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It is a cosmetic procedure that gives fuller, plumper lips, and smooth vertical lines around the lips and mouth by adding or restoring the lip volume.
The use of non-invasive treatments such as fillers injection is increasingly popular for gaining natural looking effect that lasts longer than 1 year.
Conditions for lip enhancement:
Techniques of lip enhancement:
1. Injectable Dermal fillers
This is popular non-surgical option for temporary effect available at an affordable cost. Its effect lasts 4 to 12 months depending upon the doctor’s experience. It offers soft and natural looking effect, smooth vertical lines around lips and mouth, refines shape and volume depending upon the type of filler.
Advantages of lip filling:
Short treatment time i.e. 15 to 30 minutes
Less amount of filler can give precise results, if the doctor is experienced
No or less downtime
Results are immediately noticeable and get final effect within 2 weeks
Mild side effects includes temporary bruising, swelling or redness at injection site
Disadvantages of lip filling:
Requires periodic repetition of the injections to maintain results
The doctor should have vast experience and skill
Rarely filler products may be allergenic
The examples of injectable fillers are hyaluronic acid and collagen. Amongst these hyaluronic acid is most commonly used than collagen due to its natural occurrence in the body and less side effects.
Marketed products of hyaluronic acid used as fillers:
Restylane, Restylane-L, Restylane Silk
Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Ultra Plus
All of the products used in the similar way and offers equal results. Some of these products contains lidocaine. After injection fillers support and shape the tissues of the lips. Before injection topical or local numbing agent may be applied to ease discomfort.
2. Fat injections
It is also called “autologous fat grafting” can be done without incision. If performed by experienced doctor gives very natural, beautiful lip contour that lasts for years.
Advantages of fat injections:
Looks and feels very natural and permanent effect
No incision required
No risk of allergic reactions
No repeat treatment is required once final effect is obtained
Disadvantages of fat injections:
Requires liposuction which is partly a surgical procedure
Highly experienced and skilled surgeon is required
May require large downtime of several days
Rarely, fat won’t survive at new location and new treatment required
Unable to reverse in case of unwanted effects
3. Lip implants
This is semi-permanent technique of lip enhancement that requires minimal maintenance. The implants are made of soft, pliable silicon rubber or biodegradable material. The surgery requires local anesthesia and incision inside the mouth to implant the material.
Advantages of lip implants:
Effect lasts for many years
Required skilled and experienced doctor
Downtime of 1-3 days
Disadvantages of lip implants:
In case to reversal another surgery is required to remove the implants
Implants do not smooth the fine lines of lips
Risk of infection and bleeding do exist as like any other surgery
Ideal candidate for surgery:
Person should have realistic expectations
Person should be non-diabetic, non-smoker, without active infection of oral herpes, patients without lupus, blood clotting factors
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