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Full lips are one of today’s most sought-after signs of beauty. Fortunately, women born with thin lips or whose lips have lost their plumpness due to aging now have options for achieving the mouth they desire. There are variations, but the path to full lips generally moves in two directions: injectable fillers or implanted materials. While injectable fillers offer an economical, nonsurgical solution, most products require treatments to be repeated. Implanted materials offer the benefit of permanence, but cost more and require downtime for surgery. Each of the alternatives available offer benefits and drawbacks. Dr. Sykes has performed all types of lip enhancement for reconstructive and cosmetic purposes and can discuss his experience and opinions of which will best suit your particular needs. In the end, the choice of approach depends on what you want to achieve, your budget, and the amount of downtime you can allow for recovery.
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What to expect
In general, except for collagen-containing products that require allergy testing four weeks in advance, treatment with injectable fillers can be accomplished in a single office visit. Lip implants, such as Gore-Tex®-based SoftForm implants, require surgical placement, typically performed with a local anesthetic or under light sedation if performed in tandem with other procedures. Fat injections of your own body fat require light sedation to enable the doctor to extract fat from one site, purify it, and inject it into your lips.