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Lip Augmentation Surgery For Westlake Village And Thousand Oaks From Dr. Kristina Tansavatdi

Although the lips can be temporarily enhanced with lip fillers, some patients prefer more permanent results that does not require frequent maintenance. Dr. Tansavatdi, a leading Westlake Village facial plastic surgeon, offers lip augmentation surgery as a beautiful alternative. In this surgery, Dr. Tansavatdi artistically shapes tissue grafts taken from another part of your body to plump the upper and/or lower lips in order to provide more attractive, softer, fuller lips. Although there are synthetic implants on the market, Dr. Tansavatdi does not prefer to use them because using your own tissue is often more ideal and results in a more natural appearance. In addition, implants can become infected and result in more complications. As we age, certain characteristics around the upper lip cause it to flatten and appear more elongated. In these cases, lip lift surgery can shorten and lift the upper lip. After an exam, Dr. Tansavatdi will determine whether she can achieve the results you are looking for with lip augmentation alone or whether she recommends combining with lip lift surgery.

What can a lip augmentation surgery accomplish?

Lip augmentation surgery can give you attractive, fuller lips that feel and look completely natural. This procedure is excellent for patients who are self-conscious about their thin lips. The tissue grafts used for this surgery are taken from another part of your body. Hence, they feel soft, pliable and incorporate into your lips really well. There is very little risk of rejection as opposed to silicone implants that can get infected and must be removed if infected. After allowing for swelling to subside, you may expect long lasting, luscious results. Besides lip augmentation, Dr. Tansavatdi also offers lip lift surgery for those who want a curl or lift to the border of the lips similar to what people search for with a “lip flip”. lers. 

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How is Lip Augmentation Surgery Performed?

Those undergoing lip augmentation surgery are generally placed under local anesthesia or mild sedation. The tissue grafts are usually harvested from a separate incision around the ears. The grafts may be taken from behind the ears, known as a mastoid fascia graft, or from in front of the ear during a facelift surgery, known as a SMAS graft, or taken from fat around the belly area, also known as fat grafts. After the grafts have been obtained, Dr. Tansavatdi expertly shapes the grafts to the length, size, shape and width she would like in order to enhance the existing lips. To place the tissue grafts, Dr. Tansavatdi makes small incisions on the inside of the lips at the corners of the mouth. The grafts are then secured in place, and the incisions are closed with sutures. During the procedure, Dr. Tansavatdi may adjust the size and/or placement to achieve the desired result.

Recovering from lip augmentation surgery

After lip augmentation surgery, patients will be limited in what, and when, they are able to eat. A special diet comprised of liquids and soft foods is recommended for the first week. Bruising, swelling, and mild discomfort are temporary and normal. In order to avoid dislodgement or migration of the graft, excessive talking, smiling, and laughing should be minimized in the first 2 weeks. Lip augmentation surgery patients generally achieve full recovery within 2 weeks, but are able to resume some daily activities within 24 to 48 hours of the procedure provided that these activities do not involve excessive talking or social interaction with others that could jeopardize their result.

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Lip Augmentation Candidates

Prior to surgery, Dr. Tansavatdi closely examines each patient to determine how much lip plumping is necessary to achieve excellent yet natural results. She will also examine the existing shape of the lips to determine if the graft needs to be tailored in certain areas for more or less enhancement. She then determines the size and shape of the tissue grafts, which also depend on the patient’s own aesthetic desires. Before coming to Dr. Tansavatdi, patients often have already had hyaluronic acid filler injections to the lips. These filler injections can distort the natural anatomy of the lips and cause an inaccurate assessment of the size of the graft that is needed particularly as the filler may dissolve months to years after the surgery is complete. Thus, Dr. Tansavatdi will require you to obtain your filler records and provide photographs of your lips without fillers so she can better assess the size and shape of the graft that will be needed to achieve your desired outcome. She will also recommend dissolving the fillers with a special injection prior to surgery by several weeks. Lip augmentation candidates must also be in good general health. Pre-operative testing and medical history screening helps Dr. Tansavatdi determine each patient’s candidacy for this procedure.

Contact Thousand Oaks facial plastic surgeon Dr. Kristina Tansavatdi

For more information on lip augmentation in the Thousand Oaks and Westlake Village area, schedule a consultation with Dr. Tansavatdi. She is highly experienced in performing lip augmentation and lip lift procedures, and by using her fine-tuned aesthetic judgment, she helps patients make educated decisions that get optimal results. Contact Dr. Tansavatdi by calling her office at (805) 715-4996 or contacting us online.

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