Full lips have always been the most attractive features of facial beauty. Many men and women who have thin lips, want to have more enhanced lips to look more attractive. Lip augmentation is the most ideal non-surgical treatment to create a more gorgeous look. It reduces wrinkles around the mouth as well.
The treatment is one of the easiest cosmetic procedures, and can be done on adults of nearly any age.
Lip augmentation can:
• Increases fullness of thin lips
• Create a more defined smile
• Rejuvenate the mouth area
As allergic reaction to the material used for lip augmentation is possible, the candidates should report any allergies to the surgeon.
The patients who choose lip implants, should report any respiratory problems, because they can be intensified by anesthesia.
To accomplish augmentation, there are several methods. Among the variety of methods, the surgeon selects the most suitable method for you to ensure best result and safety.
The methods include
• lip implants,
• fillers, and
• fat transfer.
This method provides permanent lip augmentation. The three types of lip implants include GORE-TEX, Soft Form, and AlloDerm.
Implant surgery is quite simple and takes less than an hour. The surgeon makes incisions usually at the corners of the mouth, and then creates a thin tunnel to place the implant.
GORE-TEX lip implants have been used for many years. In this method, natural lip tissue grows and makes the implants a part of the lip structure.
SoftForm lip implants are also made from ePTFE, but have a tubular shape. This lessens the chance of migration.
AlloDerm is derived from human tissue. That is why it will not provoke any allergic response.
Lip implants have less complications compared to other cosmetic surgeries. However, like any surgery there are some factors that should be taken into consideration, including implant rejection, scarring, stiffness of the lips, and implant migration. There is no need to worry though, if you choose a skillful surgeon.
Lip augmentation with fillers
Injectable lip fillers have long been used by cosmetic surgeons to give the lips voluptuous look. As the materials and injections techniques widely vary, there are many options that can fulfill your individual needs. In this method you can get your desired goal in less than 30 minutes. As the filler itself includes lidocaine, anesthesia is not necessary.
There different kinds of fillers which are shortly listed below.
Collagen-based lip fillers, which are the most commonly used filler all over the world, come into two types: bovine-derived collagen, and human-derived collagen.
Hyaluronic acid-based lip fillers, which are biodegradable substances that occur naturally in body joints and skin, moisturize and plump the lips, and provide longer-lasting results.
Redness, bruising, swelling, and minor discomfort after the surgery minimize and fade away within a few days.
Lip augmentation with fat transfer
This method is highly recommended and suitable for those who want have plumper lips, but they do not want to inject any foreign material into their body. The fat used in this method, is derived from the patient’s own body (usually the abdomen or thighs), and gives you a soft, natural-looking result.
Swelling, bruising, and bleeding is common after the surgery. One of the shortcomings of this method is that some fat cells might die during transfer. However, experienced surgeons inject the fat in different steps, with intervals, to prevent this from happening. The most prominent feature of this method is that it causes no allergy, as it is a part of the patient’s own body.
After the treatment
Recovery time after a lip augmentation procedure is typically short, making it one of the easiest ways to make the face more visually appealing.
The length of the surgery varies depending on the method. But generally the patient can return to their daily routine in less than a day.
Bruising and swelling can be expected, and will fade away after about a week. Stitches in the mouth will dissolve in approximately the same amount of time.
Numbness of the lips is also common.
It is noteworthy that after the surgery you should avoid:
• wearing make-up for 12 hours after the surgery
• saunas, steam rooms, sun beds or sun exposure until redness and swelling fade
• work out for 24 hours after the surgery
• alcohol for at least 24 hours after the surgery
• manipulation of the treated area
Dehydrating and moisturizing creams to refine skin’s texture may be prescribed.