Lip Augmentation

Lip Augmentation

As concepts of beauty change over time, the western world today looks more and more to a woman’s lips as a sign of sensuality and beauty. Women are now choosing to augment their lips by making them look fuller, and defining the contour of the lips in order to fit into that mould.

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Lip augmentation is a procedure for permanently plumping the lips surgically in patients who have naturally thin lips or those whose lips have become thinner with age. One of the most popular methods for lip augmentation is theuse ofdermal fillers, but it only creates a temporary enhancement. If you want long lasting results Lip Implants, or dermal fat grafting is the procedure of choice.

What can Lip Augmentation achieve?

Lip Augmentation is designed to provide fuller lips for years. Using a specialized implant made of a soft, solid silicone material, this treatment adds a plush, pillow-like quality to the lips while maintaining natural-looking results. Lip Augmentation can be performed on the upper lip, lower lip, or both to provide a balanced and aesthetically appealing outcome. Silicone lip implants come in a broad array of sizes to provide just the right amount of boost for your desired look. The smooth, youthful appearance shouldn’t restrict your mouth’s natural movement, allowing you to smile, speak, and eat without signs of treatment.

World over surgical lip augmentation procedures rose by and astounding 35 percent between 2000 and 2013. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that 18,500 surgical lip augmentation procedures were performed in 2000, while a bit more than 25,000 procedures were performed in 2013.

If you prefer an implant-free approach, cosmetic injectables and dermal fillers can add volume, smooth fine lines and wrinkles, and create a youthful-looking and luscious appearance. The temporary effects can be maintained for long-lasting results or allow you to see what is possible before trying a more permanent procedure. Dr. Salama can discuss this option with you during your first appointment.

Who is a good candidate for Lip Augmentation?

If you have thin lips and are dissatisfied with your appearance you maybe the right candidate for lip augmentation. Adultsmust be 18 years or older, in good general health, with realistic expectations for your lip augmentation procedure. This will you to achieve fuller, softer, more voluptuous lips. In addition to providing a betterappearance, Lip Augmentation rejuvenates the appearance of the lips by smoothening the fine lines that often develop as a result of the natural aging process.

If you love your full lips but are looking for a permanent solution to them, then fat transfer or implants will serve you better. During your initial consultation, Dr. Birraj will discuss and understand your goals and evaluate anatomy of your lips to arrive at a consensus as to what procedure will best suit your aesthetic goals.

Types of Lip Augmentation Procedures

You can enjoy fuller lips through several different types of procedures, which will fall into one of three general categories: Permanent implants, fat transfers, and temporary fillers.
You may opt to have just your upper or your lower lip augmented, or both.

Permanent Lip Implants

If you are seeking to permanently augment your lips, your answer could be silicone implants. Silicone implants are used for permanent lip augmentation. The advantage of using these implants is can be removed from your lips in case you decide to remove them at a future date.

Many Cosmetic surgeons prefer silicone lip implants over fat transfers for patients wanting a more permanent augmentation because the silicone unlike fat can’t be absorbed by your body giving more reliable results.

Several silicone lip implants are on the market today, but there basically are two main types: semi-solid soft silicone implants and Gor-Tex implants.

Lip implants is a surgical procedure done under local anesthesia.It can last from 30 to 60 minutes.Through a tiny incision made inside both your lip cornersa space is created in the subcutaneous tissue. The implant isplaced into this space by threading it through one of the corner incisions. The incisions are then closed by absorbable sutures. The procedure is the same for both the upper and lower lip.

Fat Transfers

A fat transfer procedure is an excellent natural option for those seeking semi permanent lip enhancement. In this procedure fat is taken from one area of your body such as your supra pubic or inner thighs and then injected it into your lips. A lip augmentation with fat transfer can last several years or longer. This being an autologous method utilizing your own body fat is ideal for those patients whoare apprehensive about injecting a foreign substance into their lips.

Some patients find that they need or want a second fat transfer injection about a year after the first to achieve the results they desire. As some percentage of the fat will be reabsorbed by your body, your lips will may become less full over time therefore very slight over correction is done and must be acceptable.

Temporary Fillers

An excellent option for those looking to enhance their lips temporarily is the use of temporary natural fillers such as hyaluronic acid a substance found naturally in our body. Temporary fillers tend to last for four to six months following which you may need to come again for a furthur session. Some of the popular temporary lip fillers are Restylane and Juvederm, which are hyaluronic acid dermal fillers injected directly into your lips. The advantage of temporary fillers is it is outpatient based quick safe and effective procedure giving instant results. There is no downtime and patients get back to their normal daily routine shortly after treatment.

Recovery for Lip Augmentation Procedures

Recovery time from your lip augmentation depends on the procedure which has been performed.Patients usually return to their daily activities immediately in cases of temporary fillers. Recovery in cases of fat transfer or lip implantstakes 1 to 2 weeks as that is the period when the swelling tenderness and bruising would be subsiding. You can return home immediately following the procedure, and you may wish to take 3-4 days off from work while your lips heal, although this varies from patient to patient.Patients are sent home on a prescription of antibiotics and pain medication along with instructions for ice cooling of the operated area for faster recovery. There maybe a bit of lip numbness and sensitivity to pressure for about two weeks which is normal and subsides soon. Final results will be visible after a few weeks.

Schedule a Consultation

If you would like to schedule a consultation for Lip augmentation, please contact online or by phone today. Dr. Biraj will be happy to answer your questions and talk with you about all aspects of the procedure

Common Questions

This procedure is one of the most safe easy and effective procedures with very few risks associated with it.

Swelling and Bruising is any resolve in 7-10 days time. Regular application of ice packs and anti inflammatory medication helps to resolve this faster.

You will have numbness after the surgery but there is rarely any long term altered lip sensation.

You will be back to your work in about 3 to 5 days. You will be allowed to start light exercises after 3 weeks and can get back to your normal exercise pattern or lifting weights only after 5 to 6 weeks.

The improvement from this procedure is permanent, and immediate.

One of the many benefits of permanent Lip Augmentation with implants is that the it can be removed or exchanged for a different size at any stage. This may however not be the case with fat transfer.

Risks and Potential Complications

Possible complications include bleeding and collection of blood under the skin (hematoma), fluid accumulation(seroma), infection or poor healing at the incision site. These risks are common to many operations and can be dealt with easily. Blood clots in the deep veins of the leg is a problem associated with lying still for too long for which adequate prophylaxis is taken prior to surgery. Rarely pulmonary and Fat embolism are risks associated with any major prolonged surgery. Any surgery carries risks associated with anaesthesia. These risks will be fully discussed with you prior to your consent for surgery. It is important that you understand these aspects of your surgery and that you seek clarification from your surgeon.

During the Operation: Reactions to Drugs, Bleeding
Later: Painful Scars, Abnormal Scars, Persistent Lower Abdomen Numbness and Swelling and Umbilical Deformity