It has often been considered that the full lips of women are one of their signs of beauty. Although some women may have naturally filled lips, there are many women that have to resort to the lip augmentation procedure which often involves blowing the lips and injecting them with various materials in order to enhance their appearance.
Lip Augmentations is also commonly referred to as the Lip Enhancement procedure and it is a cosmetic surgery that is performed to enhance the appearance of the lips by enlarging them. The lip augmentation procedure is often used to create fuller lips through surgical techniques, implants or injections. The lip augmentation procedure is often performed to replace definition and shape lost in the lips through aging or on patients that have naturally thin lips.
Lip Augmentation Techniques
The most common techniques of lip augmentation include;
- INJECTABLE FILLER TECHNIQUE
This technique of lip augmentation is often performed by injecting the patient’s lips with dermal fillers. There are several kinds of dermal fillers that can be injected in the patient’s lips or around the patient’s mouth to perform the lip augmentation procedure. However, the most popular dermal fillers available in the market in recent times of contain substances that are similar to hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a chemical that is naturally found in the human body. Some of the most common types of dermal fillers that can be injected for the lip augmentation procedure include;
AUTOLOGEN: This is an injectable dermal filler that is made from the patient’s own skin. The use of this material as a dermal filler does not have any risk of allergy to the patient. However, the use of Autologen as a dermal filler is often temporary as a result of the fact that the body will quickly absorb it.
COLLAGEN: This is another common dermal filler that is often used to perform the lip augmentation procedure. However, this dermal filler requires the patient to undergo an allergy test before the lip augmentation procedure because the collagen is often extracted for bovine hides. This type of dermal fillers can last for about four weeks to three months because this substance will also be eventually absorbed into the body. It is important to note that the allergy test must be observed for four weeks before the procedure.
DERMALOGEN: This substance is often obtained from the patient’s own skin. And with the aid of a laboratory process, this substance is made into high concentration collagen that can be used as an injectable dermal filler for lip augmentation procedures. Some studies have shown that this substance, however, lasts longer than collagen.
FAT: This is another substance that doctors often use as a dermal filler for the lip augmentation procedure. The fat used for this procedure is often obtained through liposuction or excision of the patient’s fat from areas on the body where it can be spared. This substance can be injected or surgically transferred into the lips.
- IMPLANTS TECHNIQUE
This technique often involves the application of synthetic materials to perform the lip augmentation procedure. Some of the implants that can be used for the lip augmentation procedure include;
ALLODERM: This is simply a donor tissue that is obtained from cadavers (dead bodies) and then denatured, purified and treated to get rid of viable cells that could transmit disease. This procedure is often performed under local anesthesia. This substance is injected into the mucosa or body of the lips in small roles in order to make them larger. The substance can also be injected into the vermillion (which is the pink area of the lip) in order to provide definition and a sharper border.
RADIANCE: This is a synthetic laboratory made solution that contains calcium hydroxylapatite (bone) suspended in a gel. This solution has been safely used in the medical field for some years now. This substance is capable of lasting for about three to five years in the patient’s lips.
RESTYLANE: This is a non-animal clear gel that can be used for the lip augmentation procedure. This substance is said to be similar to the hyaluronic acid found in the body. This gel can be used as a dermal implant for about six months or longer.
ARTECOLL AND ARTEFILL: These substances are often used around the edges of the lips to remove wrinkles and fine lines. These substances are not injected in the body of the lips because they contain tiny microspheres known as polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) which are heavy and would appear white through the thin skin of the lips. These substances often remain in the face permanently.
- SURGICAL TECHNIQUE
This technique often involves the process of reshaping the lip using the existing tissues. This technique is often performed under the influence of local anesthesia and it can last for about two hours. This process also involves making surgical incisions on the inner or outer surface of the lips. The location of the surgical incision often depends on the case, required range and the material used. The surgical incisions are closed with surgical stitches that will melt on their own or be removed by the doctor within a week of the procedure.
Lip augmentation before and after
TIPS FOR THE LIP AUGMENTATION PROCEDURE
- The patient should avoid smoking for a certain period before and after the procedure.
- After the procedure, the patient should wear loose and comfortable clothing like shirts that have buttons because they can be removed without having to pull them over the face.
- The patient should ensure that he or she remembers to inform the doctor in charge of the health issues that they have and medications that are being used.
- Immediately after the procedure, the patient should eat soft foods.
The recuperation period of the procedure is about one day of the procedure but it can be up to two weeks in case of the surgical procedure.