Lip Augmentation in Bucks County, PA & Hunterdon County, NJ
Is Lip Augmentation Right for Me?
It is the ultimate fantasy for many women to have full and luscious lips. Studies show that having thin lips tends to make people feel less sexually alluring and as a result may make a person doubt their own beauty. It is simple to have plump lips by adding fullness, volume and a defined curve to your lips through lip augmentation. Located in Doylestown, PA and Flemington, NJ, Buinewicz Cosmetic Surgery & MedSpa, led by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Brian R. Buinewicz, offers lip augmentation for men and women who live in Hunterdon County, NJ and Bucks County, PA.
What is Lip Augmentation?
Lip augmentation is a simple procedure in which fullness and volume are added to the lips. This procedure can be performed on just the lower lip or just the upper lip or on both at the same time. During the procedure, we may use either injectable products or long-lasting lip implants to reshape the lips or increase lip volume. Here’s what you need to know about each treatment method:
What Are The Types of Lip Augmentation?
Lip Augmentation via Lip Injections
Injectable dermal fillers are a quick and effective lip augmentation solution that does not require surgery. They can also remove fine lines and deep wrinkles that surround the lips. Patients love dermal lip injections because they require no anesthesia, incisions or sedation. We begin treatment with a topical numbing agent that minimizes the discomfort associated with injections. Then, the dermal filler product will be injected into the lips, requiring only a few minutes to administer. The best part is that the results last for six to nine months. We may recommend one of the following dermal fillers for your lip augmentation treatment:
Lip Augmentation via Lip Implants
Lip implants are solid, silicone-based devices surgically inserted into the lips through small incisions to augment volume. Based on a patient's desired look, implants customized to size and shape are chosen and precisely positioned within the lip structure. The implants permanently sit inside the lips to provide fullness, definition and symmetry. The implants are designed to feel soft and look natural. The minimally invasive procedure is done under local anesthesia and takes 1-2 hours. Mild swelling and bruising occur initially but improve quickly. Compared to temporary fillers, implants do not require repeat treatments to maintain results. However, as a surgical procedure, the recovery period is longer.
What Can Lip Augmentation Accomplish?
- Enhance thin or uneven lips
- Balance facial proportions
- Restore lost volume
- Reduce fine lines
- Reshape the lip line
- Non-surgical method (with dermal fillers)
- Permanent enhancement (with lip implants)
- Customizable results
Are You A Candidate For Lip Augmentation?
The best candidates for lip augmentation are those who:
- Have thin lips that disappear when they smile
- Have lost fullness in lips
- Feel self-conscious about the appearance of the mouth
If you think you might be a good candidate for lip augmentation, the next step is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Brian R. Buinewicz. During your consultation, Dr. Buinewicz can evaluate your cosmetic goals and help you determine the best path forward. This is a great time to ask any questions you may have about the lip augmentation process. Dr. Buinewicz will be able to explain exactly what you can expect leading up to, during and after your surgery.
Why Choose Dr. Buinewicz?
Surgeon experience is one of the utmost qualities to consider when seeking a lip augmentation surgeon, but you also need to consider dermal filler experience when pursuing lip injections. Dr. Buinewicz is a triple board certified plastic surgeon, demonstrating expertise in all qualities of facial cosmetic surgery and non-surgical cosmetic procedures. With over 25 years of plastic surgery experience, he has performed hundreds of lip augmentation procedures and is passionate about furthering education in the cosmetic community. Read more about Dr. Buinewicz’s experience or explore patient reviews.
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How Long After a Lip Augmentation Consultation Is the Surgery?
Generally, the time between your consultation and your lip augmentation surgery will be somewhere between 1 and 6 weeks. The exact time between the two will depend on a few factors. One major factor is our practice availability, as Dr. Buinewicz needs to be available for your entire procedure. Additionally, some patients may need a few weeks to fully prepare for surgery, which may include discontinuing the use of certain vitamins, drugs and medications that can negatively interfere with treatment. On the other hand, lip augmentation via lip injections can often be performed the same day because very little preparation is needed.
How Much Does Lip Augmentation Cost?
