It’s amazing that such a small part of our bodies—our lips—can play such an important role in our lives. They are both functional and aesthetic, constantly in motion as we talk, eat, and show emotion. They are often one of the first things people notice. Because of their central role in our lives, dissatisfaction with our lips can have a major impact on our self-esteem and self-confidence, coloring how we view ourselves and how we perceive others view us. If you would like full, smooth, sensual lips to brighten your smile and refresh your entire face, a lip augmentation may be the perfect solution for you.
Lip augmentation is a safe, effective method to alter the shape and volume of the lips. It is an ideal procedure for individuals who feel their lips are too small or thin, underdeveloped or flat, or whose lips are naturally drooping or loose. It is also perfect for individuals whose lips are begin to show signs of aging such as wrinkles and fine lines either on the lips themselves or around the borders of the lips, or whose lips have begun to droop or sag due to gravity, smoking, or environmental damage. Lip augmentation can give your lips the fullness, smoothness, shape, and definition that you have always wanted, ensuring that your entire face is rejuvenated, youthful, and naturally beautiful!
Facial plastic surgery is both an art and a science, and it is critical that your surgeon be an expert in both to ensure that your results are balanced, proportional, and naturally beautiful. Dr. Trang Vo-Nguyen (Dr. V), founder and lead facial plastic surgeon at The Virginia Institute for Surgical Arts in Chantilly, VA, combines tasteful creativity, a meticulous eye for detail, and cutting-edge surgical techniques, designing tailored treatment plans to match each patient’s unique beauty and aesthetic goals. She is Board Certified by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, with the experience and skills to give you the full, sensual lips you desire in a harmonious balance with the face as a whole.
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LIP AUGMENTATION OPTIONS
Lip augmentation is a procedure designed to alter and enhance the size and shape of your lips. It is a highly individualized procedure, allowing the patient to achieve exactly the look they desire. Techniques can be permanent or temporary, and can utilize either synthetic or organic materials. The three major options for lip augmentation are injectable dermal fillers, facial fat transfer, and a lip lift. Dr. V will work closely with you to ensure that you understand the differences between these two options, the benefits and risks of both, and which one is best to achieve your goals.
Injectable dermal fillers
Injectable fillers are one of the most popular facial rejuvenation procedures available today. This is a non-surgical technique that can be done quickly in the office and requires very little recovery and downtime. Additionally, injectable fillers allow a significant amount of customization, allowing the patient to choose the exact shape and size of their lips. These fillers are generally very durable, although the specific longevity depends on the product chosen. There are a wide range of fillers available on the market, so at your initial consultation Dr. V will walk you through your choices, explain the differences in longevity and effectiveness of each one, and help you choose the filler that will allow you to achieve your specific aesthetic goals.
Fat transfer is an excellent technique for patients who are also planning on undergoing a liposuction procedure, who are willing to undergo a surgical procedure to achieve their aesthetic goals, or who are interested in a truly permanent augmentation. This procedure utilizes fat from a donor site on the patient’s own body, usually the abdomen, thighs, or buttocks, to enhance the lips. Because the implanted tissue is from the patient’s own body, there is less chance that the body will reject the implanted tissue and a greater chance that the implanted fat will graft to the existing tissue and become truly permanent. As with synthetic fillers, the patient can select exactly how much fat should be injected in order to achieve perfect, naturally-beautiful lips. This procedure can be performed in Dr. V’s office under local anesthesia. While it is a surgical procedure, it is minimally-invasive and generally results in only minor discomfort. The recovery period is generally no more than a couple of days, and the results will be visible immediately!
Another potential option for individuals looking to give their mouth a more youthful, rejuvenated appearance is a lip lift. Unlike fillers and fat transfers, a lip lift does not use implants or additional fat to increase volume or fullness. Instead, a lip lift combats one of the signature signs of aging: the elongation of the upper lip, which can result in less visibility of the teeth and a constant angry expression caused by the drooping or sagging upper lip. During a lip lift, the surgeon will use a tiny incision within the natural crease underneath the nose to lift the upper lip and shorten the distance between the lip and the nose. When the lips are in a relaxed state, this has the effect of allowing more tooth visibility, thus improving the natural position and appeal of the lips. This procedure also creates more fullness in the upper lift by pulling the lip upwards and outwards. A lip lift can be performed in the office under a local anesthesia, and requires only minimal downtime, making it perfect for busy patients seeking a permanent improvement to their smile.
CONTACT THE VIRGINIA INSTITUTE FOR SURGICAL ARTS
In order to ensure that you achieve optimal results from your lip augmentation procedure, it is important that you select a surgeon with a strong working knowledge of facial anatomy and the delicate tissues of the lips, such as Dr. Trang Vo-Nguyen (Dr. V). Dr. V has the knowledge, experience, and skill-set to create customized treatment plans that are designed to safely and effectively enhance the appearance of your lips. Dr. V is double Board Certified in the field of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and through her extensive training, research, and achievements, she has built a reputation as one of the leading facial plastic surgeons in the nation. If you are interested in learning more about having your lip augmentation performed by Dr. V, please contact The Virginia Institute for Surgical Arts today. We look forward to speaking with you, and to scheduling your initial consultation with Dr. V.
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