Full, kissable lips are extremely popular at the moment, with celebrities like Kylie Jenner inspiring the trend. There are many ways that patients can achieve a fuller pout, which include both nonsurgical and surgical options. Read on to learn more about these treatment options and which one is right for you.
Dermal fillers are the most popular nonsurgical treatment option for plumping the lips. Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers such as Juvederm, Juvederm Volbella, Restylane, and Restylane Silk are often used to achieve this. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the body that attracts and binds water in the skin to add volume. Because hyaluronic acid is naturally occurring, it is well tolerated by the body for minimal to no side effects. Dermal fillers in the lips can last from 4-6 months before a touchup treatment is needed.
For individuals who have thin lips due to aging or genetics, PermaLip implants can offer a more permanent solution. These are silicone-based, tube-shaped implants that are placed along the entire length of the lip for a natural-looking result. Because lip implants require surgery, there is some downtime required. Swelling and pain usually subside within a week or two. After the lips are healed, patients can enjoy their new, plumper pout long-term.
Which Option is Right for You?
For patients who are looking for a temporary solution to their thin lips or are not yet ready to commit to surgery, dermal fillers may be right for them. However, those who are looking for long-term results may be able to benefit from lip implants. Overall, a consultation with Dr. Homas is needed to determine which procedure is right for you.
If you are interested in learning more about treatment options for fuller lips, contact our office today for a consultation with Dr. Homas in the San Antonio, TX area.