Do You Love Your Lips?

In the world of camera phones and social media, selfies are on the rise. People spend more time looking at their faces, and a growing number of patients focus on one target area: the lips. Whether you like puckering up for the camera, duckfacing on Facebook, or you’re simply looking for the smile of your dreams, lip augmentation procedures can help you achieve the look you want.

Loving Your Lips

woman with full lips smilingLip augmentation is the second fastest growing cosmetic procedure in the United States. And it’s not just for female patients. Last year plastic surgeons performed a total of 27,449 lip augmentation procedures (that’s one every 19 minutes). And statistics show that men are becoming more and more comfortable with maintaining their appearance with the use of injectable fillers and cosmetic surgery. Scheduling a lip augmentation or lip injection allows men and women to subtly alter the appearance of their face. It’s popular for younger patients seeking a plumper mouth, as well as for older patients who want to look more youthful, but are not ready to commit to facelift surgery.

Lip Augmentations vs. Fillers

Injectible fillers have been a popular lip treatment for several years now, giving patients a temporary boost in the fullness of their lips. While the temporary nature of injections is a draw for some, other patients are happy with their new lips, but dislike the maintenance of their new look. For those patients, lip augmentations make an appealing solution. Lip augmentations, much like breast implants, are a safe, permanent, but reversible cosmetic procedure. Lip implants are made from soft, flexible silicone. Newer implants come in a variety of sizes, allowing the patient to choose one that will fit the shape and symmetry of their face. Lip augmentation procedures have minimal recovery time, with minimal bruising and only a few stitches to heal. As with any other cosmetic surgery procedure, it’s important to find a board certified plastic surgeon to perform the procedure.

Want to learn more about achieving the lips of your dreams? Call Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery to schedule a lip augmentation consultation with Dr. Brantner.

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What Plastic Surgery Looks Like Today

Which area of your body would you most like to change? For many men and women in the US, the answer to that question is changing. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons released their annual cosmetic surgery report for 2015, which shows a rising diversity in which areas of the body patients choose to address. Breast lifts, lower body lifts, and arm lifts showed considerable growth this year, as did the number of men choosing breast reduction surgery. The overall trends in cosmetic surgery and minimally-invasive procedures, however, has stayed fairly consistent with data from previous years.

Most Popular Cosmetic Surgery in 2015

  • cosmetic surgery trendsThe number of breast augmentations may have decreased 2% in 2015, but it’s still the most popular cosmetic surgery by over 50,000 procedures.
  • Liposuction procedures are up 5% from 2014, but they’re 37% less popular than they were in 2000.
  • Nose reshaping hasn’t changed in popularity since 2014. In 2015, it was still the 3rd most popular cosmetic procedure in America.
  • Eyelid surgery, such as lower and upper eye lifts, decreased 1% in popularity in 2015.
  • Tummy tucks replaced facelifts as the 5th most popular cosmetic procedure in 2015. Tummy tucks increased 9% in popularity over the last year and 104% since 2000.

Most Popular Non-Surgical Procedures in 2015

Non-surgical procedures have grown in popularity over the last several years, attracting patients who want facial rejuvenation without the permanence of surgery. The top minimally-invasive procedures in 2015 were:

  • Botulinum Toxin Type A
  • Soft Tissue Fillers
  • Chemical Peel
  • Laser Hair Removal
  • Microdermabrasion

Every patient’s surgical journey is wholly unique. If you’re considering a surgical or minimally-invasive cosmetic procedure, call to schedule a consultation with Dr. Brantner.

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The Quest for Lush Lips

The quest for a prettier pout is nothing new. Women have sought plumper, fuller lips for centuries, using makeup and natural plumpers to achieve a more vital, youthful look. Though early 20th century lip injections were unsuccessful, today they’re a simple, low-risk path to achieving a fuller mouth.

Cosmetic Lip Augmentation

full lipsSome people were born with thin lips, or may feel that their mouths look off-balance with their full cheeks or wide jaw. And as men and women age, their lips often begin to thin, all but disappearing when they smile. For people who are unhappy with the appearance of their lips, lip augmentation is an attractive solution. From the old fixation on Angelina Jolie to Scarlett Johansson’s more natural smile, lip injections help men and women achieve plump-looking lips.

About Lip Augmentation

If you want full, natural lips, a lip augmentation may be right for you. Lip augmentation is a minimally invasive procedure, with recovery typically only taking a several days. Lip augmentation can be temporary or permanent based on the type of injection used. Restylane is an injectable gel that adds fullness and volume to the lips for up to 6 months. Juvederm fillers last 9 months to a year per injection. For a more permanent solution, patients can get fat transfer injections. Because the injections come from their own tissue, it will not be absorbed in the same way as an injectable filler. Some women may need occasional touch ups to achieve and maintain the desired results.

Do you want to learn more about lip augmentation? Call Dr. Brantner’s office to discuss your options. Ask about our May specials on lip augmentation procedures.

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4 Myths about Breast Reconstruction

Breast reconstruction is a personal decision that each breast cancer patient must consider carefully. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of misinformation about when, why, and how to reconstruct the breasts after a mastectomy. If you have questions about breast reconstruction, talk to Dr. Brantner about what’s right for you. In the meantime, we’re debunking a few of the most common myths about breast reconstruction.

4 Myths about Breast Reconstruction

  1. happy woman in blueBreast reconstruction must take place immediately after a mastectomy. There’s no right time for breast reconstruction. Many women choose reconstruction immediately after their mastectomy, while others wait to finish radiation treatments or until they’re sure reconstruction is right for them. Breast reconstruction can be effective years after a mastectomy.
  2. Radiation or chemotherapy makes breast reconstruction impossible. Radiation affects blood circulation and the elasticity of the skin, while chemotherapy may affect the timeline of breast reconstruction. These treatments can limit reconstruction options, but in most cases, they don’t disqualify patients from breast reconstruction. If you’ve undergone (or are currently undergoing) radiation or chemotherapy treatments, discuss your breast reconstruction options with Dr. Brantner.
  3. Unnatural looking implants are the only option. Women who choose breast reconstruction have a variety of options, ranging from breast implants to breast reconstruction using body tissue. Thanks to surgical advancements, both options can result in natural looking breasts that help cancer survivors reclaim their confidence and sense of femininity.
  4. It’s harder to detect breast cancer after reconstruction. Detection of breast cancer relies on a variety of factors, none of which breast reconstruction has been proven to affect. Ask Dr. Brantner which screening techniques and breast exams are best for after your reconstruction.

If you’d like to learn more about breast reconstruction options, call our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Brantner.