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Breast Augmentation FAQs
What is breast enlargement surgery?
Breast enlargement surgery is a procedure through which you can enlarge or reshape one or both of your breasts. Breast enlargement surgery is performed by placing implants under your breast through a small incision.
What improvements can breast enlargement surgery give?
Breast enlargement surgery is used to increase the size of your breasts using implants if you are unhappy with your current size. Breast enlargement can also correct size differences between your two breasts, and may also help to recover your breast size after pregnancy.
Who should not consider breast enlargement surgery?
The following women are not good candidates for breast enlargement:
- Women with serious medical problems
- Women who are currently pregnant or breast feeding
- Women with unrealistic expectations of breast enlargement surgery
- Women who perpetually gain and lose weight
Are there age restrictions for breast enlargement surgery?
Breast enlargement surgery is most often performed on women of all ages. Women under the age of 18 may not be candidates for breast enlargement because they may not yet be fully developed and may not be psychologically prepared for the changes as a result of the procedure.
What if I want to have children?
In most cases, you can still breast feed with breast implants, although you should not have breast enlargement surgery if you are currently pregnant.
How long does breast enlargement surgery take?
The breast enlargement procedure is usually completed in just over one hour.
Is breast enlargement surgery painful?
Depending on your personal threshold for pain, pain of varying intensity and duration may occur during and after your breast enlargement procedure. The pain experienced with breast enlargement surgery should not be any more severe than that from other surgical procedures.
What type of anesthesia is used during breast enlargement surgery?
Breast enlargement procedures typically utilize general anesthesia.
Will breast enlargement surgery affect the sensitivity of my nipples?
Sensitivity in your nipples is difficult to predict. In some cases, breast enlargement surgery makes the nipples more sensitive and in others, sensitivity is reduced.
Can I have a mammogram if I have breast implants?
Women with breast implants can undergo mammography and other similar techniques just the same as women with natural breasts. However, you must inform the mammography technologist about your implants so that he or she may get an accurate reading. Additional and different views are usually done in order to image as much of the breast as possible.
Will breast enlargement surgery stretch out my areolas?
The amount your areolas stretch depends on the size of your breast implants - the larger your breast implants, the more likely your areolas will stretch.
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Breast Lift FAQs
Does a breast lift surgery enlarge your breasts?
By lifting and firming up the breasts, a breast lift (mastopexy) may make them look larger. Also, implants can be inserted at the same time, which will make them larger. If you aren't sure which procedure would be best for you, Dr. Greenberg will help you decide.
How are breast lifts done?
There are different techniques, but basically, skin is removed from around the areola and in some cases also from the bottom of the breast, the remaining skin is tightened, and the nipple and areola are re-positioned higher up. Most breast lifts are done in an outpatient facility with general anesthesia, although if the excess tissue to be removed is small, it could be done with local anesthetic.
There are two general types of breast lift techniques.
Concentric (doughnut) breast lift
This is for women whose breasts are smaller and not as severely sagging. There are fewer incisions. A doughnut-shaped piece of skin is removed from around the nipple and areola such that they can be shifted upwards, and then the remaining skin is stitched around them in their new location.
In some cases, where this stitching is done, wrinkles will appear, like pleats, but they'll smooth out over time.
A variation of this is the vertical breast lift where the surgeon places another incision running downward from the nipple to the breast crease. A strip of skin can be removed and the edges stitched together, and in this way, more firming of the breast is achieved.
Anchor-shaped breast lift
This technique is used for women with larger and more sagging breasts, and it's the most frequent technique used. Besides the incisions used in the concentric and vertical breast lifts, another incision is placed beneath the breast. So the shape of all incisions together is like an anchor.
Then as in the concentric method, excess skin is removed, the remaining skin tightened, the nipple and areola moved to a higher position, and all openings are closed.
How should I prepare for the breast lift surgery?
Your surgeon will discuss this with you at the initial and preoperative consultation. You may be advised to lose some weight before the breast lift surgery is performed.
Is there a lot of pain after a breast lift?
In the first couple of days, your breasts will be sore, but your surgeon will write a pain prescription for you. It gradually eases off within a few days.
How long does a breast lift take?
The time a breast lift takes depends on which method is used and how much excess tissue is removed. It can be as short as an hour or so, and as long as four hours.
What is the recovery like after a breast lift?
