In the last decade, lip augmentation has become one of the most sought-after procedures by women. Celebrities like Kylie Jenner, Lisa Rena, and Megan Fox have become well known in the press for their ever-changing plump. But how can we achieve this same look? And is it safe? The leading facial surgeon in Charlotte area, Dr. Briggs Cook, tells us all about lip augmentation and how it can help you look and feel your best.
Lip augmentation is a cosmetic procedure that alters the shape and size of lips. This procedure not only creates a fuller look, it can also correct asymmetry and other flaws. No matter the purpose of lip augmentation, a general rule is that the bottom lip should be slightly larger than the top lip.
There are various ways to perform lip augmentation; two of the most popular procedures are dermal fillers and implants. Dermal fillers are injectable fillers that create a smooth, plump look. Depending on the desired size, numerous injections may be required, and the fillers last anywhere from 3 months to a year, depending on the type and amount of filler. Another method for a fuller pout are lip implants, where multiple incisions are made around the mouth. This look is permanent, though they can be removed if desired. The price of lip augmentation depends on the procedure and provider, ranging from $400 to $2,000.
Where do I Begin?
Lip augmentation allows people to take control of their appearance and boosts their confidence. However, it is important to be educated and prepared on your decision to alter your look, no matter how big or small the change.
Although there is no defined age of when a person can receive lip augmentation, Dr. Briggs Cook highly recommends that patients should be over the age of 18, for both moral and health reasons. Since collagen production begins to decline around the age of 25, enhancing lips with fillers can disrupt this process and damage the natural lip line. As a result, continuous fillers will be required to restore what may have naturally been. Additionally, it is important that people do not get lip augmentation, or any cosmetic procedure for that matter, for the wrong reasons, such as trying to fix low self-esteem, please someone else, or follow trends.
The most important step is to do your research! Ask around for doctor recommendations and research the different procedures available in your area. Many doctors have their own opinions about what procedures work and look best, but it’s good to be aware of your options. Dr. Cook says many clients bring in “inspiration” photos, which is great, but ultimately it is the responsibility of the doctor to determine what would be best for your face shape.
The procedure can take anywhere from 15 minutes to 2 hours, depending on what type of lip augmentation procedure you pursue. Although you can get back to your routine almost right away, Dr. Briggs Cook recommends taking the weekend off to relax and see how your body reacts. It is normal to experience bruising, bleeding and swelling at the injection areas. Usually the swelling significantly decreases after 3 days, although soreness around the lips often lasts for 1-2 weeks. Luckily there are various pills and topical creams to reduce post-filler affects.