The aging process causes the lips to become thin and surrounded by vertical wrinkles, making the entire face look older. The corners of the mouth also droop. Lip augmentation can restore youthful fullness and definition to the lips in both men and women. Also popular is lip enhancement in patients who want a more fully hydrated pout. Lip enhancement, for this reason, can begin in the 20s. Led by board-certified dermatologist Anita Saluja MD, and double board-certified plastic surgeon Rebecca Novo, MD, and serving residents of Melbourne, Indialantic, Viera, Brevard County, the beaches, and nearby communities in the Central Florida area, Dermatology + Plastic Surgery provides lip augmentation procedures with skillful, artful, thoughtful expert injections!
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Lip augmentation enhances the shape, fullness, symmetry, and definition of the lips, and is a simple way to improve the facial appearance in a manner that is subtle and dramatic. Lip augmentation is safe and simple to perform and can enhance the appearance of almost any adult who has suffered thinning of the lips as a result of the aging process, smoking, or hereditary factors.
Lip augmentation is performed using either dermal filler injections such as with Restylane® Silk, Juvederm® Ultra, or Juvederm® Volbella, or by positioning implants inside the lips to increase volume and fullness. Either way, lip augmentation is minimally invasive and takes about an hour to perform, providing a natural-looking enhancement to the lips and facial appearance.
The dermal fillers Dr. Saluja and Dr. Novo choose to use in the lip area are made with hyaluronic acid, a natural substance that attracts and binds with moisture, naturally increasing lip volume and diminishing wrinkles. Dermal fillers are injected using a fine-gauge needle or micro-cannula tracing the outline of the lips, filling in any wrinkles, and adding to the body of the lip as needed. Sometimes, it is recommended to add Botox® or Jeuveau® to relax overactive muscles around the mouth for best results.
Your comfort is a priority and thus, topical prescription anesthetic cream, or rarely, for sensitive patients, full anesthetic injections are performed after the topical cream is applied so that injections are a pleasant experience. Distraction technique with a special handheld vibrating device may also be used for comfort.
Lip implants provide more permanent results than dermal fillers and are inserted and positioned in the lips through two minuscule incisions, camouflaged in the lip line. The procedure takes about an hour to complete, and the area is usually numbed beforehand with a topical anesthetic. Some patients may choose to combine implants and dermal fillers for a more dramatic effect.
Thin, flat lips surrounded by vertical lines detract considerably from your facial appearance and make your face look much older. By erasing those annoying vertical lines and restoring the lips’ youthful shape and definition, and enhancing volume and smoothness, lip augmentation can very quickly brighten and refresh your smile and take years off your facial appearance.
For patients who desire a fuller lip pout or a better balance between their upper and lower lips, dermal fillers are also a great option.
Dr. Saluja and Dr. Novo specialize in natural-appearing results, and lip augmentation is one of their favorite procedures to perform. The goal is to help you look like you were born lucky and not look like you had a procedure done.
Almost any healthy adult whose lips are thinner than he or she desires, or who has dehydrated lips, or who has wrinkles around the lips is an ideal candidate for lip augmentation. However, an individual with recurring health conditions such as oral herpes (cold sores, fever blisters) that affect the lips is advised to contact the office before his or her appointment for further instructions such as the use of anti-viral medication to begin prior to the lip augmentation procedure. It is also advised to discontinue blood thinning medication or supplements one week prior to the procedure.
Lip augmentation requires no recovery period or downtime, and you may resume regular activities the same day. Some patients may experience minor soreness, swelling, or bruising, but these symptoms most often subside within a week’s time. You must refrain from touching your lips or kissing immediately following the treatment for 4 hours, and take care not to burn the lips when eating or drinking hot food or beverages. You will see results immediately, and your lips will become even more defined over time as the swelling subsides completely. Some dermal fillers contain ingredients that continue to enhance the condition of the lips over time, and you may see gradual, continued improvement for several weeks. With dermal filler, a touch-up treatment may be performed in one to two weeks, and maintenance treatment is recommended in 6 to 12 months. Often, with continued treatment, results last longer and longer.
The cost of lip augmentation depends on what type of dermal filler is used, the number of injections, and whether or not you opt to add implants. Filler alone most often ranges from $400 to $1000 depending on the quantity and type of filler, with the average cost being $500-$600. Since health insurance normally doesn’t cover lip augmentation, our office accepts various forms of payment for your convenience.
Residents in Melbourne, Indialantic, Viera, Brevard County, the beaches, or nearby communities in Central Florida can now improve the shape, fullness, and definition of their lips, resulting in a more youthful and attractive smile, at Dermatology + Plastic Surgery, a state-of-the-art medical practice led by Drs. Anita Saluja and Rebecca Novo. Contact us now!
Dr Novo is a super star. She performed marvels with my face. She is gentle, caring, kind and generous. Her staff is happy and genuinely welcoming. The woman who guided me through the processes was knowledgeable, reassuring, and delightful. I’m grateful to everyone and will miss them.
Dr. Novo is phenomenal. Her staff is super friendly! I am very happy with the surgical procedure I had done, and would definitely recommend her.
Dr. Novo and her staff are simply amazing from start to finish. They deserve 10 stars
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