Lip Augmentation Before & After

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Why Choose Dr. Westreich?

Dr. Westreich’s experience and expertise as a lip enhancement specialist make him one of the most trusted authorities on lip augmentation in New York City. When deciding to undergo a lip enhancement procedure, it is important to consult a specialist who is aware that the treatment can leave a patient looking fake, with “duck lips” or a “trout pout.” Dr. Westreich has been recognized as one of the best lip enhancement specialists in NYC and is determined to give his patients the most natural-looking results. He understands that symmetry and balance must be maintained in each patient’s facial anatomy and has the necessary experience to determine exactly which formula to use, how much to inject, and precisely where the site of injection should be. Because each of these factors can range from patient to patient, they must be custom-tailored to fit your entire look without drawing negative attention to your new, luscious lips.

Lip Augmentation Benefits

  • A more youthful, full-lipped smile
  • Reduced lines and wrinkles around the mouth
  • Non-surgical lip enhancement
  • Quick treatment time (20 minutes)
  • No downtime or recovery period
  • Immediate results
  • Results last six months to a year
  • Gives confidence a boost and enhances your natural beauty

Am I A Candidate For Lip Augmentation?

Patients who want to reshape, enhance, and plump their lips without a surgical procedure are likely candidates for lip augmentation in NYC. Patients must meet the following requirements for lip fillers:

  • Are 21 or older
  • Are not pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Have no active rashes or skin concerns such as cold sores
  • Are not allergic to the ingredients of the filler
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Preparing For Lip Augmentation

Before your lip augmentation, avoid any blood-thinning medications, plucking, tweezing, waxing, or anti-aging products. You can start taking arnica a couple of days beforehand, as this will help with any possible bruising.

Recovery And Aftercare

One of the best benefits of non-surgical lip augmentation is that no special recovery is required. Avoid manipulating the lips for 2-3 hours after injections. Typically a 20% enlargement is noted in the first 24 hours due to swelling. You can ice the area if needed, but your lips will return to the desired volume within 1-2 days, and any feeling of lumpiness will fade over the next week or two.

How Long Do The Results Last?

The length of time your lip augmentation lasts depends on the type of filler used and the rate at which your body metabolizes the filler. For most patients, lip fillers last between 6-12 months. Lip fillers will slowly fade as the months pass, and you will notice your results beginning to diminish. Most patients have regular appointments to maintain their new lip shape.

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What Procedures Can I Combine With Lip Augmentation?

Lip augmentation can be easily combined with a number of other procedures. Facial fillers for the face to sculpt the cheekbones and jawline, a brow lift, eyelid surgery, a liquid facelift, liquid rhinoplasty, and a number of other procedures can be done simultaneously with lip augmentation to give you a beautiful, natural enhancement to your appearance.

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Lip Enhancement: Lip Lift and Other Surgical Lip Procedures

While fillers are the mainstay of lip augmentation procedures, surgical interventions exist for specific patient problems. Dr. Westreich offers a full array of lip-defining procedures, including Lip Lifts, Lip Augmentation Procedures, Lip Reductions, and Gummy Smile corrections.

Lip Lift

A surgical lip lift can be done under local anesthesia in the office and has a rapid recovery time of a week or less. Patients with a thin upper lip and/or a long upper lip can undergo a lip-lifting procedure to improve the upper lip's fullness and facial balance. A long upper lip is also associated with aging, so for some patients, a lip lift can be part of an overall facial rejuvenation plan.
Lip lifts are performed by removing skin from just underneath the base of the nose. In some patients, muscle can be removed as well. The procedure can be individualized to the amount of change a patient is looking for and can also be used to improve asymmetries of the upper lip. After the removal of excess lip tissue, the incision is closed discretely underneath the nose and eventually heals to be almost imperceptible. Patients should expect minor bruising and swelling, as well as restricted upper lip movements, for about a week following the procedure.

Lip Augmentation

While fillers are the most common method of lip augmentation, other surgical methods exist. Dr. Westreich does not prefer using alloplastic or foreign materials for lip augmentation, such as a Permalip implant, and instead prefers using a patient’s own tissue. While some practitioners will inject fat, the chance of lumps and irregularities is high. Dr. Westreich uses temporalis fascia (your own collagen sheet) as an augmentation material. If a facelift is being performed, SMAS layers removed in the facelift can be used for augmentation instead. This procedure is done under sedation anesthesia and takes about an hour. Recovery is rapid, with some swelling and bruising that can last up to a week.

Lip Reduction

Lip reductions are uncommon procedures done for patients with excessively large lips or uneven lips. Lip reductions are also indicated for patients with prior silicone injections who are seeking to remove the foreign material permanently and reduce the size of their lips. Incisions are done inside the lip and are hidden once healed. Recovery is similar to other lip procedures in that swelling and bruising can last up to a week.

Gummy Smile Correction

A gummy smile can be the result of either excessive overgrowth of gums (a dental issue) or excessive movement of the upper lip with smiling. Nonsurgical correction can be achieved with botox injections to the levator muscles that elevate the lip (There are 3 in total). Surgical correction can be done as part of a Rhinoplasty through the nose (levator release or myotomy with temporalis interposition) or as a separate procedure through the mouth (levator myotomy with or without lip repositioning and frenulotomy). Recovery for intraoral procedures is longer than for intranasal procedures with 1-2 weeks of restricted upper lip movement. Both procedures are done under sedation or general anesthesia and have limited bruising and swelling, which can last up to a week.

Lip Enhancement FAQ

Can you reverse the results?

Can I wear lipstick after lip augmentation?

How painful is the treatment?

How much swelling is there after lip augmentation?

Is lip augmentation safe?

Is there any downtime after lip fillers?

Will I look natural?

Which fillers are used for lip augmentation?

Can you reverse the results?

Lip fillers are reversible if you are unhappy with the results or would like less of an enhancement.

Can I wear lipstick after lip augmentation?

Yes, but we recommend waiting a day, as the area can feel slightly tender just after treatment.

How painful is the treatment?

Most patients do not describe lip augmentation to be overly painful because the needle used is extremely fine, but you will feel discomfort as the filler is injected. Most fillers contain lidocaine, a numbing agent, so your comfort will increase after injection.

How much swelling is there after lip augmentation?

Swelling is normal after lip augmentation, peaking in about two days and easing fully after two weeks.

Is lip augmentation safe?

Lip fillers are FDA-approved and are considered safe, but side effects such as swelling or bruising can occur. Rarely, vascular occlusion can occur, which will require a dissolving agent to reverse.

Is there any downtime after lip fillers?

No, there is no downtime and you can get right back to your usual activities or work afterward.

Will I look natural?

With a doctor who has expertise and experience, your appearance should look very natural.

Which fillers are used for lip augmentation?

Typically, hyaluronic acid-based products such as Restylane and Juvederm are used.

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