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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Lip augmentation is usually achieved through a series of dermal filler injections.
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.
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.
There are generally two main types of dermal filler in use today
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 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.