Lip augmentation is a cosmetic procedure that can give you fuller, plumper lips. These days, an injectable dermal filler is the most commonly used method of lip augmentation. There are many types of dermal fillers that can be injected in your lips. The most common fillers today are products that contain substances similar to hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in the body. It helps increase volume in your lips.
Uses of Hyaluronic Acid Fillers
Hyaluronic acid fillers can improve the appearance of your lips by adding:
Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid Fillers
Once injected, the gel in the filler supports and shapes the tissues of the lips.
The benefits of using hyaluronic acid fillers include:
Control over lip volume. The amount of substance injected can be controlled, so the doctor has better control over how much lip volume is created.
Gradual pace of treatment. The injections can be given gradually during different appointments until the desired results are achieved.
Bumps dissolve easily. Any lumps and bumps created by movement of the lips can be dissolved easily.
Less bruising. There may be less bruising and swelling compared to other dermal fillers.
Reasonably lasting results. The results are reasonably long-lasting, but not permanent.
Allergic reaction unlikely. Because hyaluronic acid fillers are made from substances similar to those found in the body, they are unlikely to cause an allergic reaction. But if you are allergic to lidocaine, tell your doctor before being treated.
Q. How much filler does one need to get ideal results?
They key is building layers in stages . If one has very thin lips, its advisable to augment lips in sittings so that look natural. Depending upon the client’s desire, the amount of filler required will be proportional to the volume enhancement required.
Q. Does the filler hurt?
Usually different numbing techniques are employed to avoid any discomfort to the patient. A numbing cream or a dental block can be given to numb the lips plus the fillers come pre mixed with anesthetics so they are very comfortable for the patient.
Q. HOW LONG DO THEY LAST?
This varies on the substance used and the age of the patient. On average most people need top ups every 4 to 6 months routinely to keep up the desired size.
Q. ARE THE RESULTS INSTANT?
Straight after the procedure, your lips will be slightly swollen. After around 24 hours the swelling will have settled and one can see the final result
Q. CAN YOU GET THE FILLER TAKEN OUT IF YOU JUST DON’T LIKE IT?
One advantage of HA acid fillers over the collagen fillers is that they can be removed with an enzyme called hyaluronidase even before they naturally dissolve. So if errors do occur these can be quickly corrected.
What to Expect During the Procedure
Injectable lip augmentation techniques can be performed quickly in the doctor’s office with little to no downtime.
Before the injections, a topical or local numbing agent may be applied to ease discomfort. Sometimes, nerve block injections can be given before the treatment to completely numb the lips. This is similar to the anesthetic injections that you get at the dentist to numb your mouth.
After carefully marking the areas to be injected, very fine needles are used to inject the substance into your lips.
Following injection, ice may be given to ease discomfort and control swelling. But no firm pressure should be put on the treatment area.
Lipstick or other lip products are best avoided immediately after the procedure.
You should be able to notice a difference immediately. After you have healed, your lips should feel natural.
Side Effects and Risks
Side effects of hyaluronic acid fillers are temporary and should only last a few days. They may include:
- Bleeding from the injection sites
- Swelling and bruising
- Redness and tenderness at the site of the injection
- Reactivation of cold sores or fever blisters (herpes simplex) of the lips or area surrounding the lips
More serious side effects or risks may include:
- Severe and prolonged swelling or bruising lasting one week to 10 days
- Lip asymmetry (parts of lips are different sizes)
- Lumps and irregularities in the lips
- Injection into a blood vessel, causing tissue loss
- Ulceration, scarring, or stiffening of the lip
- Allergic reaction causing redness, swelling, or itching around the lips
Call your doctor immediately if you experience extreme swelling or develop a fever.
Q. Who is not suitable candidate for lip augmentation?
Before undergoing lip augmentation you should be in good health and a nonsmoker. You may not be a candidate for lip augmentation if you have:
- An active infection such as oral herpes
- Blood-clotting problems
If you have ever had a cold sore (oral herpes) any time in the past, you should tell your doctor before undergoing the procedure. If you have any known allergies or are allergic to lidocaine, tell your doctor before undergoing the procedure. Also, tell your doctor about any medications you are taking, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs and herbal supplements.
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