If you have thin, lined or asymmetrical lips and want to change them with plumper and fuller ones, lip enhancement treatments can help you. You may have voluminous and symmetrical lips thanks to lip augmentation procedures such as dermal filler injections, fat injections, and lip implants and enjoy your impressive change between before and after photos after having one of it.
There are different types of techniques used for lip enhancement, and many patients prefer to start with a temporary treatment such as lip injection filler and later proceed to a permanent and longer-lasting option which are lip implants. Both these treatments have advantages and disadvantages, so it’s a good idea to do some research before undergoing a lip augmentation procedure. There are also cost differences among those options. Fillers can range in cost from $450 to $800 per syringe in the USA and can last between 4 and 6 months. Implants, which are a permanent solution, cost between $1,500 and $3,000 for each. If you are more tend to have to a long-term lip enhancement, lip implants may be the best option for you.
In this article, we are going to review the lip augmentation procedure, with its six significant facts that you should know about it.
1. 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 lip fillers were introduced in the 1960s. However, this material was abandoned due to lead to health problems. Since then, plastic surgery has undergone great development, and silicone implants are now considered a safe and healthy option for patients who want 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 norms – complications are very rare when these materials are used. Hyaluronic acid fillers are produced from substances similar to those found in the body; therefore they are much unlikely to lead to an allergic reaction. But of course, you need still to inform your doctor about your allergenicity, if exist any.
2. Who Are the Lip Augmentation Candidates?
Most patients choose lip augmentation treatment 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. In short, a good candidate for lip augmentation might be female or male, may not like the size and shape of the lips, may like the look of lips but want to enhance its volume, or may want to get rid of wrinkles around the mouth, possibly due to smoking or sun damage.
3. Some Contraindications Exist in Lip Augmentation
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
• Lip asymmetry
• Ulceration, scarring, or stiffening
Besides, all dermal fillers have the potential to lead to some complications. Most of them are related to volume and technique, but some are also related to the using material itself. The majority of reactions are mild and temporary, such as bruising and trauma-related edema.
4. 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 make you get used to your new enhanced lips. Therefore, once 4 and 6 months pass, you can opt for the more permanent solution of lip implants or another round of dermal fillers, it’s all up to you. Hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers support and shapes the tissues of the lips after injection. The benefits of using hyaluronic acid fillers include being able to control over lip volume, having gradual steps of treatment and experiencing less bruising and swelling compared to other dermal fillers.
5. Dermal Fillers Have Advantages and Disadvantages
There is an increase in all soft tissue augmentation procedures, because of increased public awareness, accessibility, and simplicity of the procedures, and high patient satisfaction rates. This has basically caused a comparative increase in the number of complications, as well. All dermal fillers and filler procedures can cause complications, which may be product, physician or patient-related.
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.
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.
6. Lip Implants or Permalip Implants Have Advantages and Disadvantages
Temporary approaches can be obtained by several lip augmentation techniques, but lip implantation offers a permanent result. This option is considered an innovation in the field of aesthetic medicine and surgery. The main advantages of lip implants include safety, definitive result, and reversibility. There is a possibility to remove the implants in the case of a request.
Lip implants or permalip implants carry the same risks of any implant procedure – excessive bleeding, asymmetry, and revision surgery risks the patient will have to take, even if these rarely happen when an experienced surgeon performs the procedure. Lip 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.
As a result, as you can see, both types of lip augmentation procedures have both advantages and disadvantages, and which one is chosen depends primarily on your needs and expectations and then on the advice and approval of your doctor.
This content is edited by Flymedi Medical Editors in April 2019.