Lip augmentation is a cosmetic procedure that makes your lips bigger and fuller. It improves the shape and contours of the lips. Full lips can make the face look more youthful and improve the application and appearance of make up. It is a procedure that takes a relatively short amount of time.
Lip augmentation is ideal for
- Individuals who feel their lips are too small and therefore their gums are exposed when they smile.
- People who feel their lips are wrinkled and have lost their full feel with age.
- Individuals with asymmetry of the lips.
- Individuals who want to boost their morale.
There are several dermal fillers that can be used to give lips the desired appearance. These substances include hyaluronic acids, collagen, fat injections and implants.
Currently, hyaluronic acid injections are the most commonly used dermal fillers for lip augmentation. Hyaluronic acid is a component of the body’s connective tissue and therefore the most ideal. It has several advantages including:
- Easy control over lip volume. Your doctor will be injecting desired amounts of hyaluronic acid in the lips to achieve desired shape with ease.
- The treatment can be gradual till the desired effect is achieved.
- Bumps easily dissolve
- There is less bruising and swelling.
- Results lasts reasonably long enough although not permanent.
- Less risk of allergy because hyaluronic acid is similar to body’s own components.
Collagen injections for lip augmentation are rarely used because of their potential risks of causing scarring of the lips.
Fat injections involve harvesting fat from one pat of the body and then injecting into the lips. This utilises body’s own components and therefore there is less risk of infection and allergy. The disadvantage of this is that the results are unpredictable and uneven. Another bottle neck is that, any weight gain will result into a commensurate increase in the size of the lips as well.
Implants involve the introduction of biocompatible materials under the lips to give it a desired shape. The introduction of a foreign body may cause allergic reactions and also increase the risks of infection.
Lip lifts improve the appearance of the lips by elevating the vermilion border. An incision is made below the nose to support the lips and prevent it from sagging.
Who are not fit for lip augmentation?
Lip augmentation is not recommended for everyone. It is contraindicated in:
- An active infection such as oral herpes
- Systemic lupus erythematosus
- Diabetes because of impaired healing
- Blood clotting problems due to the risk of bleeding
What are the risks involved?
Lip augmentation is not with risk. Before doing a lip job, you should talk to your doctor about the risks and how to deal with them. The risks include:
- Swelling – This is common after lip augmentation with fillers. It usually subsides within less than a week. You can use icepacks to relieve the swelling.
- Bruising – Avoid touching or massaging the area to prevent this. It resolves on its own
- Bleeding – due to increased supply of blood to the lips, bleeding is expected but should not last more than three days
- Bumps and lumps – seen when the fillers is too close to the lip surface. Improves with time.
- Scarring – this is common with collagen fillers
- Allergic reactions – when implants are used
- Lip asymmetry – especially when alignment did not occur properly.