Do you remember your first kiss?
A plump, pouty set of lips can communicate volumes without ever speaking a word. They are one of our body’s erogenous zones. Lips are sensitive to touch and activated by emotion. It is precisely because of these reasons that lip augmentation has come into vogue. Thin and pursed lips can make you look stern and older. But lip augmentation by Dr. Grady Core, of Core Plastic Surgery, amplifies the kisses of people living in and around Birmingham and Mountain Brook, Alabama.
Contact us for consultation. Call 205-397-2100 to learn which lip augmentation procedure is right for you.
- 1 What is Lip Augmentation?
- 2 Benefits
- 3 Your Personal Consultation at Core Plastic Surgery
- 4 Preparation
- 5 What Happens During Lip Augmentation?
- 6 Rapid Recovery
- 7 Glamorous Results
- 8 What Does Lip Augmentation Cost in Birmingham, Alabama?
- 9 Enhance Your Kiss with Core Plastic Surgery
- 10 FAQ
- 11 References
What is Lip Augmentation?
Lip augmentation restores fullness to the lips to achieve a balanced and natural appearance.
Is Lip Augmentation Permanent?
It’s entirely up to you! There are two options available for both temporary and long-lasting enhancement. Dr. Core performs lip augmentation using the following techniques:
Lip fillers produce a pleasing plump with no long term commitment. It is a minimally-invasive procedure. A brief office visit will have you looking beautiful in half an hour or less. Perfect your pout in the time it takes to stand in line at Starbucks! We use Volbella, a hyaluronic acid-based (HA) injectable serum specially formulated to give you the kiss of an angel. The moisture-loving HA injection volumizes for up to 12 months. But, if you are ever unsatisfied, return to Core Plastic Surgery where one simple hyaluronidase treatment will dissolve your filler on contact.
Autologous fat grafting thickens your lips using your own fat tissue. The results look and feel natural because they are natural! In fat transfer, Dr. Core harvests living fat cells from elsewhere in your body—typically the thighs or love handles. After purifying the graft tissue, he puts that unwanted fat to good use in a series of volumizing injections. While you recover, the relocated cells make a new home in your lips’ nurturing embrace. The transferred fat rejoins the body’s blood flow and is soon indistinguishable from the cells at the graft site. Your luscious lips will last as long as you do!
Women often seek lip augmentation to brighten their look. Celebrities and Instagram influencers have brought new attention to the face’s most expressive asset with lip augmentation.
- Long-lasting results
- More positive self-image
- Little to no downtime or recovery
Your Personal Consultation at Core Plastic Surgery
Dr. Core’s education and experience span the country and the globe. He trained in plastic surgery at the world-renowned Mayo Clinic before coming home to Alabama to hang his shingle in private practice. He is joined by Adina Barnett, our expert aesthetician. She assists with dermal fillers and presides over the medical spa side of our practice. They are eager to meet you and hear your story. Together, they shall determine your candidacy for the lip augmentation procedure.
Come to our beautiful office at Core Plastic Surgery, where results matter. Our patients’ rave reviews speak for themselves. Contact us for consultation. Call 205-397-2100 to speak with one of our courteous medical professionals.
Prior to undergoing lip augmentation, it is important to meet with Dr. Core to determine which method is best for you. Additionally, we recommend that you stop smoking prior to your procedure as it may have an adverse effect. We will prepare you with detailed pre-procedure instructions so you can have a safe enhancement experience.
What Happens During Lip Augmentation?
Your lip augmentation procedure depends on which method you choose: dermal fillers or fat transfers. Dermal fillers involve injecting a specifically formulated gel into the lips. The filler enhances volume, reshapes the lips, and adds definition.
In fat transfer surgery, Dr. Core harvests fat from elsewhere in the body via Liposuction. The fat is ultimately purified and injected into the lips as a filler. While it may be slightly more invasive, fat transfer achieves softer, longer-lasting results than with other dermal fillers.
