Lip Augmentation in Atlanta – Perfect your Pout with Dermal Fillers

Lip augmentation has become one of Dr. Alderman’s most popular injections.  Women love the added lip definition and fullness.  For many, lip volume diminishes with age and restoration of volume creates a more youthful appearance.  For the younger patients, volume is in!  And for others, lip augmentation is sought to create a more aesthetically desired lip contour.

Ask Dr. Alderman about lip filler treatments in Atlanta, GA and Buckhead. She and her all-female cosmetic surgery practice are committed to providing the treatments you’re looking for.

Why Choose Dr. Joiner for Lip Enhancement?

Dr. Joiner approaches each injection individually, highlighting the patient’s natural beauty. She augments the lip, but also focus on the surrounding areas that correspond to lip beauty, such as the philtral columns (also known as the cupid’s bow) and the corners of the mouth. 

Her goal is to perform the injection in the most pain-free way possible, using a combination of topical and local anesthesia.  The advancements in filler options have really enhanced this procedure.  For example, Restylane® Refyne is a  product that has much less post-injection swelling and minimal chance for nodules compared to other products.  It’s fun to watch the patient when she first sees her lips after injection; the excitement is palpable!

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If you’re in the Atlanta area and have any questions about a Lip Augmentation or wish to schedule a consultation on a Lip Augmentation with Dr. Joiner, please contact our office.

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Your Atlanta Lip Filler Options

A variety of safe and effective fillers are available for restoring lip volume:

The easiest and most popular method for augmenting lips is by using a soft tissue filler such as Juvéderm® or Restylane®.  The filler will last between six to nine months, and therefore, will require reapplication to maintain volume. The procedure is performed in the office with topical anesthetic, takes only 20-30 minutes, is well tolerated by patients and has minimal downtime.

Fat grafting to the lips is another alternative for restoring volume.  Fat is harvested from a patient’s body, such as the abdomen, and injected into the lips.  The downside of this procedure is that the amount of fat that will survive is unpredictable, resulting in less predictable results compared to using soft-tissue fillers.

Lastly, lip implants are available for augmentation.  However, this is the least popular method for augmentation.  The silicone implants are placed through a small incision in the corner of the mouth under local or IV sedation.  The implant adds volume but is more palpable than the other available options.

Lip injections can:

  • Add volume to the lips
  • Define the lip border
  • Raise the corners of the mouth
  • Treat lines around the mouth, i.e. smoker’s lines
  • Adds subtle hydration to the lips

Meet Dr. Joiner

“Dr. Aida Joiner is an extremely experienced, board-certified anesthesiologist who specializes in providing anesthetic services for outpatient, cosmetic surgery here at our Atlanta and Alpharetta offices. What sets her apart from her peers is her attention to detail, concern for patient safety, and desire to provide the most advanced anesthetic techniques currently available.  And she is always available to discuss our patient’s concerns prior to surgery.  She completes the surgical team! No one gives a better anesthesia experience than Dr. Joiner. “

Which Lip Augmentation Procedure is Right for You?

Deciding which lip augmentation is best for you should be a discussion between you and Dr. Joiner during your initial consultation.  In general, a non-permanent option is always the preferred initial treatment so that Dr. Joiner can make sure you are comfortable with the additional lip volume.

Consider longevity of your chosen procedure as well. It is hard to predict how long fat transfer to lips will last. For some people, it does not last as long as it does in other areas of the face.  Research suggests 1/3 of fat transferred becomes permanent. For some people, it does not last as long as it does in other areas of the face. This may be due to the amount of movement in this area.  The same goes for other fillers.

Can My Lip Injections Be Dissolved If I Do Not Like Them?

Give yourself time to allow swelling to resolve before you decide to reverse treatment.  Most swelling goes down in a couple days; waiting a week is appropriate.  If you are still unhappy with the lip size, you have two options after hyaluronic acid injection. Wait it out, as your body naturally absorbs and breaks down the injectable filler over a few months. Another option to consider hyaluronidase, a material which accelerates the breakdown of hyaluronic acid.

If you had a fat transfer procedure, it is possible to remove added cells through a small incision with a fine liposuction cannula.

What Is the “Safest” Lip Injection?

Hyaluronic acid fillers such as Restylane® and Juvéderm® are the safest for lip augmentation. These fillers are safe because they are made from a substance that is naturally found in the body, and there are minimal side effects. Bruising, pain, tenderness, swelling are some common side effects. If you have a history of cold sores, then it might be a good idea to start an anti-viral like Valtrex before having your lips injected to prevent an outbreak after the treatment.

Are you dissatisfied with the appearance and volume of your lips? Call us today to schedule a consultation to find out more about lip augmentation in Atlanta, GA with Dr. Alderman and Dr. Joiner.