Some of our San Fernando Valley patients prefer subtlety in their results: a more noticeable pout, better-defined features, and other small changes. Other patients want dramatic and unmistakable fullness. By providing both surgical options and temporary injectable treatments, patients can choose the treatment that best meets their needs.
Benefits of Lip Augmentation
There are three big reasons to consider lip augmentation:
- Greater volume. Add natural-looking fullness to your lips for a more pronounced pout.
- Better definition. The lips’ features tend to flatten and become indistinct with age. Restoring these features can highlight your lips and make a big difference in how youthful you look.
- Low-commitment aesthetic improvement. San Fernando Valley patients can start with non-surgical solutions at SILK Medical Spa. Effects from these treatments only last for up to one year.
At our medical spa, a highly trained and experienced nurse can provide injectable dermal fillers from JUVÉDERM®, Restylane®, and other premium providers. Because effects aren’t permanent, patients can decide to stop treatment, continue with injectables, or explore surgical lip augmentation with Dr. Sanders.
Am I a Candidate for Lip Augmentation?
Because Dr. Sanders’ practice offers so many different levels of treatment, you are likely a good candidate for lip augmentation regardless of the degree of effect you’d like to get.
In general, injectable lip augmentation is right for you if:
- You are just beginning to explore aesthetic improvement for your lips.
- You want to add fullness and definition to your features but aren’t ready for a permanent change.
- You’d like noticeable improvement but prefer not to have surgery.
Beyond increasing volume, injectable treatments can emphasize the features that make for aesthetically pleasing lips. These include the vermillion border: that line separating the pink of your lips from the rest of the skin. Your nurse may also add filler to restore the philtral columns (the lines that create a groove below your nose). In your consultation, our aesthetic staff can help you see how these changes can affect your appearance.
With surgical lip augmentation, Dr. Sanders will place small silicone implants in targeted locations, providing permanent fullness and definition. It’s a local anesthesia procedure; Dr. Sanders uses a dental block to make the experience nearly painless, and our office provides a variety of amenities to help patients pass the time.
You may want to consider surgical lip augmentation if:
- You’ve been getting injectable treatments for a number of years and know clearly what type of results you’d like to have after surgery.
- You can take a few days of downtime to get the results you want.
What Is the Recovery from Lip Augmentation Like?
Injectable lip augmentation is a very manageable procedure. Most of our San Fernando Valley patients return to normal activities within a day or two, and if you don’t mind some residual bruising, you should be fine by the night following treatment. SILK Medical Spa staff may use an advanced cannula technique to apply the filler with fewer punctures. As a result, you should feel better faster. The effects of injectable products last about 6-12 months.
If you opt for surgical lip augmentation, you’ll receive local anesthesia and oral sedation so that you can rest throughout the surgery and experience no pain. Swelling should go down within five days, and most people are back into their normal daily schedule within a couple of weeks.
Pricing for Lip Augmentation
The price of lip augmentation depends on the type of procedure you have. Injectable treatment with JUVÉDERM and Restylane can be very affordable, allowing patients to visit our practice in the San Fernando Valley as needed for touch-ups.
Surgical procedures tend to be more expensive because of the facilities, training, and materials involved. Long-term, however, surgical lip augmentation may save time and money because it’s a permanent solution that makes ongoing injections unnecessary.
If you choose to go with injectable lip augmentation, one other factor that can affect pricing is the amount of product that your nurse uses. Different patients will require different amounts of product to get the results that they want, and maintaining results tends to require less product than when you have your first treatment. We encourage you to visit our practice to learn more about your options.
Explore both surgical and non-surgical solutions for full, well-defined lips. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Sanders online or by phone in the San Fernando Valley at (818) 981-3333.