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In the past, the best lip augmentation treatments that used injectables were mostly reserved for older women who wanted younger-looking lips. Today, that has changed.

Older individuals tend to want the best lip augmentation provider to restore the fullness their lips had when they were younger as well as fill in lip lines a.k.a. “smoker’s lines.” However, recent years have also seen a large increase in younger individuals requesting for lip enhancement, for a fuller, and more proportionate look—possibly the result of social media trends, and celebrity influences. Natural-looking volume and Dr. Moynihan’s “less is more” approach is best.

Our Philosophy:

Our lips are mostly made up of collagen, a protein that plays a vital role in tissue repair and the maintenance of tissue elasticity. Unfortunately, we lose collagen as we age, causing the border and the center of the lips to disappear, aging one’s face.

Our providers perform lip enhancement to counter the effects of collagen loss. The procedure takes about 15 minutes to complete.

For temporary augmentation, the lip filler primarily used is Juvederm or Restylane products, which are injected into the lips with a needle. The treatment provides immediate results lasting 6 to 12 months. This can also sometimes be done in stages depending on your lip goals.

Recovery after lip enhancement is generally mild. Some swelling may occur but typically resolves within 12 to 24 hours. Bruising may also occur, so plan accordingly. Our cosmetic coordinator will be happy to discuss things to avoid prior to treatment, and post care to give you the best lip outcomes. Patients can usually return to work on the same day or the day after the procedure. Temporary lip augmentation procedures will require follow-up treatment in order to maintain the results.

For permanent augmentation, Dr. Moynihan uses medical-grade liquid silicone which is also injected into the lips with a needle using a micro-droplet technique. Patients typically require 3 to 6 sessions of silicone injections spaced at least 6 weeks apart.

Additional Lip Augmentation FAQ

What is lip augmentation?

Lip augmentation is a cosmetic procedure using fillers to enhance the size and shape of the lips on either a temporary or permanent basis. There are various types of lip injections which may be used, including Juvederm and Restylane. In this regard, the best filler for lip enhancement will depend on the patient’s aesthetic goals. You may discuss your treatment goals with your provider to determine whether a temporary or permanent lip augmentation procedure is the right one for you.

What are lip fillers?

A lip filler or lip injection is a substance—made of collagen or other material—that is injected into the lips to temporarily or permanently enhance their appearance. Depending on the patient’s unique needs, the lip filler can improve the size and/or shape of the lips. For instance, one patient with extremely thin lips may only want bigger lips injections, while another may only want to tweak the shape of their lips.

Licensed medical professionals use various types of lip fillers to achieve their patients’ desired results. Over the recent years, hyaluronic acid lip injections have become increasingly popular due to their many benefits.

What are lip implants?

Used in lip enhancement surgery, lip implants are strips of silicone inserted into the lips through small incisions the surgeon makes in one or both lips. An implant can last many years, making it the treatment of choice for patients who desire enduring results.

Who is a good candidate for the best lip augmentation procedure at Gold Coast Plastic Surgery?

Women and men over 18 who are looking to improve the appearance of undersized lips may be good candidates for lip enhancement. It’s often advised that patients first undergo a temporary procedure which will allow them to evaluate the lips in the augmented state before proceeding with a permanent procedure.

What is Juvederm and Restylane?

Both Juvederm and Restylane are injectable lip fillers used by plastic surgeons, aesthetic nurses, and medical aestheticians for specific non-invasive procedures. The difference between the two is the material used to create them.

What happens during the lip augmentation consultation?

During your consultation, your lips will be examined and your goals discussed. A treatment plan will be recommended and all details of the lip injection procedure will explained including the anesthesia, the recovery, the risks, and the costs.

What is the anesthesia used for lip augmentation?

A nerve block, similar to what is used at your dentist’s office, is used for a comfortable, pain-free experience.

How is lip augmentation performed?

How the procedure is done basically depends on whether you’re getting a temporary or permanent lip enhancement.

For temporary augmentation, a lip filler is injected directly into the lips to produce desired results.

Permanent augmentation requires minor lip surgery that uses implantable sheets. This involves making small incisions at the corners of the lips on the inside of the mouth, then inserting said sheets into the lips through the incisions.

How much pain occurs with lip augmentation?

Patients with a low tolerance for pain often hesitate to undergo the procedure for fear that the pain will be too unbearable for them. This can’t be further from the truth. You’ll be glad to know that lip augmentation is generally associated with little pain or discomfort.

What is the recovery like after undergoing lip augmentation?

There is generally very little recovery associated with lip augmentation, though some minor swelling and bruising can occur during the first few days. These will resolve on their own. You will have a direct method of contact in case you have concerns and need to get in touch with your provider.

How much time should I take off from work after my procedure?

With the best lip enhancement procedure, patients are often able to return to work on the same day as the treatment or one day after. Since it is a non-invasive procedure, you won’t need to take more than a day or two to rest and recover.

Are there any risks associated with lip augmentation?

All surgery carries some risk, regardless of whether it is cosmetic or medical in nature. For lip augmentation, this may include cosmetic asymmetry and granuloma formation. To reduce the risk for infection or other side effects, it is strongly advised that the patient takes the time to look for an experienced provider.

How much does lip augmentation cost?

On average, lip fillers can cost between $700 and $2,000.

The average cost of lip surgery that makes use of implants ranges from $4,000 to $6,000.

Will my insurance company cover the cost of lip augmentation?

Lip augmentation is cosmetic in nature and not covered by medical insurance.

How long do the results of lip augmentation last?

In general, Juvederm and Restylane last for 6 to 12 months in the lips. After this time, you may see your provider again for another round of injectable lip filler injections.

Where can I get lip augmentation near me?

Our lip augmentation procedures are performed at 303 W Institute Place, Chicago, IL 60610.

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