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Lip Augmentation

Lip Augmentation

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.

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How long does a lip augmentation take?

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.

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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 normal activities?

The same day and normal activities may be resumed immediately.

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How do I prepare for a lip augmentation procedure?

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 surgeon's instructions.

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What precautions are necessary during recovery?

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.

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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.

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What results can I expect after a lip augmentation?

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.

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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 area, simply fill out our Online Referral Form or call Toll Free 800.434.6760.


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