Lip augmentation is a cosmetic procedure that can give you fuller, plumper lips. These days, an injectable dermal filler is the most commonly used method of lip enhancement. There are many types of dermal fillers that can be injected in your lips and around your mouth. But the most common fillers today are products that contain substances similar to hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in the body. It helps increase volume in your lips.
These types of dermal fillers are sometimes called “hyaluronic acid fillers.” Collagen, once the most common dermal filler, is used less often today. The newer options are safer and the effects last longer. Fat injections and implants are other methods to plump lips. But they aren’t used as much today because the results vary and there is a greater risk of side effects.
Uses of Hyaluronic Acid Fillers
Hyaluronic acid fillers can improve the appearance of your lips by adding:
The effects of lip enhancement surgery typically last around six months. After that more injections are needed to keep the volume of your lips. There are several hyaluronic acid fillers on the market. Among them are these products:
- Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Ultra Plus
- Belotero Balance
All of these products are injected the same way and give you similar results. And some contain lidocaine, a local anesthetic.
Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid Fillers
Once injected, the gel in the filler supports and shapes the tissues of the lips.
The benefits of using hyaluronic acid fillers include:
Control over lip volume. The amount of substance injected can be controlled, so the doctor has better control over how much lip volume is created. Gradual pace of treatment. The injections can be given gradually during different appointments until the desired results are achieved. Bumps dissolve easily. Any lumps and bumps created by movement of the lips can be dissolved easily. Less bruising. There may be less bruising and swelling compared to other dermal fillers. Reasonably lasting results. The results are reasonably long-lasting, but not permanent. Allergic reaction unlikely. Because hyaluronic acid fillers are made from substances similar to those found in the body, they are unlikely to cause an allergic reaction. But if you are allergic to lidocaine, tell your doctor before being treated.
What to Expect During Lip Enhancement Surgery
Injectable lip augmentation techniques can be performed quickly in your doctor’s office with little to no downtime. Fat injection is the exception, since the procedure requires a small area of liposuction to remove the fat from another part of your body before the injection can take place.
Before the injections, a topical or local numbing agent may be applied to ease discomfort. Sometimes injections can be given before the treatment to completely numb the lips. This is similar to the anesthetic injections that you get at the dentist to numb your mouth. After carefully marking the areas to be injected, very fine needles are used to inject the substance into your lips. Following injection, ice may be given to ease discomfort and control swelling. But no firm pressure should be put on the treatment area. Lipstick or other lip products are best avoided immediately after the procedure.
You should be able to notice a difference immediately. After you have healed, your lips should feel natural.
What is a facelift?
Rhytidectomy, a surgical procedure commonly known as a facelift, involves the removal of excess facial fat, the tightening of facial muscles, and the stretching of facial skin to approximate a smoother, firmer facial appearance. The procedure takes place on either the face, neck, or both. Depending on the area of the face or neck where the “lift” is to take place, the surgeon will separate the skin from the fat and muscle. The fat is then removed and the skin is pulled back into place with any excess removed.
What to expect During a Facelift
Although each procedure varies, generally, facelift surgeries follow this process:
Location options may include:
- Hospital outpatient
- Hospital inpatient
Anesthetic options may include:
- General anesthesia
- Local anesthesia, combined with intravenous (allows the patient to remain awake but relaxed)
Average length of the facelift procedure:
- Several hours or longer, if more than one procedure is being performed
Some possible short-term side effects of Facelift surgery:
- Pain after surgery is not unusual, though generally well-controlled with medication
- Temporary numbness of the skin
Facelift and Facial Rejuvenation Procedures
Facelift surgery is a plastic surgery procedure that elevates the soft tissues of the face while at the same time tightening and removing excess facial skin, leaving patients with a fuller, firmer, and more refreshed appearance. A facelift can improve the “parenthesis lines” that extend from the sides of the nose to the corners of the mouth, and eliminate “marionette lines” that travel from the corner of the mouth to the chin. A face & neck lift can also tighten the jaw line and neck by correcting lower face jowls and the dreaded “turkey neck.”
