Fall In Love With Your Lips

As we age, our lips sort of deflate and also have noticeable wrinkling. Of course, things such as smoking and sun exposure exacerbate the aging of the lips. If you are unhappy with the size and shape of your lips, then lip augmentation may be the solution for you. Injectable fillers from Zenn Plastic Surgery in Raleigh, North Carolina, help by providing a plumper appearance to thin, aging lips. 

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How Can Lip Augmentation Help Me?

In addition to providing a boost in volume, lip fillers also smooth out wrinkles for a natural-looking more youthful appearance. With no downtime or recovery needed, lip augmentation is a great solution for patients who aren’t ready to jump into more extensive cosmetic procedures such as fat grafting. Lip augmentation with lip filler is not only a rejuvenation procedure for aged lips. Some of our younger patients at Zenn Plastic Surgery have never had the full lips they desire. Careful and artistic placement of filler can create new plumpness and define new ridges that can enhance the lips.

There Is No Substitute For Experience

No two patients are the same, which is why we work with you one-on-one to determine the anatomy of your unique set of lips. We enhance your features to give you the most natural and beautiful lips possible. Like artists painting a portrait, the artistic eye and technical excellence of the injector make all the difference.

Zenn Plastic Surgery Advanced Nurse Injector Tara Cypher, RN, MSN, CANS has over 20 years of experience with non-surgical aesthetic procedures and has a reputation for delivering consistently beautiful results. While the choice of product is part of the equation, what matters most is who is holding 
the syringe. 

What Type Of Lip Filler Is Used?

Zenn Plastic Surgery offers lip fillers that contain a primary ingredient known as hyaluronic acid (HA). Hyaluronic acid is a compound that occurs naturally in the body that helps cells stay hydrated. Generally, Master Injector Tara Cypher RN, MSN, CANS, uses one of the following aesthetic injectable lip fillers:

  • Restylane® - provides definition and lift to the lips without distorting the lips’ natural shape
  • Juvéderm® Ultra XC - features a slightly higher concentration of hyaluronic acid for even more plumping action
  • Volbella™ - provides the most natural-looking augmentation with the longest-lasting results

Of course, there are other lip fillers available, and the experts at Zenn Plastic Surgery may recommend one of these, depending on your particular treatment goals.

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What Happens At A Lip Augmentation Consultation?

During an initial consultation with Zenn Plastic Surgery’s Master Injector, Tara Cypher RN, MSN, CANS, will determine the type of lip filler that is best for you. To do this, she will ask about your goals, take a look at your medical history, and examine your lips to see how they currently look, both in isolation and relative to the aesthetics of your face. You will also have the chance to look at before-and-after photos of other patients to see what kind of results you like. 

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What Is The Lip Augmentation Experience Like?

The lip filler procedure itself is fast and simple. Immediately prior to your lip augmentation, we take pictures of your lips. As the procedure begins, we apply a numbing cream to the area. We then allow about a ten-minute waiting period in order for the numbing cream to take full effect.

Next, the injection starts. This occurs with a fine needle and is relatively painless. The results are immediate. One can even see the result of each injection by directly comparing the “done” side to the non-injected side. When finished, your “after” photos are taken.

Many of our patients share their results with friends on social media right away. For the first few days after the procedure, your lips may have some swelling and bruising. This will quickly subside, and your natural-looking, beautiful, full, and youthful lips will emerge. 

A Primer On Lip Fillers

Most lip fillers are made with hyaluronic acid (HA), which is actually a naturally occurring substance in the body that hydrates the lips. When first injected, HA attracts water molecules that glom onto the filler, which gives the lips a plumper appearance.  Over time, the body naturally breaks down the hyaluronic acid. Once the HA is completely gone, the lips revert to their original appearance. The four most common brands of lip fillers on the market are Restylane, Juvéderm, Vollure™, and Volbella. 

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What Results Can I Expect?

Restylane and Juvéderm last for approximately six months and provide natural plumpness that doesn’t look fake or overdone. Volbella is a product that smooths out vertical lip lines, with a lifespan of about 12 months. Finally, Vollure is the longest-lasting lip filler option, with results lasting up to 18 months.

The good news is that when your lip fillers begin to fade, you can simply return to Zenn Plastic Surgery for additional treatments of lip augmentation in Brier Creek. Many ZPS patients receive lip filler injections on a regular basis to preserve their plump lips without any major side effects.  Patients who desire more permanent lip fullness often schedule maintenance injections at 6-month to one-year intervals. Keep in mind, Zenn Plastic Surgery also offers a more permanent option for maintaining full voluptuous lips called fat grafting.

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When Kissing, Do Lips With Filler Feel Any Different?

Because lip fillers are natural substances found in the body, they are soft and, when placed correctly, should not form lumps or hard areas in the lips. Any bumps that do occur can easily be massaged away. Lip injections should not affect the nerves of the lips and the sensation of kissing. Your partner may notice an increase in the size and plumpness of your lips after treatment. However, your lips should feel relatively normal after the initial swelling disappears over a few days. After that time, you can kiss away!

Does Lip Augmentation Hurt?

Since the lips are quite sensitive, patients undergoing lip injections at Zenn Plastic Surgery receive a topical numbing agent to minimize discomfort. Additionally, the filler material itself has a numbing agent that works as soon as it is injected, which improves the overall experience. Numbness from the injection and the topical cream generally last about an hour. During this time, take care not to drink hot liquids and avoid accidentally biting your lips.

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You Deserve Beautiful Lips

At Zenn Plastic Surgery in Raleigh, North Carolina, patients love the results they obtain after a lip augmentation with Master Injector Tara Cypher RN, MSN, CANS. Tara has over 20 years of experience and has a stellar reputation for consistently beautiful results. To achieve the lips of your dreams, contact our office to schedule a consultation for your lip augmentation in Raleigh today.

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