Lip Enhancement By Stephen Hardy M.D. on March 08, 2013

Lip AugmentationYour face can say a lot about who you are. In fact, even individual facial features can communicate a great deal. The eyes can convey lots of emotion whether you intend to or not. The forehead can similarly make you look old or worried (in many cases this is unintentional as well). So just think about the allure and appeal of a nice full set of lips. Not everyone is born with full lips, however, which is why some have turned to Missoula plastic surgery in order to achieve that look. The procedure is known as lip augmentation and lip enhancement, which we'd like to examine right now.

What is lip augmentation?

Lip augmentation refers to surgical and non-surgical aesthetic enhancement treatments that are performed in order to change the size, shape, and overall appearance of the lips. When you meet with a Missoula cosmetic plastic surgeon, you will be able to learn about both the surgical and non-surgical treatments in greater detail.

Ideal Candidates for Lip Augmentation

In general, the best candidates for lip augmentation are people who have thin lips but desire having lips that are fuller and shapelier. These ideal candidates should have realistic expectations about lip augmentation and what it can accomplish. Realistic expectations tend to result in greater patient satisfaction.

Surgical Lip Augmentation

Surgical lip augmentation techniques will involve the use of facial implants. These are synthetic or naturally-derived implants that can be shaped and molded according to the needs of the patient. Facial implants are also commonly used to alter the appearance of the cheekbones and chin.

The Lip Augmentation Surgical Procedure

During this plastic surgery procedure, the cosmetic surgeon will make a small incision on the lips, usually located in the corner of the mouth. Through this incision, the lip implant will be carefully introduced and positioned in place. The entire procedure will generally require one hour.

Dermal Fillers and Lip Enhancement

If you feel that lip enlargement surgery is not an ideal choice for you, your other option for lip enhancement is the use of dermal fillers. Dermal fillers are cosmetic injections that help add volume to different parts of the body. A dermal filler such as collagen, Restylane, or Missoula JUVEDERM will be carefully injected into the lips in order to enhance their size and shape. The best dermal filler for your needs will depend on a number of factors, such as potential allergies and your own aesthetic goals.

Deciding Between Surgery and Non-Surgical Options

Both surgical and non-surgical lip enhancement are effective, though each presents their own pros and cons to consider. For some patients, the choice will be obvious for their needs, though others will want to weigh their options more before they come to a final decision. During your visit, we'll be sure to provide you with all the information that you need to make sure you can make a confident decision about the look of your lips.

Learn More About Your Cosmetic Surgery Options

To learn more about lip augmentation and your many other options for aesthetic enhancement and rejuvenation, be sure to contact our Missoula, Montana cosmetic plastic surgery center today. Our entire team is committed to helping you achieve all of your aesthetic goals.

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Stephen P. Hardy, M.D.

Stephen P. Hardy, M.D.

Dr. Stephen P. Hardy is a renowned plastic surgeon with prestigious national affiliations:

  • American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS)
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
  • American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA)

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