Recent statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reveal that 27,000 lip augmentation procedures were performed last year. To put that number in context, a lip augmentation procedure was performed nearly every 20 minutes. The procedure has experienced enormous growth since the year 2000 —a 50 percent jump, to be exact.

Why is lip augmentation climbing in popularity? Los Angeles-area plastic surgeon Dr. George Sanders has a few theories. Read on to find out what they are.

Current Aesthetic Trends (Influenced By Celebrity Culture)

Full, soft lips are a very attractive feature. Celebrities like Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lawrence and the Kardashian sisters receive a good deal of attention and adoration for their lips. Patients will bring to their plastic surgeons photos of Angelina, Jennifer or Khloe Kardashian and request lips that look similar to theirs.

More Augmentation Options than Ever

Lip augmentation patients have more treatment options than ever. The traditional method of using a silicone lip implant is still available; patients can choose from a variety of shapes and sizes to accomplish different results.

Another option is to enhance the lips with injectable products. For many years, fillers like Juvederm, Restylane and Radiesse have delivered predictable and beautiful results.

New Lip Fillers Are Very Advanced

Volbella is the latest filler to receive FDA approval for lip enhancement; in fact, it is the first filler to be approved exclusively to refine and reshape the lips and minimize fine lines around the lips. Made with hyaluronic acid, Volbella combines the wrinkle-filling advantage of a thin filler with the long-lasting results of a thicker filler. Studies show the results of Volbella treatment can last about a year.

Now, Volbella is not right for everyone. It works best for people that have a decent amount of lip volume but perhaps lost a little bit of plumpness with age or that have vertical smoking or lipstick lines around the mouth. It’s also appropriate for patients that want a very hydrated appearance in the lips.

Schedule a Consultation to Discuss Lip Augmentation

If you are interested in lip augmentation, Dr. Sanders can help you evaluate your options and select the most appropriate treatment. He welcomes you to call (818) 981-3333 or email our practice and set up a consultation today.