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What Is Lip Augmentation?
Lip augmentation restores or adds volume to the lips in order to enhance your smile and balance your facial appearance. The goal of this cosmetic treatment is to make the lips and mouth area “pop” without looking unnatural or over-filled.
Dr. Emer understands that creating full, proportionate lips often requires more than increasing volume. His approach to lip augmentation involves refining the shape and size of the lips to match the individual patient’s vision, as well as addressing signs of aging in the lower face.
Innovator + Scientist+ Artist
Facial sculpting pioneer and board-certified dermatologist Dr. Jason Emer performs lip augmentation with dermal fillers, fat transfer, and thread lifting procedures. His methodology, expertise, and precision technique allow him to create natural-looking, radiant smiles, making him the best choice for lip augmentation in Beverly Hills.
What Can Lip Augmentation Do for My Lips?
Dr. Emer provides unparalleled artistry and discernment when formulating the optimal treatment approach for each of his unique lip augmentation patients. He may recommend dermal fillers, fat injections, or a non-surgical lip thread lift to best accomplish your desired look.
Lip augmentation is highly customizable and can resolve many common concerns with the mouth area by achieving:
- Increased lip volume
- A natural-looking lift
- Definition in the Cupid’s bow and lip borders
- Proper lip ratio and symmetry
- Hydrated lips
- Aesthetically upturned corners of the mouth
- Softened perioral lines, marionette lines, and nasolabial folds
- Enhanced chin projection
RIGHT FOR YOU?
Who Is a Good Candidate for Lip Augmentation?
In general, healthy adults who want to plump, lift, and contour their lips are potential candidates for lip augmentation. However, the best way to find out if lip augmentation is right for you is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Emer.
After learning about your treatment goals and medical history and examining your facial structure and tissue, he will develop a protocol to best achieve your desired results. He is renowned for creating customized, combination facial sculpting treatments for his patients, and his approach to lip augmentation is no exception.
Lip Augmentation with Fillers
Dermal fillers are injectable treatments that Dr. Emer performs with care and precision to enhance the lips and lower face. This minimally invasive procedure can be done in as little as 15 minutes and requires no downtime. To rejuvenate and balance the mouth area, Dr. Emer can use fillers to:
- Restore volume and plumpness
- Lift the corners of the mouth
- Refine the chin and jawline
- Smooth vertical lip lines
- Refine the Cupid’s bow and lip borders
- Improve symmetry
For lip augmentation, Dr. Emer uses hyaluronic acid (HA)-based fillers. HA fillers provide temporary enhancements that last from six to twelve months.
Dr. Emer has a thorough understanding of the dermal fillers currently available on the market, the benefits and disadvantages of each product, and how those fillers behave when injected. Upon conducting a formal evaluation, Dr. Emer can determine the best filler for your lips and the exact dose needed to achieve your aesthetic goals.
The dermal fillers Dr. Emer typically uses on the lips include:
Revanesse Versa is a super-soft dermal filler and a great option for patients seeking improvements with hydration and a subtle “pout” effect.
Restylane Silk is a soft, hydrating filler and the first filler to be FDA-approved for lip augmentation and treating vertical lip lines. The HA particles in Restylane Silk are smaller than those in other Restylane products, allowing Dr. Emer to precisely refine the lip border and achieve natural-looking plumping effects. Restylane Silk injections typically last about six months.
Restylane Refyne can correct nasolabial folds and wrinkles in the mouth area to restore a youthful, lifted lower facial appearance.
Dr. Emer often selects Restylane Defyne injections for chin augmentation and smoothing nasolabial folds to enhance and balance the lips as well as improve symmetry in the lower face.
Dr. Emer uses Belotero Balance to plump the lips and address moderate lines and wrinkles around the mouth. Belotero Balance results can last up to six months.
Designed for lip augmentation and the treatment of perioral lines, Juvederm Volbella is often Dr. Emer’s choice for lifting and shaping the lips, refining the corners of the mouth, and restoring a youthful look to the mouth area. His patients love that their Juvederm Volbella results can last for up to a year.
Juvederm Voluma can be used for chin enhancement and to create more noticeable fullness in the lips. When using this filler for lip augmentation, Dr. Emer uses a conservative approach, starting with a small amount of Voluma and then recommends a touch-up after two to four weeks, as needed to achieve your desired look.
This member of the Juvederm family is a soft filler that can plump and contour while also hydrating and defining the lips. Results from Juvederm Vollure can last up to 18 months.
Juvederm Ultra is effective for reshaping the lips and increasing volume. Dr. Emer also uses this filler for treating fine lines and wrinkles in the mouth area.
Juvederm Ultra Plus
With larger particles and a thicker consistency than Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Ultra Plus can be a good option for enhancing the mouth area by addressing deep nasolabial folds and marionette lines. When used to increase volume in the lips, Juvederm Ultra Plus can achieve more projection than Juvederm Ultra.
Facial Fat Grafting for Lip Augmentation
As a complement or alternative to dermal fillers, fat from the patient’s own body can be injected into the lips and throughout the face to create natural, long-term improvement in volume.
An autologous fat grafting procedure involves harvesting excess fat from a pre-determined area of the patient’s body. Dr. Emer insists on the use of a water-assisted fat extraction method to obtain the most viable fat cells. Next, the fat undergoes a comprehensive purification process.
