Fillers

JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC is the latest FDA-approved hyaluronic acid soft tissue filler. The filler has been available for use in Europe for 12 years and used in 72 countries throughout the world. Comprised of a lidocaine formula, JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC adds comfort during the treatment. JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC also known as Voluma XC injectable gel is the first and only filler that is FDA-approved to instantly display increases in volume to the cheeks. The treatment provides a subtle lift, helping to restore both contour and more overall youth to your profile. The treatment is for patients over the age of 21 and results are displayed for up to 2 years.

Restylane-L® could be used to add volume and fullness to the skin and to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as the lines from your nose to the corners of your mouth (nasolabial folds). Restylane may also be used for lip enhancement.

Restylane® LyB is approved by the FDA for cheek augmentation and the correction of age- related midface contour deficiencies. This is in addition to treating moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds (smile lines).

Radiesse is a synthetic injectable filler that has been approved by the FDA to reduce moderate- to-severe wrinkles, folds, and creases around the nose and mouth by stimulating the natural production of collagen in the skin.

Lip Augmentation

Lip augmentation is a cosmetic procedure that, either surgically or with injections, increases lip size. Either the upper or lower lip, or both, can be augmented. Whether the results are temporary or permanent depends on the type of augmentation performed. There are several different techniques for augmenting lips. Most involve injecting a facial filler, although fat transfers (also called fat grafting) and implants are also options.

Injectable fillers usually contain a hyaluronic-acid material. Fat transfers inject fat that is harvested from the patient's body. Implants are placed under the skin; they are often made of a soft, solid-silicone elastomer. Which type of augmentation is used depends upon the individual patient, doctor preference and the cosmetic results desired.

Lip Augmentation Procedure

Lip augmentation with injectables is performed in a doctor's office, and typically requires only a topical anesthetic. An allergy test may be performed if the filler contains synthetic materials. The filler is injected directly into the lips; proper placement is important to achieve optimal results.

Fat transfers, in which fat is obtained from the patient's body using liposuction, may be performed in an office surgical suite, an outpatient care center or a hospital. Local anesthesia is typically required. The removed fat is filtered to separate out the fat cells, which are then injected into the lips. Again, proper placement of the injectable is key.

With lip implants, synthetic implants are inserted through tiny incisions at the corners of the lips. Implant surgery is performed in an office surgical suite or an outpatient center. Local or general anesthesia is typically required. After the implants are inserted, the incisions are closed with stitches, and the implants remain in place permanently.

Lip Augmentation Results and Recovery

After lip augmentation with injectables, patients typically experience mild discomfort and swelling for a few days; they usually subside on their own. Most patients can return to work and other normal activities within 1 to 2 days after the procedure, although exercise and other strenuous activities should be avoided for a bit longer. Recovery from fat-transfer procedures and implants will take longer, usually up to 2 weeks.

With injectables, patients require multiple treatments (usually every 3 to 4 months) to maintain results. Fat transfers often provide permanent results, but a percentage of fat may not take or be reabsorbed by the body, so touch-ups may be required. Lip implants provide permanent results.

Lip Augmentation Risks

Lip augmentation is considered a safe procedure, but there are risks. They include bleeding, infection, asymmetry, numbness, nerve damage, swelling and scarring.

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