If you are interested in getting full, beautiful lips with lip augmentation, then you’ve probably heard a few horror stories of procedures gone wrong. Many prospective lip augmentation patients have one worry in particular–duck lips. What causes this phenomenon, and how can you avoid it. Careful research and planning will help set you up for success. Here’s what you need to know about avoiding the dreaded “duck lips.”
Reasons for Lip Augmentation
People seek lip augmentation for many reasons. As we age, we lose fullness in the lip area and fine lines begin to surround the region. Lip augmentation can restore volume to the lips and sometimes reduce this wrinkling. Some people naturally have thin lips, and wish to augment them for a softer, fuller look, often emulating celebrities like Angelina Jolie. Finally, some prospective lip augmentation patients suffer from asymmetry of the lips, and desire a more even appearance.
What Are Duck Lips and What Causes Them?
“Duck lips” refer to the appearance of lips that are overly large following lip augmentation and resemble a duck bill. A similar issue, known as a “trout pout” refers to overly large and wide lips that resemble a fish’s mouth. These poor aesthetic outcomes are caused by overfilling of the lips on the part of the surgeon. Often, less is more when it comes to filling out the lips. Lip augmentation is an art, and it takes a great deal of experience and knowledge to administer the treatment properly, adjusting for each patient accordingly to produce a natural-looking result. The good news is that in the hands of an experienced plastic surgeon, duck lips should not be a concern. The challenge is choosing the surgeon and treatment that is right for you.
Different Types of Lip Augmentation
Though lip augmentation with injectable dermal fillers is a popular treatment, surgical augmentation is also an option. Here are some aspects of each treatment:
- Temporary, lasting no more than six months to a year
- Non-invasive, quick procedure (15 minutes and up)
- Low initial cost
Lip injections are a good option for people who would like to see the effects of augmentation before committing to surgical augmentation. They are also ideal for people who do not want to undergo surgery, cannot afford an operation, or want temporary augmentation for a special event. Recovery is minimal, as the only common side effects include minor bruising and swelling that subside within a few days.
Surgical Lip Augmentation with Implant
- Requires anesthesia
- High initial cost, but no upkeep costs
- Some pain, discomfort, and recovery involved
Lip implants are a good choice for people who are sure they would like permanent lip augmentation and do not want to take the time and incur the cost to maintain lip augmentation injections. The procedure may be performed under either local or general anesthesia. Incisions are usually made in the corners of the mouth, through which the implant is inserted. Patients can usually return to normal activities in a week, with a full recovery requiring about a week longer.
Your Doctor — The Most Important Decision
Lip augmentation with injections may seem like a simple process, but it actually takes a great deal of skill and finesse to produce a good outcome with fillers. Choosing your provider carefully is very important if you are interested in lip injections, and even more if you are considering surgery. Choose a respected board-certified plastic surgeon with experience in different lip augmentation techniques. If you’re looking for a surgeon with the artistry, skill, and experience to give you the full, beautiful lips you desire, then come meet with acclaimed facial plastic surgeon Dr. Robert A. Mounsey at Revesse in Toronto. Dr. Mounsey will speak with you about your options, assess your candidacy, and answer any questions you might have. Call (416) 438-2499 today to schedule your consultation.