The average cost of lip augmentation varies from one community to the other with some small variations. Factors, such as the facility where the type of lip augmentation being performed will come to bear on the final cost of the lip augmentation procedure. Hunterdon County and Bucks County lip augmentation lifts vary in price range according to these factors. Buinewicz Cosmetic Surgery & MedSpa makes lip augmentation procedures available and affordable for everyone. Our office provides a wide array of payment options, including easy financing. We also accept cash, major credit cards and personal checks for lip augmentation and other procedures.
What Happens During Lip Augmentation?
The lip augmentation surgery process will vary whether you are receiving lip injections or lip implants.
Lip Injection Process
Prior to injection, we’ll clean and outline the lip area. A topical anesthetic is applied to numb the lips so the injections are comfortable. The fillers are precisely injected in small amounts into specific areas of the lips using a very fine needle. Then the lips will be gently massaged to evenly distribute the filler. Some results are visible immediately, giving some idea of the outcome, although mild swelling will persist for a few days.
Lip Implant Surgery
Surgical lip implants involve small incisions made on the inside corners of the mouth or along the lip border. Custom silicone lip implants are inserted through the incisions and positioned in a pocket created within the lip structure. The implants are placed and secured internally with dissolvable sutures, then incisions are closed. The implants have an immediate augmenting effect that remains permanent.
How is Long Lip Augmentation Recovery?
Lip augmentation via lip injections requires little to no recovery process. You’ll experience bruising and swelling in the lips, but these symptoms will resolve within a few days of treatment and you’ll be able to resume all normal activities. Lip augmentation via lip implants is a longer recovery process that typically looks like this:
The first week after lip implant surgery focuses on incision care, swelling control, and pain management. Cold compresses and head elevation are used to minimize bruising and swelling. Only soft foods that require no chewing should be consumed initially. Oral hygiene is critical during early healing stages. Talking and facial expressions should be limited. Pain medication can help to manage discomfort.
Swelling and bruising continue to improve. Sutures dissolve and incisions heal. The lips remain numb. Daily activities can be resumed after 2 weeks but no heavy lifting or pressure on the lips. No kissing, smoking or mouthwash is advised to avoid disrupting the implants while they integrate. Soft foods are encouraged. Swelling gradually decreases but some lumpiness in lips may persist.
Most swelling resolves by 6 weeks but the lips may remain mildly tender and numb. Patients can ease back into work after 4-6 weeks if the job is not strenuous. At 8 weeks, the implants are integrated and the sensation in the lips should return to normal. Light physical activity can resume but vigorous exercise should wait 2-3 months.
3 Months and Beyond
By 3 months, most patients are healed enough to resume all regular activities and light exercise. The implants have fully integrated internally. Swelling and numbness have resolved. Patients can assess if any touch-ups are needed once complete healing has occurred.
Post Surgery Frequently Asked Questions
Which is Better, Lip Filler or Lip Implants?
Both lip fillers and implants have pros and cons. In general, fillers offer a temporary, non-surgical lip augmentation option while implants provide more dramatic, permanent enhancement surgically. Fillers are a quick, in-office treatment with minimal downtime. Effects last 6-12 months before requiring repeat injections to maintain plumpness. They are ideal for those wanting subtle lip enhancement or who are not ready for surgery. Implants involve a surgical procedure with incisions and a recovery period. However, properly placed implants provide permanent, predictable lip fullness. This may be preferred by those seeking very plump lips or a permanent solution. The optimal choice depends on each patient's specific cosmetic goals, tolerance for surgery, and desired level and longevity of lip augmentation.
How Long Does Lip Augmentation Last?
Lip implants provide long-term surgical enhancement while injectable fillers give short-term nonsurgical augmentation that requires re-treatment every 6-12 months. Lip implants are designed to remain in place indefinitely, though occasional replacement may be needed after 5-10 years. Injectable fillers offer temporary lip plumping for 6-12 months before the filler is naturally absorbed. Afterwards, repeat injections are required to maintain the augmentation.
If you are tired of seeing thin lips and a wrinkled mouth when you look in the mirror, turn your lips into the plump and kissable mouth you have always dreamed of having. Contact us to schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Brian Buinewicz to learn more about the benefits of lip augmentation. With two conveniently located offices in Doylestown, Pennsylvania and Flemington, New Jersey, Buinewicz Cosmetic Surgery & MedSpa can meet the cosmetic procedure needs of the residents of Hunterdon County, New Jersey, and Bucks County, Pennsylvania.