Everyone loves the look of full, perfectly shaped lips but not many are naturally blessed with this much sought-after feature. Fortunately, anyone can have the lips they’ve always wanted quickly and easily. All it takes is a visit to Dr. Mikel Lo — chosen by Castle Connolly as a Tucson Top Doc — at About Faces Cosmetic Surgery. 

Lip enhancement is ranked in the top ten procedures by RealSelf, the informational cosmetic surgery site, and it’s easy to see why. Lip enhancement can restore the shape and volume to lips that are thin or flat, can smooth lip lines, and improve the symmetry between upper and lower lips. 

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Those considering lip enhancement must decide whether they’d prefer a non-surgical or surgical procedure. Non-surgical procedures include:

Botox®, Dysport®

These products are all injectables, and are used to temporarily weaken or paralyze muscles and can last around three months. They give a more youthful appearance by minimizing creases in the lips, elevating the corners of the mouth, removing the lines that run downward from the corners of the mouth (referred to as “marionette lines”), correcting a smile that reveals too much of the gums, and enhancing the upper lip, which known as “lip flip”. 

The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery states that the ease of the procedure is what makes receiving fillers so popular. The filler is injected with a needle into the appropriate areas, and the lips are instantly enlarged. 

For those looking for a more permanent solution, surgical options are the right choice. Lip enhancement surgery includes:

Lip Lifts

There are two types of lip lifts: an upper lip lift and corner lip lift. The upper lift is favored by those with more than 1.5cm of space between their upper lip and nose, which can increase with age. This in-office procedure involves making a small incision beneath the nose and removing a small strip of skin. The lip is then elevated to a new position, exposing more of the lip, giving a fuller look.

The corner lift slightly raises the outer edges of the lip by also removing a small amount of skin. Patients can usually resume a normal schedule 3-4 days after surgery, although swelling may persist for several weeks.

Lip Implants

The procedure for a permanent lip implant takes approximately an hour to complete. Initial recovery is normally 5-7 days, although some patients prefer to wait a few weeks before appearing in public, due to some puffiness and swelling.

The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery says that the results of lip implants can last for many years and the procedure leaves virtually undetectable scars. 

Are you thinking of getting lip enhancement? To find out more about surgical and non-surgical options, Dr. Lo and the About Faces team can answer all your questions.  Schedule a consultation  with Dr. Lo and his talented, professional  staff—including 2 trained nurse injectors—at About Faces Cosmetic Surgery. Contact us today!

The office of About Faces Cosmetic Surgery continues to take every precaution to ensure the safety of all our patients and our entire staff. Please feel free to contact our office with any questions or concerns.

We look forward to seeing you! 

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