Before and After: Lip Augmentation & Reduction

Lip Augmentation (Cheiloplasty)

Written by Dr Julian De Silva

Lip augmentation is ideal for patients who have thin or disproportionate-shaped lips. Augmentation can be accomplished with surgery or the use of filler injections.

Lip Augmentation Techniques

The transfer of fat is a good method of enlarging and creating a more attractive lip, and is advantageous over the use of fillers as it is long-lasting. Injectable fillers (Juvéderm or Restylane) have an instantaneous effect. However, they last for an average of 6 months.

There are other fillers that can be used such as Alloderm, that have a long-term effect. Dr De Silva will not inject silicone into the lips as there have reported risks associated with this technique.

Lip Augmentation (Cheiloplasty)

What causes lips to thin and lose volume?

The lips thin gradually as we age, with atrophy of the soft tissues and underlying teeth. Younger people have plumper lips that often have a natural S-shape with a sharp vermillion border (junction between the skin and lips) and central cupid’s bow.

Ageing of the lips results in a loss of volume, curvature, loss of cupid’s bow and increased vertical lines. Facial ageing of the lower third of the face includes volume loss of the cheeks and gravitational descent.

The smile lines are called nasolabial folds and run from the side of the nose to the corner of the mouth. Often thin lips occur in association with other changes in the face, such as deepening nasolabial folds.

In facial ageing, there is often loss of volume in the surrounding soft tissues which may lead to a downturning of the lips (increasingly sad appearance).

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What are the risks of lip augmentation?

All medical and surgical procedures carry a small risk, which is significantly reduced by seeing a surgeon who is a specialist with facial anatomy.

Risks and complications will depend on whether it is a surgical or non-surgical lip augmentation procedure—the most obvious one being that surgery is permanent and cannot be reversed.

Minor issues from non-permanent fillers may include the filler migrating from the treatment area, a lumpy appearance under the skin and that it is short-lasting.

Dr De Silva always discusses all the pros and cons of each treatment with his patients, including risks and complications, so you can feel confident in the decision you make on what treatment is right for you.

Lip augmentation should be considered in relation to the proportions and harmony of the face. Dr De Silva will advise you whether other procedures may enhance the result of the lip augmentation.

About the Author: Dr. De Silva

About the Author

Finding the most reputable facelift expert is never easy. Therefore, you should always research the best surgeons in your area and ask plenty of questions. Dr De Silva is a facial cosmetic surgeon, author, educator, with a track record of doing procedures for top celebrities. He is based at world-renowned Harley Street in Central London and specializes in three main procedures: Face and Neck lifts, Blepharoplasty, and Rhinoplasty.

Come witness a custom-built surgical centre that is not your average hospital. You are guaranteed to experience natural-looking results and fast healing thanks to growth factors, oxygen therapy, and state of the art technology.

By specialising in only the face, you can rest assured knowing that you’re getting premier results. Dr De Silva achieves natural-looking results for his patients using the latest technology, so they can heal quickly and look their absolute best. No matter what your reason for wanting a cosmetic treatment is, Dr De Silva and his team are here to help. To find out more information about Dr De Silva and his work, check out our website.

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