Lip augmentation is a type of cosmetic, surgical or non-surgical procedure that’s currently being performed in medical centres from all around the world in order to improve the fullness and appearance of the lips. Lip augmentation can be performed by using hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers or lip implants. Both these materials have advantages and disadvantages so it’s a good idea to do some research before undergoing a lip augmentation procedure.
Lip augmentation goes a long way back
Lip augmentation, either through lip implants or other materials goes back to the 1900s. Back then, plastic surgery pioneers tried injecting paraffin into the lips in order to make them bigger and fuller – needless to say, this technique didn’t really “catch on” as it was unsuccessful. Liquid silicone fillers started being used in the 1960s but this material was also abandoned due to health concerns. Since then, the science of plastic surgery has made plenty of breakthroughs and silicone implants are considered a safe and healthy option for patients wishing to make their lips more attractive. Collagen-based dermal fillers became quite popular in the 1980s and since then researchers came up with better and longer lasting materials for lip augmentation. These days, hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers and silicone-based lip implants are the norm – complications are very rare when these materials are used.
Who are the lip augmentation candidates?
Most patients turn to lip augmentation simply because they’re dissatisfied with the look, size or shape of their lips. Although it’s a mainly cosmetic procedure, lip augmentation through lip implants is also performed as part of reconstructive surgery – patients suffering from trauma or injury in the mouth and lips area can benefit from this procedure in order to regain their looks. It’s worthy to note that lip augmentation is not a female-only choice and men can benefit from the procedure as well.
Some contraindications exist
Although lip augmentation is a simple and safe procedure, certain contraindications still exist and need to be taken into consideration. One of the best ways to see if you’re eligible for lip augmentation surgery is to simply contact a doctor and get a consultation.
Generally speaking, contraindications for lip augmentation surgery include:
- Infections in or around the mouth such as herpes
- Blood-clotting diseases
- Heavy smokers unwilling to quit for a short period
You can try it out before doing it
If you want to get a feel of how it’s like to have permalip implants, you can go for hyaluronic acid based dermal fillers first. That way, you’ll be able to see your future look before committing to surgery. Hyaluronic acid based dermal fillers usually last between 4 and 6 months, which should give you ample time to fall in love with your new lips. Once that time passes, you can opt for the more permanent solution of lip implants or another round of dermal fillers, it’s all up to you.
Dermal fillers have advantages and disadvantages
One of the most important facts you need to keep in mind is that dermal fillers are not permanent – they’re a temporary solution and patients will have to redo the procedure in around 5 months.
There’s also a higher risk of developing allergic reactions to the dermal fillers themselves which means that patients will be required to take several tests before having the lip injections – these tests can last up to 3 weeks from start to finish so be prepared to visit the doctor’s office a couple of times.
Dermal fillers are also a bit more expensive than silicone implants and if you consider the fact that the procedure needs to be repeated at least 3 times a year, it can put a hole in your budget. In the same time, dermal fillers have a lower risk of developing complications for the patient, as opposed to permalip implants – the plastic surgeon also has complete control over how much material is injected and subtle touches can be done accordingly.
Lip implants or permalip implants have advantages and disadvantages
Lip implants usually last much longer than dermal fillers. Silicone implants are also biocompatible, so that removes the possibility of developing an allergic reaction to the implants themselves, as opposed to dermal fillers. In the same time, permalip implants carry the same risks of any implant procedure – excessive bleeding, asymmetry and revision surgery are risks the patient will have to take, even if these rarely happen when an experienced surgeon performs the procedure. Permalip implants are a more affordable choice – in the long run. You won’t have to redo the operation every 4 months or take more than a week off work.
All in all, both types of lip augmentation have their advantages and disadvantages and both cater to specific patient needs – it’s up to the patient to choose which one is better.