Lip augmentation and lip enhancement surgery are procedures for improving the appearance of one’s lips. This surgery is meant for people who want their lips to looker larger or fuller, people who have been born with any abnormalities in their lips or for those whose lips have been deformed due to some reason.
A variety of procedures are used to enhance a person’s lips. There are procedure that can even reduce wrinkles and fine lines around the lips. The most common method that is used for giving the lips a fuller and plumper appearance is injectable dermal filler that temporarily enhance the lips.
Hyaluronic Acid Fillers
They are various types of dermal fillers that can be used for augmentation of lips. But the most commonly used fillers contain substances quite similar to hyaluronic acid that is found naturally in our body.
It is used for increasing the volume structure and shape of the lips. The effect of this dissolving substance lasts around 3 to 6 months. More injections are needed for keeping the volume intact after that. There are many types of hyaluronic fillers available in the market.
Collagen is one of the most common and natural injectable dermal fillers. Its effects last for 3-4 months and need to be repeated for maintaining the desired effect. But this procedure is used less often today because newer options are safer as compared to this method and their effects also last longer. For using this method, an allergy test is required.
A fat injection is another method used to enhance the lips which is used for permanent lip enhancement. A patient’s own tissue is harvested during other liposuction procedures like breast reduction, abdominal reduction or facelift and is then used for enhancing the lips. Therefore, the risk of allergic reaction is much less.
The fat is usually collected from the patient’s abdomen or buttocks. Though good result can be achieved but it carries the risk of swelling, infection and bleeding in comparison to injection of other substances.
The Best Procedure
Hyaluronic acid fillers are considered to be the best option for lip augmentation because the gel in the fillers very well supports and provides shape to the tissues of the lips, once injected. As doctors can have better control over the amount of gel injected, they can provide proper shape and volume to the patient’s lips by giving injection gradually during scheduled appointment and achieve desired result. Compared to other procedures, this procedure of dermal fillers involves less swelling and bruising. Though the result of this procedure is long-lasting, yet it is not a permanent procedure.
Laser Lip Rejuvenation
Though it is not an augmentation procedure, yet it can enhance your lips by tightening and lifting them and provide a smoothing effect by using the collagen and elastin present beneath the skin.
Lip enhancement techniques needs no downtime and can be performed easily at a doctor’s clinic. But fat injection is a procedure that needs some time as the procedure involves liposuction of a small area for removing fat. To ease discomfort, doctor may use a local or topical numbing agent on the lip area. Very fine needles are used to inject the substance and one hardly feels any pain. To ease discomfort and avoid swelling, ice can be used. Side effects are also quite rare.
The cost of this lip augmentation surgery varies on the selection of the procedure and fillers are priced per syringe. The approximate cost lip augmentation surgery ranges in between $500 to$2000.