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If you keep up to date with pop culture, you are probably aware of the Kylie Jenner lip challenge and the media’s obsession with her facial metamorphosis. After months of denying plastic surgery rumors, Kylie recently admitted that her sultry and ever so coveted lips were indeed the product of cosmetic lip injections.

Thanks to advancing technology in the field of injectables, “duck lips” are a concern of the past. Recently approved by the FDA, a new line of Hyaluronic Acid (HA)fillers are particularly ideal for temporary lip enhancement. Unlike the original HA fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm which comprised of a larger particle size, the latest variety of injectable fillers have a smaller expanse which allows for more natural results. Unlike Juvederm which tended not to distribute through tissue as easily(resulting in a harder texture), Belotero and Restylane Silk blends much better into the dermis- feeling more natural to the touch. This is not to say that older HA fillers are no longer useful, they simply tend to be more suitable for other areas of the face like the cheeks.

Just like other injectables, Belotero and Restylane Silk can cause bruising and swelling. The best way to minimize the potential for complication is to avoid fish oil, ibuprofen or any other blood thinning agent before and 24 hours following your procedure. While there is virtually no downtime, it is recommended to avoid strenuous activity, extensive sun or heat exposure, alcoholic beverages and other blood thinning agents 24 hours post procedure. It is not ideal to have fillers right before a big event because of the potential for bruising and swelling.

The results of Belotero and Restylane Silk can last at least six months and, for some patients, even longer. Patients typically require only one syringe for lip augmentation. One syringe of Belotero and Restylane Silk costs around $300- $500 depending on where you receive treatment. The session only takes about thirty minutes to perform and results are immediate. To minimize discomfort, we apply a topical numbing agent in addition to an oral nerve block. By the time you receive your dermal injections, most patients will not even feel their lips. Be aware, however, as not all practices offer numbing.

Whether you are wanting to erase the wrinkles around your mouth, restore lost volume of the lips or simply want to enhance your pout, Belotero and Restylane Silk provide wonderful results without an “overdone” effect.

Our Board Certified Surgeons have been performing non-surgical lip augmentations for years. If you are interested lip injections, call 423-648-4011 and schedule your private consultation.

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lip augmentation in Chattanooga TennesseeConsidered by many as one of the most pleasing and animate features of the face, luscious full lips speak of youth and vitality. Aesthetic surgery of the lips has evolved as the field of cosmetic surgery has evolved.

Many of the techniques used on other areas of the face may not work on the lips because of their 3-dimensional animate nature. With this in mind, many methods are used to augment the lips and to change their animate shape, repose shape, or both. The surgeon must always be aware of how static changes to the lip change the animate aesthetics and function of the lip. Patients occasionally refer to this as “kissability.”

Non-Surgical Lip Augmentation by temporary injectables

Many new injectable materials used to augment the lips have become available, and many more are to be approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Temporary injectable materials like Juvederm and Restylane are the most common method of lip augmentation and reshaping. The problem with temporary injectable fillers is the fact that they are temporary. Because these injectables are temporary, they require repeat maintenance which the patient must commit to indefinitely in order to maintain the desired lip fullness. These injection treatments can be costly and sometimes painful.

Lip Implants- the permanent fix for luscious lips

The latest, most advanced lip augmentation procedure involves the placement of a solid silicon implant,Perma Facial Implant™. This implant is similar to silicon implants used in breast augmentation procedures, yet unique in that it is manufactured from a very soft, solid form of silicone which cannot rupture. The solid silicon implant can be placed into the upper and lower lips through 3mm incisions in the corner of the mouth. These incision sites heal rapidly and are barely visible to inspection after placement. The silicon implants come in several different sizes for permanent lip enhancement and can be easily removed if they patient ever desired.

Results unlike those infamous cases of Priscilla Presley & Lisa Rinna

Old silicon injections , like the ones completed on Ms. Priscilla Presley, caused lip deformity with invasive growth into the lip tissues- in a sense, scarring to the implant itself. Consequently, this process created restricted or unnatural movement of the lips. The type of implant used in our practice, Perma Lip implants, are composed of a material ideally suited for use in the facial tissues. This material minimizes the potential of scarring and ,ultimately, unnatural or restricted movement of the lips. Although the silicon implants are solid, they have a soft, natural feel.

