Lip Augmentation With Fat Transfer
Fat transfers are used in a variety of situations and may be performed anywhere on the body. The main premise is replacing volume that has been lost either due to the aging process, following weight loss, or to simply accentuate an area (the buttock for example).Fat is a common choice to restore lost volume because it is easily harvested from almost anywhere on the body with minimal scarring, there is no risk of allergic reaction, and a portion of the transferred fat will become permanent. Repeat sessions can then be used to tailor the final volume. Recovery is usually about 1 week, depending on the area(s) treated.
Injectable Fillers used by Dr. Houser include Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Ultra Plus, and Prevelle Silk. These work in the same way as fat transfers without the need to transfer fat from another part of the body. Recovery time is usually about 1 week, depending on the area(s) treated.
Soft tissue augmentation of the lips may require multiple injections to distribute the filler for enhanced lip fullness and to raise or define a cupid’s bow or vermillion border. Loss of volume in the lips may be the result of aging, or some people are simply born with thin lips. Enlarging the lips is directed at increasing the visibility of the pink portion of the lip (for women, the area where lipstick is applied).
A person’s own tissue may be used for lip augmentation either in the form of skin or fat. Fat is the more common choice because it is easily harvested from almost anywhere on the body with minimal scarring, there is no risk of allergic reaction, and a portion of the transferred fat will become permanent. Repeat sessions can then be used to tailor the final volume. Recovery is less than 1 week.
The Perma™ implant by SurgSil™ is a great option for individuals looking for permanent volume. The Perma™ implant is available in three sizes (3mm, 4mm and 5mm) and is also matched to the width of the lip. They can be placed easily under local anesthetic and only requires two small incisions at the corners of the mouth.
Injections in Nasolabial Folds
An improved appearance is visible almost immediately, although minor swelling or bruising may appear at the injection sites With some fillers, a slightly “over-filled” appearance may be initially present. These conditions will resolve within a few hours, or at most a few days.
In addition, you should choose a surgeon with whom you feel comfortable and who takes the time to answer your questions and address your concerns.