As with any surgical recovery period, the length of time it takes depends on the individual person, the exact surgical procedure performed, and the attentiveness of your post-op self-care. And as always, there are milestones along this path.
- The dressings will be removed in 24 hours. After that, your doctor will want you to wear a surgical bra for several weeks.
- After one week, he'll take out the stitches.
- Bruising will fade after several weeks, typically 3 to 6 weeks.
- In the first weeks you may feel some numbness around the nipples and this would be because in any surgery, the nerves in the area can be affected and take a few weeks to settle down again. You might also feel shooting pains, again because the nerves were a bit traumatized by the procedure. These pains will fade within weeks, again, typically within 3 to 6 weeks.
Dr. Greenberg and his staff will advise you of what to expect and what you will need to do following the procedure. As always after surgery, you should rest at first, but within a day or two, start moving around gently. You'll want to encourage good blood circulation to promote healing, but don't do anything vigorous until later, after the incision is fully healed.
The scars will fade over a period of months. The difference of your new look will be evident right away, in the increased fullness and shapeliness, but your breasts may take up to a year to fully settle into the new position. Don't be concerned if they seem slightly asymmetrical. Most women are not perfectly symmetrical.
Are the results of a breast lift permanent?
Not fully permanent, although they'll last longer if you exercise regularly and don't gain a lot of weight. But we're all subject to the force of gravity and the effects of aging. Pregnancy will also change the shape and fullness of your breasts.
Would I have to stay in a hospital after a breast lift?
If your surgery involves the removal of a very large amount of excess tissue, your surgeon might want you to stay overnight, but usually you can go home the same day.
What are the risks involved with a breast lift?
A breast lift is a pretty safe procedure, but no surgery is ever guaranteed to be 100% safe, and general anesthesia always brings some risk.
As with any surgical procedure there are general risks associated with anesthesia, possible infection and bleeding as well as those risks specific to the procedure being performed. Dr. Greenberg will discuss these risks thoroughly with you prior to surgery so you are completely comfortable with your decision to proceed.
General risks of surgery:
- An allergic reaction to the anesthetic -- this will be noticed very quickly and dealt with by the anesthesiologist.
- Infection -- antibiotics are usually prescribed to avoid this.
- Excess bleeding -- consistent and gentle post-op care of the incision site, along with avoidance of vigorous activity too soon will guard against this.
- Blood clots (hematoma) - gentle activity afterwards to encourage good blood circulation will guard against this.
These complications are rare.
Risks specific to breast lift surgery
- Noticeable scar that doesn't fade
- Asymmetrically aligned nipples and/or breast tissue
- Numbness around the nipples
- Implant complications (if implants were part of the breast lift surgery)
The best preparation for these risks is thorough discussion with your breast surgeon before the surgery, and thinking through in your own mind whether you're willing to accept the possible trade-off(s) for having more shapely and firm breasts.
If you follow your breast surgeon's advice and instructions, the likelihood of a successful procedure and a happy patient are extremely high.
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Breast Reduction FAQs
How is a breast reduction done?
Breast reduction can be done via direct surgical excision or liposuction, or a combination of both methods may be used.
Tumescent liposuction can be used. In this scenario, the surgeon makes small incisions under the breasts and maybe at their sides too. He'll inject a saline mix containing lidocaine for pain prevention and epinephrine to inhibit bleeding, along with salt water. This fluid causes the tissue to swell and the fat cells are suctioned out through a narrow tube.
Another liposuction method uses ultrasound. The ultrasonic waves melt the fat cells, making them easy to suction out. However, because of the possibility of ultrasound changes this method is not as popular as tumescent liposuction.
How long does breast reduction take?
Usually between 2 and 3 hours, plus about 2 more hours for immediate recovery right afterwards.
What sort of anesthetic is used for breast reduction?
Breast reduction is usually done with general anesthesia. It could be administered through an IV or inhaled as a gas.
Where will the breast reduction take place?
Breast reduction is usually done in an accredited office facility or hospital. Patients often stay overnight to ensure safety, comfort and convalescence.
What will the breast reduction recovery period be like?
- Although many surgeons may use drains to remove excess fluids, Dr. Greenberg finds they are usually not necessary for his patients.
- Your stitches may be covered with paper tape and you should leave it there. If the stitches are non-dissolving ones, they'll be taken out after about a week.
