Enhancing Your LipsEven well-defined lips change over time because as we age, our lips tend to droop and become thinner. Fine vertical lines appear around the red portion and border of the lip (called the white line) allowing lipstick to bleed and when lips lose their fullness: a woman looks older than she is and in some cases she may even look angry. Aesthetically, the lower lip should be 50% wider and fuller than the upper lip and each year women spend millions of dollars purchasing and applying cosmetics in hopes of increasing the appearance of their lips.
Atlanta Lip Augmentation Cost and Financing OptionsAtlanta Aesthetics offers a full range of lip augmentation options to give you fuller, sexier lips. The cost of your lip enhancement depends on the technique that is recommended during your consultation. We provide you with a complete cost after you meet with Dr. Killingsworth, and you may pay by personal check, cash, credit cards and CareCredit® financing.
Benefits of Lip AugmentationIf you think your lips are too thin and you are not satisfied with their size or appearance, Dr. Killingsworth offers many options of lip augmentation to improve your lips. Lip augmentation, also known as lip enhancement, is a procedure using a variety of surgical and minimally invasive techniques to enhance the appearance of the upper and lower lips. Since the lips are a defining characteristic of the face, lip augmentation is a commonly performed procedure at Atlanta Aesthetics and using advanced lip-contouring procedures, Dr. Killingsworth will provide results that look naturally beautiful. Lip augmentation is not only an appearance-enhancing procedure; it is also an anti-aging procedure since thinner lips are one of the most noticeable and universal signs of aging. Adding volume and definition to thin lips can have a positive benefit for the entire facial appearance and besides augmenting your lips for a more youthful look, lip augmentation can also reduce the fine wrinkles around your mouth.
Evaluation for Lip AugmentationLip enhancement can be achieved with the use of injectable fillers, fat harvested from another part of the body, laser rejuvenation, or through other surgical techniques that include the implantation of synthetic biocompatible materials. The results can be very dramatic or subtle, depending on your personal desires, so if you are unhappy with your lips and ready to do something about it, the first step is to call Atlanta Aesthetics. During your consultation with Dr. Killingsworth, they will carefully evaluate your lips and recommend a treatment plan that they feel will work best for you. They will discuss your aesthetic objectives so they can determine whether they are realistic and can be achieved with a lip enhancement procedure. It is very important to remember that lip size is a very personal issue and you should choose lip augmentation for you: not to please someone else or live up to another person’s expectations.
The Lip Augmentation ProcedureThe lips are one of the most sensitive areas on the face and lip augmentation is a very safe procedure that involves few risks. At Atlanta Aesthetics, Dr. Killingsworth, their compassionate team will do everything possible to make your lip augmentation experience as comfortable as possible.
Lip Augmentation OptionsSome of the lip augmentation options include:
- Lip Injections: One of the simplest ways to enhance the lips is with injectable fillers, where a liquid/gel-consistency filler material is injected underneath the skin of the lips and vermillion border. Injectable dermal fillers are the most commonly used method of lip augmentation. In the past collagen was considered the best injectable, but today there are many choices that can be injected into your lips and around your mouth. The most popular fillers are products that contain substances similar to hyaluronic acid (a natural substance found in your body). Hyaluronic acid fillers can improve the appearance of your lips by adding shape, structure, and volume. There are several hyaluronic acid fillers on the market that include Restylane®, Perlane®, and Juvéderm® to name a few. All of these products contain lidocaine, which is used to reduce discomfort. Before your injections, a topical or local numbing agent may be applied. After carefully marking the areas to be injected, very fine needles are used to inject the filler substance into your lips. Following the injection(s), ice may be applied to ease discomfort and control swelling and you can return to work and perform normal activities immediately with no physical restrictions. You should be able to notice a difference immediately after your injection fillers and once you have healed, your lips will look youthful and feel natural. The longevity of results will vary as injectable fillers slowly fade away over time. In general, patients are very satisfied with the results of their injectable lip augmentation for an average of six to nine months and many maintain their look with yearly re-injections.
- Fat Injections: Implants and injectable fillers are two options for lip augmentation and autologous fat grafting is another. Autologous fat grafting is referred to by other names and some of the most common include free-fat transfer, fat transplantation, micro-lip injection, volume restoration, and fat injections. Lip augmentation with autologous fat grafting begins when fat is harvested from the lower half of a patient’s body (usually the hips, thighs or abdomen) and the harvested fat is then processed. This involves separating the fat cells with the fluid found in the fat. After the processing component of the procedure has been completed, the appropriate amount of fat is injected through invisible needle-size holes on either side of the lips. This procedure can be performed under local anesthesia, conscious sedation, or general anesthesia. Lip augmentation with fat can take up to one hour to complete and there are advantages and disadvantages associated with this procedure. Some risks include the possibility that if you put on weight, your lips will also grow larger as there are now fat cells in that location and the results can also be unpredictable because some of the fat that is injected into the lips does not survive.
- Laser Lip Rejuvenation: Another lip enhancement option is laser lip rejuvenation. This procedure is sometimes used to tighten and remodel the natural collagen and elastic tissue beneath your lips. Laser lip rejuvenation may also decrease lipstick lines, lip lines and lip wrinkles. This procedure is often combined with injectables to plump up the lips.
Do you try to enhance your lips with liner and lipstick, but always feel unhappy with the results? Lip augmentation at Atlanta Aesthetics gives you fuller lips. Contact us to schedule your private consultation with Dr. Christopher Killingsworth, a double board-certified Atlanta plastic surgeon with their office in Atlanta.