About Lip Enhancement
What is lip enhancement?
Lip enhancement also called lip augmentation, restores lips to a full, smooth and youthful appearance. Procedures can be done with injectable lip enhancement fillers, which provide instant results that can last six to twelve months. Surgical lip augmentation is also an option and involves removing fat from the abdomen and injecting it into the lips.
Lip enhancement procedures are most commonly performed to achieve the following results:
- Create plump, full, shapely lips
- Restore tone, shape and elasticity to the lips
- Restore visible pink tissue
- Increase the size of the lips
- Reduce fine wrinkles in the mouth area
What to expect
- Step 1Preparation
- Step 2Surgery
- Step 3Recovery
- Step 4Results
Step 1 Consultation
A thorough consultation is an important first step when deciding if a surgical lip enhancement procedure is the right option for you. One of our board certified surgeons will discuss your desired results, examine you and provide an honest, professional opinion on how best to achieve those results. We also make certain that you are a good candidate for the procedure, taking into account your age, health, medical background and other factors that could affect the safety and effectiveness of your surgery. All of our consultations are conducted with the goal of making sure our patients feel comfortable, confident and informed about surgical lip enhancement.
Step 2 Preparation
Well before your procedure, let Detroit Plastic Surgery know of any medications you take. Three weeks prior and three weeks after, we strongly suggest limiting your alcohol and tobacco intake. Two weeks prior and two weeks after, you should not take any medication that may thin your blood such as aspirin or ibuprofen products.
The evening before your surgery, refrain from eating or drinking anything including water, and do not smoke. If you develop a cold, sore throat, fever or any other symptoms of illness before your surgery, let Detroit Plastic Surgery know right away.
The day of your procedure, refrain from wearing makeup, contact lenses, hairpins, jewelry, lotion or perfume. We also advise wearing comfortable clothing. Prepare to have a responsible adult provide you with transportation after your procedure and make arrangements for any care or assistance that you may need 24 hours after surgery.
Step 3 Surgery
Before your procedure, your surgeon will answer any questions that may have come up since your consultation. You will also have the opportunity to meet the Detroit Plastic Surgery staff assisting your surgeon during your procedure. Every effort is made to make certain that all of your concerns are addressed and you are as comfortable as possible.
When it is time to begin, you will be taken to our state-of-the-art surgical suite and comfortably fall asleep under general anesthesia. A surgical lip enhancement typically takes two hours.
Step 4 Recovery
We recommend no heavy lifting and avoiding direct sunlight for several weeks following your surgery. We also discourage wearing makeup for seven to ten days after surgery. In just a few weeks, you will be able to resume your daily activities. Remember that everyone recovers differently, and you may need more or less time before you feel 100% again. A few days after your surgery, your Detroit Plastic Surgery doctor will follow-up to see how you are healing and prescribe any necessary medication.
Step 5 Results
While results vary based on the individual, surgical lip enhancement patients can expect to enjoy fuller and poutier lips with results lasting up to five years. Smooth and full lips can make your whole face look younger and refreshed. During your consultation, your doctor will thoroughly explain what results to expect.
Q: Is a lip enhancement surgery or injectable treatment right for me?
Lip enhancement is a common procedure for both men and women. If you want plumper, fuller lips, or you want to rejuvenate aging lips that have grown thinner over time, lip enhancement may be the right option for you. All lip enhancement candidates must be in good health and have no pre-existing medical conditions that could create complications.
Q: What causes lips to age?
Many factors influence the way our lips age. The most common factors are the loss of elasticity, the loss of collagen, genetics and gravity. When skin loses its elasticity it can begin to visibly sag. Loss of collagen under the skin can reduce volume and support, which creates visible wrinkles. Family genes also can be predisposed to showing early signs of aging.
Q: Why choose Detroit Plastic Surgery for my lip enhancement procedure?
When choosing a plastic surgeon to perform a lip enhancement procedure, there are three important qualifications to consider: training, experience, and personal attention. Your surgeon should have completed an accredited plastic surgery residency program and be board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). Above all, your doctor should be someone you trust to deliver exceptional results and perform a safe and effective procedure.
Dr. Hajjar is a board certified plastic surgeon with extensive training and vast experience in facial plastic surgery and lip enhancement procedures — both surgical and injectable. Our doctor spends the necessary time with every patient to answer any questions and address any concerns. We make it a priority to ensure that our patients are well-informed and completely comfortable with their decisions. We know that your time is valuable, which is why we maintain an efficient procedure calendar and use the latest techniques, technologies and products to minimize your recovery time and maximize your results
Q: Will my insurance cover a lip enhancement procedure?
Lip surgery cost – Insurance companies commonly do not cover an elective or cosmetic procedure like lip enhancement unless it is performed to correct a medical or health condition. If you plan to use insurance as payment, we strongly suggest consulting with your provider to discuss if the procedure is covered in part or in full by your current plan.
Q: Will my lip enhancement have a natural result?
At Detroit Plastic Surgery, we use the most advanced, minimally invasive techniques to reduce the possibility of scarring or other visible signs that a procedure was performed. While results vary based on the individual, we focus on creating the most natural results possible. During your consultation, your doctor will thoroughly explain what results to expect.
Q: How long will results last?
The longevity of results varies and is dependent on the individual. Typically, you can expect the results of an injectable treatment to last for six to twelve months and the results of a surgical treatment to last up to five years.
Q: What are the risks of lip enhancement?
As with any surgical procedure, there is a risk of complication related to infection. Some people may wake up from surgery feeling groggy and experience an upset stomach, side effects of the anesthesia that are very temporary.
Risks associated with injectable treatments are incredibly minimal. We are happy to explain in detail any of the risks involved prior to your surgery or treatment. We carefully review your complete medical history and all medications you are on to prevent any complications.
Q: Can I have additional procedures in combination with my lip augmentation to enhance results?
Yes, your Detroit Plastic Surgery doctor can recommend additional services that may enhance your desired results like a facelift or dermal fillers. Detroit Plastic Surgery also offers the option of combining your lip enhancement with a laser skin resurfacing treatment. Lasers promote collagen growth under the skin, which naturally helps to fill in wrinkles and restore volume around the mouth and other areas of the face.
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I couldn't be more happier with the entire process. Dr. Hajjar and his staff were extremely competent, professional, and caring throughout the procedure, and the follow up. His skills at suturing are top-notch, and after a couple of weeks I couldn't even see the incision. So thankful that my family doctor referred me to him.
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Dr. Hajjar is highly respected, intelligent and undeniably talented. He worked around an existing condition that could have been a disaster for someone less qualified. He appears to be all business, but does have a good sense of humor and a kind heart. I am thrilled with his office, the procedure and the results 100 percent. Equally as impressive, one of his Fellows, Scott Kreitzberg is probably one of the kindest people I have ever met. He followed up in hospital after surgery and at the first office visit. He is compassionate, listens and truly makes one feel comfortable. I am so thankful for the recommendation of Dr. Raymond Hajjar.
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