NYC Lip Augmentation
Full, firm lips are a sign of youth and beauty. The aging process may cause the lip profile to flatten, the Cupid’s bow to become less defined, and vertical lines to appear between the nose and the mouth. Because your mouth is such a prominent part of your face, changes associated with aging can make you look older than you feel.
Dr. Nina S. Naidu, a female plastic surgeon in New York City (NYC), is an expert in non-surgical lip augmentation. She and her staff are dedicated to providing women in NYC with the highest quality of care possible. Dr. Naidu views lip augmentation as a delicate, nuanced procedure that can enhance a woman’s physical beauty and make her feel more self-confident.
About Lip Augmentation in NYC
Lip augmentation achieves a look of fuller lips, whether your lips are naturally thin or have lost volume due to the aging process.
Lip augmentation uses dermal fillers to restore volume to your lips and to fill fine lines around the mouth. Dr. Naidu uses various temporary fillers containing hyaluronic acid to add volume and reduce the appearance of fine lines.
How do lip fillers work?
Most injectable lip fillers contain hyaluronic acid, a natural polysaccharide (sugar molecule) that occurs in your body. Hyaluron binds with water molecules, which provides strength and hydration to your cells. Hyaluron decreases as you age, which causes the structure in your lips to decrease and enables lines to form around your mouth.
Each molecule of hyaluronic acid can hold more than 1,000 times its weight in water. In addition to looking smooth and natural, augmented lips also feel natural after the initial swelling has resolved.
Deciding to Have Lip Augmentation in NYC
For many of Dr. Naidu’s patients, the decision to have lip augmentation is not only about their lips, but also about feeling confident and feminine.
Am I a Good Candidate for Lip Augmentation?
You are a good candidate if you have reasonable expectations for your lip augmentation and would like your lips to be fuller and smother. You should also have a healthy lifestyle and not smoke. The best way to determine if you are a good candidate is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Naidu.
Your First Consultation with Dr. Naidu in NYC
The first part of lip augmentation process is a comprehensive consultation in our NYC office. Dr. Naidu will get to know you and your goals.
During your consultation, you will need to tell Dr. Naidu about your medical history and your use of medications, nicotine, alcohol or supplements. She will need to know about any dental issues or problems with your mouth.
Dr. Naidu will conduct a physical examination of your face and neck. At the end of the consultation, Dr. Naidu will let you know if you are a good candidate for lip augmentation and whether it will meet your aesthetic goals. She will educate you about how lip augmentation is performed so that you can make an informed decision. She will never pressure you to schedule the procedure. This can typically be done the same day if desired. We recommend not scheduling your lip augmentation procedure immediately prior to an event given the risks of bruising and swelling.
Lip Augmentation Procedure with Dr. Naidu
Prior to your lip augmentation, you will complete a consent form and photographs will be taken. These photographs are considered part of your medical record and will never be shown to other patients without your written permission.
Your lip augmentation will be performed in our office and will take about 20 minutes. Dr. Naidu will describe the procedure and answer any questions. Your lips will be numbed using a local anesthetic with or without an intra-oral injection, depending upon your sensitivity.
Dr. Naidu will administer the filler into your lips and any fine lines around the mouth with a fine needle. This injection also contains a local anesthetic for your comfort. After the injections, Dr. Naidu will massage your lips for a few minutes and then apply ice. Results are immediately obvious.
Lip Augmentation Recovery
Your lips may be swollen for 24 hours and may be slightly bruised for up to a week. Dr. Naidu recommends that, for the first 24 hours, you avoid any activities which increase blood flow to the face, such as exercise or getting a facial. You can apply ice to your lips to reduce bruising and swelling. The result will last between six months and one year. Patients who exercise intensely may find that their bodies metabolize the material more quickly.
Complications of Lip Augmentation
Lip augmentation with hyaluronic acid is an extremely safe procedure. Because the product is made from hyaluronic acid, which naturally occurs in your body, there is little risk of allergic reaction. Risks can include bleeding, infection or bumps on your lip. If you do not like the look of your augmented lips, the injections can be reversed using an enzyme.
Lip augmentation is both an art and a science. You need to find a practitioner who understands facial anatomy and knows how to create beautiful, natural looking lips that harmonize with your features. Complications following a lip augmentation can be reduced by carefully following Dr. Naidu’s instructions.
Cost of Lip Augmentation in NYC
Please call our NYC office at 212-452-1230 and we will be happy to provide information about the cost of a lip augmentation. Insurance does not cover the cost of lip augmentation.
Choosing Dr. Naidu for Lip Augmentation in NYC
Dr. Naidu completed her undergraduate studies at The Johns Hopkins University and obtained her medical degree from Cornell University Medical College. After completing her general surgery and plastic surgery training at New York Presbyterian – Weill Cornell Medical Center, she performed an additional year of fellowship training at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Naidu is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Schedule a Lip Augmentation Consultation in NYC
Our office is located at 1021 Park Avenue in NYC. If you’d like to learn more about lip augmentations – and whether the procedure is right for you – please call our office at 212-452-1230 and schedule an appointment.