- Dr. Greenberg will ask you to wear a surgical bra for about 3 weeks, to keep the breasts well contained so they heal well. It should be worn at night as well as during the day.
- Ace bandages may be used as well as surgical bras and some patients find they increase comfort. They can be used for about 10 days.
- Bruising and swelling will fade after a week or two. Bruising is an individual thing though, and for some people it takes longer than for others.
- The swelling can be reduced a little by using ice packs in the first 24 hours or so, but be very gentle and careful about doing this, not to injure the incision areas. You can apply an ice pack every hour for 10 or 15 minutes during the first day and be sure there is fabric between the ice and your skin. You'll be able to see the general results of your breast reduction immediately, but the final results might take several months to become evident, as the swelling subsides.
- Dr. Greenberg will give you instructions about changing dressings or bandages, showering, and possibly using any lotions or creams.
- You'll have an antibiotic to take for a few days, to prevent post-op infection.
Will there be scars after a breast reduction?
Yes. If the surgical excision method is used the scars will run underneath each breast, up to the areola, and around the areola. This is called an anchor scar. If a liposuction method was used there'll be smaller scars. In either case the scars will fade and flatten over time.
What are the risks of breast reduction?
- Tissue can become necrotic if the blood supply was impaired for too long. It may have to be removed.
- There could be nerve damage that would cause permanent numbness.
- The incisions could become infected.
- Bruising could leave permanent hyper-pigmentation (discoloration).
- Blood clots are possible. They may form in the legs from inactivity and can travel in the bloodstream, possibly interfering with breathing.
All these risks are remote, and made even more remote by following your plastic surgeon's orders for post-op care.
Will I be able to breast feed after breast reduction?
Probably not. Since the nipple is moved in breast reduction, the milk ducts are usually severed. But depending on how the surgery was done, some of the milk ducts may remain. Then it's possible that some milk might be able to flow later on, but not very likely.
When can I go back to work after a breast reduction?
If you have a desk job, you could be back after a week or two. More active work would require a longer rest period.
Will the breast reduction results be permanent?
Yes, in the sense that the tissue is gone forever. But if you gain weight, the remaining fat cells will grow bigger and increase the size of your breasts. Also, if you take any hormonal supplements, more tissue may grow to some extent.
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What is liposuction?
It's a procedure first performed in 1974 in which fat cells are suctioned out of the body, leaving a new slimmer contour. It's not a method to lose weight. A good candidate for liposuction is someone who has genuinely worked at diet and exercise to lose weight, and has trimmed down some, but for whatever reason cannot lose fat from specific areas of the body. A person who is unable to eat a healthy diet and exercise, and who has liposuction done to lose weight (assuming they find a physician to do that), will only gain that weight right back, because of their lack of discipline.
For liposuction, Dr. Greenberg makes a small inconspicuous incision at or near the area to be worked on, inserts a narrow tube called a cannula, and uses equipment that carefully suctions out unwanted fatty tissue. The procedure is usually done under general anesthesia in our in office accredited surgical facility or in a hospital under certain circumstances.
What is "tumescent liposuction"?
Tumescent liposuction is a method of performing liposuction that involves the use of only injectable, local anesthesia. The surgeon injects a large amount of saline solution containing lidocaine for local anesthesia and epinephrine to temporarily shrink the blood vessels and thus reduce bleeding.
The injection of this "wetting" solution has significantly decreased the amount of bruising, bleeding and discomfort previously associated with liposuction. In Dr. Greenberg's opinion, many times adequate anesthesia to treat multiple areas is not able to be maintained with this as the sole method of anesthesia so most times our patients are treated using general anesthesia using the wetting solution to control bleeding and swelling.
How do I know whether I'm a candidate for liposuction?
Ideal candidates are in good health, regularly exercise, are usually no more than 25 pounds overweight, and have specific concerns about one or more specific areas of your body which stubbornly refuse to slim down. Realistic expectations are a must, and Dr. Greenberg will take all the time you need to help you understand the procedure and how it would be best done for you.
How long does liposuction take?
It depends on how many areas you want treated. It can take an hour, or more than 3 hours.
How long would I have to be off work?
Most patients are able to return to non-strenuous activities including work within a week after the procedure. Strenuous activities including exercise can usually be resumed after 3 weeks.
Will there be a scar?
Yes but the scars are only 2-3 mm in length and are placed in inconspicuous places so they should be barely noticeable.
What are the risks of liposuction?
