour and volume.
Common products used in lip augmentation include Juvederm® and Restylane. Alternatively, lip enhancement can be achieved with products like AlloDerm™ and SoftForm ™ that contain implantable materials that are natural or synthetic biocompatible substances.
When to Consider Lip Augmentation in Tampa
If you have thin, flat, or small lips you may be a candidate for lip augmentation in Tampa. Other indications include: drooping lips, wrinkles around the mouth, smoker's lines, loss of lip fullness, skin laxity, marionette lines, laugh lines, and lipstick lines. Tell Pasco County plastic surgeon Dr. Albear if you have experienced cold sores, dental abscesses or skin eruptions around the lips.
Your Lip Augmentation Procedure
Lip augmentation is performed in an office setting using a light anesthetic like a dental block or numbing cream. The filler is injected into the areas that require treatment. Your plastic surgeon is careful to maintain the natural natural borders and appearance of your lips while simply enhancing their size and shape.
After Lip Enhancement
After the procedure, your plastic surgeon may lightly massage the area to help achieve a smooth result. With injections, it is usually sufficient to undergo one injection at a time to see the desired result. These results are temporary, however, and may need to be repeated periodically.
Swelling and soreness are normal and temporary symptoms following lip augmentation. Dr. Albear may recommended that you apply ice to the affected area, or take an anti-inflammatory to control the swelling and pain. Your lips may feel fuller than you expected immediately after treatment, but as the swelling subsides – usually after 2-3 days – you'll be able to appreciate the results.
Possible complication with lip augmentation include bruising, purpura, lumpiness, cystic ulceration, skin necrosis, under or over correction, rash, bleeding, swelling, filler migration, and asymmetry.
Please contact Dr. Albear's New Tampa - Tampa Bay office located in Wesley Chapel to learn more about lip augmentation in Pasco County and the benefits and possible side effects associated with the procedure.