When Does Lip Augmentation Go Too Far?
Lip augmentations using injectable fillers are becoming quite common and popular, perhaps even in part thanks to celebrities like Kylie Jenner who has recently brought the procedure into the limelight. One of the great advantages of choosing an injectable lip augmentation over lip implants is that injectables involve a nonsurgical, minimally invasive procedure that can offer a subtle, natural-looking enhancement to the lips so that they remain in balance with your other facial features. (American Society of Plastic Surgeons)
However, as with any medical procedure, there is a right and a wrong way to achieve this desired look, and working with an unskilled technician can produce unwanted and sometimes even unsafe results. One of the most common mistakes made by inexperienced persons is using entirely too much of the injectable product.
When it comes to lip augmentation, a little really does go a long way, and if taken too far, the results can create some unsightly side effects. It really is best to always work with a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon, and there are a variety of resources available to make sure that the person you are considering to work with is, indeed, board-certified. (CNN)
The three characteristics of a lip augmentation that has gone too far include:
1. Bumpy, Hard Lips Due to Too Much Injectable
The aim of injectable lip augmentations is to give the lips a gentle, natural boost of volume to create very natural-looking and unforced results. If too much injectable product is used, or if the injection is placed in the wrong areas or at the wrong angle, the end results can appear bumpy and hard rather than smooth and soft. Sometimes, too much product can cause the lips to appear to spill out of their natural lines, which can create an undesirable look.
2. An Unnatural Shine and an Uneven Texture
Another side effect of over-injecting lip fillers can be an unnatural, constant shine to the lips and an uneven texture. When excessive product is used, it can cause the naturally thin skin that makes up the lips to stretch, creating an unnatural sheerness and an uneven appearance.
3. Sagging, Stretched Skin
Although the results of injectable lip augmentations will eventually fade, if not properly administered, the injected material can cause the skin to stretch and sag. This will be apparent after the initial results have diminished. Thus, further injectables will be necessary to reduce the sagging and appearance of excess skin. If performed properly, however, lip augmentation results should gradually return the lips to their normal, pre-treatment appearance and should not require supplemental injections to correct unwanted side effects.
Why Choose Acqua Blu Medical Spa for Your Lip Augmentation Injectables?
When it comes to lip augmentations, getting the results you want is highly dependent on choosing a reputable medical spa and skilled professionals with whom to work. Although improper injections can create the above undesirable effects, when performed correctly with the precision and skill of an experienced professional, lip augmentation injections can produce beautiful, subtle, and natural-looking results. (WebMD)
At Acqua Blu Medical Spa in Pittsburgh, our plastic surgeon, Dr. Brian Heil has developed techniques to avoid these unwanted results. Allergan, the maker of the Juvederm family of injectable fillers, has selected Dr. Heil as a physician trainer. They trust him to train other doctors in techniques that use their products to best patient advantage. Dr. Heil seeks to optimize the formulation and amount of injectable, applied at the correct angles and depth, and consistent with the patient’s overall appearance to achieve a naturally enhanced appearance. The goal is to help you look your unique best, at any age.
Dr. Brian Heil excels in performing lip augmentation injections and has been able to give countless men and women in Pittsburgh the great results they’d hoped for. Dr. Heil has even been name a Castle Connolly Top Doctor, reflective of his being considered by his peers and the Castle Connolly physician-led research team as among the top 10 percent of doctors in his region in plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures. View our before and after photo gallery to see some examples of real lip augmentation results that Dr. Heil has achieved.
If you’d like more information about lip augmentation with injectable fillers, or to schedule a consultation with a member of our experienced, skilled staff, please contact Acqua Blu Medical Spa at (724) 933-1800 to take the first step towards achieving the balanced, natural-looking lips you’ve always wanted.
The Bottom Line
As with any cosmetic or plastic surgery procedure, the most important step of the entire process is working with the right team of professionals. By putting in a little extra time to research and even talk with experienced professionals before making a final decision, you can help to ensure that your results will be everything you’d hoped for.
At Acqua Blu Medical Spa, we take pride in providing only the highest quality results in our comfortable and relaxing state-of-the-art facility. If you’re considering a lip augmentation, you can view a virtual tour of our medical spa, or contact us to set up an appointment to speak with one of our board-certified professionals.