Enhance your overall beauty with a Lip Enhancement in Virginia Beach, VA
Our lips communicate more than the words coming out of our mouths. They are often the focal point when people first meet. Full, well-shaped lips can create a lasting first impression and enhance your overall beauty. Our board-certified surgeons at SJ Plastic Surgery provide lip enhancements to Virginia Beach area women to provide fuller, poutier lips without looking unnatural or fake.
Our doctors believe a combination of skill and an understanding of lip anatomy is needed to achieve natural results. The lower lip should be slightly fuller than the upper lip to keep a harmonious balance. The lower lip has a more uniform appearance with two “pillows” on either side of the midline. The upper lip is more complex with a cupid’s bow centrally, a sharper border, and three distinct areas that can be treated.
Each area must be assessed individually. Blindly injecting all three without regard for these nuances creates a “sausage lip” that lacks shape and looks artificial. Your doctor will inject to increase volume and enhance vertical lip height to avoid “duck lips” – lips that project too far out from the face. Consideration is also given to creating a definition in the lips, not just making them more prominent.
This entails the enhancement of the “white roll” or the junction between your skin transitions to your upper lip. Other areas, such as the philtral columns (the two vertically oriented lines that begin at your upper lip and go up towards your nose) or commissures (the corners of the mouth), can be treated, depending on your particular needs and desires. Typically, no more than one syringe (1mL) is injected in a single session to ensure consistent and natural results.
Hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers are derived from naturally occurring sugars found in the body. Various products exist, and your doctor will review the advantages and disadvantages of each after discussing your goals for lip enhancement. Results last approximately six to nine months, with the longevity increasing after the first treatment.
More permanent options for lip enhancement do exist. These include using fat grafts (where fat is transferred from one area of the body and injected into the lips), silicone lip implants, and lip lifts. Our practice generally views these alternatives as secondary to HA fillers and will discuss their role during your consultation.
Before treatment, you should stop any medication that increases bleeding, such as aspirin or ibuprofen. Your doctor will create the most comfortable experience possible by using pain-relieving tools such as cooling, vibration, and topical numbing creams to make sure you experience minimal discomfort. Expect to remain with a topical numbing cream for 10-15 minutes before your treatment.
Your doctor will begin injecting your lip filler with a bit of needle once your topical numbing medication has an effect. The filler gives the area instant fullness, shape, and definition. Your physician will then massage your lip to bring the filler into place and prevent lumps from forming.
You will see an immediate difference in the size and shape of your lips. However, you will experience some swelling. Your swelling will subside in about one week. If you experience some soreness, you can alleviate any discomfort with ice packs and over-the-counter medication. Depending on the filler used, your results often last three months to one year. Your doctor will discuss maintenance treatments to keep your beautiful, plump, and natural-looking lips.
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The lip region is very sensitive, so your doctor uses a topical numbing cream before your filler treatments to keep you comfortable. An additional level of comfort can be provided with lidocaine which is already in some of the hyaluronic acid fillers. After your treatment, you may experience mild soreness, but this is alleviated with ice packs and over-the-counter medication.
Lip fillers used for lip enhancement treatments are safe and effective, but some side effects are expected, such as soreness, slight swelling, and bruising. In addition, some risks may include lip asymmetry and bumps at the injection site.
Your lip enhancement treatment cost may differ from other patients and is based on your individual treatment plan. Also, depending on your aesthetic goals, the amount of filler you need will vary. Your doctor will determine what is best to meet your beauty objectives during your consultation.
Lip Enhancement is a cosmetic treatment and is not covered by medical insurance. However, check with our staff about seasonal or promotional offers about lip filler offers.
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