Full, luscious lips have always been a universal sign of beauty, and can make a person look sexier, more youthful, and more vital. While some people are born with naturally pouty lips, genetics and the effects of aging leave many people with lips that are lacking in fullness and definition. At Elle Aesthetic Arts in Loudoun County, Dr. Larry Lickstein excels in the use of dermal fillers and fat transfer to endow patients with plump lips that appear naturally fuller, younger, and more attractive.
Why Choose Dr. Larry Lickstein for Your Lip Filler or Augmentation?
Dr. Lickstein is an expert injector who has served for years as a teaching consultant with the companies that make dermal fillers, educating other providers on the best and most effective techniques for lip enhancement and other non-surgical procedures.
In addition to his skill and reputation for achieving stunning results, what makes Dr. Lickstein so sought-after is the way he personalizes treatment to meet each patient’s unique goals. Not only is each patient’s anatomy different, but each patient envisions a different outcome from her lip augmentation procedure. Dr. Lickstein combines artistry with several distinct techniques to inject lips, making it possible to fully customize results. Whether you are looking for a subtle augmentation that naturally rejuvenates your look or to maximize your pout with more extreme vertical height and fullness, Dr. Lickstein can help you achieve your goal aesthetic.
Benefits of Lip Enhancement
Using leading-edge lip augmentation techniques with the help of injectable fillers or fat transfer, Dr. Larry Lickstein can do so much more than increase the poutiness of your lips. In fact, many patients seek to eliminate wrinkles around the lips without a significant change in size and other patients desire a very subtle fullness. Dr. Lickstein is experienced in fulfilling a variety of lip augmentation requests and he specializes in natural-looking results that never look “overdone”.
Benefits of lip enhancement with Dr. Lickstein include:
- Plump lips that appear naturally fuller
- An enhanced pout
- Increased definition of lips and cupid’s bow
- Diminished fine lines and wrinkles around the lips
- A more youthful, balanced, healthier appearance
How Lip Fillers & Augmentation Work
Preparing for Lip Augmentation
During your consultation with Dr. Lickstein, you will have the opportunity to candidly discuss your goals. Based on your desires, Dr. Lickstein will customize your treatment plan and give you clear instructions to help you prepare for your procedure. In order to achieve the best possible results from your lip enhancement, you will be asked to:
- Stop taking blood thinners for the week before your procedure to diminish the risk of bruising
- Refrain from drinking alcohol 24 hours before your lip augmentation procedure
- Boost your body’s natural healing ability by drinking plenty of water leading up to your lip augmentation
Lip Injections with Dermal Fillers: The Procedure
Lip injections with dermal fillers is an in-office procedure that takes only 15-30 minutes to perform and delivers immediate results. Prior to your procedure, Dr. Lickstein will select the most appropriate dermal filler to help you meet your aesthetic goals. While you are seated in a comfortable chair, Dr. Lickstein will apply a numbing cream to minimize any discomfort you encounter during treatment. As he injects and sculpts the dermal filler into your lip area, you might feel mild pressure or tingling. Following treatment, you will be given an ice pack to minimize any swelling and will be able to return to your normal routine immediately after the procedure.
Fat Transfer Lip Augmentation: The Procedure
Fat transfer lip augmentation (or autologous lip augmentation) is also an in-office procedure that Dr. Lickstein performs under local anesthesia. The first step in this procedure is the harvesting of your body fat, usually from your abdomen or inner thigh. Using advanced technology, Dr. Lickstein will then purify this fat before injecting it back into your lips. The entire procedure takes between 60 and 90 minutes, and you will be able to go home immediately after treatment.
Recovery After Lip Augmentation
Recovery after lip enhancement with dermal fillers or fat transfer is brief and should be pain-free. You may experience some redness, swelling, or mild bruising at the treatment area, but this should be mild and will gradually subside over the course of a few days to a week.
Before your lip augmentation procedure, Dr. Lickstein will give you specific instructions for your recovery, which will include:
- Refrain from exercising or activities that may increase blood flow to your face for at least 24 hours after treatment
- You can use ice to reduce any swelling of your lips, but do not apply heat
- You can take Arnica tablets to reduce swelling and bruising of your lips
Lip Filler and Augmentation Results
Immediately after your lip enhancement procedure, you’ll notice that your lips are fuller, better defined, and more youthful in appearance.
Lip augmentation with dermal fillers is not a permanent change, as your body will naturally metabolize the fillers over the course of six months to a year. Most of Dr. Lickstein’s lip injection patients return to his office every six to twelve months to have their lips touched up.
Lip augmentation with fat transfer provides longer-lasting results, with most patients enjoying the effects for up to 5 years.
Contact Elle Aesthetic Arts
Dr. Lickstein founded Elle Aesthetic Arts on the premise that everybody deserves to feel great about the way they look. If you are interested in learning more about achieving plump lips with dermal fillers or fat transfer, please contact us today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Lickstein.
Frequently Asked Questions About Lip Augmentation
Who is a candidate for lip augmentation?
Nearly anyone who desires plumper, better defined, more youthful lips is a good candidate for lip augmentation. During your consultation with Dr. Lickstein, you will have the opportunity to discuss your goals as well as any factors that may complicate treatment, such as a history of cold sores or other conditions.
What are the risks of lip augmentation?
Complications of lip augmentation are rare, especially when the procedure is performed by a plastic surgeon as highly experienced as Dr. Lickstein. In very rare cases, patients may experience redness, bruising, and bleeding at the injection site. Other possible complications include lumps or the ability to feel the filler under the surface of the lips; however, these side effects can often be improved by simple massage and most patients report natural-feeling lips once any swelling subsides.1
1 American Society of Plastic Surgeons. What are the risks of dermal fillers? Available: https://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/dermal-fillers/safety. Accessed December 14, 2020.