If you are dissatisfied with the shape or fullness of your lips, you can opt for an injection procedure that will help to give them a more plump appearance. Normally, lip injections involve putting dermal fillers into the targeted areas. There are many different types of dermal fillers from which you can choose. Most commonly, the products contain a substance called hyaluronic acid, that is normally found in the body and which can increase volume in the lips.
Originally, plastic surgeons used collagen injections for this purpose. Now, there are new options that are safer and last longer, so collagen has to a large degree been abandoned. Hyaluronic fillers can be used to add shape, substance, and structure. Individuals can use products including:
- Restylane or Restylane-L
- Perlane or Perlane-L
- Juvederm Ultra
- Juvederm Ultra XC
- Juvederm Ultra Plus
- Juvederm Ultra Plus XC
- Prevelle Silk
Some of these products contain lidocaine, which is a local anesthetic that helps to numb the injection site and minimize discomfort. For added comfort, a topical numbing cream may be applied to the lips or a nerve block may be performed to eliminate any feeling of injection.
Dr. Gorodisky, of the West Coast Plastic Surgery Center was voted Best Cosmetic Surgeon in Ventura County. He regularly performs Juvederm injections. He has developed a relatively painless protocol for these treatments which makes use of topical anesthetics, cooling, and nerve blocks. This way, patients will hardly feel the injection. Dr. Gorodisky also comforts the patients who might experience anxiety around needles.
Using a hyaluronic acid filler has many benefits. The results are usually softer and any lumps or bumps that are created by the movement of the lips can be massaged out or dissolved easily. Also, the injections can be given gradually at different appointments until the results are achieved, and the injections can be controlled so that a physician will know how much lip volume is created. While the results of a dermal filler injection won't be permanent, they are typically long-lasting. If you are looking for a Thousand Oaks plastic surgeon with offices in Ventura, Oxnard, or are searching for a plastic surgeon that performs lip augmentations, then contact Dr. Gorodisky at the West Coast Plastic Surgery Center today!