Recovery from a Facelift
If everything goes smoothly, patients will go home the same day. Patients will be given pain medications & anti-nausea medications to go home with.
A neck lift is a plastic surgery procedure that resuspends sagging neck muscles, removes and tightens excess neck skin, and defines the angle of the neck and jaw. A neck lift is often performed in combination with a facelift to fully rejuvenate the face and keep the mid and lower face in harmony. Male patients who are unhappy with a saggy neck may often be pleased with the general appearance of their face, and opt only for the neck lift procedure.
Patients with a poorly defined neck line due to an abundance of subcutaneous fat but do not have excess neck skin or sagging neck muscles may be a candidate for neck liposuction rather than a surgical neck lift. During liposuction of the neck, small cannulas are used to permanently remove fat that is located above the neck muscles; fat located below the neck muscles cannot be addressed with liposuction of the neck. Those with sagging neck muscles causing vertical neck bands but relatively good skin tone can consider a nonsurgical neck lift. A nonsurgical neck lift is performed by injecting Botox into the muscles of the neck that cause unsightly lines and banding. The effects are visible in approximately five days and cause a softening of vertical neck bands and reduction in the neck skin wrinkles.
Dr. Jessica Suber performs every variant of neck lift from the nonsurgical neck lift with Botox, to liposuction of the neck, and finally the standard neck lift procedure depending on patient needs and desires.
Liposuction of the neck can occasionally be performed under local anesthesia, but is usually performed under general anesthesia in combination with other procedures. By itself, neck liposuction requires approximately one hour of operative time. Like with all of Dr. Suber’s liposuction patients, those receiving liposuction of the neck must wear a compression garment and dressings to speed healing, decrease complications, and contour the neck line. Patients recovering from neck liposuction go have the same day and may have a drain that is removed in the first few days following surgery.
Patients undergoing a surgical neck lift will have some swelling and bruising that lasts one to two weeks. Dr. Subers’s neck lift patients usually have drains placed in the surgical site to help speed recovery and decrease postoperative complications. The drains are generally removed in the first few days after surgery. A bulky dressing is worn for several days after surgery, followed by a compression garment for varying lengths of time. Neck lift patients are often able to return to work after one week, drive when they are no longer taking narcotic pain medications, and return to full exercise by six weeks.
Brow lift surgery is an anti-aging cosmetic surgical procedure to correct the sagging of the eyebrows. In some cases, the procedure may be conducted to improve the vision which may have been obstructed due to drooping eyebrows. In many cases, a brow lift is combined with forehead lift, eye lift, rhinoplasty, or face lift surgeries.
Types of Brow Lift
Classic and endoscopic brow lift are two types of brow lift procedures. The classic brow lift involves a single continuous incision starting at the level of the ears and moving up around the hair line. The surgeon will make the incision in a way to minimize scar exposure. In case of an endoscopic brow lift, a few shorter incisions will be made in the scalp. A scope will be inserted through one of the incisions and the necessary changes will be made from the other incisions. This procedure is more advanced and less invasive compared to the traditional brow lift.
Brow Lift Results
Brow lift surgery ensures that unsightly frown lines on the bridge of the nose, the horizontal creases on the forehead, and the loose skin on the forehead are all reduced or removed. The skin on forehead and face becomes loose and sagging because of exposure to the sun and elements. People who frown and have a tendency to laugh a lot also end up with expression lines on their faces. With a brow lift, the patient will have a younger and more appealing facial profile.
Brow Lift Recovery
The recovery period will depend on the type of brow lift procedure performed. Sutures in either case will be removed after about a week. Some amount of bruising and swelling may be experienced in the first few days, which may also cause discomfort to eyes and cheeks. Itching may be experienced for several weeks after the surgery. Ice packs can be applied gently to the affected areas to provide comfort. Most patients can resume their normal work routine and activities within a week to 10 days following the surgery.
Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty or eye lift, is a plastic surgery procedure to make the lower and upper eyelids appear rejuvenated and youthful. The surgery is usually performed for cosmetic purposes. It helps reduce excess skin from upper eyelids and bagginess from lower eyelids. If the sagging upper eyelids obstruct vision in an older patient, eyelid surgery can help correct the condition.
What to expect during eyelid surgery
Eyelid surgery is an outpatient procedure, but the patient will not be able to drive home on their own. It is advisable to arrange another person to drive home after the blepharoplasty surgery. It also may be a responsible and judicious idea to have someone stay with the patient during the night after the surgery.
Eyelid Surgery Recovery
Physical activities may be limited for a few days following the surgery while the eyelids heal. The patient may be confined to the home for the first few days and avoid office work. Some patients complain of dry eyes after the surgery, but the condition will go away on its own within two weeks in most cases.
Eyelid Surgery Results
The results of lower eyelid surgery are nearly permanent, and a repeat surgery may not be necessary in the future. However, the eyes will still continue to age as usual. Results with upper eyelid surgery can usually last for about five to seven years. In case the eyelids sag again in the future, a forehead lift may be performed rather than a repeat eye lift.
The eyes are the first things we notice when meeting someone new. The eyes can tell many things about a person- mood, temperament, sex, and age, for starters. With that said, the eyes, eyelids, and the periocular region in general are the first areas of the face to show signs of aging. It is no surprise then that eyelid lift surgery is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries performed in the United States. The demographic of patients seeking eyelid lift surgery has changed as well; many more male patients are seeking eyelid lift and upper facial rejuvenation, with patients, male and female, seeking treatment at a younger and younger age.
An eyelid lift, or blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure that corrects excess, sagging upper lid skin and fat as well as excess, crepey, lower lid skin and lower lid bags.
Many people, because of aging or genetics, have heavy, sagging upper eyelid skin and bulging fat. This change in the upper eyelid can give the appearance of premature aging, and when severe, the upper eyelid can even obstruct vision. During an upper eyelid lift, a small incision is made in the upper eyelid crease and a small ellipse of skin is excised. Through this same incision, small amounts of fat in the inner corner of the eye can be removed, providing for a smooth, sharp upper eyelid crease. For those with small amounts of eyebrow descent, a mini-brow lift, or brow-pexy can also be performed through the eyelid lift incision. This combination of skin excision, fat removal, and brow lifting results in the appearance of a larger eye with a more youthful and refreshed appearance.
For those patients with crepey, excess lower lid skin, dark circles, and bags under the eye, a lower eyelid lift, or lower blepharoplasty, may be in order. During a lower lid eyelid lift, a small incision is made right under the lower lash line and excess skin is removed and tightened. Through this same incision, excess fat in the lower lid can be removed or draped into under eye hollows to act as an auto- fat graft. The soft tissues of the lower eyelid and upper cheek are then elevated and secured into a higher, smoother position. Following a lower eyelid lift, patients notice a smoother, tighter lower lid and upper cheek as well as improvement of lower eyelid bags and discoloration.
Most patients recover very quickly from an eyelid lift or blepharoplasty surgery. The surgery itself is performed in an outpatient surgical facility with the patient going home the same day. Depending on the complexity of the operation, and whether an upper eyelid lift, lower eye lid lift, or both surgeries are performed, the operation can be performed under local anesthesia, conscious sedation, or general anesthesia and takes one to three hours to complete.
The recovery following eyelid lift or blepharoplasty surgery is generally uneventful. Patients are given oral pain medications and may be given antibiotic and anti-nausea medications as well. Most patients experience a few days of bruising and the swelling decreases rapidly over a period of days to weeks. Those undergoing an eyelid lift surgery are generally able to drive and return to work within a few days to a week, and any residual bruising can be covered with makeup.