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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 women tend to want the best lip augmentation doctor 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 young women requesting for the best lip fillers for lip enhancement—possibly the result of social media and celebrity influences. Younger patients typically undergo such treatments because they feel it makes them more attractive and more proportionate, which is often true. 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.

Dr. Moynihan, the best lip augmentation surgeon this side of Illinois, performs 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, which is injected into the lips with a needle. The treatment provides immediate results lasting 6 to 12 months.

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.

Recovery after lip enhancement is generally mild. Some swelling may occur but typically resolves within 12 to 24 hours. 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 patients undergoing a face lift or mini-lift who are also seeking lip enhancement, Dr. Moynihan will use the patient’s own SMAS to achieve the best lip augmentation results. This is a sheet of collagen-rich material that can be implanted into the lips through a small incision in the corner of the mouth. Results usually last between 9 and 12 months.

Additional Lip Augmentation FAQ

What is lip augmentation?

Lip augmentation is a cosmetic procedure that uses 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. Discuss your treatment goals with your doctor 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.

Doctors 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.

Lip implant before and after photos reveal vast improvements in the size and/or shape of the lips.

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, shares Dr. George T. Moynihan, considered as the best lip augmentation doctor by satisfied patients.

What is Juvederm and Restylane?

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

For instance, Restylane is an injectable filler made of non-animal-derived hyaluronic acid. It may be used to enhance the lips.

Juvederm, on the other hand, is an injectable dermal filler with a base of hyaluronic acid primarily used to restore facial contours and improve signs of aging. This too can be used to enhance the lips.

What happens during the lip augmentation consultation?

During your consultation with the best lip enhancement surgeon at Gold Coast Plastic Surgery, your lips will be examined, your medical history taken, and your goals discussed. A treatment plan will be recommended, and all details of the lip injection procedure explained including the anesthesia, the recovery, the risks, and the costs.

Where is lip augmentation performed?

Dr. Moynihan performs lip enhancement in his office-based facility. If you’re looking for the “best lip augmentation near me” in Chicago or Naperville, you are invited to visit Gold Coast Plastic Surgery. Dr. Moynihan will be glad to evaluate your issues with your lips and discuss options available to you.

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, according to the best lip enhancement doctor in Chicago. This is true for both simple lip injection procedures and lip enhancement surgery.

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 so don’t worry. However, if you are concerned about the bruising and swelling after a few days, you should call your doctor for your peace of mind. In general, however, this isn’t a cause for concern.

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 the doctor that is the right fit for them. Remember that your choice of doctor or surgeon will play a big role in the success of the procedure.

How much does lip augmentation cost?

The cost of lip enhancement depends on the results you wish to achieve, and the complexity of the procedure(s) required to achieve them.

On average, lip fillers can cost between $400 an $2,000.

On the other hand, the average cost of lip surgery that makes use of implants ranges from $2,000 to $4,000.

Will my insurance company cover the cost of lip augmentation?

Whether or not your insurance provider will cover your lip augmentation procedure largely depends on the insurer. Dr. Moynihan shares that patients will need to check with their own insurer. Lip enhancement is generally not covered by insurance when performed solely for cosmetic purposes.

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 doctor again for another round of injectable lip fillers. When you discuss your long-term goals with your doctor, they will provide you with the details of your treatment plan. This basically involves your treatment schedule, or when you should go back to your doctor for your succeeding lip filler injections.

Where can I get lip augmentation near me?

Those living in Chicago or the surrounding areas will benefit from seeing double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Moynihan, who provides the best lip augmentation in Chicago. Please refer to our contact information for the exact locations of the facility and outpatient surgical center he performs the treatments at.

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