Our lips are an essential facial feature, more than we may think. Lips can show signs of aging, expressions, and love through a kiss. But what if the shape and volume of your lips do not harmonize with the rest of your remarkable features? In today’s society, full lips are a sign of beauty, youth and attractiveness.

The safest way to have “kissable” lips is to embrace your own natural lips. However, if you are insisting on having fuller, plumper lips, then another safe technique is to have dermal filler injection treatment by a board-certified plastic surgeon.

Dermal fillers, including Juvéderm and Restylane, are hyaluronic acid (HA) injections that immediately add volume and definition to your lips and the area around it. The entire treatment lasts around 15 to 30 minutes and is performed in a comfortable in-office setting in Brandon, Florida. Most patients schedule their lip enhancements on their lunch break, shortly after work, or in between errands. Since it is a minimally invasive treatment, hyaluronic acid fillers do not require any downtime and patients can return to their normal routines right after treatment!

However, these injection treatments are not permanent solutions. The majority of dermal fillers eventually wear off within a year of treatment. Another permanent or semi-permanent solution includes fat grafting, which utilizes your own natural fat to improve lip fullness. Unfortunately, there are a lot of other techniques which are not recommended and the primary reasons why hyaluronic acid fillers exist.

With injection fillers, it is recommended to start of conservatively, then let the swelling and bruising resolve, and determine if you are fully satisfied with your lip fullness. It is always easier to add more HA, but not take away, even though it dissolves rather quickly. When a lip filler is appropriately injected, Dr. Shienbaum’s goal is to accentuate all parts of the lip anatomy. Many patients seek lip augmentation for their lower lip to maintain proportions.

As long as you have a qualified, board-certified plastic surgeon, or experience lip injector, lip enhancements can complement one’s face very well. It is still important for patients to take their time with this relatively quick treatment and not overwhelm your facial features.