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Lip Augmentation

Lip Augmentation

If you’re considering having a procedure to improve the appearance
of your lips, there are a number of commonly used methods that
can reduce fine lines and wrinkles around your lips.

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Which Simple Procedure will make you Look Your Best?

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Is Lip Augmentation Right For You?

To be a good candidate for lip augmentation, you must be in good general health. Some of the medical conditions that would rule you out as a potential candidate are scarring, oral herpes, or certain diseases such as lupus, diabetes, blood clotting problems, or connective tissues disorders.

Another essential quality of good candidates for lip augmentation is that they have realistic expectations of the outcome. They realize that injections or implants might improve their normal appearance, but they won’t result in any drastic changes.

Types of Injectable Fillers Used for Lip Augmentation

These procedures are done on an outpatient basis in your doctor's office or an outpatient center. You will go home the same day. You may be given local anesthesia to help you feel more comfortable during the injection of the filler.

Artecoll – This is made from synthetic microbeads of polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) suspended in partially denatured Bovine (cow) collagen.

Advantages: Lasts longer than standard collagen or fat injections.

Side Effects/Drawbacks: Possibility of allergic reaction.

Autologen – This is collagen, extracted from your own body, which is sent to an off-site lab to be processed into an injectable material.

Advantages: You won’t develop any allergic reactions, since this comes from your own body.

Side Effects/Drawbacks: A surgical procedure is necessary to obtain the tissue to be sent for processing, and there are always inherent risks in any surgery. You will be given your injection at a later date.

Bovine Collagen – This type of collagen is extracted from cows.

Side Effects/Drawbacks: It’s a short-term solution, lasting from only a few weeks to a few months. Some people have allergic reactions to bovine collagen.

Dermalogen – The material for this injectable is extracted from deceased human donors. It's also called injectable Human Tissue Matrix.

Side Effects/Drawbacks: Like bovine collagen, it’s a short-term fix, but your body isn’t likely to reject it.

HylaForm – This injectable is made from tissue that is formed out of a molecular component of the human body.

Side Effects/Drawbacks: It’s only temporary. Patients will need to have repeat treatments.

Restylane - This clear gel contains hyaluronic acid (a complex sugar naturally found in the body), which means allergic reactions are less likely to occur.

Side Effects/Drawbacks: It's biodegradable, and takes six months for your body to absorb. 

Juvaderm – Long-lasting dermal gel filler. Juvaderm is also made of hyaluronic acid.

Advantages: Minimal chance of allergic reaction.

Side Effects/Drawbacks: It’s temporary, lasting about six months to a year.

Alloderm - A collagen sheet created from deceased humans.

Side Effects/Drawbacks: It’s temporary, lasting up to one year.

Fascia – Fascia, or white connective tissue, may be obtained from deceased humans or from your own body and surgically implanted.

Side Effects/Drawbacks: Your body will reabsorb the fascia in about a year.

Fat Injection - This is also taken from your own body, generally extracted from your thighs or abdomen.

Side Effects/Drawback: The fat used for injection must be acquired through surgery.

Fat grafting – The surgical procedure that inserts your own fat into your lips.

Side Effects/Drawback: Some of the fat may remain permanently, but you may need additional procedures to achieve the desired effect.

Gore-Tex, SoftForm and soft ePTFE - These are white, microporous implants made from the same type of material that is used in the production of raincoats and Gore-Tex boots.

Advantages: Unless the graft is removed, these procedures are permanent.

Local flap grafts – A flap of tissue is taken from the inside of your mouth to be used for lip augmentation.

Side Effects/Drawbacks: It requires a longer incision and sutures inside the mouth.
 

The Recovery Period for Lip Augmentation

Of course, the type of procedure you have will play a part in determining the length of your recovery. In general, most people are able to resume normal activities within a couple of days.

Risks and Complications for Lip Augmentation

Swelling and bruising are common, and can last for up to two weeks after the procedure. If you experience bleeding you may need an additional surgery. If an infection develops, antibiotics may be used or the implant may need to be removed. 

 

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