Lip augmentation refers to cosmetic procedures used to change the appearance of the lips. Injections or implants are generally used for bringing out a more plump and youthful look for the lips and areas surrounding it. These methods can also help to reduce wrinkles and fine lines in the regions around the lips.

Like many other cosmetic procedures, there are many myths and a great deal of misinformation surrounding the lip augmentation procedure. Below are just a few:

1. Lip Augmentation Is Too Expensive
The cost of having lip augmentation depends on the type of procedure used. Injections of dermal fillers such as Radiesse and Hylaform will produce short-lived effects, but are relatively inexpensive compared to lip implants.

2. Lip Augmentation Is Permanent
Lip augmentation done through the injection of fillers is not permanent, as the injected fillers get absorbed into the body, and they generally last for 6 to 12 months. After this time period, the procedure has to be repeated. However, the augmentation achieved through the implants is long lasting. Certain implants can also last permanently.

3. Lip Augmentation Is Risk-Free
As with any cosmetic procedure, there are risks associated with the use of dermal fillers. The injection of collagen may cause allergic reactions.  In addition, temporary redness, bruising and swelling may occur with both fillers and implants. Infection is also a potential risk. The risks are generally rare.

4. Lip Implants Are Painful
Anesthesia will be given to reduce the pain associated with the implants. Post procedure, mild pain is experienced, which can be effectively controlled by means of mild pain killer medication.

5. You Cannot Change the Shape of Your Lips
Dr. Batniji is experienced in changing the shape of the lips with procedures such as the subnasal lip lift and the corner of the mouth lift. Results are very natural with minimal scarring.

If you are interested in learning more about lip reshaping, contact Dr. Batniji in his Newport Beach office for a consultation at 949-650-8882.