Posted on April 8, 2022 in Non-Surgical
Lip augmentations can be performed using several techniques. One common method is to use injectable dermal fillers to achieve fuller, more symmetrical, or more flattering lips. Another is a surgical procedure known as a lip lift. Each of these options has its own list of pros and cons and choosing between the two can be confusing without the help of a professional such as Dr. Ransom.
The majority of dermal fillers are composed of hyaluronic acid. This acid is a naturally-occurring substance that adds volume and a hydrated, youthful look to the skin. When injected into the lips, hyaluronic acid-based fillers create a soft, smooth, and voluminous look. This can be done strategically for results that range from subtle and natural-looking to more dramatic while still remaining flattering to the patients’ natural facial features. Injections can also be done to create a more symmetrical look. Some common injectables used in the lips include Juvéderm and Restylane products, though many options are available. During a consultation, Dr. Ransom can make a recommendation for the best product for your specific goals and needs. Dermal fillers are not permanent, as the body will naturally metabolize the products over time. This means that lip injections must be repeated to keep up the results.
A lip lift is a surgery that shortens the length of the area between the nose and upper lift. This is achieved by removing a small section of tissue from just below the nose. After a lip lift, more of the pink tissue of the upper lip is exposed. This creates the appearance of fuller and more flattering lips. While a lip lift is a surgical procedure, it can be completed with local anesthesia alone. This means that patients will have reduced overall risks or downtime following their surgery.
Dr. Ransom typically recommends that patients choosing lip augmentation for the first time opt for injectable fillers as their first option. This allows them to see results before committing to a more permanent change. If you are still happy with your results after about six months with your dermal fillers, you can then schedule an appointment to discuss other options. Dermal fillers also allow patients to return to their normal routines immediately after the procedure, compared to the short amount of downtime required after a lip lift.
In comparison, a lip lift can be a better option for patients who have previously enjoyed dermal filler results and are now interested in a more permanent option. Unlike dermal fillers, lip lift results are more or less permanent, allowing patients to enjoy their results long-term without worrying about routine maintenance injections.
To learn more about your best lip augmentation options and which procedure may best suit your needs and aesthetic goals, schedule a consultation with Dr. Ransom. Call Ransom MD in San Francisco at (415) 877-6592 or contact us online to set up your first appointment.
Dr. Evan Ransom is an Ivy League-educated and Ivy League trained Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon. He is a Double Board Certified Head and Neck Surgeon and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and fellowship-trained in facial plastic, reconstructive, and laser surgery. His practice is in the San Francisco Bay Area, serving patients from San Francisco, Oakland, Marin County, Palo Alto, Silicon Valley, Walnut Creek, the East Bay, and all over Northern California.