What is lip augmentation?
Lip augmentation is a procedure performed to reshape and augment the lips so that they appear fuller and are aesthetically more pleasing. The lips are enlarged in relation to the surrounding facial features such as the nose and teeth.
Am I a candidate for lip augmentation?
Lip augmentation is considered in patients who are in good overall health and with realistic goals. It is indicated for those who lack adequate fullness in their lips and others who develop it with age. More often, the upper lip is treated.
However, you may not be able to undergo lip augmentation if you have:
- Recurrent herpes simplex lesions
- Facial nerve disorders
- Severe hypertension
- History of multiple allergies
- Autoimmune disorders
How is lip augmentation performed?
For injectable lip augmentation, you will be administered with a topical aesthetic to keep you comfortable. Your doctor will suggest the best injectable filler that will help you achieve the desired results. The regions to be treated are marked and the filler is injected using a fine needle.
Alternatively, surgical implants can be used, such as:
- Your own fat graft or local flap grafts obtained from the inside of your mouth
- Graft from a donor
- Synthetic material
What can I expect after lip augmentation?
Injectable lip augmentation can be performed on an outpatient basis, where you can go home after the injection of the filler. Apply ice to reduce swelling and pain, but avoid the use of pressure on your lips and any lip products immediately after the procedure. You may be prescribed antibiotic creams to apply on your lips.
How soon can I notice the results of lip augmentation?
You will be able to notice the results as soon as your swelling reduces.
Are there any risks or complications of lip augmentation?
As with most procedures, lip augmentation may be associated with complications such as
- Redness and tenderness
- Swelling and bruising
- Lip asymmetry
- Lumps and irregularities
- Ulceration and scarring
- Allergic reaction to the filler or implant
- Nerve damage
- Tissue loss if the filler is injected into a blood vessel