The risks depend on a number of factors, such as your general health to begin with, the surgeon's ability and care, and your post-op hygiene. There are risks with any surgical procedure but if you are in good general health, these risks are rare and should not deter a well motivated candidate.
What sort of plastic surgeons can do liposuction?
There's no specific license for liposuction. So in theory, any doctor could do it. But it's a surgical procedure and demands surgical skill and experience to achieve the best results with minimum complications. You should choose a doctor who's certified by the ABPS (American Board of Plastic Surgery), as Dr. Greenberg is.
Is liposuction permanent?
Yes, in the sense that those fat cells that were removed are gone. So if you live a balanced lifestyle, with a healthy diet and regular activity, only aging itself will cause further change in your silhouette.
However, if you gain a significant amount of weight, you will see recurrence of those fat collections that were previously removed.
Whatever your hopes and ideas are on having liposuction, we will take all the time necessary to answer your questions so the best decision can be made for your particular circumstances.
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Tummy Tuck FAQs
What does "abdominoplasty" mean?
The word abdominoplasty means "molding the abdomen" and it's the medical word for " tummy tuck ". There's also a mini-abdominoplasty , a mini tummy tuck, which works only on the abdomen below the belly button.
Why do people have abdominoplasty?
If you've dieted and exercised conscientiously and still cannot tighten the extra skin and fat in the belly, an abdominoplasty will remove it for you. Many women find themselves in this situation after one or more pregnancies, which have stretched the abdominal muscle and skin and left extra fatty tissue.
Will there be a scar after an abdominoplasty?
Yes, but it'll be hidden in the bikini area. As time passes it'll fade and become less obvious.
What are the risks of an abdominoplasty?
After any surgery there are always post-operative conditions to deal with: pain, bruising, swelling, numbness, mobility, etc. These difficulties are temporary and resolve after a few weeks.
Complication to watch for are:
- Infection - this can usually be prevented by good hygiene and post-op care of yourself, as well as by any antibiotics Dr. Greenberg may prescribe.
- Blood clots - these can be prevented by early ambulation ( mild exercise).
- Excess bleeding - this can usually be prevented by gentle handling of the incision site and avoidance of vigorous activity until the scar has healed. If bleeding persists, be sure to notify your doctor immediately.
- Persistent numbness - sometimes is caused by damage during surgery to nerves near the incision site. Almost always, numbness is temporary however.
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What is blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is eyelid surgery - plastic surgery performed on an eyelid, usually to remove excess fat and skin to give the eyes a wider, more youthful and alert look. It doesn't correct crows' feet, fine lines or sun damage, nor can it restore lost elasticity of the skin.
What causes eyelids to get droopy?
Droopy eyelids (eyelid ptosis) are often a result of aging. Tissue around the eye becomes weaker as we age, and this allows fat to protrude forward, looking droopy (called fatty prolapse). As it continues to bulge, it stretches the skin, forming "bags" and contributing to dark circles under the eyes. Ptosis also happens to the eyebrows. The brow attachments to the underlying tissues loosen, the brows droop and the upper eyelid is pushed down and appears droopy.
If the droopiness is caused by excess fat and skin, it can be corrected by removal of that excess. If it's caused by weakened muscles, it can be corrected by a procedure which tightens or re-attaches the muscle.
How is blepharoplasty done?
On the upper lid, a small incision is made in the natural crease of the upper eyelid, and excess fat and skin are removed. These little incisions heal well, leaving virtually no visible scar.
On the lower lid, the fat is removed through an incision just inside the lower eyelid and any extra skin is removed by an incision just below the lash line. Wrinkles below the eye can be smoothed out by removing skin or a chemical peel or laser treatment can resurface and rejuvenate the remaining skin.
Again, this lower incision heals up easily and the scar is usually minimally detectable.
Is blepharoplasty eyelid surgery done in a hospital?
No, blepharoplasty eyelid surgery is usually done in our accredited in-office surgery facility. If Dr. Greenberg deems it necessary for medical reasons or if you prefer, the surgery can be done at Winter Park Hospital immediately adjacent to our office.
How long does blepharoplasty take?
Not counting the preparation and recovery time afterwards, it takes about 1 to 1.5 hours.
What sort of anesthetic is used for a blepharoplasty?
It is usually done under intravenous sedation or general anesthesia.
Will there be any scars after blepharoplasty eyelid surgery?
