Frequently Asked Questions:
What is lip augmentation?
Lip augmentation is the use of filler or other product to add extra fullness or change the shape of the lips.
Why have lip augmentation?
Lip augmentation is designed to reshape the lips. Certain parts of the lip can be reshaped to improve the balance with the rest of the face. The red portion can be augmented to create fullness. Lips can be adjusted in different dimensions so that patients can feel comfortable in nude lips (without makeup).
What is the procedure like?
The procedure is performed in the office. Most patients have topical numbing which seems to be sufficient. Nerve blocks can be performed for highly sensitive patients upon request. Initially the lips may appear more swollen than desired as a result of edema. Over a period of days, less swelling is seen and the patient can see a truer result of what to expect.
Are there risks with lip filler?
Yes, lip filler can create asymmetries, bruising, infections and vascular issues of the lips. Treatment should be performed by someone trained in facial anatomy.
Is Voluma a product which can be used as a filler in the lips?
Voluma can be used off-label in the lips. Dr. Shah injects Voluma in a special way to take advantage of its viscosity and plumping properties but still place it is a smooth fashion.
Can fat work instead of fillers?
Fat transfer to the lips can be performed both by itself and in conjunction with other procedures. However, around the mouth area, fat has less predictability so patients may need additional procedures after injection.
Can I return to work after lip filler?
Many patients do in fact return to work the same day as lip filler injections. However, keep in mind that some patients may want more time for recuperation. There may be increased swelling the day after lip injections but it subsides over the course of a few days.
Will I bruise after lip filler?
Bruising can occur but is less common. Bruising can be covered with lipstick or lip gloss if necessary.
Does it hurt?
With topical numbing cream and a lip block, most patients experience slight temporary discomfort which is finished after lip injection.
Will I look overly plump?
Dr. Shah designs the lip enhancement to be subtle.
Can men get lip filler?
Women are not the only patients interested in fuller lips. The vast majority of lip augmentation patients are women. Often times, we associate lip augmentation with obvious, too dramatic looking lips. However, there is a small section of men who benefit from lip enhancement. Men who benefit from this are often ones who are image conscious. This includes actors, models, and clients who photograph often. There are also men who notice their lips atrophy with age. Finally, there are patients who have an asymmetry of the lips. Lip augmentation can help balance the lip to create a more symmetrical and attractive face. The subtle recreation of fullness can help restore a youthful appearance.
The key to lip enhancement in men is that the result must not dominate the face. Nowhere else in the body is the adage “less is more” appropriate.
Can I still shave with more prominent lips?
Yes, there is no contraindication shaving after lip enhancement.