Lip Augmentation

Lip Augmentation with Dr. Walter Erhardt in Albany, Georgia

The lips are one of the most mobile and expressive regions of the face, but as we age they can start to thin, losing both volume and shape. Lip augmentation is a group of popular cosmetic enhancement procedures that can counteract these signs of aging.

At his Albany practice, Dr. Walter Erhardt routinely performs lip augmentation using facial fillers, fat transfer or lip implants to give his patients fuller, younger-looking lips.

Benefits of Lip Augmentation

  • Lip augmentation can rejuvenate aging lips or add volume to naturally thin lips.
  • Lip augmentation can also improve wrinkles and age lines around the mouth.
  • There are number of procedures that can be used to augment your lips – both permanent and temporary options.
  • Most lip augmentation procedures are fast and require very little downtime for recovery.

As a general rule, the best candidates for lip augmentation are healthy, do not smoke and possess realistic expectations. Dr. Erhardt will be able to determine if you are a good candidate following a one-on-one consultation.

How Lip Augmentation Works

Your consultation: During your consultation, it's important to be honest and upfront about your medical history, cosmetic expectations and recovery goals. Your consultation will begin with a physical exam, followed by an in-depth discussion of your lip augmentation options. You will also have the opportunity to view Dr. Erhardt's gallery of before and after patient photos.

Facial Fillers: During lip augmentation using facial fillers such as Restylane® and Juvederm®, Dr. Erhardt will inject the solution into your lip area to create fuller lips. This outpatient procedure can be completed in less than 30 minutes and does not require anesthesia.

Fat Transfer: During fat transfer, a local anesthesia will be necessary to numb the donor and treatment areas. Dr. Erhardt will extract fat cells from a discrete area on your body (such as the buttocks), purify them and then re-inject the fat into your lips.

Lip Implants: During a lip implant procedure, Dr. Erhardt will make small incisions near the corners of your lips. Then using a needle, he will insert synthetic implant material (such as Gore-Tex) into your lips. Local anesthesia will be necessary to ensure your comfort.

Healing time: Most lip augmentation procedures require little or no downtime. You should be able to resume work and most other normal activities the same day as your procedure. It is important to note that your lips may appear slightly swollen or feel tender for the first few days of recovery.

Expected Results: Some lip augmentation procedures are temporary, while others provide permanent results. Facial fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane usually last 6-9 months. Fat transfer and lip implants can provide long-lasting and sometimes permanent enhancement. Dr. Erhardt will be able to provide you with realistic expectations following your consultation.

Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Erhardt

If you're ready to learn more about lip augmentation, call 229-432-9325 to inquire about a consultation with Dr. Erhardt. Our plastic surgery practice is located at 506 Fourth Avenue, Albany, GA 31701.