Any time there are incisions, there will be scars. Their visibility largely depends how each individual patient heals which, unfortunately, is not something you or Dr. Greenberg can control.
For eyelid surgery, the incisions are very small and are usually placed in the natural creases of the upper and lower eyelids. This means that when they're fully healed, in a few months, they should be barely visible because the scar will lie within a natural skin crease.
Will blepharoplasty get rid of dark circles under your eyes?
If the cause of the dark circles are the bags under the eyes, then this will be corrected by the surgery. If there are other reasons for the circles (such as true darkening of the skin), Dr. Greenberg may recommend additional treatment to correct this.
How long is the recovery period after blepharoplasty?
Stitches are usually removed within 3 to 5 days. Most patients are able to return to work after one week and resume strenuous activities (including exercise) after 3 weeks.
Are the blepharoplasty results permanent?
The fat that has been removed will not recur but the process that caused its visibility (sun damage, aging and thinning of skin, genetic predisposition to this problem) will continue. In general, the results are long lasting but may need to be repeated in the future depending on what things look like and how you feel about it.
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What is a facelift?
The term "facelift" used to refer only to a tightening of the facial skin to create a more lifted, youthful look. As more procedures have been developed, the term has come to be used to mean a neck lift, or a mid-facelift, or both together. It can also refer to a customized collection of procedures. For example, one person might choose to have a brow lift, eyelid surgery and a cheek lift. Another person might have a neck lift, cheek lift and lip enhancement. In both cases, the term "facelift" might be used to refer to those combinations of procedures.
What is an SMAS Facelift?
SMAS stands for sub-muscular aponeurotic system, which is the medical term for the layers just under the skin, made mostly of fat and fibrous connective tissue. A SMAS facelift will in most cases give a better and longer-term result because it tightens the underlying tissues as well as the skin.
Will a facelift make me look unnatural?
This is strictly dependent on the surgeon. Dr. Greenberg's philosophy is to "rejuvenate not distort" so you should get a very natural appearing result. Dr. Greenberg will discuss all the possibilities with you and together you can come up with a combination of procedures which will address your specific concerns.
Will a facelift leave scars?
Facelift scars are permanent; however, they are designed to be placed in inconspicuous places to make them minimally noticeable.
Will the facelift results be permanent?
They'll be long-lasting but not permanent. But we're all subject to the effects of aging, the sun's rays, and the force of gravity. We all have a certain genetic pre-disposition; we might gain weight or lose it. All these factors make it impossible to predict exactly how long the facelift results will persist. That said, many people find that after several years they may desire additional improvement.
How long does a facelift take?
A facelift can take anywhere from 2 to 6 hours, depending on which procedure(s) you're having done.
Will there be a lot of pain with a facelift?
Most patients describe the pain as a tightness or soreness which is easily controlled with pain medication during the first week after surgery. Most patients are off prescription medication after a week.
Will people be able to tell I've had a facelift?
Hopefully, only if you tell them!!
How will I know if the plastic surgeon is properly trained for doing facelifts?
It is wise to choose a plastic surgeon who is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) all of whom are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. In addition, we recommend that you seek to find board certified plastic surgeons who are members of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) indicating a particular interest and expertise in cosmetic surgery. Dr. Greenberg is an active member of these societies, as well a number of other national certifying bodies and local medical societies.
How is liposuction used on the face?
Most frequently it's used under the jaw line, just under the chin, to remove the fatty tissue that gathers there as we age. A neck lift is a procedure that can be part of your overall facelift, and as part of the neck lift, liposuction can be used to firm up and contour the jaw line
What is the recovery period like?
You will need to recover and be away from your normal daily activities for 10-14 days after a facelift. This period of recover may be longer if additional procedures are done. There is usually very manageable discomfort. All sutures are removed within 10-14 days.
How long will I have to be off work?
Depending on what kind of work you do, you should be able to return to work within 2 weeks after the procedure. But it also depends on how you relate to your co-workers and whether it matters that you might look a little puffy or bruised for a few days. Make-up and how you style your hair can help camouflage bruising and incision sites until the healing process is complete.
What complications might arise?
Complications are rare but they can occur. These include:
- Infection - Antibiotics are used routinely to prevent this.
- Bleeding - If severe, this may require additional surgery but is very rare.
- Numbness - This is usually temporary after the procedure and begins to return after a couple of weeks afterwards.
