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Getting Lip Augmentation from Your Dentist
If you are looking for a way to make your lips look fuller, you may be considering lip augmentation. If this is the first time you have heard of this procedure, don't worry! This post will give you all the information that you need to know.
The procedure can help fill out thin or uneven lips, and it's an affordable option if done by your general dentist. Patients often come into their appointment thinking that getting lip augmentation means undergoing surgery, but it's much simpler than that! We'll go over what this procedure entails, so keep reading below to find out more.
*Note: If you are going to a cosmetic surgeon for this procedure, be sure to do your research and make sure the surgeon has a good reputation!
What is lip augmentation?
A general dentist can perform this type of procedure in their office using hyaluronic acid fillers. These fillers help add volume to your lips and restore them to their natural shape. This procedure can be performed in just about 20 minutes or so, and you'll be able to go home shortly after the injection, although your lips may feel a bit numb for several hours afterward.
Hyaluronic acid is safe and effective in restoring lip volume even when injected superficially in small amounts. Each syringe contains about one cc of filler, and this results in an average of 20 to 40 injections in each lip. Although this sounds like a lot, these injections are placed strategically in the vermilion border (the area between your skin and the edge of your lips) so that most patients don't even feel them. The result is fuller, more balanced lips that look natural.
What's the best way?
The best way to do it is to visit your general dentist! It's a simple, affordable, and non-invasive procedure. We may recommend getting this service if you want fuller lips or if you experience issues like thinning or unevenness, as we discussed before. If you want to learn more about this injection, please feel free to contact our office anytime.
After your appointment
The procedure itself is not very invasive, and the results are immediate. However, it takes two to four days for your lips to reach their final shape. If you experience any discomfort or have questions about the procedure aftercare, feel free to contact us at your earliest convenience! Mostly everyone experiences some bruising or swelling after the injections, but these symptoms typically go away within a few days.
Our dental team can also prescribe some pain medication if you need it for your recovery. We recommend that you avoid smoking or drinking through a straw for at least one week after your appointment since this can cause bruising and swelling. If you have any concerns about side effects following your appointment, please don't hesitate to contact us!
*Note: We mentioned how augmentation could restore lip volume and shape because it's not uncommon for patients who have had chemotherapy or radiation treatments to experience the loss of their natural lip contours. If you are interested in getting this type of procedure, for this reason, we recommend checking with your oncologist first.
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