“Old-school ” silicon was also very difficult to remove without major surgical excision. Perma Lip Implants, however, can be easily removed if the lip augmentation look is no longer desired.

Surgical Lip Augmentation- What to expect

The lip implant surgery itself takes only thirty minutes and can be performed in a simple, office surgical suite under local anesthesia(field block, nerve block). This is, in fact, an ideal way to work on the lips. With general anesthesia, the lips become flaccid and adynamic. During the sculpture phase of the lip augmentation, the patient’s ability to move the lips is a great advantage .

The following day, the lip implant patient may resume normal activity. Patients should expect to be swollen and slightly tender post-operatively. Depending on the individual, there may be some bruising as well. The majority of bruising and swelling usually subsides after the first week. Discomfort is usually present for a few days, which will be alleviated by pain medication prescribed by your physician.

Before undergoing any type of lip augmentation, take care to review before and after photographs of patients treated by your cosmetic surgeon. Make sure that your ideal of aesthetic sense is the same as your surgeon. Beware of lip overfill; big pink slugs and platypus lips do not fit into the category of “kissability.”

For more information on lip augmentation, call 423-648-4011.

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Aesthetic surgery of the lips has evolved as the field of cosmetic surgery has evolved. Luscious, full lips speak of youth and vitality.

The lips thin as people age, and the wet line moves lower in reference to the dentition. In addition, the oral commissures begin to downturn. These thin, flat, and poorly defined lips impart a sense of age. Specific procedures address each of these labial-aging signs. Some of these procedures include augmentation to help restore full, well-defined, and proportional lips that impart a sense of beauty and youth.

The lips are the most malleable and animate of all facial features. Many consider them to be the most pleasing feature of the lower third of the face. Many of the techniques used on other areas of the face may not work on the lips because of their 3-dimensional animate nature. With this in mind, many methods are used to augment the lips and to change their animate shape, repose shape, or both. The surgeon must always be aware of how static changes to the lip change the animate aesthetics and function of the lip. Patients occasionally refer to this as “kissability.”

Initial attempts at beautifying the lips probably started with Cleopatra, who colored her lips red. Later, silicone was used to augment the soft tissue of the body and face, including the lips. Other materials were then developed that could be used for lip augmentation. Some of these materials include collagen, facial fillers, fat, and acellular human matrix, just to name a few. Many new injectable materials used to augment the lips have become available, and many more are to be approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Temporary injectable materials are the most common method of lip augmentation and reshaping. The problem with temporary injectable fillers is the fact that they are temporary.

Lip Augmentation Procedures

The newest advanced lip augmentation procedures involve the placement of a solid silicon implant —similar to silicon implants used in breast augmentation procedures. The solid silicon implant can be placed into the upper and lower lips through 3mm incisions in the corner of the mouth. These incision sites heal rapidly and are barely visible to inspection after placement. The silicon implants come in several different sizes for permanent lip enhancement. The old silicon injections, like the ones completed on Ms. Priscilla Presley, caused lip deformity with invasive growth into the lip tissues. Injectable silicon is difficult to remove without major surgical excision. Silicon implants, however, can be easily removed if the lip augmentation look is no longer desired. The silicon implants have a soft natural feel.

All lip procedures may be performed in an office surgical suite with local anesthetic (field block, nerve block) and this is, in fact, an ideal way to work on the lips. With general anesthesia, the lips become flaccid and adynamic. The ability for the patient to move the lips during surgery is a great advantage during the sculpture phase.

Again, well defined, full lips speak of youth and vitality. Take care to review before and after photographs of patients treated by your cosmetic surgeon. Make sure that your ideal of aesthetic sense is the same as your surgeon. Beware of lip overfill; big pink slugs and platypus lips do not fit into the category of “kissability.”

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