Lip Augmentation/Fat Transfers Fort Worth & Southlake
Lip Augmentation/Fat Transfers Information and FAQs as provided by board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Jonathan Heistein
Fat transfers are used in a variety of situations and may be performed anywhere on the body. The main premise is replacing volume that has been lost either due to the aging process, following weight loss, or to simply accentuate an area (the buttock for example).
Fat is a common choice to restore lost volume because it is easily harvested from almost anywhere on the body with minimal scarring, there is no risk of allergic reaction, and a portion of the transferred fat will become permanent. Repeat sessions can then be used to tailor the final volume. Recovery is usually about 1 week, depending on the area(s) treated.
Injectable Fillers used by Dr. Heistein include Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Ultra Plus, Restylane, Evolence, and Radiesse. These work in the same way as fat transfers without the need to transfer fat from another part of the body. There is almost no downtime, and this can be performed in the office.
Soft tissue augmentation of the lips may require multiple injections to distribute the filler for enhanced lip fullness and to raise or define a cupid’s bow or vermillion border. Loss of volume in the lips may be the result of aging, or some people are simply born with thin lips. Enlarging the lips is directed at increasing the visibility of the pink portion of the lip (for women, the area where lipstick is applied).
Many different injectable fillers are frequently used for lip augmentation, and a person’s own fat can be used as well.
An improved appearance is visible almost immediately, although minor swelling or bruising may appear at the injection sites. With some fillers, a slightly “over-filled” appearance may be present initially. These conditions will resolve within a few hours, or at most a few days.
– Will injectable fillers erase my facial wrinkles?
Injectable fillers are effective in smoothing and softening lines and wrinkles. They are also used for “plumping” areas where volume has been lost. Unfortunately, injectable fillers will not completely erase wrinkles, but most patients are pleasantly surprised and quite pleased at the results following injectable fillers.
– I have thin lips and I would really like to plump them up but I’m afraid of looking unnatural. How do I keep that from happening?
The safest and surest way to obtain the best, most natural looking results—and to get the results that you want, is to go to a plastic surgeon who is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) and who is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Only the best trained and most skilled plastic surgeons can claim these two professional designations. There are many doctors who are performing cosmetic procedures, but are not plastic surgeons; make your choice carefully.
In addition, you should choose a surgeon with whom you feel comfortable and who takes the time to answer your questions and address your concerns. You should also feel comfortable with the office staff and the facility.
– Help! I’m noticing wrinkles on my face but I don’t want to get a facelift. What can I do?
Injectable fillers and/or fat transfers may be the answer. Although the results will not be the same as a facelift, the effects can range from subtle to dramatic depending upon your desired outcome. Often, by filling the nasolabial folds (the vertical contour from the corner of the nose to the corner of the mouth) and filling some fine facial lines, a patient can look and feel years younger. Many patients also choose to combine these procedures with lip augmentation and Botox injections. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Heistein and to find out what injectable fillers can do for you, contact our office.
– What are the risks associated with injections to soften lines?
Most patients experience only mild and temporary swelling. Other possible side effects/ risks which vary depending on the specific filler used include:
- Fillers derived from non-human sources may require a pre-treatment allergy test
- Infection at the injection site
- Asymmetry and lumpiness
- Bleeding, bruising and swelling
- Filler material may migrate from the original site and produce temporary paralysis of other muscle groups or other unintended effects
- Skin rash, itching and swelling
- Skin redness; sensitivity
- Under or over correction of wrinkles
– I’m in my 30’s but I’m really bothered by some of the wrinkles that I’m starting to see. Am I too young for these procedures? What is the average age of a patient for injectable fillers?
Most patients in their 30’s need to focus on caring for their skin. This includes mainly sun avoidance, smoking cessation and treatments such as Nia-24 or Retin-A. When the wrinkles or folds are prominent, then fillers would be an excellent choice as it would be very rare to consider face-lifting procedures in women that are so young. Women often start requesting procedures such as this in their 30’s and their use may be ongoing until larger procedures may be required.
– Where can I find more information on fat transfers & injectable fillers?
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons provides information on their website,plasticsurgery.org.You can also contact our office directly with any questions. We are happy to answer your questions.