Lip Augmentation/ Fillers

 

Lip augmentation, or lip filling, is a cosmetic procedure done to make lips fuller and plumper. The procedure is as simple as injecting a dermal filler into the lips; this makes the lips look slightly bigger and remove the lines around the mouth.

There is a wide range of dermal fillers that can be used, the most common ones feature hyaluronic acid. This is a natural substance that the body produces.

 

Hyaluronic Acid Fillers

Hyaluronic Acid Fillers are synonymous with dermal fillers thanks to their wide use. They improve the look of the lips by giving them:

  • Structure
  • Shape
  • Volume

The effects of these fillers will last about six months after which you will need injections to maintain the volume of the lips. Dermal fillers on the market include:

  • Juverderm
  • Restylane
  • HylaForm
  • Elevess
  • Captique
  • Prevele Silk

All these fillers are injected into the lips the same way and their results are comparatively similar. Some of these fillers have lidocaine, a local anaesthesia as an ingredient. Once the filler is injected into the lips, it gives them same by supporting the tissues of lips.

Unlike other methods of lip augmentation, with dermal fillers, the cosmetologist is able to control the amount of substance you are injected with. This means the volume of lips can be controlled. The procedure occurs gradually. You will schedule appointments until you have achieved the desired results.

With dermal fillers, the bumps and lumps that might be created during lip movement dissolve to give you smooth and plump looking lips.

The procedure is easy and there is less bruising involved. Again, the results are comparatively long lasting. However, no results are permanent and injections have to continue.

Seeing that hyaluronic is a natural substance that the body readily produces, it is less likely that you will develop allergic reactions. However, fillers with lidocaine can result to allergic reactions. If this happens, you have to let the doctor know before the allergy accelerates.

 

What Should You Expect During Lip Augmentation?

Dermal fillers are injected into the lips; a procedure that can be carried out in the doctor’s office within a couple of minutes. Fat injection, however, takes longer. The procedure involved liposuction where fat is removed from another part of the body and injected into the lips.

Before fillers are injected into the lips, a local anaesthesia or numbing agent is applied. This eases the needle pain and discomfort. This is the same as the anaesthetic injections that your dentist administers in the mouth.

After the lips have been numbed, parts of the lips that are to be injected are marked and very fine needles are used to inject fillers. Ice is used to ease discomfort and ensure the lips do not swell. However, immediately after treatment, pressure should not be applied on the lips.

It is advisable that you avoid lipstick and other products after treatment to ensure that the lips heal fast and with less discomfort. Results are seen after the treatment. After healing, the lips will feel natural.

 

Cost of Lip Augmentation

Costs are determined by type of procedure performed. Fillers are priced per syringe and this will be determined by the amount of filler needed.

Health insurance generally do not cover cosmetic surgery or the effects that may result from it. Before you undergo the procedure, it is important that you know all the charges involved.

 

What Will You Feel after Treatment?

The lips will feel tender and will become red. There may also be swelling which clears after a few days.

Though you may feel a little discomfort, you do not need time to recover as the treatment does not affect day to day activities.

There is a chance of bruising, but this is a short term problem that clears after a few days. You will discuss with the doctor on the right recovery plan.

 

How to Care for the Lips after Treatment

  • After you have undergone lip filling, avoid makeup for up to 12 hours.
  • Until redness and swelling have cleared, stay away from high temperatures. This means no saunas, sun exposure and sun beds.
  • You should not engage in strenuous exercise 24 hours after treatment.
  • Alcohol should be avoided for a day after treatment.
  • The treated area should not be pressed.
  • Injections are recommended after every 6 to 12 months.

After treatment, the doctor will design a homecare routine for you. This will include skincare products such as hydrating serums, moisturizers and revitalizing creams.

 

Is Lip Augmentation Ideal for You?

Why do you need a lip augmentation? You should not undergo this procedure unless you want to change the appearance. Though the results are not permanent, you do not want to spend a year with regretting the procedure.

When considering lip augmentation, it is important that you have realistic expectations. Even after the lips have been made plumper and fuller, you will still be the same person when you walk out of the doctor’s office.

A doctor will discuss with you the lip augmentation options and help you choose the best one. Each option has pros, cons and possible side effects.

You need to be in good health and a non-smoker before you undergo the procedure. If you have any of the following conditions:

  • Diabetes
  • Lupus
  • Blood clotting problems
  • Oral infections

If you have ever had oral problems, you need to inform the doctor before the procedure begins. Again, if you have any known allergies or you are on any form of medication, whether prescription or over-the-counter, let the doctor know.

 

Are There Any Side Effects and Risks Associated with Lip Augmentation?

Like earlier mentioned, lip fillers are made with hyaluronic acid, the side effects are temporary and will subside within a few days. If you start experiencing any side effects, you need to reach out to the doctor. Some of the possible side effects include:

  • Swelling and bruising
  • Bleeding from the site of injection
  • Tenderness and redness.

The above side effects are common and should raise no alarm unless you have a health condition that accelerates the conditions. However, there are some serious possible side effects including:

  • Prolonged swelling, taking more than a week
  • Lip asymmetry where one side of the lips is fuller than the other
  • Lumps and unevenness on the lips
  • When injection occurs in a blood vessel it leads to tissue loss
  • Ulceration and stiffening of the lips
  • Allergic reactions that lead to swelling.

To avoid complications, the procedure needs to be performed by a qualified and experienced doctor. This procedure is normally done by either dermatologists, plastic surgeons or cosmetic facial surgeons.

Vein Solutions Mr. Sameh Dimitri MB BCH, MSc, FRCS is a trained in vascular surgery in the Mersey region (Wirral, Liverpool and Chester). He is interested in minimally invasive treatment for venous disease and has run courses to train consultants who wish to develop their skills in the new treatments. Mr Dimitri is currently the only consultant vascular and endovascular surgeon in the UK approved to provide training to other surgeons in cyanoacrylate glue treatment.

Lip fillers are used to address different issues and are also used to remove wrinkles that form on the face. Some of the concerns addressed by this treatment include:

  • Increasing the fullness of narrow lips
  • Bettering lip definition

The success of lip augmentation will be dependent on the experience of the doctor. This is a process that starts from the choice of treatment to the products and ends with the administration of the fillers.

Contact Vein Solutions to discuss your specific needs, free on 0800 043 1997 or post@veinsolutions.co.uk