Foglietti Fostyk Plastic Surgery | 22901 Millcreek Blvd. Suite 145, Beachwood, OH 44122

Ask The Surgeon, Cleveland Magazine

Question: Can an actress like Angelina Jolie have lip augmentation that looks natural and lasts in definitely?

Answer: I am not certain that Angelina Jolie has had lip augmentation. I have seen photos of her at a young age and she had very full lips. Voluptuous lips are definitely the trend today and have been in vogue for some time. Luckily, there are a number of enhancement alternatives available to people who weren’t fortunate enough to be born with full lips. Some of these options are as follows:

Surgical elevation of the lip line.

Surgical placement of enhancement material such as Alloderm.

Free-fat transfer.

The use of fillers, such as Restylane, Zyplast (collagen), and Hylaform.

None of these procedures is considered permanent innature, except for surgical elevation of the lip line. However, this method results in a permanent scar of the lip line that may be aesthetically unappealing. The surgical placement of a graft material, such as Alloderm, in the lips diminishes within 8-12 months and is a relatively expensive procedure.Free-fat transfer, where fat is harvested from a small area in the belly or buttocks and then injected into the lips has been an option for many years but is an involved procedure. The lips require over-injection so that some of the fat will remain and not be absorbed, therefore the lips can look distorted for weeks after the procedure. I believe that the injectable products are a fast and economical method of lip enhancement and my personal experience has been best with the Restylane product. When a dental block is performed prior to the Restylane injection, it is a relatively painless technique and the results will last around 6 months. There are no guarantees that the aforementioned procedures will last indefinitely, including the free-fat injections. That is why I recommend a straight-forward method such as Restylane injections. As always, it is important to find a physician with significant experience and training in the use of these products.

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22901 Millcreek Blvd. Suite 145
Beachwood, OH 44122
(216) 292-6800

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Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday Closed
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