Lip augmentation is a type of cosmetic procedure that provides you fuller lips. These days, a dermal filler is most commonly used for lip augmentation. There are numerous types of dermal fillers that could be injected into the lips and around the mouth. The most common fillers contain substances that are similar to hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a natural compound found in the body which helps increase volume in the lips.
Lip Injections/Non-Surgical Lip Augmentation: In this method, lip augmentation can be done using dermal filler injections and does not require any incisions or anesthesia. But, patients might choose to have the areas numbed with some topical anesthesia to prevent needle pain. Also, some dermal fillers may contain hyaluronic acid that binds with water, increasing the lip volume via natural hydration. Other ingredients might trigger the body to make more collagen, a structural component that restores firmness, elasticity, and volume, enhancing lip volume for several months. Dermal filler is injected with the help of a thin needle along the outline of the lips.
Lip Implants: It gives long-lasting results compared to dermal fillers but involves making two small incisions through which implants are inserted into the lips. This procedure is performed in around an hour and needs to numb the area. In some special cases, dermal fillers and implants can be combined for an effective treatment.
Once you have scheduled your lip augmentation, you need to prepare. If you smoke, you will be told to stop doing it before the surgery. If an individual has oral herpes, they might also be asked to take antiviral medicines.
During surgery, a natural or synthetic biocompatible material is injected into the lips. A single injection is enough to produce the desired results, which might be temporary. This depends on the material used. Proper positioning of the injected material is vital. AlloDerm, a type of natural collagen sheet comprised of donated skin, is slightly inserted through small incisions inside the corners of your mouth. Once the AlloDerm implant is positioned, it finally becomes integrated with natural tissues. Soft Form, Gore-Tex, and Soft ePTFE are some other synthetic implant options.
The recovery time for lip augmentation is generally 1-3 days.
However, for 7 to 14 days, after the surgery, the surgeon will ask to avoid any kind of pressure around the lip area. This might include opening the mouth and compressing the lips as the implants can shift out of place. This takes around 1-2 weeks for the tissues to start fixing the implant in place. Some patients could take pain medicine if required. Ice packs could help prevent swelling as well as scarring during recovery.