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Lip Augmentation


Lip Augmentation Q & A


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What is a lip augmentation treatment like?

There are multiple injection products on the market now that can be used to augment and restructure lips. It is the art of the fill that is most important regardless of which product is used. Being just bigger is not all that is required in a lip augmentation rather the medical professional should use his or her skill to enhance and augment. Each persons anatomy is different. Not only in their lips but as their mouth relates to their face as well.

There are however some basic rules one should go by. The bottom lip should be 2/3 the size of the upper lip. The upper lip should be complemented by a cupid’s bow and upturned corners. The lower lip consists of two pillows separated by a cleft in the middle The perfect lip shape is a natural one that duplicates that of a baby’s.

To achieve a natural augmentation to one’s lips we want to work within these anatomical constraints. It is when people go just for volume and size then they get that unnatural “duck” look.

What products are available for lip augmentation?

Restylane, Perlane

This is a cosmetic dermal filler made of Hyaluronic acid a natural substance that already occurs in the human body. This is the same ingredient in Perlane and Restylane but they have different degrees of concentration and cross-linking. The hyaluronic acid in Restylane is a crystal gel called NASHA or non-animal stabilized hyaluronic acid. All hyaluronic acid are hydrophilic or water-loving. As hyaluronic acid degrades each molecule binds more water over time and the same volume can be maintained with less hyaluronic acid. With Restylane, the lips may be swollen for the first one to two days The final results are on day four. Your lips will be soft and touchable. The length of time the augmentation will last is variable but will be about 3 to 6 months.

Juvederm XC

This is another of the hyaluronic acid products. The cross-linking in Juvederm is about 20% as opposed to Restylane which is 10%. This allows it to last longer than Restylane. The concentration of hyaluronic acid particles is slightly more in Juvederm than in Restylane. This means it will bind more water. Both Restylane and Juvederm (unlike Captique) are not completely concentrated in their injectable form. This means they will continue to bind more water once injected. In clinical terms, this means your lips will get larger over the next few days so in some ways it is best to undertreat in the initial injection. The highest degree of swelling with Juvederm is noted on day three. Lips are soft and supple at the end of the first week. The duration is at least six months but some results from the product are probably still visible up to a year.

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