What to Know about Lip Augmentation with Injections

Lip augmentation procedures have skyrocketed in popularity over the past few years, as new techniques and technology make treatment safer and more successful than ever. If you are considering a plumper, more sensual pout, lip fillers are a great option. Here, Dr. Samuel Pearl and Dr. Alexander Ereso, plastic surgery specialists in the Bay Area, explain what you should know about lip augmentation with fillers.  

The Product Isn’t As Important as the Provider

Great results require the knowledge and skill of the right injector. Avoid choosing someone based on discount pricing or grabbing a coupon off the Internet for cheap treatment. Instead, look for a board-certified plastic surgeon who understands how to maintain balance and proportion. You want someone that has performed hundreds or thousands of treatments and knows how to deliver attractive results safely.

Lip Fillers Are Temporary

Fillers formulated with hyaluronic acid tend to last about four to six months, at which point your body will naturally metabolize the filler and your lips will return to their pre-treated size and shape. If you love your results, plan on scheduling regular treatments to maintain the effects. Or, if you are interested in more permanent results, ask Dr. Pearl or Dr. Ereso about using fat grafting to enhance your lips.

Treatment Shouldn’t Be Painful

Don’t let fear of pain keep you from pursuing the treatment you want. Your injector can apply a topical numbing cream or a dental nerve block prior to starting the injections, which will make treatment a more comfortable experience for you.

Give Yourself a Buffer before a Big Event

If you want your lips to look their best for a big event like a wedding or reunion, book treatment well in advance. You need to plan to have some slight swelling and bruising for a few days or a week at most after treatment. If it’s your first treatment, or if you’re trying a new-to-you filler, give yourself even more of a buffer, because you don’t know how you will react to the injections.

If You Don’t Like Your Results, You Might Be Able to Erase Them

If you are unhappy with the way your lips look after treatment with a hyaluronic acid-based filler, your injector can use an enzyme called hyaluronidase to dissolve the filler and restore your lips to their original shape.

Don’t Expect to Look Like Kylie Jenner

Feel free to show your injector a photograph of Kylie Jenner, Angelina Jolie or another full-lipped celebrity that you would like to emulate. But these photographs are for inspiration only; your injector will take them into consideration and then tailor treatment to flatter your unique facial features.

Book a Lip Augmentation Appointment Today

If you would like more information about lip augmentation with fillers in the Bay Area, Dr. Pearl and Dr. Ereso would be happy to help. Please call or email our practice today to book an appointment with our team.

Want Fuller Lips? Your Surgical and Non-Surgical Options

What woman doesn’t want a fuller, more sensuous pout? In this blog post, the team at Pearl – Ereso Plastic Surgery Centerhas a few tips — some involving injections and some not — on how to get lip-plumping effects for both the short- and long-term.

Create a Fuller Look with Makeup

Makeup is a handy tool that, when used expertly, can create the illusion of fuller lips. You can achieve this by first hydrating your lips with a lip balm. Next, use a light nude-colored pencil to fill in the middle portion of your lips (the width of your cupid’s bow) from top lip to bottom lip. Be sure to stay within your natural lip lines. Next, take a darker-colored nude pencil to outline your lips and fill the outer corners, blending the edges with your finger as you go. Finally, apply sheer lipstick or lip gloss to your lips. The result? Gorgeous, full-bodied lips.

Use a Toothbrush on Your Lips

The lips, like the rest of your skin, benefit from regular exfoliation. This will both rid the lips of dead skin cells and stimulate blood flow to the area, causing them to plump. The best way of doing this is to use a dry, soft-bristled toothbrush on your lips to gently exfoliate them. For the best results, apply petroleum jelly to the brush so that your slightly plumped lips are also softer and smoother after this home treatment. You can also use a paste made of sugar and water to exfoliate the lips further as you brush. Once done, apply a soothing, hydrating lip balm to your lips. Your lips should appear softer and fuller instantly.

Try Lip Augmentation

Other lip-plumping techniques, like the ones mentioned above, may be perfect for a night out, but some women want their fuller lips to last months instead of hours. For these women, a non-invasive procedure like lip augmentation is the perfect “lunch hour” procedure, taking less than 20 minutes to complete and requiring zero downtime afterwards. In his lip augmentation procedure at Pearl – Ereso Plastic Surgery Center, Dr. Pearl offers the option of using a hyaluronic acid filler (such as Restylane, Perlane or Juvederm) or the patient’s own fat (that has been processed and refined) for injection. Both techniques have their advantages and disadvantages, which Dr. Pearl can discuss with you during your consultation. In either case, the results look natural and can be expected to last for up to eight months.

Get More Facts about Lip Augmentation

Are you curious to learn more about how you can achieve fuller yet natural-looking lips? Why not talk to a doctor at Pearl – Ereso Plastic Surgery Center? To schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Samuel Pearl or Dr. Alexander Ereso, call Pearl – Ereso Plastic Surgery Center at (650) 964-6600.