There are a variety of ways to enhance lips. Dr. Svehlak wrote about some of these in his article entitled, "The
Perfect Lips: In Search of Size and Shape." The key in good lip work consists of re-sizing and/or reshaping the upper and/or
lower lips to improve their size in relation to the patient's
nose, teeth, and surrounding facial structures.
The main three
ways lips can be enhanced are through injectible
fillers, V-Y plasty or lip implants. We do not do lip implants at this practice, since they tend to have an industry-wide reputation for problems - -hardness, scar tissue, infections and a fake look. In fact, we have patients who come in to see us to remove their lip implants quite often, which they had put in elsewhere.
Here are the procedures we currently offer to enhance lips:
1) Injectable fillers
Injectables are temporary and last up to a year. View photos of this on our Injectable Photos page or view pricing and options in our Injectable Services section.
PROS: Quick recovery - hours or maybe a day or two.
CONS: Some people wish they weren't temporary.
2) Lip lift
Read more about this procedure and view photos in our Lip Lift section.
PROS: Can be done in-office with local anesthetic. Gives nice shape if done right and also reduces length between nose and upper lip.
CONS: Sometimes this procedure must be repeated, as it is important not to go too far with it, yet the lip can stretch and give afterward a bit, so you lose a little bit of the effect.
3) Lip Reduction
Read more about this procedure and view photos on our Lip Lift and Lip Reduction page.
PROS: Can usually be done in-office with local anesthetic. Can offset previously unsatisfactory lip work and reduce the size of upper or lower lip while giving nice shape.
CONS: This procedure is permanent and some experience lip numbness afterward, which is usually temporary.
4) V-Y Plasty
A V-Y plasty does not utilize an
implant, but pulls out a portion of the patient’s own lip
that is hidden inside, thus, widening the lip externally.
This can be performed on the upper lip and the lower lip. During your
Los Angeles lip augmentation consultation, the doctor will review
your options with you to help you achieve the look you desire.
PROS: No implant, which means a more natural look and feel is possible and the incidence of infection is lower vs. an implant. Longer lasting than injections.
CONS: Recovery can take up to two weeks. Discuss how much time you think you will need for recovery after your procedure with your surgeon during your consultation.
Above (2 sets): Dr. Svehlak. This Los Angeles lip
augmentation enhancement procedure featured V-Y plasty of upper lip to
improve fullness and appropriate proportions.