Full and sensual lips have been considered sign of beauty since long time. Now it’s possible to achieve that with lip enhancement procedures using lip fillers or lip implants.
Ideal Lip Augmentation Candidates
- Adults of any age may be good candidates for lip augmentation.
- Patients with naturally thin lips or an age-related decrease in lip volume.
- You should be in good health and have reasonable expectations about the outcome that can be achieved.
Lip enhancement options
There are options available for lip enhancement. They are
- non surgical lip augmentation like lip fillers, lip injections- Lip enhancement without surgery is possible using these methods
- surgical lip augmentation like lip implants
Injectable Fillers or lip filler treatment
Injectable fillers are most commonly used method of lip augmentation these days. They can be injected in or around your lips. Using injectable fillers is a non-invasive method of lip augmentation which provides results in as little as 30 minutes. Usually local anesthesia is not required as some form of anesthetic is included in the fillers. The results are fantastic but they last only temporarily as body eventually breaks down and absorbs the fillers.
Types of lip fillers:
Collagen based lip fillers, Hyaluronic acid fillers
Collagen based lip fillers– come from 2 sources, bovine-derived collagen and human-derived collagen.
Hyaluronic Acid-Based Lip Fillers
Hyaluronic acid Lip fillers are naturally occuring, clear, biodegradable substance.
Hyaluronic acid fillers can add shape , structure and volume to your lips and improve their appearance and make them look fuller and plump.The effects typically last around six months. After that more injections are needed to keep the volume of your lips.
Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid Fillers
Once injected the gel in the filler supports and shapes the tissues of the lips.
The benefits of using hyaluronic acid fillers include:
Better control over lip volume. The doctor can control the amount of filler substance injected thereby controlling the volume of lip.
Gradual pace of treatment. The injections can be given over a period of time until the desired results are achieved.
Lumps and bumps taken care of.Dissolving the lumps and bumps created by movement of the lips is easily possible.
Less bruising. There may be less bruising and swelling compared to other dermal fillers.
Reasonably lasting results. The results are reasonably long-lasting, but not permanent.
Any allergic reaction to hyaluronic acid is unlikely as it is made from substances similar to those found in the body
Results with lip implants are permanent, more refined compared to dermal fillers
The Lip Implant Procedure
Lip implant surgery is a simple procedure. It takes about an hour to finish. The surgeon will make a small incision at the corner of mouth and a tiny tunnel is made to accommodate the implant. This tunnel needs to be made precisely as it will hold the implant which holds the key to even and natural looking lips. In the next step the surgeon will place the implant inside the tunnel and trim excess and the the incision will be closed.
What to Expect after a Lip Augmentation Procedure
Almost all lip augmentation procedures take place in doctor’s office. The recovery after the procedure depends upon the type of procedure performed. Patient’s daily routine can start in a day unless some sedatives were used. There might be some bruising or swelling which will subside in a week. There will be some pain and discomfort which can be easily managed by painkillers.
Side effects of lip augmentation procedure:
Lip augmentation is a minimally invasive procedure and has almost no side effects. However like any other procedure some mild side effects that may be experienced by patients are:
- Pain at the site of injection or incision
- Swelling of lips
These side effects are very minor and will subside in a week and can be manages with painkillers.