Lip Augmentation

nonsurgicalDuring the past decade, the size and shape of lips has gained special attention and prominence in the sphere of cosmetic surgery. Enhanced, full, sensuous lips have become the accepted standard as a characteristic of beauty. Great emphasis has been placed on the full lip in glamour and fashion magazines, which has influenced millions of women to achieve this look. Lip enhancement Los Angeles gained particular popularity in the late 1980′s with the invention and availability of Collagen. Over the past decade, a Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon, such as Dr. Warren Lent, have looked for a variety of ways to achieve this look with products and methods that are both safe and long lasting. Today the most popular techniques include Hylaforms, such as Restylane and Juvaderm, Collagen, and Fat injection.

Lip augmentation in Beverly Hills by Dr Warren Lent is an excellent, minimally invasive technique he uses to augment thin lips and improve the shape of one’s lips. Thin lips can appear at any age, while changes in shape and the appearance of fine wrinkles can be a function of the aging process. This method can be used to rebuild volume as well as fill in fine lines around the mouth. A lush, sensuous and youthful look is quickly achievable. As with all plastic surgery, the goal is to improve self-image and, in turn, invigorate self-confidence.

Hylaforms are injectable substances made from Hyaluronic acid, a substance that is naturally found in skin and other body tissues. The two most well known products are Restylane and Juvaderm. Since this is a natural occurring substance the body is very likely to accept this substance. Experience has shown that there are very few allergic reactions to the Hylaforms. Skin allergic reactions are so rare, a skin test is not typically required. The Hylaforms come as a gel, which is injected, into the deep dermal layer of the skin. This puffs out the skin giving a smooth, fuller appearance. In the lips, it is most commonly placed along the border between the red and white portion of the lips. The injection of Restylane and Juvaderm takes only about 15 minutes and patients can return to work or their daily routine. The Hylaforms generally last between three to 6 months.

Collagen is the product, of all the commonly used injectables for lip augmentation, which has been around the longest. Collagen is also a naturally occurring substance. Collagen fibers are the building blocks of the skin and all other of the body’s tissues. Collagen is an essential component of tissue strength and substance. Injectable collagen is most commonly obtained from bovine tissue; consequently, it does contain some structural differences from human collagen, thus making it occasionally susceptible to allergic reactions. About 3% of the population is allergic to bovine Collagen; therefore a skin test is required for all patients who elect to undergo collagen injections. Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Warren Lent typically recommends that his patients undergo two skin tests over a six-week period of time. Collagen will typically last for two to four months following injection.

Fat injection is an excellent technique for lip augmentation as it offers the only natural method for potential permanent results. Fat is aspirated from another part of the body, such as the abdomen or thigh, and then injected into the lips. Since fat cells are living tissue, the body will recognize them and new capillaries will attach to the cells to keep them permanently alive. Since the fat cells are from the patient’s own body, they are not recognized as foreign and will not cause an allergic reaction. The fat transfer technique usually requires at least two to three treatments to achieve a permanent result as the body reabsorbs much of the injected fat.

Recently, there have been attempts to use permanent, non-absorbable materials to augment lips. These materials, which have included Gortex and Artefill, suffer from the same problems; they can induce a rejection reaction from the body. Additionally, if there are any problems, such as lumps, malpositioning or other complications, the material can be very difficult to remove and can leave severe scarring. At this time, Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Warren Lent, is not recommending the use of these products.

Lip augmentation Beverly Hills can be an excellent compliment to many facial Plastic Surgical procedures. It can be performed in conjunction with a Facelift, with a Forehead/Brow Lift , with Laser Eyelid Surgery , with Laser Skin Resurfacing, Rhinoplasty,and with Facial Implants. Dr. Lent, has performed thousands of these procedures with great success. Lip enhancement Los Angeles can be done at the same time or separately from other cosmetic surgical procedures. To best understand all of your options, a full consultation with Dr. Warren Lent is recommended.