With injectable fillers, there is minimal recovery. You can return to your routine immediately following your treatment. When it comes to fat transfer, however, Dr. Core will prescribe a bit more downtime. Be sure to closely follow his aftercare instructions to preserve the integrity of your results.
Keep these general guidelines in mind as you recover from lip augmentation.
Post-procedural swelling is to be expected with each method of lip augmentation. Gently apply ice to the affected area to keep any uncomfortable puffiness in check. Any initial swelling you experience will not be reflected in your final results.
For the first 24 hours following your augmentation, avoid exercise or any other activity that will increase your heart rate. Intense blood flow may have an impact on the look of your lips. Treat your pout with tender loving care while it heals.
Do not fly or enter any pressurized space for one week while you recover. Your lips are a very sensitive area that is home to a web of veins and capillaries. Be mindful. Avoid unintended injury from exposing them to environmental strain.
With lip augmentation, the results are immediate. There may be some swelling, so it is important to give it a few days before assessing your final results.
What Does Lip Augmentation Cost in Birmingham, Alabama?
At your personal consultation, Dr. Core will conduct a brief physical examination and review your medical history. He will be fully informed of your unique case. Dr. Core will prudently provide your estimate at this time.
Enhance Your Kiss with Core Plastic Surgery
Our lips may be sealed, but the secret is out on the beautifying benefits of lip augmentation. Give the most expressive, seductive part of your face an alluring boost with this safe and simple procedure. Lip augmentation grants instant gratification to the recipient, so you can walk out of our offices with an enhanced pout they’ll all talk about the very day of your operation. And we perform lip augmentation using only topical numbing cream or a local anesthetic. You can drive yourself home to promptly start your speedy recovery.
Read our lips: you’ll love your luscious new look thanks to Core Plastic Surgery, in Birmingham, Alabama.
As soon as your swelling goes down, you can engage in all of your favorite activities with your full and sultry new lips. Recovery from fat transfer takes a little longer than volumizing injections, but its boost is enduring. Once the fat graft has taken it will provide voluptuous improvement for as long as your lips last.
Your doctor or aesthetician’s skill plays a large role in the realism of your results. Cosmetic enhancement is as much an art as it is a science. After a tiny taste of their plump new kisser, some patients may get carried away and push for ever-bigger lips! This is where the perspective of an experienced practitioner is worth its weight in gold. It is the duty of every medical professional to perform a competent procedure; they must also have the good sense to know when to stop.
If you go the dermal filler route for your lip augmentation, you can count on quarterly top-offs to keep them looking full and defined. Your body readily accepts hyaluronic acid-based (HA) injectables because the substance is so similar to your very own tissue. The filler holds onto moisture as it hydrates and volumizes the area. In six months’ time, a noticeable portion will have been innocuously absorbed by the body. But there is no worry in wanting to return for a refresher!
The duration of your enhancement depends upon the type of lip augmentation you choose. Lip injections with hyaluronic acid-based injectables, like Volbella, will volumize your pucker for up to a year. But the beauty of fillers is the power of choice: if you change your mind at any time, you can reverse lip fillers’ lift with an easy hyaluronidase injection to dissolve results instantly. Fat transfer imparts the most enduring results because your own adipose tissue provides the plump. Living fat cells are grafted to your lips. When the graft “takes,” your local blood supply will now nurture them. Your new lips will persist for as long as you do.
- Eversole, R., Tran, K., Hansen, D., & Campbell, J. (2013). Lip Augmentation Dermal Filler Reactions, Histopathologic Features. Head and Neck Pathology, 7(3), 241–249. doi: 10.1007/s12105-013-0436-1
- Kane, M. A. C., Lorenc, Z. P., Lin, X., & Smith, S. R. (2012). Validation of a Lip Fullness Scale for Assessment of Lip Augmentation. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 129(5). doi: 10.1097/prs.0b013e31824a2df0