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Lip Fillers

If you want to enhance your lips but don’t want to resort to surgery to get the look you want, there is a non-surgical solution. Dr. Kenneth Yu offers lip augmentation using injectable formulations at his San Antonio office. This procedure creates or restores symmetry, fullness and definition to the lips without the risks associated with surgery. Results look natural when the procedure is performed by an experienced injector like Dr. Yu, and you can enjoy your luscious pout for many months after treatment.

Benefits of Lip Fillers

Injectable dermal fillers are placed into the lip tissue to add volume and definition to thin, aging lips. For women who were born with thinner lips than they would like, this procedure creates the fuller focal point you have always wanted. Women that have seen their lips thin over time due to aging, sun exposure or other environmental factors can restore volume as well as confidence in their appearance.

When Dr. Yu uses dermal fillers to augment your lips, he can also place injections just above the mouth to treat fine vertical lines that often develop there. Known as “lipstick” or “smoker’s” lines, these wrinkles make your mouth look older. By addressing both concerns at the same time, you can turn back the clock and create a more youthful smile.

Candidates for Lip Fillers

The best candidates for lip enhancement are adults in relatively good health that would like to create a fuller pout. Formulations used for this purpose are created of synthetic substances like those found in the body, so the risk of a negative reaction to filler is rare. However, Dr. Yu will assess your overall health, including allergies or underlying health conditions to determine whether lip augmentation using fillers is a good choice for you.

What are Your Options?

Dr. Yu frequently uses the Juvederm line of dermal fillers for lip augmentation and other anti-aging treatments. These formulations contain synthetic hyaluronic acid, a substance produced by the body to help the dermal structure retain moisture and its smooth, supple appearance. When it is injected into the underlying tissue, it provides support to the tissue that plumps and defines from the inside out.

There are different products in the Juvederm line, which allows Dr. Yu to customize your treatment to your precise needs and the amount of volume you want:

Juvederm Ultra XC

Offers dramatic plumping benefits for patients that have lost volume in the lips over time or have never had the full lips they wanted. Results usually last for about one year.

Juvederm Volbella XC

A smoother formulation that produces subtle results in the lips and can also be used to reduce smoker’s lines above the mouth. Volbella may also provide longer-lasting results, with some patients enjoying their enhanced appearance for up to 18 months.

Both these formulations contain lidocaine, which allows them to work into the deeper dermal layers and the sensitive area of the lips with greater patient comfort.

Procedure Details and Recovery Basics

Injections for lip augmentation can be performed in just a few minutes, using topical numbing cream before treatment to ensure your comfort. Afterward, you will be encouraged to avoid eating or drinking for the first couple of hours until the numbness subsides. There may be mild bruising and swelling after this procedure, which is gone within seven to 10 days. Icing the area will help to accelerate the healing process.

If you are unhappy with your pucker, nonsurgical lip augmentation may be the right option for you. To find out more, contact Dr. Kenneth Yu Plastic Surgery today at (210) 876-6868.

*This content was reviewed by Dr. Kenneth Yu, a double board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon specializing in head and neck surgery (otolaryngology). His practice — Dr. Kenneth Yu Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery — proudly serves the San Antonio and Austin communities.