Getting beautifully shaped lips is a coveted wish of women all around the world. Unfortunately, only some are lucky to have naturally full and well-contoured lips. Sometimes, the features of the lips may change over time due to age or any physical damages. Lip augmentation a welcome procedure used to improve the shape of the lips for all such females.
However, if the lips are deformed or wounded due to any accidents, then this procedure isn’t advisable. In fact, lip augmentation is a cosmetic procedure that helps people to attain plumper and fuller lips in proportion to your facial features.
Since a slight change in the size of your lips can have a significant difference to your entire physical appearance, it is important to choose a good plastic surgeon who can achieve your goal. Find a surgeon who has expertise with lip augmentation procedures. To know the experience of the surgeon, you can ask to look at the before and after photographs of the previous patients. This will also give you a reference about what you can achieve with this procedure.
Lip augmentation procedure is useful for different purposes and can be customized based on your requirements. It is highly essential to have realistic expectations before walking in for the consultation. Talk to the surgeon about what you expect out of this procedure. The surgeon will let you know if your expectations are achievable.
The surgeon will also discuss the risks associated with the procedure and check if you are the right candidate for it. You are good to go for this treatment if you are free from all the ailments as described here:
• Oral herpes, either now or in the past
• Blood clotting issues like cell anemia
• Scars or defects on the lips
• Connective tissue disorders
The surgeon may find your candidature ideal to for the procedure only after performing all the requisite tests. If you are fit enough, the surgeon will proceed to physically examine the lips, take some photographs for reference, and prepare you for the surgery.
Based on your physical conditions, the surgeon will discuss the best treatment for lip augmentation. The two types of lip augmentation procedures use fillers and implants, respectively.
Most of the people do not need even local anesthesia for this procedure. Sometimes, the surgeon may apply a numbing agent over the lips. This dermal filler is administered in the form of an around the mouth. The entire procedure will not take more than 30 minutes.
Though Collagen was one of the commonly used dermal injections earlier, nowadays, hydraulic acid is quite popular. The hydraulic acid injections help to increase the volume of the lips naturally.
• The surgeon first marks the points around the mouth for administering the dermal injections.
• Using a fine needle, the surgeon injects the filler around the marked areas of the mouth.
This effect lasts for a maximum of 6 months after which you should again have some shots of the fillers to maintain the same result.
Sometimes, fat fillers may be used based on the preference of the patients. In this case, minor liposuction surgery is performed to remove the fat from any other part of the body. This fat is then injected into the marked points around the lips and mouth.
Lip implants require a more extensive procedure than dermal fillers but these are permanent.
For lip implants, the surgeon will discuss the size and shape of the implants during the consultation. Here is the procedure in brief:
• The surgeon administers the local anesthesia around the mouth area.
• He makes small incisions around the lips.
• Next, he places the chosen implants under the skin of the lips and closes the incisions.
The surgeon will usually place ice packs on the lips soon after both the treatments.
If you have gone for dermal fillers, you can get back to your normal life almost immediately. You will also see a noticeable difference in the size of the lips on the same day itself.
The recovery time for lip implants is a bit higher. The surgeon may advise you to take rest for two to three days before returning to your normal activities.
For both treatments, there are a few precautions to follow:
• Do not wear lipstick or any other product on the lips for a week or two.
• Be careful with your lips when chewing the food to make sure you do not bite it.
• Do not smoke for at least four weeks after the procedure.
If you are experiencing redness or swelling even after a week, it is advisable to contact the surgeon immediately.
Since the implants are permanent, if you ever experience any bruising or wound on your lips with implants, consult with the surgeon immediately.
To conclude, this treatment is ideal for people who wish to improve the appearance of their lips. But prior to proceeding for the treatment, it is important to know if you are an ideal candidate for the treatment. Visiting an experienced surgeon will help you appreciably in this regard. Perhaps, you can expect an experienced professional to execute the procedure in a more professional yet painless manner.
The information is being provided by plasticsurgery.in and have no intention to replace the medical advice of your doctor. Please consult your doctor directly for advice about a specific medical condition. This document was last reviewed by Dr. Rajat Gupta, Plastic Surgeon on: 12-JUN-2020