Lip Enhancement St. Louis - Lip Augmentation Missouri
One of the hallmark signs of aging is loss of volume in the face, including the lips. This process can be reversed by using collagen fillers or fat to augment the lips.
If you have never had fillers injected into your lips, Dr. Cabbabe may recommend this first prior to proceeding with fat grafting. That way, you can be sure that you are happy with the appearance of your lips before making the change permanently.
Fat/Filler Augmentation Of The Lips
Dr. Cabbabe is able to utilize fat or collagen filers as a means of augmenting the lips. Off the shelf collagen fillers can be used to and may last 6 months to one year. Alternatively, fat is removed from an unwanted area then prepared for re-injection by purification. The fat is then precisely and carefully injected in the lips. Fat contains stem cells and helps to rejuvenate the lips.
Preparing for Surgery
Dr. Cabbabe will ask that you refrain from taking any aspirin, Plavix, Coumadin, ibuprofen or any other type of blood thinner. He will also ensure that your blood pressure has been properly controlled if you have high blood pressure. On the morning of surgery, Dr. Cabbabe will precisely mark the planned incision and injection lines.
The procedure(s) is approximately 1 hour in length. This procedure can be done under local anesthesia, local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia. No sutures are generally needed.
Patients are able to go home after surgery. Pain medication will be prescribed as needed. Bruising and swelling may be present for 1-2 weeks. Dr. Cabbabe will ask that you keep ice on the area to decrease this. He will also ask you to keep your head elevated to decrease swelling and apply antibiotic ointment to the incision line. Patients are able to shower the next day.
Possible complications include asymmetry of the lips, under/over-correction, irregular contours, reabsorption of fat or fat embolism. These could potentially require additional surgery.