A: Like all aspects of plastic surgery, just because you have something done, does not necessarily mean you have to look like you had something done. Lip enlargement is a very common procedure that may or may not require surgery. The simplest way to enlarger lips and restore “normal” volume is to use a filler. Fillers are products that increase volume in the area that is being injected. Fillers that can be used include Restylane,Perlane, and Juvederm. The list is almost endless and new ones come out every year. The key to fillers is to know which are permanent and which are temporary and to fill to the appropriate level. Your physician can give you the list of potential side effects as well. Never forget to ask! If you are looking for a more permanent solution fat grafting may be a possibility. This does involve surgery to both harvest the fat and to then inject it into your lips. This can be done with local anesthesia.
Another important consideration in having your lips enlarged is that these procedures SHOULD NOT BE DONE IN A GARAGE OR THE BACK OF A “BEAUTY” SHOP as is often the case in Miami! Injections of any type are a medical procedure and should be done by a physician, a physician assistant or a nurse under his /her watchful eye. Some of the worst cosmetic calamities I have seen in recent times have been the damage that has resulted from patients seeking cheaper, permanent lip augmentation in nonphysician offices. Remember, the results will be permanent, and that is permanently bad!
For more information, contact Carlos Wolf MD at 305-595- 2969 or go online at www.miamiplasticsurgery.com. The ofice is located at 8940 N. Kendall Dr. Ste 903E, Miami.