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What is a rhinoplasty?
"Rhinoplasty" comes from Greek words that mean Nose and Shaping. (Think of rhinoceros and plastic.) It's a type of facial plastic surgery that can remove the hump on a nose or a bulb from the end of it, change the overall shape, increase or reduce the size, correct an injury or a birth defect, narrow the width of the nostrils, and sometimes open the breathing passages to increase ease of breathing.
How long does a rhinoplasty take?
The procedure takes anywhere from 1 to 3 hours, depending on what exactly is being done. It's usually an outpatient procedure done under general anesthesia.
Should I do anything to prepare?
If you decide you want rhinoplasty nose surgery done, be sure and talk to your plastic surgeon in detail about what you expect or hope for, and listen to his advice as to what he thinks is possible. Dr. Greenberg will assess your whole face, your skin and bone structure, and factoring in your age and hopes, will explain what he can do. Be sure you understand what the plan is, the risks of this surgery, and how you can optimize your recovery time. Your plastic surgeon will tell you how to get ready and will advise you as to food, smoking, medications and vitamins, and cleaning your face.
How is a rhinoplasty nose surgery done?
Dr. Greenberg will choose either a closed procedure or an open one, depending on what needs to be done. Those terms refer to where he makes the incision. In a closed procedure, the incisions will be inside the nostrils and in an open one an additional incision will be made across the columella (the little strip of flesh between the nostrils). Dr. Greenberg will discuss the different approaches and you and he will decide which one is best for you.
How long does it take to recover from a rhinoplasty?
Most patients are able to return to work after a week. You will have nasal stuffiness for several weeks but most of the pain will be gone after several days. Most of the bruising and swelling will subside after 2-3 weeks. It takes a full year for all of the swelling to resolve and for you to see the final result but you should see a significant change in your nasal appearance after one week.
Will there be a scar after a rhinoplasty?
The only visible scar is the additional one used with the open approach; however, it is usually hardly visible after a short period of healing.
What complications could arise with a rhinoplasty nose surgery?
The complications associated with rhinoplasty are similar to those associated with any surgery: infection, bleeding and abnormal scarring. In addition, specific risks include numbness of the nasal skin, development of small blood vessels around the nose and a nasal contour that you may not be totally happy with.
What is Revision Rhinoplasty?
This is the term for a second procedure that is sometimes necessary to modify the first one.
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Lip Augmentation FAQs
What is lip augmentation?
Lip augmentation is a procedure to make your lips larger or fuller, and it also helps smooth the fine, vertical wrinkles around the mouth. It's a fairly simple procedure with minimal risk though there is no ideal way to do it that gives a perfect outcome for every patient.
How is lip augmentation done?
Lip augmentation is most commonly done by the use of injectable materials. Other options, such as implants, are available and these can be discussed at your consultation.
There are many injectable materials available. The materials last anywhere between 3-12 months after which the injections need to be repeated in order to maintain the results.
These materials include:
- Fat: Fatty tissue is taken from elsewhere on your body, such as inner thighs or buttocks, and injected into the lips.
- Hyaluronic acid products such as Restylane, Juvéderm and Perlane
It is best to schedule a consultation with Dr. Greenberg to discuss your concerns to determine which product or method will work best for you.
What is Restylane?
Restylane is a form of hyaluronic acid made in a laboratory from non-animal sources. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring product found in all human skin so it is very well tolerated by the body. No skin testing is necessary prior to its use.
How do I know if I'm a candidate for lip augmentation?
Most people in good health are good candidates for lip augmentation. You will need to fully understand the procedure and what to do afterwards. The main thing is to discuss it all fully with Dr. Greenberg before you go ahead with it.
How long does lip augmentation take?
Most commonly, lip augmentation injections are done in the office under topical or nerve block (like at the dentist) anesthesia and usually takes 15-20 minutes.
Does lip augmentation leave any scars?
No scars are seen with injections.
How long is the recovery time after lip augmentation?
There is usually a 24-36 hour period of minimal swelling and bruising.
Is lip augmentation permanent?
No. The injections will need to be repeated at certain intervals depending on the product used in order to maintain the results.
What are the possible complications of lip augmentation?
Complications of the injection method are extremely rare. There can be an allergic reaction to the material used.
Would I have to miss some work time?
This would be a personal decision. Most patients are able to return to work within 48 hours after treatment.
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