Procedures in lip augmentation are designed to create fuller-looking lips while reducing the wrinkles that form around their outer edges. There are three common techniques used in lip augmentation today:
- Dermal filler injection
- Fat transfer
- Lip implant
Who may benefit from a lip augmentation procedure?
If you want fuller lips with a larger kissable area, then lip augmentation is probably right for you. These procedures can reshape, rejuvenate and add volume to the lip area. The procedure can also correct certain cosmetic imperfections of the lips, including the following:
- Thin lips
- Flat lips
- Wrinkles around the lips
- Asymmetry of the lips
- Vertical perioral lines
Who should not undergo lip augmentation?
While each patient is evaluated on an individual basis, those who are prone to skin eruptions near the lips may be advised to skip this procedure. Tell the doctor if you are taking the medication isotretinoin (also known as Accutane) as there may be increased risk for keloid scarring.
The Procedure: Lip Augmentation With Dermal Fillers
The most popular method of lip augmentation involves the injection of a soft tissue filler to plump the lips. This procedure is done with topical or local anesthesia to ensure comfort. The filler is placed along the lip lines, with extra care taken to preserve a natural appearance. Injections are placed to augment the upper lip, lower lip and Cupid’s bow.
After injection, the area may be massaged to ensure a smooth result and ice may be applied for about 30 minutes.
Many patients return to work or their regular activities immediately following the injections. You will see the results immediately. Hyaluronic acid fillers are often used, which provide results that last 3 to 6 months or longer. The most common side effects reported are bruising and swelling, which subsides within a few days.
Surgical Lip Augmentation
Lip enhancement can be performed both surgically and non-surgically. The surgical options include the placement of a temporary or permanent implant to fill out the lips. Implant procedures can be performed under local anesthesia with IV sedation or general anesthesia. Patients typically have swelling and bruising that takes about seven-to-ten days to subside. The major drawbacks of lip implants are the ability to feel the implants, implant infection and extrusion.
Contact Tulsa Surgical Arts to learn more about lip augmentation procedures. One of the doctors can answer your questions about lip augmentation and determine the best method for your needs.