Frank Agullo, MDBoard Certified Plastic Surgeon

Lip Augmentation

Full, sexy, luscious lips!

Have you ever studied your lips and wished they were plumper, fuller, or sexier? Do you notice fine lines and wrinkles around your lips that seemed to creep up unexpectedly? Your lips are like the doorway to your smile, and therefore one of the most important features of your face. People who have thin lips or lips that are crooked, lack definition or just have many fine lines both on the lips or just surrounding their lips may feel self-conscious about smiling or appearing in photographs.

Dr. Frank Agullo specializes in all types of facial cosmetic procedures, including lip augmentation in El Paso and Southwestern Texas. His double board certification both in Plastic Surgery and General Surgery makes him qualified to perform cosmetic lip enhancements either as part of another face lift procedure or as a standalone cosmetic enhancement to reveal fuller, plumper and lovelier lips!

Lip Augmentation Techniques

The good news is that lip augmentation these days is a very straightforward and easy procedure as compared to many other types of corrective cosmetic enhancements. The most common form of lip augmentation entails use of injectable dermal filler like Juvederm or Restylane. These fillers are smooth gels which are synthetic and comprised of hyaluronic acid (HA). These fillers are comprised of substances similar to the hyaluronic acid found in your body; therefore many people refer to them as hyaluronic acid fillers. Another option is the use of your own fat which is transferred from another area of your body.

The dermal fillers are absorbed into the lips to create fuller lips; however this option is temporary and must be repeated with additional treatments to maintain a long lasting effect. A longer lasting procedure would entail use your own fat or implants, such as PermaLip by Surgisil or AlloDerm fillers that yield long term luscious lips.

The dermal fillers are used more commonly than the implant options because of their unique ability to enhance the natural structure, shape, volume and texture of the lips. There are many benefits of these fillers, including:

  • Less bruising/swelling
  • Lumps and bumps dissolve easily
  • Gradual treatment until you reach desired fullness
  • More control over lip volume since substance can be controlled by the doctor

Fat injections offer permanent results, although the amount of fat retained after injection is variable. The procedure need to be repeated until the desired results are obtained.

The doctor doesn’t need to perform lip augmentation in the operation room, such as that of other facial surgeries. Local anesthesia is often enough to perform the procedure.

What to expect during lip augmentation

Unlike many more complicated procedures, lip augmentation can be performed fairly quickly in Dr. Agullo’s office. You won’t have the same hassle of needing to take time off from work (unless you want to) so the relatively low downtime is attractive as a cosmetic procedure.

The doctor will apply a local numbing solution topically to assist with any discomfort. This is just like going to the dentist, except your lips may feel numb. The doctor then marks the lips with a special pen and uses extremely fine needles to inject the filler into your lips.

You’ll want to ice your lips to help with any swelling or discomfort, but don’t put pressure on the treated areas. Avoid using lipstick and other lip products. Your lips will feel strangely fuller and within a few days you can start revealing them to the world, either with or without lipstick.

Are there any side effects to lip augmentation?

The effects of lip augmentation are less extreme than other types of facial cosmetic procedures. However, it is important to know of any risks prior to undertaking any kind of changes to your body and to ensure that you take the proper precautions to avoid risks and complications.

It is important to choose an appropriate provider for your lip augmentation. It may seem like a simpler procedure than some that require incisions; however it can be dangerous to let someone who is inexperienced give you injections in such a sensitive area of your body. Choose a doctor who is board certified and who has the know-how to do your lips a service.

Most of the risks or side effects linked to the use of hyaluronic acid fillers are only temporary. You could experience:

  • Swelling or bruising
  • Bleeding from the needle injection points
  • Tenderness and soreness at the injection sites

Longer term risks or side effects could include:

  • Asymmetrical lips
  • Bumps or lip irregularities
  • Infection
  • Stiffening of the lip
  • Allergic reaction that leads to itching or swelling

Dr. Agullo is meticulous about the quality of his treatments and his patient’s comfort level while going through lip augmentation. He was recently recognized as a “Texas Superdoctor Rising Star” in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery in Texas Monthly and his practice is based at Southwest Plastic surgery.

Lip augmentation cost

Most often, lip augmentation is priced according to how many filler tubes are needed to properly improve the fine lines and plump up the lips to the patient’s liking. A cost is determined per needle and per visit, since for some patients it will require multiple treatments to achieve the desired results.

Other variants include the plastic surgeon’s fee, the type of filler used and how much filler. Most people only need one or two syringes, putting the cost at between $400 to $1,800. This excludes the cost of lip augmentation as it relates to other cosmetic procedures, such as a face lift. Health insurance companies don’t cover lip augmentation.

After a successful lip augmentation, you may find your new lips to be fun and you may even be interested in buying a couple of new lipstick colors to show them off. Even better, you may find yourself smiling a whole lot more as your plump, full lips give way to the beautiful person you are!

You’ll be smiling a whole lot more after El Paso lip enhancement.

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Frank Agullo to learn more.

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