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Lip augmentation

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Full, luscious lips denote youthfulness and sensuality, and are coveted by celebrities and ordinary women alike. Unfortunately, like many other areas of the face, the lips begin to lose their volume as we age, growing thin and lusterless. A once beautiful smile can be marred by lips that have lost their definition, causing a patient to feel self-conscious and frustrated with their appearance.

Lip augmentation is a popular and ultra successful procedure for restoring the plumpness and vitality to the lips, making clients feel sexy again. Treatments range from enlarging the lips through implants, to fat transfers, and the use of dermal fillers such as Restylane and Juvaderm. The key to beautiful, voluminous lips, however, is moderation; over-correction can backfire. Therefore only a talented, experienced surgeon who specializes in facial plastic surgery should undertake the procedure.

Why should clients choose

Dr. Kwak is a veteran of anti-aging therapies, and with a double board certification in both facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology, his career-spanning focus on improving the facial features has garnered him an outstanding reputation among his peers and with clients from all over the world. Dr. Kwak’s level of precision and meticulous attention to detail elevate his work to the level of cosmetic fine art. Patients seeking lip augmentation need only view his before and after photos to know that they are in remarkable hands.

The first step in lip augmentation is always a confidential consultation with Dr. Kwak in the warmth and comfort of his New York office. The doctor will review your medical history, your prior procedures, if any, and discuss your goals and expectations. Dr. Kwak does not believe in designing a “signature” look or in imitating a certain celebrity’s lips that happen to be in vogue; rather he works to achieve an organic aesthetic for your lips that is customized to perfectly suit the rest of your face.

Dr. Kwak is also a master of “revision” lip augmentation, meaning that he is able to correct the imperfections of previous surgeons, whose subpar work may have resulted in asymmetrical, bumpy, lopsided or overly puckered lips.

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How does lip augmentation work?

Eschewing lip implants, Dr. Kwak favors the less invasive, non-surgical approach to lip augmentation facilitated by injectable dermal fillers like Restylane or Juvederm. Both fillers contain hyaluronic acid, a hydrating, volume-enhancing compound found naturally in the body’s soft tissue. Although they do not offer permanent augmentation, lip fillers tend to cause less swelling or bruising, and are easier to control since they can be injected incrementally until precise results are achieved.

Patients are given local anesthesia or a numbing gel, after which the doctor will mark the injections sites with a special cosmetic pen. Depending on the amount of plumpness and volume desired, either one syringe or two will then be injected along the vermilion lip border. The needles used are exceptionally thin and painless, and are in and out so quickly that most patients do not even realize the procedure is over. The entire treatment is performed at Dr. Kwak’s office, with clients returning to their normal routines the same day.

Recovery from lip augmentation

After the injections, patients may opt to apply ice to their lips in order to reduce swelling and tenderness. These side effects usually subside quickly on their own, however. Lipstick, lip gloss, Vaseline and all other lip products should be avoided for at least one week as the area heals. It’s also best to keep lips out of the sun during recovery. Fillers can be re-injected every 8-9 months to maintain optimum results.

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