Full lips are one of the defining characteristics of youthful beauty. But over time, the lips may lose volume and take on a deflated appearance. For those with naturally thin lips or lips that have thinned with age, lip augmentation is a long-lasting solution.

    The procedures offered by Dr. Jeffrey Schmidt allow patients to achieve ideal lip volume and a balanced facial appearance without extensive downtime. Whether you’d like to address the lower lip, upper lip, or both, Dr. Schmidt can restore aesthetic facial harmony through lip enhancement.

    Contact Schmidt Facial Plastic Surgery to schedule a personal consultation for lip augmentation in Denver.

    Explore Your Options for Lip Enhancement

    Dr. Schmidt offers several customized procedures for lip enhancement. For those with very thin lips, some of these procedures may be combined during one operation to produce a dramatic improvement in lip shape and volume. Explore your options below to discover which procedure would best suit your needs.

    Lip Lift

    This surgical method of lip enhancement involves shortening the space between the nose and the upper lip (the philtrum). The procedure begins with an incision placed in the natural skin crease below the nose. The lip tissues are then lifted, and excess skin is trimmed. This shortens the philtrum and allows more of the pigmented part of the upper lip to show. This also gives the upper lip a fuller, more upturned appearance.

    Since this procedure is minimally invasive, recovery is tolerable. It’s common for patients to experience swelling and feelings of tightness along the incisions. These temporary symptoms usually resolve on their own within five to seven days. While you’ll be able to resume most of your regular activities shortly after the procedure, most patients take a week off work due to swelling. The results of a lip lift are permanent.

    Dermal Fillers

    Patients who don’t feel ready for surgery opt for dermal fillers. Most fillers include hyaluronic acid, which is a substance that occurs naturally in the skin. Hyaluronic acid is essential in tissue repair and helps skin cells bind to water. When injected into the lips, this gel-like substance provides natural-looking volume and smooths out lip lines. The entire procedure takes less than 30 minutes to perform.

    Lip injections require virtually no downtime or recovery. Patients may have slight bruising, redness, or swelling, but these side effects usually subside within a day or two.

    Although the results of lip injections are not permanent, they’re an excellent choice for those who don’t mind coming in for touch-up sessions. Most patients will need to return for follow-up treatment every six to eight months.

    Fat Grafting

    Fat grafting (also called fat transfer) is a less invasive surgical option for lip augmentation that produces long-term results. It’s also a great option for patients who are seeking a natural alternative to synthetic fillers. Because it uses the patient’s natural fat, there is a low risk of adverse reaction.

    During this procedure, fat is taken from the patient’s body and processed using a state-of-the-art filtration technology called Puregraft. This technique offers significant advantages over traditional methods, and it is much better at removing impurities from the fat. Once the fat has been processed, it is carefully injected into the lips to enhance shape and volume.

    Post-procedure symptoms include soreness, bruising, and swelling at both the injection and donor sites. These symptoms usually peak within the first few days and fully resolve by two weeks. The results of fat grafting are long lasting; the transferred fat that establishes a blood supply in the area will remain long-term.

    Ideal Candidates for Lip Augmentation

    Many patients seek lip augmentation because their lips have lost volume with age. Other patients feel that their lips never had the ideal amount of volume. In either case, lip augmentation can effectively address these concerns.

    Lip enhancement provides the following benefits:

    • Adds volume to the lips
    • Improves lip shape
    • Balances asymmetrical lips
    • Increases lip projection

    Ideal candidates for lip enhancement are in good general health but are dissatisfied with the appearance of their lips due to genetics, aging, and other factors. Dr. Schmidt offers several techniques for enhancing the lips, and the right technique for you depends on your cosmetic preferences and ultimate goals.

    At your initial consultation, Dr. Schmidt will help you explore your full range of options. Taking into consideration your anatomy and aesthetic goals, he will create a personalized treatment plan. Whether you’d prefer a non-surgical option or a permanent solution, the team at Schmidt Facial Plastic Surgery is dedicated to making your aesthetic goals a reality.

    Contact Schmidt Facial Plastic Surgery to schedule a personal consultation for lip augmentation in Denver.

    FAQs About Lip Augmentation

    Will a Surgical Lip Lift Give Me Visible Scars?

    Patients are understandably concerned about the potential for visible scars after surgery, but a lip lift produces very minimal scarring. Dr. Schmidt’s meticulous technique ensures that any resultant scars are well camouflaged and, in most cases, imperceptible.

    When Will I See the Final Results of My Lip Enhancement?

    Patients who undergo lip augmentation with dermal fillers will see an immediate improvement in shape and volume. As swelling subsides, the results will be apparent in just a few days.

    Due to residual swelling, the results of a lip lift take longer to become visible. Most of the swelling should subside after about two weeks. At this point, the results will have fully settled.

    After fat transfer, it’s common for a small portion of the transferred fat cells to be reabsorbed by the body. Therefore the final results may take a few months to fully mature. By around three months, the results of fat transfer should be visible.

    Are There Any Activity Restrictions After Lip Augmentation?

    Dermal fillers require very minor activity restrictions. After your lip injections, you should avoid strenuous exercise for about 24-48 hours.

    For those who undergo a lip lift or fat transfer to the lips, strenuous activity should be avoided for about seven to 10 days.

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