Before and after
Lips are the most sensual feature of the face. Patients seeking lip augmentation can be as young as in their twenties to much older patients. Younger patients are often seeking a more seductive look to their face and more volume.
*Actual Patient of Dr. Shah – Before and after images showing filler injected in the pillows of the lips.
Older patients seeking lip augmentation often want to restore the lip volume that they once had. As we age the white portion of the lip becomes longer and the red lip becomes shorter. An improved balance is the key to striking a chord between facial harmony and natural youthful rejuvenation.
*Actual Patient of Dr. Shah – Before and after images showing filler injected in the commissure (corners) of the lips.
Lip implants do not enhance the appearance of patients, in most instances, and create an overly augmented sausage like look appearance to the lips. Less is more.
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Dr. Shah’s philosophy
Physicians Dr. Shah and Dr. Chughtai are the only expert injectors in our practice. They typically use a variety of techniques to achieve natural appearing lips. They currently have the number one Restylane Defyne practice in the Midwest and are number 5 in the entire country.
Anatomy of the Lips
Types of filler
Dr. Shah and Chughtai prefer the use of longer lasting filler in the lips. Longer lasting fillers have the advantage of using less filler over time allowing for filler to last longer than the typical 2-4 months. Some patients can achieve filler which lasts for a year or more. Dr. Shah and Chughtai prefer the use of hyaluronic based products in the lips as the products are moldable, reversible, and soft. To see all the different types of Fillers, click here.
Dr. Shah and Dr. Chughtai uses a variety of filler techniques including specialized small needles, cannula approach and pillow techniques. Each lip is customized to each patient’s goal.
The alternatives to lip fillers include the use of fat as well as lip implants. Dr. Shah uses lip implants in select patients who are seeking a long term alternative to lip filler and for patients with extraordinarily thin lips. Fat can be used to increase the size of lips for thinner lips and typically is done in combination with other procedures.
Properly Caring of your Lips
Questions do arise after having lip fillers. Here are some helpful video hints to help with your recovery.
Lip fillers are done as an in-office procedure. Numbing creams are applied prior to the procedure and most patients are able to return to work that day.
Frequently Asked Questions
Lip augmentation is the use of filler or other product to add extra fullness or change the shape of the lips.
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).
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.
Yes, lip filler can create asymmetries, bruising, infections and vascular issues of the lips. Treatment should be performed by someone trained in facial anatomy.
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.
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.
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.
Bruising can occur but is less common. Bruising can be covered with lipstick or lip gloss if necessary.
With topical numbing cream and a lip block, most patients experience slight temporary discomfort which is finished after lip injection.
Dr. Shah designs the lip enhancement to be subtle.
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.
Yes, there is no contraindication shaving after lip enhancement.
Dr. Chughtai and Dr. Shah are leading edge physicians who are authorities in the arena of lip augmentation in their Chicago practice. They are the Number One Users of Both have been featured in WGN, the Chicago Tribune and other leading press.