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Lip Augmentation

Lip augmentation is a form of cosmetic surgery aimed at giving you fuller, more defined lips. The desired results are usually achieved by injecting a special dermal filler into the lips and the areas around your mouth. However, longer-lasting results can be achieved with the use of implants or fat from another part of the body.

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WHO IS THIS FOR
  • People who would like plumper lips.
RECOVERY TIME
  • Slight swelling and mild pain usually disappear within 24 hours.
TREATMENT DURATION
  • The average treatment takes between 10 and 20 minutes.
  • Treatments can take longer if multiple injections are required in the lips and mouth.
SUCCESS
  • Success rates of more than 90% are being reported by reputable clinics.
POTENTIAL RISKS & SIDE EFFECTS
  • Infections.
  • Skin irritation.
  • Swelling.
  • Severe bruising.
  • Movement of the filler away from the lips.
  • Lumps under the skin.
  • Blocked blood vessels.
ALTERNATIVE TREATMENTS
HOW DOES IT WORK?

Lip augmentation is usually achieved through a series of dermal filler injections.

What is lip augmentation?

Lip augmentation is a cosmetic procedure aimed at changing the size or shape (or both) of the lips. While it usually involves a series of injections, similar results can be achieved with the use of implants and fat injections. The cheapest form of lip augmentation is usually the dermal filler injection. Not only is it relatively affordable, it's a temporary solution. This might be good news if you don't like the look afterwards. Fat transfer and implant procedures tend to cost a lot more, and they involve longer recovery times.

How does lip augmentation work?

Lip augmentation involves changing the thickness, shape or definition of the lips. There are three ways of achieving this: dermal filler injections, fat transfer and implants. However, the most popular option by far is the use of dermal fillers which are made from completely natural substances.

Depending on the wishes of the individual, a series of injections are administered into one or both lips as well as areas around the mouth. A specially formulated dermal filler is used to add volume to the lips.The type of filler used to achieve the effect has changed over the years.

Are there different types of lip augmentation?

There are generally two main types of dermal filler in use today
Collagen
Collagen is a naturally-produced protein found in human skin and the surrounding tissues. It is cultivated in labs for use in cosmetic surgical treatments, but its use has been waning in recent years. There are now more effective, safer and longer-lasting dermal fillers in use.
Hyaluronic acid
Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance produced by the human body. It's particularly effective at increasing volume underneath the skin, and its effects last longer than those of collagen. Shape, structure and volume of lips can be changed for up to six months with the use of hyaluronic acid. There are several different forms of this dermal filler on the market today, but they all deliver similar results. They result in less bruising than collagen, and are less likely to cause bumps and lumps. Cosmetic specialists also report an increased level of control over volume. Lidocaine is often added to hyaluronic acid in order to reduce pain after the procedure.
Other types of lip augmentation
Lip transfer procedures usually involve fat being removed from somewhere else in the body. It is then injected into the lips as a longer-lasting solution. Another long-lasting form of lip augmentation involves the insertion of surgical implants - although the invention of hyaluronic fillers has made this particular solution less common.

What should I expect?

  • Lip augmentation injections are now more effective than ever. And they're exceptionally safe. So much so, they can be administered in a small clinic within your lunch hour. There's usually no downtime involved, as pain and swelling are minimal. If you're worried about pain, some specialists will apply a local numbing agent before proceeding. It's also possible to administer nerve-blocking agents, although this pain-relief option is relatively rare.
  • Very fine needles are inserted into the lips and areas surrounding the mouth. Once the filler has been injected, ice and pressure are applied to reduce pain and swelling. You shouldn't use lipstick or lip products for a few hours after the procedure, but other than that you should be able to get back to your day.
  • You can expect to see a significant difference in your lips immediately. However, your lips may continue to grow for several hours after the procedure. As long as you remain vigilant for possible side-effects, you should be able to look forward to around six months of plumper, more defined lips.
  • Most lip augmentation procedures are very safe, and the risks of serious side-effects are minimal. Nevertheless, it always pays to be aware of the worst-case scenarios before agreeing to any invasive cosmetic procedure.
  • As well as prolonged swelling and bruising (which can last up to two weeks), some patients experience prolonged periods of pain. In some cases, this is a result of the dermal filler being injected into a blood vessel - which can result in permanent tissue loss.
  • A small number of people experience an allergic reaction to lip augmentation procedures. These reactions manifest as itching, excessive swelling, redness and rashes. Ulceration, scarring and semi-permanent stiffening of the lip can also occur.
  • There are also some cosmetic side-effects to be aware of. For example, some people report asymmetrical lips after filler injections. And a very small percentage of people suffer from lumps and bumps, which often pop up randomly during the days after the procedure.
WHERE CAN I FIND A DOCTOR?
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