Lip fillers are typically made of hyaluronic acid, which is the same gel that is found in your joints. These fillers can define a patient’s Cupid’s bow and/or plumpen the lips. However, they typically require treatment every 6-12 months.
Is there a more permanent option?
Yes! A surgeon can insert a silicone-based implant under local anesthesia. These implants are measured for a patient’s desired size and fullness, thereby providing symmetry and fullness more accurately than fillers.
What’s the recovery like?
Whenever implants are placed in the body, the patient may experience some fullness and pressure that translates to pain. After the numbness of the procedure wears off, this can be treated with moderate strength pain medication. Once the skin and muscles around the area relax and adjust to the implant, the pain will also subside.
Can these implants leak?
No, the implants will not leak. They are made with a silicone “gummy bear” material instead of liquid silicone.
Contact the San Francisco practice of Dr. Jonathan Kaplan today at (415) 923-3005 for more information about lip implants as an alternative to lip fillers and find the size that’s right for you.