The lips are a defining feature of a beautiful face. For that reason, lip enhancement is a popular cosmetic procedure.
Many women want to have fuller, plumper lips. Whether your lips are naturally thin or are thinning as a result of aging, a lip enhancement procedure can improve their appearance. Our office offers lip enhancement via lip fillers or implants. Dr. Steinbacher will help you identify which option is best for you during your initial consultation.
Lip enhancement is a good option for people whose lips are so thin that they, in effect, disappear when the person smiles.
It is also a preferred option for patients whose lips have thinned through time to the degree that they feel self-conscious about them. In many patients, we are able to enhance a “normal” lip just enough to create a “fuller” but natural look. Dr. Steinbacher also performs lip enhancement as a solution to uneven lips and when thin lips allow for the gums to show when smiling.
Everyone’s heard of collagen, even if just for its inclusion in skincare products. Collagen is responsible for providing the structural framework under our skin that keeps it firm and tight. One of the more unfortunate aspects of aging is that with every passing year after our 20th birthday, our bodies produce one additional percentage point less collagen. By the time we are 50, we’re working with 30 percent less collagen. That’s why our skin sags, allows the formation of wrinkles and has areas of volume loss.
One of those areas is the lips. As our collagen production drops, our lips lose fullness and flatten. The lips thin, and they develop vertical lines, colloquially known as “barcode lines.” If you had lips you were less than thrilled within your younger years, you’re really not thrilled with them now.
That’s what lip enhancement is all about. Regardless of the method chosen, Dr. Steinbacher plumps your lips. He gives them a definition. They become ultimately kissable, and worthy of their place as a focal point of the face. Lip augmentation can give you full lips that you’ve never had, or they can give you back some of the fullness you’ve lost with time.
Patients love these treatments!
Dr. Steinbacher’s goal with lip augmentation is unique to each patient. You may want to erase some vertical lip lines. Or you may want to make your lips more symmetrical. Or maybe you simply want plumper, more kissable lips!
These are some specific areas Dr. Steinbacher considers with lip augmentation:
There are many options for lip enhancement. Dr. Steinbacher will discuss these options with you and will recommend one that best suits your condition and aesthetic goals. A combination of two or more of these methods may be the answer. Lip enhancement approaches include:
Dermal fillers may be used to augment the lips to their desired contour. The choice of filler often depends upon your individual condition and preference. The choices in our practice include one’s own fat, fascia, and a number of temporary injectable fillers. Each material has its own pros and cons, which Dr. Steinbacher will discuss with you in your consultation.
Dr. Steinbacher performs lip filler treatments in the office and typically requires only a topical anesthetic to keep you comfortable during the injections. We may perform allergy testing if the filler contains synthetic materials. The filler is injected directly into the lips and usually takes less than an hour.
The first dermal filler specifically meant for the lips was Juvéderm Ultra. It is still popular and known for visibly plumping the lips. Juvéderm added Volbella for a more subtle volume increase and lip definition. Restylane Silk is similar to Volbella for its subtle results. All three of these fillers last between 3 and 6 months in most patients. This short duration is because the near-constant movement of our lips tends to break down the hyaluronic acid in these fillers quickly.
There is a new filler, Restylane Kysse, which provides results for a full year.
Lip enhancement surgery can be done under general or local anesthesia, depending on the procedure. If you opt for a fat transfer, liposuction will need to be performed prior to lip enhancement to harvest viable fat that will then be injected into your lips.
With lip implants, Dr. Steinbacher inserts synthetic implants through tiny incisions at the corners of the lips. We perform implant surgery in an office surgical suite or an outpatient center with the administration of local or general anesthesia. Once Dr. Steinbacher inserts the implants, he closes the small incisions, and your implants remain in place permanently.
These procedures usually only take around 30 minutes
There is some recovery after Dr. Steinbacher surgically places lip implants. You’ll likely need just 1 to 3 days, but you’ll want to lay low during this time. For at least a week and more likely two, you’ll need to not open your mouth too wide. You can’t place any pressure or cause pulling around the lips, as this can make your implants shift. It usually takes from 1 to 2 weeks for the tissue to begin scarring, which holds the implants in place.
For at least the first couple of days, you’ll want to keep your head elevated, even when sleeping. You’ll probably need prescription pain medication for the first day or two after your surgery.
This is surgery, so it entails all the risks involved with any surgery: excessive bleeding, infection, poor incision healing, and the like. These are pretty rare with lip augmentation.
The main risk involved is that your lip implant or implants could shift position. If this happens, you’ll need revision surgery to return them to their proper place.
Should you decide one day that you don’t like your lip implants any longer, you can have them removed.
The main side effect/risk with lip augmentation is redness and swelling at the injection sites. This usually lasts a day or so but is not severe. There can also be some mild bruising, but it can easily be covered with lipstick or makeup. To minimize any swelling or bruising, gently icing your lips immediately after your session is helpful. There is a chance of developing lumps, but that is rare and can be reversed immediately with an injection of an enzyme that neutralizes the hyaluronic acid.
If you have any other questions about lip enhancement treatments, please bring them with you when you meet with Dr. Steinbacher. You can request a consultation online to meet personally with Dr. Steinbacher, or call his office at (203) 453-6635 to schedule an appointment.
Dr. Derek Steinbacher has devoted his life to aesthetic and life-changing surgery. He is an artistic and meticulous surgeon who draws patients from around the world due to his perspective, unmatched skill, and exceptional results. He is able to uniquely address the face (facelift + rejuvenation), jawline (orthognathic; chin; contouring; implants), nasal (rhinoplasty), eyelids, profile, neck, breast, and body with one-of-a-kind results.
He is a multiple Board-Certified, Fellowship-Trained Plastic, Cosmetic, and Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgeon. He is Fellow of the most prestigious surgical organizations, including the Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, the Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery, Societies of Craniofacial and Maxillofacial Surgery, the Aesthetic Society, and the Rhinoplasty Society. He has served as Full-Professor of Plastic Surgery at Yale, including Director of the Cleft and Craniofacial Program, and Chief of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Steinbacher has unparalleled training at premier institutions, including Harvard and Johns Hopkins. His perspective brings together the best aspects of many distinct – but related fields – and it is this intersection of scope and expertise, in addition to an artistic eye, which enables excellent comprehensive results.
Dr. Steinbacher's approach: technical acumen, meticulousness, and penchant for combining art and science, together with his eye for balance, beauty, and harmony, helps achieve outcomes that greatly improve a person's confidence, health, and overall quality of life. Patients can trust that they are always in good hands!