Lip Augmentation: Should I Choose Implants or a Filler?

Countless women know all too well what it’s like to live with thinning or flat lips.  In a society that associates full, plump lips with youth and beauty, it’s no wonder that many of these women experience issues of self esteem and an overall lack of confidence.  Thankfully, modern cosmetic surgery offers Lip Augmentation—both surgical and non-surgical.  So, what’s the difference between lip augmentation with implants and lip augmentation with a filler?  The answer is simple: what the procedure is like and how long your results will last.

One of the most popular fillers for lip augmentation today is Restylane.  Restylane Injections are not only used to treat facial creases, but they can now be used to enhance the appearance of the lips.  This minimally-invasive procedure can add volume and fullness to the lips, and the recovery time is relatively short.  Though not a permanent fix, the effects of a Restylane lip treatment can last up to six months.

Patients looking for a more permanent option will often choose lip implants over fillers.  There are different implant types available, the most permanent of which would be a synthetic implant.  While the results may last you a lifetime, the procedure is surgical, and your recovery time will be longer.  So which of these lip augmentation procedures are trending?  Read on to find out!

Implants on the Rise

Each year, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) publishes statistics on cosmetic procedures in the US.  This year’s data was just released, and the numbers may surprise you.  While soft-tissue fillers saw an overall 7% uptick in 2011, surgical lip augmentation nearly doubled in popularity, showing a remarkable 49% increase over the previous year’s data.  All in all, there were 25,477 surgical lip augmentation procedures performed in 2011.  Think this procedure may be right for you?  Schedule a consultation and find out!

Plastic Surgery Consultation in Long Island

As a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, I can tell you that the best way to have all your questions answered is to schedule a consultation.  There, we can discuss your surgical goals as well as the potential benefits and risks of any procedure.  So, do something for yourself—contact us and book your appointment.  Our Long Island Plastic Surgery Offices are located in Huntington Station, serving the surrounding areas.  Call us today at (631) 424-6707.  We look forward to working with you.

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