Lip augmentation is a procedure that increases the size
of the lips to make them appear fuller and more attractive.
Some types of lip augmentation involve the insertion
of natural or synthetic materials. Other surgical techniques
bring tissue from the inside of the lip to the outside.
The upper or lower lip may be treated singly, or both
upper and lower lips may be augmented at the same time.
Depending on the type of procedure, the results may
either be permanent or temporary.
Lip augmentation is an opportunity for men and women
of all ages to have the lips they have always desired.
How is a lip augmentation performed?
Lip augmentation usually involves the injection of
collagen (either natural or synthetic) or fat.
Synthetic forms of collagen may cause allergic reactions
in some people. For that reason, a sensitivity test
should be performed prior to the actual procedure. Natural
collagen poses no possibility of an allergic reaction.
Collagen is injected into the lip with small needles.
The body slowly absorbs collagen; therefore, the desired
results generally last between one and three months.
For this reason, this procedure may be repeated on an
as needed basis.
Fat injections use fat that is harvested from another
portion of the body and is purified prior to the procedure.
Because the fat used is from your own body, there is
no possibility of an allergic reaction using this type
of injectable. This procedure is also performed using
small needles. As with collagen injections, results
are temporary. For this reason, this procedure may be
repeated on an as needed basis.
Surgical techniques consist mainly of excising or lifting
areas around the lips. This may help with shortening
the length from the top lip to the base of the nose
giving the illusion of augmentation by turning out the
pink part of the lip.
How long does a lip augmentation
Depending on the type of procedure, lip augmentation
may range from a half hour to two hours.
What type of anesthesia is used?
Topical anesthesia is generally used prior to lip injections
to alleviate any discomfort associated with the procedure.
Where is the procedure performed?
Lip augmentation is usually performed on an outpatient
basis, in the surgeon's office-based surgical suite,
an outpatient surgery center or hospital.
When can I return home and resume
The same day and normal activities may be resumed immediately.
How do I prepare for a lip augmentation
During your initial consultation, your surgeon will
discuss the changes that you would like to make to your
appearance. Since the appearance of your lips is a matter
of personal perception and preference, you will need
to discuss your concerns in detail so your surgeon can
determine the appropriate alternatives.
Prior to your surgical procedure, the surgeon will
perform a complete health history and physical. Knowledge
of your allergies, medications and previous surgeries
should be brought to your surgeon's attention at this
time. Specific instructions to assist you in preparing
for this procedure will be given to you after the health
history and physical is complete. Depending on your
individual health status, the instructions may include
guidelines regarding your diet, alcohol intake, smoking
and which medications to take or avoid. Your experience
will be much smoother if you remain compliant with your
What precautions are necessary during
Special precautions are not necessary during recovery.
Please ask your surgeon for after care instructions
specific to your case, as these will assist you during
your recovery period.
What are the possible complications
after a lip augmentation?
Significant complications from lip augmentation procedures
are rare. Possible complications may include numbing,
scarring, swelling, and stiffness in the lip. No procedure
is without risks; however, the majority of complications
known to be associated with lip augmentation are minor
when the procedure is performed by an experienced board
certified plastic surgeon. It is always important to
be informed about the possible complications before
any surgery. Be sure to discuss any concerns you may
have with your surgeon.
What results can I expect after a
Immediately following the surgery, the lips may become
swollen. Cold compresses should be used for 48 hours
to alleviate this discomfort. During this time, talking
and chewing should be avoided as much as possible. Cleansing
the treated area and applying an antibiotic ointment
will reduce the likelihood of infection.
The results of lip augmentation vary according to the
procedure used. Surgical techniques offer a longer lasting
appearance, while the use of injectable materials is
shorter lived. Most people notice full, luscious lips
with a plump pout that has been considered to be a sign
of youth and an icon of sensuality.
Choosing the right surgeon
To obtain further information regarding ear surgery,
we advise you to consult with a qualified and experienced
board-certified plastic surgeon. Regardless of the type
of procedure you are considering, it is crucial to choose
the right surgeon for your individual goals. To receive
a complimentary consultation with a specialist in your
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