When it comes to lip augmentation, it’s easy to overdo the look. While lip augmentation is usually performed with temporary fillers, many people are afraid the results will look unnatural and they will end up with overly large lips. Today, a natural look is favored by nearly all patients, and skilled facial plastic surgeons are good at helping patients to achieve this goal. There are always risks for a poor results, however, especially when the procedure is performed by someone who lacks the necessary skill. One of these complications in lip augmentation is known as the dreaded “trout pout.”
What Is the Trout Pout?
Trout pout—you’ve probably heard of it even indirectly by the hordes of tabloids commenting on celebrities’ plastic surgery ventures. The trout pout refers to a specific overfilled look to the lips following lip augmentation. Unsurprisingly, the term describes lips that resemble those of a fish’s, with the top lip unnaturally large compared to the bottom lip. In general, the lower lip is naturally about 50% larger than the upper lip, so the trout pout look is perceived as unnatural and unattractive. No one wants to look like a fish, so how do you get subtle volume without getting a trout pout?
Avoiding the Issue
Fortunately, conservative application of augmentation treatment by a skilled surgeon is the best way to avoid the overfilled trout pout look. An experienced facial plastic surgeon will have the skills, knowledge, and artistry to help patients get the natural contour, look, and feel they are seeking. Aside from a full, yet natural appearance, a natural, soft feel is also desirable, and this can be achieved through augmentation with temporary dermal fillers made of hyaluronic acid, a type of sugar molecule found naturally in the skin. These fillers can be used for subtle augmentation, improved contour, and are known to pass the “kiss test”, meaning that the lips feel totally natural when kissed.
How the Treatment Is Performed
While surgical augmentation is an option, many people prefer the look and feel of fillers, at least for their first venture into lip augmentation. This option has many benefits, with the only real drawback being the longevity of results. Generally, treatments last about three to six months, depending on the type of filler used.
The procedure is minimally uncomfortable and very brief. The surgeon will numb the lips with local anesthetic, then inject the filler carefully, using a very fine needle. The procedure should take about 15 minutes to a half hour when performed by a skilled surgeon.
Following treatment, the lips may be tender, bruised, and swollen for a few days, but this fades quickly, and patients can get back to normal activities almost right away.
Choosing the Right Doctor
Since avoiding the trout pout look is dependent on your doctor’s skill, it makes sense to go to a highly qualified professional to perform your treatments. Only a board certified facial plastic surgeon will have the skill and artistry required to give you a natural look with good proportion, contour, and no lumpiness. If you are seeking help for lip augmentation in the Toronto area, come to Revesse and meet with acclaimed surgeon Dr. Robert A. Mounsey. Dr. Mounsey is a sought-after authority on facial procedures and can help you get the beautiful, natural look you are seeking. Call 416-438-2499 today to schedule your consultation.