Dr. Emer’s fat transfer process includes a unique step to ensure that you enjoy long-lasting, aesthetic results. Before injecting the purified fat, he enriches it with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and growth factors from the patient’s own blood. PRP and growth factors work to encourage healthy cell regeneration.
Due to the fat extraction process, this treatment is more invasive than synthetic lip filler treatments. However, it can be ideal for patients who:
- Desire longer-lasting results – Fat injection results can last many years.
- Have a history of allergies – While synthetic dermal fillers are suitable for most patients, those with a history of allergies may not be the best candidates for lip fillers. With fat grafting, there is no risk of the body rejecting the injections since they consist of your body’s own tissue.
- Want to eliminate excess fat from another part of the body – For facial fat grafting, excess fat is typically harvested from the abdomen, arms, flanks, or buttocks. Patients benefit from improved contours at the extraction site, as well as achieving more shapely lips.
Lip Thread Lift
A lip thread lift is a non-surgical method of rejuvenating the mouth and lower face. The treatment is minimally invasive and takes about 30 minutes.
At the start of your lip thread lift procedure, a topical numbing cream is applied. Then, Dr. Emer inserts resorbable threads under the skin. He can then gently pull the threads upward to smooth out wrinkles and lines, tighten the skin, and define the lips.
Thread lifting not only addresses mild skin laxity in the lower face, it also works to encourage collagen production, which can provide instant and long-term improvements in the appearance of fine lines.
Dr. Emer uses NovaThreads and Silhouette InstaLift threads as an alternative or complement to lip fillers. A lip thread lift can be ideal for patients who:
- Have mild sagging and drooping skin around the mouth
- Desire long-term improvements in the strength and quality of their skin
- Predominantly want to refine the shape of the lips and reduce fine lip lines
- Do not want to add significant volume to the lips and instead prefer a subtle plumping effect
- Metabolize fillers quickly
Retreatment is typically needed after six to 12 months. In some cases, Dr. Emer performs small, touch-up thread inserts every three or four months for patients who want to maintain consistent results and ensure that fine lines are minimized.
THE DR. EMER DIFFERENCE
Skill, experience, and a capacity for sharing your vision are extremely important when it comes to choosing who will perform your lip augmentation. Selecting a practitioner lacking in any of those categories can easily result in lips that look overdone, duck-like, unbalanced, or drastically different than expected.
As a board-certified cosmetic dermatologist and facial sculpting expert, Dr. Emer has exceptional technique, advanced knowledge of facial anatomy, and countless satisfied lip augmentation patients of all ages and ethnicities. Dr. Emer frequently combines lip augmentation procedures with complementary treatments to achieve unmatchable results for his patients.
When you choose Dr. Emer for lip augmentation in Beverly Hills, you receive a meticulously designed personalized treatment plan that addresses your unique concerns, incorporates preventative care, and aims to provide lasting results.
For patients who want to make changes to their lips—particularly the shape and position of the upper lip, contact Dr. Jason Emer today to schedule an appointment.
Dr. Emer’s Approach to Lip Augmentation for Women
Many of Dr. Emer’s lip augmentation patients are women who are dissatisfied with the natural size, shape, or definition of their lips. Soft fillers like Juvederm Volbella and Vollure, Revanesse Versa, Restylane Refyne, and Belotero are often ideal for short-term subtle plumping and contouring in these cases. Alternatively, fat grafting provides longer-lasting enhancement.
Many younger women desire to make the lips more prominent and full. To achieve voluminous lips that look natural yet can’t be missed, Dr. Emer may recommend Juvederm Ultra Plus, Juvederm Voluma, or Restylane Defyne.
Older women who are concerned about age-related volume loss in the lips, as well as wrinkles and drooping skin around the mouth, often benefit from a combination treatment that includes a lip thread lift and lip fillers. To further counter the effects of aging, Dr. Emer incorporates complementary collagen-stimulating therapy into lip augmentation treatment for older women.
Dr. Emer’s Approach to Lip Augmentation for Men
Dr. Emer is seeing more and more men who are looking for natural-looking enhancements to their signature features, including the lips. For his male patients, Dr. Emer focuses less on volume and more on lifting, shaping, and contouring.
Dr. Emer’s approach to lip augmentation for men involves sculpting the mid-face and lower face. He may use a cross-hatching technique to inject filler into the medial-lateral part of the cheek to lift the mid-face and improve facial harmony.
To enhance the lower face and create a more striking, masculine appearance, Dr. Emer often uses a microdroplet injection technique in the chin area and nasolabial folds. Softening the nasolabial folds and improving chin projection can provide the significant, yet subtle improvements that Dr. Emer’s male patients typically want to see in the lips and lower face.
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How Much Does Lip Augmentation Cost?
The cost of lip augmentation varies based on the specific procedure or procedures needed to address your concerns. Once Dr. Emer has evaluated your facial structure and tissues and learned about your goals for lip augmentation, he will develop a customized treatment approach for you. Prior to scheduling your lip augmentation, you will receive detailed information regarding all associated costs.
Schedule Your Lip Augmentation Consultation
The first step toward getting the shapely lips you desire is a consultation with Dr. Emer. His skill and knowledge of cosmetic enhancement techniques translates to natural-looking, aesthetic results that you will love. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation for lip augmentation in Beverly Hills.