Dr. Ronald Gruber Board Certified Plastic Surgeon rhinoplasty, breast augmentation, facelifts, botox, over 20 years experience

Top Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in The Bay Area 

Top plastic surgeon in the San Francisco Bay Area - Over 20 years experience

 East Bay Plastic Surgery - San Francisco Plastic Surgery - Oakland Area Rhinoplasty - Breast Augmentation Bay Area - Liposuction - Facelifts - Botox - Liposuction
 
Cosmetic Surgery Procedures : Lip Augmentation

 

Many of our patient's request augmentation of the lip or lips to provide a more symmetrical balance or fullness to the lips.  Lip augmentation can be performed with Collagen, fat transplantation or dermis grafting.

Lip augmentation creates fuller, plumper lips and reduces fine wrinkles around the mouth. Lips may be injected with collagen or with fat transferred from another site in the patient's body. Both liquid collagen and fat are absorbed and repeat treatments are necessary to maintain results. Newer, longer-lasting options  like AlloDerm and SoftForm.


Technique:

A natural or synthetic biocompatible material, or the patient's own fat, is injected or implanted in the lips. One injection is usually sufficient to produce the desired result, which may be temporary, depending on the material used. Injections may need to be repeated periodically. Proper placement of the injected material is important. AlloDerm, a natural collagen sheet made from donated skin, is inserted through tiny incisions inside the corners of the mouth. Once the AlloDerm implant is in place, it eventually becomes integrated with the natural tissues. Gore-Tex, SoftForm and soft ePTFE are other synthetic implant options.

Benefits:

  • Immediate return to normal activities (one-day return if sedated) for nonsurgical procedures; depending on the procedure and materials used, recovery period is within a week for surgical procedures.
  • AlloDerm and Dermalogen do not require patients to provide donor tissue and are not rejected by the body, because they are human tissue. Usually they have a pliable, natural feel.
  • Gore-Tex implants are permanent, easily inserted and well tolerated by the body.
  • Temporary procedures like collagen or fat injection can be appealing to patients who want to experiment with a fuller-lipped look, but not necessarily commit to it.
        Before                                         After
   

The lips were augmented to provide a more voluptuous appearance. This can be achieved through collagen injections or for a longer lasting result, dermis can be used.

 

 

Doctor Gruber is one of the Top Board Certified Plastic Surgeons in The San Francisco Bay Area

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