Full, sensual lips are more than a Hollywood trend, they are the focus of our collective attention and will be for decades to come. There has never been a better time to invest in full, naturally beautiful lips. When the corners of the mouth begin to age, they also sag and droop. When the V-shaped area of the upper lip (the cupid’s bow) flattens and loses natural volume, surgical lip augmentation can be a permanent solution for those patients who seek to restore symmetry, volume and definition.
Lips are a key element in every beautiful photo or magazine. Due to their distinct color and importance in both verbal and non-verbal communication, the lips are often the focus of our attention. Most people are not genetically blessed with full, naturally beautiful lips. The aging process, sun exposure, and smoking all reduce the natural beauty of your lips.
The corners of the mouth begin to sag or droop, and the V-shaped area of the upper lip, known as the “Cupid’s Bow” flattens and loses natural volume. Surgical lip augmentation is a permanent solution for those patients who seek to restore symmetry, volume, and definition to their lips.
Frequently Asked Questions
For some patients fillers just are not enough to obtain the fuller lips they desire, or they are looking for something permanent. Dr. Haena Kim uses the FDA approved solid silicone PermaLip implant to help her patients achieve a pout that is natural, soft, and balanced. With the trained eye of a facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Kim helps patients choose the right implant for either the upper or lower lip, or both.
The procedure is performed in the office with some light oral sedation if needed. Nerve blocks are performed and local anesthetic is used to ensure the patient’s comfort. Incisions are placed at the corners of the mouth and heal invisibly, and the procedure itself is completed in less than an hour. This is a minimally invasive surgical procedure, and down-time can differ from patient to patient.
Bruising and swelling may be obvious for the first week, with residual swelling taking 2-3 weeks to resolve. Patients are started on antivirals after the procedure to help prevent cold sore breakouts, and many start arnica several days before to help with bruising. Ice is going to be your best friend during the healing process and during the first 12-24 hours post implant. Although the implant is permanent it can very easily be removed or switched out for a larger size, if more volume is desired.
Detailed postoperative and aftercare instructions will be provided to each patient.
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